Historical Society holds annual Party in the Park

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  • Photos by Roger Gavan On Saturday evening, Aug. 26, guests spent a picture-perfect summer evening with clear skies, low humidity and mild temperatures at the Party in the Park sponsored by the Historical Society of the Town of Warwick.

  • Mayor Michael Newhard and his wife, Judy Pedersen, a participating artist.

  • Music was provided by Soulia and the Sultans.

  • Daniel Sarno (right), event manager for Pine Island Brewing Company, serves a craft beer to Warwick businessman Moshe Schwartzberg.

  • Sandy and Mark Kurtz, past president of the Warwick Historical Society, share a toast with Lilibet Lewis McLean.

WARWICK — The music, the appetizers, the food and even the weather worked together to make the 46th annual Under the Tent Party, now renamed the Party in the Park, a big success.

On Saturday evening, Aug. 26, guests spent a picture-perfect summer evening with clear skies, low humidity and mild temperatures at the annual event sponsored by The Historical Society of the Town of Warwick.

Guests gathered both outside and under the huge tent. And friends met friends while enjoying live music along with good food, wines and other refreshments courtesy of local businesses and restaurants and a silent auction.

During the evening, Cathryn Anders, president of the Historical Society, and Executive Director Lisa-Ann Weisbrod welcomed guests and announced that this year the society was celebrating an all new "Party in the Park."

The event celebrated the Village's 150th Anniversary and also served to recognize Warwick's artists, past and present.

The party featured cocktail style dining courtesy of The Landmark Inn, a signature cocktail designed by Black Dirt Distillery, craft beer from the Pine Island Brewing Company and homemade desserts. Music was provided by Soulia and the Sultans.

The Party in the Park, formerly known as the Under the Tent Party, is the Historical Society's major fund raiser and proceeds from this event are still being tabulated.

The funds are used to help preserve Warwick's historical heritage.

The society owns and maintains many historic buildings and other properties in the Village of Warwick.

Fund raisers, although essential, only cover part of the expenses, especially for buildings, which are often badly in need of repair.

The Shingle House, for example, which is the oldest building in the Village of Warwick, is currently undergoing renovations. And society volunteers are also performing an archaeological dig on this same site and discovering a trove of interesting artifacts.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Historical Society or become a member can call 986-3236 or visit warwickhistoricalsociety.org.

- Roger Gavan

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