NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce a free weekly theatrical series “Hanna in Her Garden: An Afternoon at Greater Light” with Nantucket artist and photographer Beverly Hall at the Greater Light historic property, 8 Howard Street. This program takes place every Wednesday in July at 2 P.M.
Hanna Monaghan and her sister Gertrude, who transformed Greater Light from a livestock barn into their summer home and artistic retreat in the 1930s, were daring, eclectic, and passionate about the arts. Beverly Hall brings the spirit of Hanna to life as she reads from Hanna’s writing and memoirs in the lush garden of the NHA’s Greater Light historic property.
“One of the prime reasons I love Hanna for her engaging sense of aesthetics— a healthy dose of materialism and that Quaker sense of the Inner Light that guided her spirituality, as well as her quest for just the right ‘things’ that enhanced and embellished the eccentric and eclectic beauty of her home,” says Beverly Hall. “From the moment I entered Greater Light back in the 1970s with most of its original furnishings intact, I felt a tug at my heart strings for a sense of place and felt I had come home.”
Located just steps away from the Civil War monument, the Greater Light garden recalls the days of Nantucket’s art colony in the 1930s, and serves as an ideal setting for artistic expression. Originally a working livestock barn, Greater Light was a summer home and art studio created in the 1930s by Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan, two Quaker sisters from Philadelphia. The garden of this historic property once served as gathering spot for teas, a venue for parties and performances, and the perfect backdrop for summer visits with the family. Restored by the NHA, Greater Light reopened to the public in 2011.
“Hanna in Her Garden: An Afternoon at Greater Light”
Wednesdays in July
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street