Aston Magna

a. Aston Magna Festival


The Aston Magna festival which is run by a separate entity (Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities)


b. Literary and Dramatic Evenings at Aston Magna


Beginning in the mid nineties, Aston Magna has been the venue for a series of staged readings built around one writer. Such writers have included George Bernard Shaw, Noel Coward, Ernest Hemingway, and Tennessee Williams. In each case a group of professional and amateur actors are put together by the evening's directors Dr. Herbert Gould. Professional actors in the past have included Marge Champion, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Kristen Linklater, George Coyne and others. Depending upon the season they are performed on the South terrace before an audience of 80-100 people. In each case a dinner is served involving foods which reflect the basic theme of the writer whose works are being staged read.


c. Conversations at Aston Magna, symposium-type discussions on current controversial topics.


These evening are sometimes impromptu or planned ahead involving, normally, important matters of current topical interest. They generally involve 10-15 people from various walks of life and are followed by an informal buffet dinner. Topics discussed in the past included abortion, the Iraq invasion of 2003, the French Response to such event, issues of the American Religious Left and Right, and others.


d.   Pre-Colombian Textile Collection


In the public rooms of the Main House at Aston Magna are displayed a number of original Pre-Colombian textiles ranging in age from second century B.C. to the Inca period (1450), a passion of the owner of Aston Magna

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