Letter: Wonder women are among us at Brucemore
Brucemore has been a showcase property in Cedar Rapids since 1886. Our community has benefited from Brucemore as a cultural center since the property became available in 1981 to share its story, buildings and land. As visitors and volunteers at Brucemore, we’ve noticed that this summer exemplifies the “Brucemore standard” in performances and entertainment by showcasing women performers.
This fact, combined with the release of the movie Wonder Woman, has prompted us to consider that this is the summer of wonder women at Brucemore. It begins with Lysistrata (July 13-22), a 2,500-year-old Greek play. Historically, Lys may be the first wonder woman to appear before live audiences. Next is Alice in Wonderland (Aug 2- 5). And finally is Cabaret in the Courtyard comprising two weekends of wonder women in song and music. Aug. 10-12 presents all A’s — Abby Zeets, Alisabeth Von Presley and Amy Stoner. Aug. 17-19 shows up songstresses Anna Barnts, Kelsey Madsen and Heather Stück. Every woman featured at Brucemore this summer is living in or has lived in Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa. That a wellspring of wonder women we have.
And it must be known that it is the women of Brucemore who defined its history. Mrs. Caroline Sinclair had the mansion built when she was a widow. Mrs. Irene Douglas masterminded the design of the country estate as we know it today. And Mrs. Margaret Hall made sure it served the community after her death. Brucemore is our wonderland. Go, see, hear, and enjoy!
Steven and Megan Ginsberg