MOUNT VERNON — Though Beatrix Potter was typical of women of her generation in having limited opportunities for higher education, her study and watercolors of fungi led to her being widely respected in the field of mycology. In her 30s, Potter self-published the highly successful children’s book “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” Following this, Potter began writing and illustrating children’s books full-time, with the proceeds from the books and a legacy from an aunt buying a farm and, in the following decades, purchasing additional farms to preserve the unique hill country landscape.
Thursday, the Chautauqua Series will welcome Raylene Hlavaty, who will portray Beatrix Potter in a first person living history format at The Grand Hotel, located at 12 Public Square in downtown Mount Vernon. The series, now in its 12th season, is the only year-round monthly Chautauqua in the United States.
The Grand Hotel doors open to the room at 6 p.m., with opening performer Joshua Hlavaty performing music starting at 7 p.m. with his mom, Raylene, taking the stage as Beatrix Potter at 7:45 followed by a question and answer period immediately after her presentation.