Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What Drink Did Benedict Arnold Imbibe Before Fleeing West Point? (Find Out Saturday)

While researching Little Chapel on the River, I spent hours at the Putnam County Historical Society museum researching Philipstown. Many towns leave their history stored in residents’ memories, and when these locals pass away, sadly, so do those tales. PCHS helps prevent that from happening.

Here are a couple of interesting events on the organization's plate this month:

This Saturday, Nov. 15th at 5 p.m., the group’s Young Associates will host an event called A Night of Historical Drama dedicated to the local villain (or misguided, misunderstood patriot depending on whom you ask) -- Benedict Arnold. According to an email from the group, Julie Heckert will lead a cast from the Philipstown Depot Theater in a dramatic reading of the play, "The General from America," which tells the notorious tale from the perspective of Arnold and his young British wife. The evening's bartender, Jim Young, will serve up the very same last drink that Arnold had before he fled West Point. To get a taste, sign up.

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple, and all proceeds benefit the museum. The event is sponsored by Valerie and Jim Young, and Heather and Neal Zuckerman.

On November 22nd, at 5 p.m., the PCHS will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of its annual Thanksgiving celebration. Father Brian McSweeney will lead a free, non-denominational candlelight service at 5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Chapel on Upper Station Road in Garrison. Beth Ailes will accompany the service on the organ. Dinner will follow at 6:15 p.m. at Highlands Country Club, on Route 9D in Garrison. Dinner is $60 per person, and reservations are required. The Elizabeth Todd Healy Volunteer Service Award will be presented to Robert A. McCaffrey. Please call the museum for tickets: 845.265.4010.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Garrison Yacht Club Holiday Party & Gift Exchange

From: Neil Bloch, Fleet Captain Garrison Yacht Club

Dear GYC Members and Friends,

‘Twas the month before Christmas and down by the river
The docks are now stacked, so it’s time to deliver
This missive to you, be you friend or a member;
Please join us this year for our fĂȘte in December.

As change is in the air, we are going to do this a bit differently this year. Although many of you have already bookmarked this date (thank you), here are the particulars:

Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 13:30 to 16:30

Highlands Country Club, 955 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524

$55 per person – checks should be made payable to Garrison Yacht Club

Hors d’oeuvres, beverages and music

Awards presentation

Each attendee should bring a wrapped gift for our annual holiday gift exchange.

As we’ll again be participating in the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, please bring an unwrapped gift as well for donation to this worthy cause.

We need to get an accurate headcount (for which we will be billed) to Highlands Country Club by December 1, 2008. Please RSVP no later than this date to neil@thedowcorp.com and send payment to Garrison Yacht Club, P. O. Box 176, Garrison, NY 10524.