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October 4, 2012

Lookout: Quartet brings Beatles to Bellev

(Continued)

The refuge recently held a photography contest and have hung the prints in the refuge’s visitors’ center. The display will remain up through Sunday, Oct. 14.

The visitor center is located at 6 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport. It is open each day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The contest was a project of the refuge and The Photographic Society of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

‘Downton Abbey: The Portsmouth Connection’

opens Oct. 5

The Portsmouth Athenaeum is hosting a new exhibit, “Downton Abbey: The Portsmouth Connection” through Dec. 1.

The collection of 60 photographs features the family of Portsmouth native Catherine Tredick Wendell who married the 6th Earl of Carnarvon in 1922, They lived at Highclere Castle until 1936. Highclere is the setting for the popular PBS series, “Downton Abbey.”

“It’s just an incredible leap,” exhibit curator Ronan Donohue said in a press release. “This 23-year-old girl born in Kittery, Maine, is suddenly in charge of a 300-room house and its elaborate and complex social gatherings.”

Donohue was watching an episode of show when he realized the Athenaeum had received 100 boxes of correspondence from the Wendell family. He had helped to catalogue the letters, which date back to the 1700s.

“I found a lot of the correspondence wildly amusing and interesting,” he said in his release. “The part I liked most was the early 20th-century stuff about a Wendell that had married, gone to England, become the 6th Countess of Carnarvon and lived in a castle outside London.”

That castle turned out to be Highclere. Donohue said Catherine became the countess a year after her marriage. Her father-in-law, the 5th earl, died only a year after discovering the tomb of King Tut.

The exhibit features photos of the 5th earl and a portrait of Catherine in addition to pictures of Highclere and relevant Portsmouth, Kittery and New Castle residences. It displays correspondence relating to Highclere, as well.

The Athenaeum is located at 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, N.H. It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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