Bridgeport National Bindery is honored to be selected by the Trustees of Reservations and FableVision (a Boston-based educational media company) to produce a book called Charley Eliot and the Knights of the Woods. Peter and Paul Reynolds, best known for the Judy Moody series, created the commemorative biography to celebrate the Trustees' 125th Anniversary.
The Charley Eliot book is a small square hardcover, with a rich gold foil stamped evergreen cloth cover. It is dust jacketed to feature the playful style of illustration within. Formatted as a children's book, it tells the story of the famous landscape architect Charles Eliot, who played a central role in shaping the Boston Metropolitan Park System.
Eliot, who died at the age of 37, the same year the First Boston Marathon was held, must have delighted in knowing that the scenic run included some of his best work.
On May 21, the Trustees held an exciting and unique gala celebration to officially launch their 125th anniversary. Guests boarded vintage railway cars in Boston and journeyed to Appleton Farms in Hamilton & Ipswich, Massachusetts. A gift of Colonel Francis R. Appleton, Jr., and his wife Joan, Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the country, established and maintained by nine generations of the Appleton family.
At Appleton, guests walked through a century of Trustees' history through several entertaining experiences. Signature cocktails and a delicious formal dinner complemented the evening's once-in-a-lifetime commemorative celebration.