MILLBURY, Mass. - The Asa Waters Mansion hosted a grand luncheon for Mother's Day on Sunday, May 13, 1832 ... or was it 2012? The event was presided over by none other than Mrs. Asa Waters who greeted guests inside the mansion as they entered.
No, there wasn't a ghost sighting, but one had to look twice as historical interpreter Patrica Perry had every nuance, every little detail down leaving guests with the feeling that Mrs. Waters was indeed the host of the day. Perry has played many historical figures - a maid in the White House, a Victorian lady, a witch in Salem and even a 15th century courtesan from Europe.
Her measure of preparation and detail is outstanding and she never comes out of role. Sunday, she said, "Good sir, perhaps you would be interested in taking that infernal machine of yours (camera) into the dining room and perhaps taking a... photograph, is that what they call it, of myself in front of my portrait?
Indeed we would.
Guests were treated to a catered dinner by Banks Catering from Grafton. There was an area for libations (for a tariff) and guests were thoroughly enjoying themselves.
And there was Perry, educational as entertaining. She delivered an informative performance on the "grand opening" of the Waters Mansion in 1832 in Armory Village of Millbury.