Friends and Members of the Hudson River Historic Boat & Restoration Society, many in straw hats, gathered at Rokeby on May 31, 2015 for a Great Lawn and Grand Porch Party. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Aldrich were the hosts. Halsey Herreshoff was the captivating speaker. Great food was served by Bruno’s. Grand music was provided by the Blackiston Twins. A silent auction, tours of the house by Wint Aldrich, plus a beautiful setting all made for a very enjoyable day. The event, to benefit the building of the spars for the sailboat Eleanor, raised in excess of $5,000.
Thank you everyone who made this delightful afternoon possible!
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A Special Location for a Special Benefit Event — Rokeby Farm Estate
Located between the Hudson River and River Road, Rokeby, built in 1815 is located in the Hudson River Heritage Historic District and is included in the Historic American Buildings Survey. The grand hall, library, parlor, and dining room will be open for viewing. Guests may stroll the grounds and take in the views.
Enjoy light picnic fare prepared by Bruno’s, complimentary signature punch, and sparkling beverages. We are encouraging guests to imagine themselves in the photo above and to dress in the Edwardian fashion or come as you are. Event will be held rain or shine.
The Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society Inc.
In March, 2011, the Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society Inc. was organized to save the Eleanor, a circa 1903 Hudson River Sloop designed by Clinton Crane, Naval Architect and avid sailor. The Eleanor is being restored to sail again on the Hudson River for the public’s pleasure and education. The Society needs your help to raise money for Eleanor’s mast, boom and gaff that will be built by the Beetle Boat Shop in Wareham, Mass. Plan now to attend a benefit event in a privately owned unique location.
Special Guest – Halsey Herreshoff
At 4 o’clock Mr. Herreshoff will speak about his racing experiences, the America’s Cup and things dear to sailors. Since 1878, the Herreshoff family has been designing and building select high quality yachts, including the famed Reliance and Westward, the most technologically advanced racing yachts of their time. Halsey Herreshoff, furthering the family heritage, is a prolific designer of production and custom yachts. As a sailor, he has been bowman, tactician and navigator, with four successful America’s Cup defenses. He has also been responsible for the development of the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, R.I.