Bartow-Pell Mansion Kicks Off Holidays With A Storybook Christmas

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum kicks off its special events for the holiday season with a luncheon on Friday, December 2, 12:30-2:00 p.m. and an evening holiday celebration on Saturday, December 3, 7-10 p.m. The glorious Greek Revival mansion will be fully decorated for the holidays with A Storybook Christmas theme, featuring eight Christmas trees inspired by children’s books from around the world in rooms throughout the house.

Real Simple, the award-winning Time Inc. Lifestyle Group magazine, is participating in the holiday event for the first time. Real Simple editors and renowned stylist Jeffrey Miller are using the popular children’s book, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (United States), as inspiration and will decorate their tree with beautifully designed cookie creations — polar bears, trains and snowflakes — by New Jersey cookie designer Sweet Dani B.

The remaining seven trees will be decorated by: The Pajama Program: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (United States); the Pelham Public Library: Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren (Sweden); PACT (Parents and Community Together): The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola (Mexico); Ballet Arts of Westchester: Angelina’s Christmas by Katherine Holabird (England); Westchester Children’s Museum: Uncle Vova’s Tree by Patricia Polacco (Russia);

BPMM docents: The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter (England); and Act One with Dana’s Dramarama: Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans (France).

Besides a delicious and festive meal, guests at the Holiday Luncheon can enjoy shopping for gifts, homemade goodies, and a variety of silent auction items. In addition, 20-25 year Bartow-Pell Conservancy members will be honored at the luncheon. Cost is $40 per person; $65 to be listed in the program.

The Evening Holiday Celebration includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, caroling by the A caPelhams, silent and live auctions, a live auction, and more.

The live auction — short, sweet and sophisticated — includes four unique items: a weekend at a four-bedroom City Island landmark Victorian house overlooking the Long Island Sound; a country house in the Berkshires for a long weekend; a dinner for 10 people in the double parlors of the Bartow-Pell Mansion; and sponsorship of the museum’s shutter restoration project. The City Island Victorian is perfect for housing out-of-town guests for a family reunion, graduation, or birthday celebration, or just for some quiet time in a unique city setting. The Berkshires country house is excellent for a ski weekend or a summer Tanglewood visit. Stays at both houses will be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time between the owners and highest bidders. Pelham resident John Hastings will serve as auctioneer for the evening. Cost per person for the Evening Holiday Celebration: Angels $250; Cherubs $200 (both include listing in the program); Snowflakes $125.

Reservations are required for both the luncheon and the evening celebration, and festive attire is requested. Call 718-885-1461 or email by November 30. 


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