Our mom, Georgette Wasserstein Levis, believed in family. She came from a large family in Brooklyn, New York. Her siblings, playwright Wendy Wasserstein, Lazard CEO Bruce Wasserstein and advertising executive Sandra Meyer were all extraordinary, all legends in their fields.
Mom was extraordinary in a completely different way. She married a nice Jewish doctor. (Well, Albert is certainly many more things in addition to 'nice'. More like 'brilliant,' 'interesting,' 'complicated,' and 'generous.') Georgette had four children in 3 different decades: Tajlei and Melissa in her 20s, Oliver in her 30s, and Max when she turned 40.
Mom was an intrinsic part of the community of Manchester, Vermont, serving on the board of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Weston Playhouse, The Israel Congregation of Manchester, and many other organizations. Mom was a hostess and innkeeper for 27 years. She welcomed guests from around the world to the Wilburton. She made our guests and staff feel special and truly cared for.
In the Jewish tradition, families sit shiva for a week and friends drop by to reminisce. Our family has been so grateful because every weekend for more than a year we have enjoyed visits from returning guests and Wilburton brides who share wonderful stories of what Georgette meant to them: her charm, her hospitality, her inspiration, her wit and of course the pretty bows and flowers in her hair.
We honor Georgette every day in our lives and at the Wilburton Inn. The parties continue, the guests return. New families play lawn games and splash in the pool. More brides and grooms celebrate their love on our majestic hilltop. Max, Tajlei, and Melissa have come home to Vermont work beside Albert and make the inn more vibrant than ever.
How Georgette would have loved seeing her dear guests return for their annual vacations. How she would have enjoyed tasting Oliver and Bonnie's delicious food at farm night, watching Tajlei's theatrical annual Murder Mystery, hearing Melissa's family concerts, and seeing Max shine in every capacity as he hosts corporate events, weddings, and runs the Wilburton Inn. And now she would be so proud to see Albert and Max open the Museum of the Creative Process on Memorial Day!
An innkeeper is like a mother to her guests and staff and community. So here is to our mom, Georgette Wasserstein Levis, with gratitude, joy, and love. Thank you for the huge impact you made on your family and friends and community. Forever may you dance.
Me and My Mom: A musical tribute to Georgette Wasserstein Levis.