By Erin Saluti, Member, Board of Directors, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy
Sep. 25, 2019: On Friday, October 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, the Bronxville Historical Conservancy (“BHC”) will host its much-anticipated Ghosts of Bronxville event for its fourth year. The event was created by the BHC Young Families Committee in 2013 as a unique way to educate the children of the village about the incredible history that surrounds them every day
During this year’s event, participants will embark on a mysteriously realistic journey back in time. Along the way, they will encounter five important “ghosts” from Bronxville’s history, many of them in their original dwellings.
Five historic homes on The Hilltop, within easy walking distance, have been secured for the appearance of the spellbinding figures. Participants will move along the winding yellow-brick roads, guided by the light of a (battery-powered) candle and a hand-drawn map by artist William Q. Dowling.
At each home, an actor dressed in period attire will spin a spooky tale of his or her life in Bronxville around the turn of the 19th century. Authentic antique props and moody backdrops painted by artist Marc Pollack will combine to create the eerie ambiance for which Ghosts of Bronxville has become known. Traditional harvest and Halloween games will be offered along the route to keep the children entertained between the ghostly encounters.
Five accomplished graduate students from the Sarah Lawrence theatre department will again be performing as the "ghosts" appearing at each home. In addition, a group of talented Bronxville High School drama students will portray historically accurate “apparitions” encountered along the route.
This year’s Ghosts of Bronxville will be led by co-chairs Tina Adams, Betsy Putnam, and Lyndal Vermette. The committee members are Hilary Blumenreich, Laura Busker, Hilary Clarke, Suzanne Pratt Davis, Susie Frigon, Cece Heraty, Emily Liggitt, Michelle McBride, Jennifer Russo, Erin Saluti, Linda Samios, and Laura Van Tienhoven.
The event is open to Bronxville Historical Conservancy members and is for children in grades 1 to 6. Children must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone. There will be a total of 225 tickets for sale and in previous years the tickets have sold out within days.
The committee encourages you to act quickly to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Tina Adams at
Photo courtesy The Bronxville Historical Conservancy
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