PREVIEW BENEFIT HOLIDAY COCKTAIL PARTY
December 2, 2022
On Friday, December 2nd the Garden City Historical Society kicked off their Benefit Preview Cocktail Party – once again generously underwritten by Mary Jane and Tom Poole – offering early access to shop luxe, local artisans and brands while enjoying festive cocktails and lavish hors d’oeuvres.
The Garden City Community Senior Center was transformed into a magical kingdom, aglow with twinkling lights, candles in the windows and festooned with faux greenery in the form of trees sponsored and decorated by some of Garden City’s premier businesses, including Compass and Coach.
New to the Market this year – a Festival of Wreaths! More than 40 in all, each an artisan work of art, expertly crafted by Historical Society Director, Diane Geyer.
A vast array of valuable raffles – by far the best in Garden City – were donated by merchants and Historical Society benefactors, including vintage wines and Courvoisier Cognac from Mary Jane and Tom Poole.
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!
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.
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.