Antiques Appraisal Day at Clark Auction Gallery

(Larchmont, NY February 15, 2011) – Two years ago, the Larchmont Historical Society held their own version of  the “Antiques Roadshow” with “Antiques Appraisal Day”.   The event proved to be a wonderful success, with more than 80 enthusiastic participants  attending,  eager to learn the value of their treasured art, jewelry, furniture and decorative objects from a panel of expert appraisers.  This year, the LHS is partnering with Clarke Auction Gallery to once again offer guests the chance to assess the history and value of their antiques.

The event will have two parts.  The first, “What’s Hot? What’s Not” will be held on Friday evening, March 4th, from 6-8PM at the Larchmont Yacht Club.   It will feature  an open forum panel discussion with seasoned experts, exploring the state of the antiques market today,  and answering questions about their given expertise, as well as inquiries about antiques in general.   The panel will be moderated by Tom Curran of Clarke Auction Gallery.   Cocktails will be served.  The event is $20 for LHS members, $25 for non-members.

Part two, Antiques Appraisal Day, takes place  Saturday, March 5th, at Clarke  Auction Gallery, from 12-4PM.  Certified dealers and appraisers will be on hand in the fields of Asian Art and Antiquities, European and International Fine Art, Jewelry, Silver, Traditional American Antiques, Paintings and Sculpture, and the Decorative Arts.   A fee of $20 will be charged for the first appraised item, $10.00 will be charged for each additional item, with a maximum of three objects being appraised per person.

Light refreshments will be served.

For information and to rsvp for the Friday evening panel:

call 914-381-2239 or email
All proceeds will benefit The Larchmont Historical Society.

2011 LHS House Tour May 15th

The House Tour takes place today – Sunday May 15th – from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  There have been intermittent brief rain showers but the houses are all within a brief walking distance, so bring an umbrella and enjoy the tour.

Online Ticket Purchasing is now closed. You can purchase your tickets and House Tour Journal at the corner of Mayhew Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue. Look for the historically-dressed firefighters. You can pay with cash, check or credit card.

The Tour is open to Historical Society members and the public. The following are the ticket prices:

  • House Tour and Reception: Members $45, Guests $55

Ticket Pick-up: If you purchased your tickets online or by mail, you can pick up your tickets and House Tour Journal at the corner of Mayhew Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue at the time of the House Tour. Look for the historically-dressed firefighters.

  • House Tour Sunday May 15th, 1:00-5:00 pm
  • Reception: Sunday May 15th, 3:00-6:00 pm

Click here for more information: - LHS House Tour Tickets.

A Sizzling Fundraiser

On October 30th the Larchmont Yacht Club was the scene of a five-alarm fundraising effort by the Larchmont Historical Society (LHS) as the group hosted its first Firemen’s Ball in many decades.  The “Roaring 20’s Firemen’s Ball” attracted nearly 200 guests who arrived in period costumes from the heady era of Prohibition.  According to LHS President Colette Rodbell, the evening was held to raise funds for Larchmont’s Engine One, a 1922 American LaFrance fire truck, an important piece of this nation’s fire history which is undergoing extensive restoration.  “It is our goal,” said Rodbell, “to restore this magnificent machine and bring it back to Larchmont to use for education and recreational purposes, as well as for generating income.”

Larchmont’s own James McCaffrey, a  lead actor in the FOX television show “Rescue Me,” a series about the New York Fire Department, ignited the crowd into purchasing raffle and silent auction donations which in the end netted nearly $8,000 for the engine restoration fund. According to the LHS’s Fire History Committee, the fundraising effort began in 2008 with a sizeable donation from the Orans Family in memory of Jacob Orans, a Larchmont volunteer firefighter.  Many of the area’s current and retired firefighters were in attendance with their families.  Glenn Corbett, Technical Editor of Fire Fighting Magazine, brought some of his fascinating collection of vintage fire fighting apparatus for all to enjoy.

In addition to flapper attire, feathers and fedoras, many of the guests ‘costumes paid homage to past fire fighting attire.  Members of the LHS Fire History Committee wore parade-worthy firefighting costumes dating from the 1860s, complete with antique helmets illuminated with real flame throwing torches!

Guests were invited to learn to dance the Charleston, with music supplied by Michael Cumella of “Crank Up Phonograph DJ Experience.”  Cumella, an expert on period music, has been host of WFMU Radio’s Antique Phonographic Music Program since 1995.  Larchmont resident and LHS member David Calkins supplied the wine, compliments of his company Wine Gems @Perrillos, and Heineken donated the beer.

A Pulitzer Prize Winning Look at “Our Town”

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On Thursday, October 22, 2009 the Larchmont Historical Society (LHS) together with the University Club will host a fascinating evening featured a talk entitled Phyllis McGinley: the Poet Laureate of the Suburbs, presented by Dr. Joanna Gill, Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Exeter, UK.  The event was held at the Larchmont Yacht Club.

In this talk Dr. Gill discussed the life and work of Larchmont poet and essayist Phyllis McGinley, who in her mid-century heyday was one of the most celebrated figures in American letters. McGinley won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 for her selected poems Times Three (60,000 copies in hardback sold). Her book Sixpence in her Shoe, published in 1964, was devoted to ‘the glory of housewifery’ and it enjoyed six months on the New York Times bestseller list.

The talk took guests from McGinley’s upbringing in rural Oregon and Utah to her life in Larchmont as wife and mother (McGinley and her family lived at 12 Hazel Lane, a home featured on the 2007 LHS House Tour.)  Dr. Gill  examined the emergence of McGinley’s poetic voice in the context of changing mid-century attitudes towards the suburbs and in relation to new trends in American poetry. Jo Gill observed “This talk considers the significance to McGinley’s development of a distinctive poetic style of her everyday experience as a suburban wife and mother.” By examining particular poems in detail Dr. Gill traced the influence of Larchmont life on her writing. “ By drawing on unpublished material from the McGinley archive at Syracuse University, Dr. Gill reveal the importance of the people, places and rituals of Larchmont to McGinley’s success—an importance which, sadly, became all-to-apparent to her when she briefly left the village for a new home in Connecticut.”

Gossip, success, husbands, fathers, privacy, children, vanity, cocktail clatter, seasons, sexual equality—it all ended up on the backyard barbeque in McGinley’s  upbeat, witty, yet sometimes unnerving, rendering of the suburban landscape.  This was an evening not to be missed.

About Dr. Joanna Gill: Dr. Jo Gill is Lecturer in 20th Century Literature at the University of Exeter, UK. She has three children. She is the author of Anne Sexton’s Confessional Poetics (University Press of Florida 2007), of Women’s Poetry (Columbia University Press 2007), and of The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath (Cambridge University Press 2008). She is currently writing a book—from which this talk is drawn—entitled The Poetics of the American Suburbs.