THE A.T. STEWART APOSTLE HOUSE
October 15, 2022
The Garden City Historical Society (TGCHS) Museum was in all its glory on October 15th! The TGCHS threw a birthday bash to mark the 150th birthday of the A.T. Stewart Apostle House and welcomed friends and family to participate. There was a magical feeling in the air, as though you were stepping back in time.
When first you walked onto the property, you couldn’t miss – or take your eyes off — the front porch, which was festooned in beautiful yellow, green and white balloons.
Stepping back in time, the sounds of string music wafted outside. Joshua Lee (aged 13) and Logan (aged 11) played the cello. Later in the evening, Paul Eccardt regaled us with music on the square grand piano which was a gift from the Lane Family. Paul is an expert on Victorian era square pianos and tuned this one.
There was a wonderful assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres. Walking through the Museum, people were able to view informative exhibits in addition to various pieces of Victorian-era clothing (ladies’ and babies’) donated to the Museum over the years.
There was even an original St. Mary’s School for Girls uniform.
In attendance were Mayor Cosmo Veneziale, Ed Ra, NY State Assemblyman, former Mayor Theresa Trouve, and Tom Muscarella, Town of Hempstead Councilman. Bill Garry made brief remarks thanking all who came for their continued backing of the TGCHS and its Museum. Because of this support, we have been able to restore much of the house, and, in fact, are starting a new phase of renovation.
Thanks to all who put in the work to make the 150th a wonderful event, never to be forgotten! We especially want to thank Albert Intreglia, Trustee and Event Chairman, who worked tirelessly to make this magic happen!
THE 2ND ANNUAL A.T. STEWART GOLF CLASSIC
May 16, 2022
The A.T. Stewart Golf Classic, which annually gathers the best golfers in Garden City, was played at the historic 1916 Cherry Valley Club on a picture perfect day.
Mary Jane and Tom Poole were honored as the Event Sponsors. The Traci Conway Clinton Team at Compass sponsored the Brunch, Cocktails and Barbecue.
Participants were treated to a great experience of competitive golf on a superbly conditioned course. Brunch, refreshments, cocktails, Barbecue, guaranteed an enjoyable day from beginning to end. Fantasy trips/golf to 10 ultra luxury destinations were auctioned by our partner AmFund, Contests and raffles contributed to the fun!
Each participant received one of the custom designed hats that carry the “1872” banner of the Society. In a nod to GC’s founders - the Cornelia Clinch Stewart trophy was awarded to the best Women’s or Mixed team. The A.T. Stewart trophy was presented to the best Men’s team - Best Score. All will carry recognition as the best golfers in Garden City.
Joanne Adams, past President of the GCHS, announced an initiative to create a statue and garden in memory of Cornelia Clinch Stewart, and personally provided the seed money. Mary Mahoney, also a past GCHS past President, will partner with Joanne to accomplish this.
Lifestyle Authority, Editor & Decorator, Tricia Foley, enthralled the audience with a presentation that highlighted her new book's "A Summer Place: Living by the Sea," mix of modern residences that have been designed around water views, nineteenth-century shingle-style cottages restored for today's living, and artist retreats filled with color, pattern, and unique style. The talk also included the homes and grounds of notable tastemakers-—creatives of all types, plus seasonal and year-round residences, including Tricia's—and summer gardens that varied from manicured lawns and flowerbeds to wild landscapes, romantic pergolas dripping with wisteria and working cutting gardens - all offering inspirational ideas for making every home a personal sanctuary.
She also talked about her other professional passions - restoring 19th century buildings, decorating residences for celebrities like Chris Rock, and her friendship with Isabella Rossellini, one of the luminaries of Bellport-Brookhaven, where Tricia lives.
Each guests left with an autographed book.
A SPRINGTIME STROLL THROUGH THE MEWS
June 9, 2022
A large group of people took a self-guided tour and discovered one of Garden City’s most elegant and best kept secret: The Franklin Court Mews. A cluster of early 20th century homes with leaded glass windows, secret walled gardens and winding streets that are decidedly "English Cotswolds". The tour included eight of the loveliest gardens and two chicly-reimagined-for-the-21st-Century home interiors.
Each garden was waiting in all its Spring glory for the visitors - and one homeowner was especially welcoming, with a wine tasting of still and sparkling organic wines and savory nibbles set up.
Plein air artist Rita Broughton was in place in the gardens, creating a watercolor of an aspect of each participating homeowner's garden that was later framed by Historical Society Trustee Diane Geyer and presented as a gift. The attendees were enchanted by the homes and the lush plantings and borders - and were inspired to reimagine their own garden!