Edwardian Great Lawn and Grand Porch Party


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!

IMG_3461 Halsey Herreshoff

SONY DSCDr. Michael and Phyllis Beals

IMGP6234 Isabel Livingston

SONY DSCThe only time it rained was when we were under the tent.  Halsey finished his talk & the sun came out!

SONY DSCPresident Louise BlissBoard Member Beth Neville and her husband RobertBoard Member Beth Neville and her husband  Dr. Robert Neville enjoy the grounds.

IMG_3481 The model of the Eleanor sits proudly in Rokeby’s entrance hall.

 IMGP6218The Blackiston Twins play duo pianos for our listening pleasure

 SONY DSCKathy Torcia welcoming guests

Reod BielenburgReid Bielenburg at the Welcome Table


statue and sky




 Please send us photos for our scrapbook:  elearnorrestorationproject@gmail.com




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.