Jamestown Historical Society News
Horsehead Gala July 28 The Horsehead Gala is only two and half weeks away! Saturday, July 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Horsehead, 250 Highland Drive. The Gala is a fund-raiser for the JHS Capital Campaign. If you're a member or contributor to the historical society, you should have received a bright bronze envelope in the mail within the last two weeks with your invitation. Because we have limited space, members get first choice. Tickets will go on sale to the public on July 21. So if you got an invitation, send in your response before July 20. Tickets are moving fast!
Arrive at Horsehead early in the party and you'll have a chance to take a horse and carriage ride up the old carriageway. (We can't guarantee a ride to many - there'll only be one carriage making the trip.) Approaching the house from that direction is a revelation. The approach is through wrought iron gates and up a grassy path that follows a stone wall overlooking the East Passage. As the path takes its fi- nal turn west around a stone outcropping, the front of the house suddenly comes into view. Even if you're not one of the lucky ones to ride up by horse and carriage, it's well worth the extra 10 or 15 minutes to walk around the path - maybe after getting a drink to sustain you on the walk.
On the lawn near the house, hors d'oeuvres, catered by Cuisine with Jill Nicolson, and drinks will be served. A special 19th century punch is planned. The committee for the gala, chaired by Gale Bay, is keeping the punch recipe secret, but they guarantee it will be delicious. Strolling musicians will play American folk music, in keeping with the historical atmosphere.
A silent auction, held for the duration of the party, will offer dozens of opportunities to contribute and win a gift at the same time. More than 25 local artists have donated works of art, so this is your chance to support their work while you benefit the society. Other silent auction items range from gifts and certificates from local restaurants and stores to boat trips on the bay.
About 7 p.m., a live auction will kick off with a few really fabulous items. The JHS itself is putting up for auction a piece of the grating from the old Jamestown Bridge. At the time the bridge was demolished, we were given 4, two-foot square pieces of the bridge. Two of them are on display in the museum as part of this year's exhibit, The Jamestown Bridge, 1940-2007: Concept to Demolition, and are part of our permanent collection. We offered the third one for auction last year at The Night at the Mill, our first fundraiser for the museum restoration. At the Horsehead Gala, we're offering the fourth piece. This is your last chance to bid on this piece of our history!
Places to stay in far away vacation spots - Saint Lucia, Boca Raton, England - will also be on the block - in some cases accompanied by frequent flier miles for the travel.
So plan to come. We'll have a great time!
June was a busy month for the JHS. The museum opening on June 30 was a great success. Over 100 people stopped by to see the new exhibit on the history and demolition of the Jamestown Bridge, admire the renovated interior, and sip Del's lemonade, provided by Rep. Bruce Long, under the tree in the front yard. If you missed the celebration, you can still come see the exhibit. The museum will be open every Wednesday through Sunday from now until Labor Day from 1 to 4 p.m. We'll also be open the same hours on Monday and Tuesday, August 13 and 14 during Jamestown 350 Week and from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
The opening of the windmill on June 16 was much quieter. Linnea Petersen hosted the summer volunteers who came to re- fresh their knowledge of the mill before their own day at the mill. Marcia Lindsay and Harry Wright greeted the visitors to the Quaker Meetinghouse and answered questions during the open house there. The windmill will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. until mid-September. The meetinghouse is open by appointment (and for meeting for worship every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.).
If you are with a group that wants to visit any of our sites at other times, just call the museum at 423-0784 or email jhs@ jamestownri.com. We'll make arrangements for a special tour.