Pelham Preservation & Garden Society celebrated its 20-year anniversary with an Evening on the Esplanade Fundraiser on Saturday, June 1st. Past Preservation Board Members and Party Hosts from the past 20 years were invited for a champagne toast and photo opportunity marking their service to the Board of Pelham Preservation & Garden Society and to the community. By 7:30 pm, nearly 300 guests arrived to enjoy “Preservation Punch,” assorted cocktails, elegant hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction in the expansive grounds of the Begley home.

Courtney & Frank Begley graciously opened their home at 1040 Esplanade which sits diagonally across from The Manor Club, where the desserts, with DJ and dancing portion of the evening was later held. The Begley’s 1905 grand Classical Revival home has a storied past, with a trailblazing journalist, author, and scriptwriter, Edith Session Tupper, residing there. She may have written as many as a half dozen movie scripts while residing in the home on Esplanade and Black Street.

After cocktails, guests walked diagonally across the Esplanade, which was closed in that small section to all traffic, to The Manor Club. The street closure allowed guests time to view the many PPGS Restoration and Beautification Projects as depicted on large story boards along the votive-lit pathway en route to The Manor Club. Lucky bidders in the silent auction took home many noteworthy items such as original art, antique maps and experiences such as fishing lessons, sailing, a Berkshire weekend stay, and other Pelham memorabilia.

PP&GS thanks the many auction bidders and winners. Pelham Preservation also offered a sponsorship opportunity to help renew Glover Field and many individuals pledged $100 donations toward that effort. PPGS Board members fund most of the food, make many of the food items, and provide the liquor for the party which keeps the costs down to keep a larger share of the event proceeds for PP&GS projects. This year, desserts were provided by Board Members, PPGS Volunteers, and Girl Scout Troops 1657 and 1603.

Pelham Preservation would like to thank the many attendees, but especially t hosts Frank and Courtney Begley; Lighting designer, Bob Rendon; Photographer Tom Bricker; the Village of Pelham Manor for allowing for small area street closure and Pelham Manor Police. Many local Pelham businesses helped with friendly rates, including: Depot Dave Catering, Hey Girl Flowers, Pelham Manor Florist, Atlas Party Rentals, Blue Dog Wines; auction donors: Aileen Dose of Westchester Massage; Julie Cepler of Random House; Buckley & Stevens Family; Kalehoff Family; Kaplan Family; Quintin Family; Koonce Family; Spana Family; Heller Family; Carey Family; Scott Williams Family; Murdock Family; Periera Family; White Family; Cantina Lobos; La Fontanella; ArtEffects; Blue Dog Wine Shop; French Wine Shop; Village Wine and Liquor; Tracee Neumann of The Garden Room; Nicola Nice of Pomp & Whimsy, and The Manor Club who graciously allowed us their wonderful space for the afterparty at a favorable rate.

View a link with photos of the party by Tom Bricker:

About PPGS

Formed in 1999, this group of volunteer Pelhamites develops programs and funds projects aimed at protecting and enhancing the aesthetic and historic character of the Pelham community. Recent projects of the PPGS include the hanging flower baskets in our downtown, Wolfs Lane Park Spring rake out, Tree Count Census, 25 free planted shade tree program, shade and evergreens in local parklands, plantings at the train station, the stone and timber pergola in Wolfs Lane Park, the restoration of the police booth at Four Corners, new benches at Pelhamdale Avenue and Boston Post Road bus stops, the restoration of the Benedict Fountain, and the annual “Mimi Buckley” PMHS scholarship, among many other initiatives. To learn more about PPGS and its activities and to buy tickets online, donate, or become a member, visit Anyone may join as a member for $25 annually. To join the PPGS or make a donation, please send a check made out to Pelham Preservation & Garden Society to: P.O. Box 8129, Pelham, NY 10803.

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