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The “Ghosts of Bronxville” to Return!

The “Ghosts of Bronxville” to Return!

Friday, October 27, 2017

On Friday, October 27th, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM the Bronxville Historical Conservancy will offer the popular Ghosts of Bronxville event for it’s third run.  As the sun begins to set, 225 Children from 1st through 7th grade, and their chaperones, will embark on an eerily realistic journey back in time.  On the tour, participants will encounter five important “ghosts” from Bronxville’s history, many of them in their original dwelling.  Five historic homes within easy walking distance on and around the Hilltop have been secured for the appearance of the spectral figures.  Participants will move along a pre-determined route, guided by a hand-drawn map and the light of a candle (safely, battery powered).   At each home, an actor donning period attire will share the story of his or her life in Bronxville during the late 19th Century (but with a very spooky bent).  Authentic antique props and unique backdrops painted by artist Marc Pollack will transport the audience back in time. To keep excited participants occupied while waiting to meet the apparitions, traditional harvest and Halloween games will be offered along the route.

Following on a very successful partnership with Sarah Lawrence College in both previous productions, five graduate students from the Sarah Lawrence theatre department will again portray the ‘ghosts’ stationed at each home.  Co-chair Michelle McBride contributed, “The professionalism and skill demonstrated by the Sarah Lawrence actors in past years truly made the audience suspend their disbelief.  We are so excited to be working together for the third run of ‘Ghosts’.”  In addition, several talented Bronxville High School drama students will portray historically accurate “apparitions” encountered along the route.

The Ghosts of Bronxville was a concept originated by the BHC Young Families Committee in 2013 to introduce the children of the village to the incredible history that surrounds them everyday.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle McBride at vinmich2000@yahoo.com

Purchase Tickets to this MEMBERS-ONLY event

Tickets sold out within a week in both 2013 and 2015 – the committee encourages you to act quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets and a check-in package will be available on the Village Hall lawn the day of the event. Instructions and further event information will be sent via email.

Please follow this simple 2-step process to purchase tickets:

Step 1: Ensure Active BHC Membership

If you know that your BHC membership is active and in good standing, please proceed to Step 2.
If you are unsure if your membership is current or lapsed, please email Nancy Blum at ngblumcpa@gmail.com for confirmation.
If you are joining for the first time or need to renew your membership, a special 15-month membership to the Bronxville Historical Conservancy (good through 12/18) is available for $65.00.

To join or renew your membership:


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Step 2: Buy Tickets for Child(ren)

Tickets are $40.00 per child (grades 1-7). Limit is four tickets per family. One chaperone is required for every 2 children and are free of charge.

Please enter the name of your child(ren) and their chaperones who will be attending.

Then click the Add to Cart button. On the Paypal screen, select the Quantity of children’s tickets that you would like to purchase.


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Event Co-chairs:
  • Suzanne Pratt Davis
  • Michelle McBride
  • Erin Saluti
Junior Chairs:
  • Tina Adams
  • Saskia Martin
  • Lyndal Vermette
Committee 2017:
  • Hilary Blumenreich
  • Maree Cutaia
  • Cece Heraty
  • Emily Liggitt
  • Stafford Meyer
  • Jennifer Russo
  • Laura Van Tienhoven


2015 | The Ghosts of Bronxville to Return!

This event is sold out! If you would like to be placed on the wait-list, please contact Jennifer Russo at jjerusso@gmail.com

Join us on Friday, October 16th, as Bronxville’s history comes to life! On this eerie autumn eve, 225 Children from 1st through 7th grade and their chaperones will have the opportunity to encounter five important “ghosts” from Bronxville’s history, many of them in their original dwelling. Five homes within easy walking distance on and around the Hilltop neighborhood have been secured for the appearance of the spectral figures. Children and their adult chaperones will move along a pre-determined route, guided by a map and the light of a (battery-powered) candle.   At each home, an actor dressed in period garb will share the story of his or her life in Bronxville during the late 19th Century (but with a very spooky bent). Sets laden with authentic antique props, and unique backdrops painted by artist Marc Pollack will contribute to a chillingly realistic night. To keep excited children occupied while waiting to meet the apparitions, traditional Halloween games will be interspersed between the homes.

Following on a very successful partnership with Sarah Lawrence College for the inaugural Ghosts of Bronxville in 2013, five graduate students from the Sarah Lawrence graduate theatre department will again portray the “ghosts” stationed at each home. In addition, several talented Bronxville High School drama enthusiasts will play the “wandering ghosts” who will be encountered outside along the route.

The Ghosts of Bronxville was originated by the BHC Young Families Committee in 2013 to introduce the children of the village to the incredible history that surrounds them everyday.  Event co-chairs, Michelle McBride, Stafford Meyer and Erin Saluti, along with committee members Maree Cutaia, Christine Fitzgibbons, Tina Adams Halaby, Cece Heraty, Emily Liggitt, Jennifer Russo, Laura van Tienhoven, and Lyndal Vermette  will facilitate this year’s production, making  Ghosts of Bronxville 2015 even more memorable than the first.

Tickets are $40.00 per child (grades 1-7).*  Limit is four tickets per family.  Chaperones are required for every 2 children and are free of charge.  Please act quickly to avoid disappointment – tickets sold out within a week in 2013!

In case of serious weather conditions, an indoor program will be offered at the Reformed Church. Tickets and a check-in package will be available on the Village Hall lawn the day of the event.  Instructions and further event information will be sent via email.

*This is a members only event. A 15-month family membership (good through 12/16) is available for $65.00 at point of purchase. If you are unsure if your membership is current or lapsed, please email Nancy Blum at ngblumcpa@gmail.com for confirmation.


2014 | Guest of the Gramatan

On Saturday, October 4th, 2014, an evening at Bronxville’s illustrious Hotel Gramatan was reimagined at The Jane Hotel, NYC. Towering atop Sunset Hill from 1905 until it was demolished in 1972, the Hotel Gramatan enjoyed its spectacular heyday in the 1920’s – the Age of Wonderful Nonsense. Whether seeking a season of revelry, a marriage prospect or even a hiding place, guests flocked to the glamorous Gramatan from across the globe to rub elbows with celebrities including Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, and Ethel and John Barrymore. On October 4th, for three fleeting hours, the Young Families Committee hosted a supremely festive evening that celebrated the glittering past of the storied Hotel Gramatan.


2013 | The Ghosts of Bronxville

On Saturday evening, October 26th, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy inaugurated The Ghosts of Bronxville, an historic house tour for kids that will likely become an on-going village event. More than 200 children, ages 6-12, and approximately 150 adult chaperones attended the sold-out event.