Pelham NY: A Community of Homes

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Open House Weekend

If you are new to Pelham, or even if your family's been here for generations, an autumn visit to Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is an amazing Pelham experience.

This weekend is NY Open House Historic House Trust Weekend. Explore the mansion, grounds and gardens. Free events are scheduled on Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

The mansion is on Shore Road (also known as Pelham Road). Take Pelhamdale Avenue towards the Long Island Sound and when Pelhamdale ends, turn right and head south. On your left you will pass the Travers Island facility of The New York Athletic Club and Pelham Manor's Shore Park. Bike or drive along Shore Road through the park about 3/4 mile. When you see the Golf Courses on your right, slow down. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is on your left. Turn into the gates, drive through the forest and park.

I've always felt a visit to the mansion, gardens and grounds is time travel. History, opulence and elegance osmose your soul. The natural beauty of the forest and shoreline and the sounds of silence, birds and wildlife are uplifting.

On the grounds is the Siwanoy Oak Tree, where European colonists, by treaty, formalized their domination of the indigenous people. Destruction of their culture and civilization followed. Having been taught since kindergarten that the settlers did the right thing, we seldom reflect upon the impact of some of our ancestors' acts: White people conquered the Native Americans and did it with the zeal of a crusade.

This weekend enjoy the past and present before the future takes us home.

Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13, 12–4 p.m.
Historic House Trust Festival & 
OpenHouseNY Weekend
Come explore the splendor of this 19th-century mansion and learn about the lives of past inhabitants. Free guided tours by costumed docents, 124p.m. Tours start at quarter past the hour.
Saturday, October 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
High Time for Low Tea
Enjoy a true Victorian low tea in the mansion’s Orangerie served by docents in period dress. Learn about low versus high tea, tea history, and etiquette, all while delighting in delicious, traditional teatime treats. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Registration required. Cost $20 per person, members $15
Sunday, October 13, 4:30– 6:00 p.m.
Ninety Years of Fashion History, 1890–1980
Join us for the inside scoop on what the fashionable wore from 1890 to 1980 by Bard Graduate Center scholar Sarah Pickman. Sarah’s focus on fashion history and anthropology, her work in the Textile Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and her penchant for vintage clothing, all contribute to a fun and fascinating look at a period of radical change in fashion. Registration requested. Free

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Trick AND Treat
@ChaseSupport sent a letter to its cardholders last month explaining "enhanced benefits" for cardmembers.

The letter also said, "Please note that ID Theft Coverage will be cancelled. All changes are effective November 1, 2013."

When I cancelled my United MileagePlus(R) Card, I was told that ID Theft was being removed from ALL Chase cards.

Luckily, I have a very inexpensive add-on to my NY homeowner's insurance policy that covers ID Theft.

For a card, I selected Discover @Discover because their online portal lets me generate "random" unique 16-digit one-shot card numbers for each of my online transactions.

Someone with a very good imagination must have come up with this simple idea and I'm guessing that a C+ math student could have written the algorithm.

The kicker? Discover Card is giving 5% rewards for 4th Q 2013 on ALL online purchases. All that's required to earn the 5% bonus is a one-click enrollment on their app or site.

Santa -- Are you linked-in? Hope so . . . Wouldn't want you chasing around in case someone steals your identity.

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

gallery opening tonight in pelham ny

gallery opening tonight in PelhamNY next door to
Pelham Art Center
across from Bistro Rollin
welcome the gallery to Pelham, New York
6pm - 8pm — at 153 Fifth Avenue Pelham NY 10803
DMA Gallery, member Pelham Chamber of Commerce

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