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Pelham Preservation’s fundraiser set for historic Christ Church’s garden on June 1

Editor’s note: This press release was provided by the Pelham Preservation & Garden Society. The Pelham Examiner publishes press releases in the form received as a service to the community.

Pelham, N.Y.: Pelham Preservation & Garden Society invites the community to join them at its June 1st Garden Party will be held at the side garden of the historic Christ Church from 7-10 p.m. at 1415 Pelhamdale Avenue, Pelham Manor, N.Y.

Christ Church was built in 1843 of native granite in the Gothic style by its first rector, the Rev. Robert Bolton. Bolton was born in England and eventually settled in Pelham, where he saw need for an Episcopal Church in our community. The church is the first house of worship in Pelham. Rev. Bolton’s sons, William Jay and John, were artists who contributed to the architecture and artistry of the church. William Jay was a premier stained glass artisan and created many of the stained and painted glass windows in the church, including The Adoration of the Magi – believed to be the first figural stained glass window made in America.

The gardens tucked behind the church are flanked by these important stained glass windows providing a lovely and historic backdrop for the PP&GS 2024 event. Guests will be able to view the windows with a docent to bring their story to life.

A town favorite, the annual Garden Party is a great way to meet your neighbors, while exploring this special green space and historic church site and learning more about Pelham Preservation’s mission and new projects. Enjoy bites by popular Pizza da Michelino from the Pelham Farmers market, signature cocktails, along with music, 50/50 raffle, and the silent auction.

Unique items to bid on include a curated afternoon of gastronomy and Pelham history – in Brooklyn! Discover what secrets they have in common. Or 2024 Olympic gear to get you ready for the Paris games this summer, artwork from local artists, custom designed planters to adorn your entry as well as event tickets, blockbuster wine offerings, and a sunset boat cruise.

The Pelham community’s membership and support have funded ongoing programs including corner garden plantings along the First Street corridor, the annual downtown hanging flower baskets, and the planting of more than 25 native trees through our Host-A-Tree program. Recent preservation projects include the rebuild of the Chester Park Steps, historic reproduction street signs along Pelhamdale Avenue, and design and build of the Wolf’s Lane Park gazebo. Past projects include the historic reproduction traffic posts at Four Corners and restoration of the Police Booth, restoration of the Pelhamwood Clocktower, the Highbrook Gates, the PMHS lobby, and the Oculus window at The Picture House.

Pelham Preservation helps supplement education with the Mimi Buckley scholarship, and supports Girl Scout Gold and Eagle Scout projects with funds and consultation and guidance.

To learn more about the organization and how you can get involved, visit our table at the Pelham Market on May 19th. Or to purchase tickets, $75 per person, please visit


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