New York retailer showcases WILLIAMSBURG® tabletop designs during reception
WILLIAMSBURG products and Michael C. Fina, the New York retailer famous for its upscale tableware, featured a selection of licensed WILLIAMSBURG tabletop products during a public reception, “Jefferson in New York,” Thursday, Oct. 10 at Michael C. Fina’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City.
The event was part of a month-long promotion of fine WILLIAMSBURG products available at Michael C. Fina, including tableware by Spode, Mottahedeh, Lenox and Kirk Stieff.
Also, from Sept. 29 through Oct. 19, the store windows at Michael C. Fina featured a series of related window displays created by acclaimed New York designer Matthew Smyth to highlight the wide range of WILLIAMSBURG tabletop products.
Featured WILLIAMSBURG products at Michael C. Fina included the newest WILLIAMSBURG Pure Simple Today pattern by Lenox, Boxwood and Pine. Also on display were several best-selling patterns from the WILLIAMSBURG Reserve Collection by Mottahedeh including Duke of Gloucester and Imperial Blue, as well as Spode’s lovely Cornflower pattern, inspired by wares shipped back to the United States by Thomas Jefferson following his assignment as Minister to France.
Attendees at the evening event also had the opportunity to make a special purchase of the newest WILLIAMSBURG Reserve pattern by Spode, Blaikley Fern, which was adapted from a linen and silk embroidered counterpane in the textile collections of Colonial Williamsburg. This elegant dessert collection will not be available for sale to the general public until 2003.
The highlight of the evening event was a rare New York performance by renowned Colonial Williamsburg character interpreter Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson discussed his opinions on fashion and taste in the 18th century and the influence of French design on the “art of table furniture.”
On Oct. 9, Barker visited a public school in the Bronx. He spent an hour with the students—35 minutes for a presentation plus 25 minutes for questions and answers. Barker appearance’s at Middle School (MS) 80 was transmitted live via videoconferencing to the Public School (PS) 159 class. The connection was live in real time so that students at PS 159 were able to converse with Barker as Jefferson as well as the students at MS 80.
The students involved in Jefferson’s appearance at the schools participated in the most recent Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip on Oct. 3, “In the General’s Secret Service,” a live, interactive program about the role of military intelligence and espionage during the American Revolution. Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips are broadcast on New York’s WNYE-TV.
The U.S. Department of Education announced Sept. 30 that the Bronx school district has won a Teaching American History grant. The grant provided funding for Bronx teachers to attend the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute and subscriptions to the Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Series for the next three years.
New York City retailer Michael C. Fina sponsored Thomas Jefferson’s appearance in the Bronx schools.