October events at Bartow Pell Mansion


Sunday, October 6, 1–3 p.m.

Historic Wheels Rally for Historic HouseAntique and unique cars rally to benefit BPMM. Bring a picnic and see and be seen in your wheels. Registration required. Cost $30 donation per car. Call or email for details.

Thursday, October 10, 12–2 p.m.

Member Fall Bridge Luncheon Call for details.

Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13, 12–4 p.m.

Historic House Trust Festival & Open HouseNY WeekendCome explore the splendor of this 19th-century mansion and learn about the lives of past inhabitants. Free guided tours by costumed docents, 12–4p.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

Thursday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.

Local Author SpotlightIn The Inventor and The Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures 

Author and Yale professor Edward Ball takes us back 130 years to the intriguing saga set in the frontier decades of California. Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, making motion pictures possible. But the inventor was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial was a media sensation. His patron was railroad tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, who hired Muybridge and his camera to discern whether the four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground at once. Between them, the murderer and the mogul launched the age of visual media.Book signing and reception after the presentation. Registration requested. Cost $10 adults; $7 seniors and students; members free

Thursday, October 24, 9:30–3:00 p.m.(note change of date from Tuesday, October 22)

Member Trip to City Hall

Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York’s City Hall is one of the oldest continuously used city halls in the nation and one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. The Governor’s Room—a reception space and gallery on the second floor—features portraits by leading American artists, historic furnishings, and notable objects, including pieces by Charles Christian and Honoré Lannuier.The approximately one-hour tour will be followed by lunch. Van departs BPMM at 9:30. Space is limited. Registration required. Cost $65

Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Volunteer Garden Clean-Up Day

Help us make the grounds of BPMM look as beautiful as they can be. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy footwear strongly recommended. Light refreshments available. Registration requested. FreeSaturday, October 266:30 p.m. Cemetery Walk, 7:30 p.m. Ghost StoriesCemetery Walk + Victorian Ghost StoriesTake a guided, candlelit walk to the Pell Cemetery followed by a delightfully spooky staged reading of Victorian ghost stories by the City Island Theater Group. Space is limited. Registration required. Cost $20 adults, $15 seniors and students; members $15 adults; $10 seniors and students

For more info, visit www.bpmm.org

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