The Milton Historical Society (MHS) is hosting its annual dinner, “A Visit with Isabella Stewart Gardner: America’s First Patroness of the Arts,” on Thursday, May 23 at the Neighborhood Club on 27 Glendale Road in Quincy. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served an hour later. followed by the program at 8 p.m.

Character reenactor Jessa Piaia will present a dramatic portrayal of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Glad in period attire, Piaia will transport the audience back to Boston at the turn of the 20th century.

Invitations will be mailed to MHS members in April. Extra invitations will be available at the community events counter on the second floor of Milton Public Library.

Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Menu choices are roast sirloin of beef or baked scrod. Multiple reservations can be made, but be sure to include individual names, menu choice, and, if necessary, the names of others you wish to be seated with. The RSVP deadline is May 14.

Cost for MHS members is $50 and the non-member cost is $60, which includes a free one-year membership. Make checks payable to the Milton Historical Society and mail to 1370 Canton Ave., Milton, MA 02186.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Ellen at 617-696-0870 or email

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