The Bronxville Historical Conservancy Launches 20th Anniversary with LEGO Building Blocks Workshop at the Bronxville School
Sunday, January 21, 2018
This LEGO event is now SOLD OUT.
On Jan. 21st, Bronxville Student Grades 3-5 and their families will explore Bronxville’s rich history by recreating village homes and public buildings with LEGO. The Bronxville Historical Conservancy (BHC) has enlisted the services of architect Stephen Schwartz, founder of Building Blocks Workshops, for an afternoon of unique learning that combines history, architecture and model building. Families can register January 3 through SignUpGenius at the Bronxville School.
A map of Bronxville Village will cover the gym floor and students and their families will select from more than 50 structures, using photographs and architectural details provided by the BHC. The program will begin at 2:30 and over the course of three hours, families will build Bronxville brick by brick. This multigenerational experience is designed not only for young students, but also for the enjoyment of siblings, parents and grandparents.
BHC Board member Jim Hudson is spearheading the program for the Conservancy. Applying his expert photography skills, Hudson has taken hundreds photographs of homes and buildings in the village. Conservancy co-founder Marilynn Hill has compiled architectural as well as historic details for each structure to help students construct their models. Village Historian Raymond H. Geselbracht has contributed additional information and photographs from the Library’s History Center archives.
Hudson said, “I’ve learned so much working with Stephen Schwartz, Marilynn and Raymond preparing for this program. There are many fascinating tidbits of historical information. I think the students and their families will not only have fun building Bronxville with LEGO, but also learning village history in the process.”
This family focused event will launch the Bronxville Historical Conservancy’s 20th anniversary year. Space is limited, so please watch for notices through the Bronxville School to register with SignUpGenius on January 3.
2017 | The Ghosts of Bronxville
The Exclusive Preview Party for adults is Sold Out.
For the first time, on the eve of The Ghosts of Bronxville, Bronxville Historical Conservancy adult members are invited to an exclusive preview party at the 1891 historic home and studio of artist Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low. Enjoy cocktails and canapés, while you meander through shadowy sets, exhibiting intricately displayed historic artifacts and ephemera related to Mary and her artist husband, Will Hicok Low. During the evening, several historic ghosts (including Mary herself!) may decide to materialize and share their life stories and connection to the village of the 1890’s. Only time will tell…
This event is sold out! If you would like to be placed on the wait-list, please contact Jennifer Russo at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.