Briarcliff Historical Society Hosts Gala Sunday

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Briarcliff Manor Scarborough Historical Society co-president Karen Smith helps prepare for the group's gala on Sunday. Photo Credit: Nathan Bruttell

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – The Briarcliff Manor Scarborough Historical Society is growing so fast that its latest fundraiser on Sunday will welcome more guests than the group had members four years ago.

The group is set to host a Harvest Wine Dinner at the new Hudson at Haymount House on Sunday. The event is already sold out, with more than 140 residents committing to the dinner that honors local individuals and celebrates the village’s 110 year history. The event should bring in more than $5,000 for the historical society, representatives said.

When the historical society hosted its last fundraiser in 2008, the group had 128 members, said Karen Smith, co-president of the historical society.

“We have more than 200 members for the first time in our history,” Smith said Tuesday, adding that the historical society was founded in 1974. “We’re thrilled to death.”

The group is hoping this weekend’s fundraiser will help pave the way for the group to receive an absolute charter from the state, which would allow the group to seek grant funding.

“We’re maybe two years away from that happening so we’re very close,” Smith said. “We’ve gone 38 years without it but we are determined to make it happen.”

Co-president Jan Wagner said the group’s quickly growing numbers will also help when seeking the absolute charter.

“Our journal is massive compared to what it was in the past and we have more than 100 ads in it this year. The last one had nine,” Wagner said. “It’s changed dramatically. We’ve come a very long way.”

Sunday’s event will honor Mayor William Vescio and past presidents Tom Vincent and Mimi Boe.

“All three have been in their jobs for a long time and they have meant a lot to us,” Wagner said.  

Those interested in joining the historical society are asked to call (914) 941-4393. 

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