While the fictional Crawley family was living and entertaining in Julian Fellowes’s British Downton Abbey in the early 20th century, George Eastman was actually entertaining business colleagues, friends, and family at his grand East Avenue home. As one of America's corporate titans and one of Rochester’s leading citizens, Eastman was accustomed to playing host, and he ensured that each dinner, party, and event was a memorable experience for his guests.
Now you can see firsthand what guests might have seen at Rochester's most notable address during Eastman Entertains, on display Tuesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 8 (Mother's Day). This joint program of the Eastman Museum Council and the Landscape Committee will feature elegant table settings, creatively themed tabletop displays, and lush floral arrangements throughout the National Historic Landmark estate. Designers are reimagining 20th-century entertaining with 21st-century flair. Among the nearly twenty displays: a fairy tale–themed birthday party, a Downton-esque dining table, settings for Mother's Day brunch and a private luncheon hosted by Maria Kilbourn Eastman (George Eastman's mother), and an outdoor fairy garden.
Eastman Entertains will be an experience to remember, just as guests of George Eastman found every event at 900 East Avenue to be.
Admission is free to members and included with paid museum admission.
Daily, 2–5 p.m.
During Eastman Entertains (May 3–8), stop in the Museum Café to enjoy afternoon tea and scones, mini pastries, or cookies.
$6 per person