Jay Heritage Center 
October/November 2013 Newsletter Volume 3
In This Issue

 On the Nature of Constitutions
Garden Club of America ZONE III Tour
  Jay Heritage Center
210 Boston Post Rd 
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 698-9275 

1907 Van Norden Carriage House
Visitor Hours:
OPEN W - F 10am - 5pm

1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday Tours
2pm - 5pm 

June 2 - September 1
or by appointment

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The Jay Heritage Center is a 501 (c) 3 whose mission is the Preservation and Interpretation of  the Historic Jay Estate in Rye, NY. 
Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1993, the site's landscape and buildings are vibrant settings for adults and children to learn.
As a proud member site of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and  NY State's Path Through History, we offer educational and cultural programs in American History, Social Justice, Architecture, Environmental Stewardship and much much more. 
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Dear Friends,
It's not yet officially Thanksgiving but here at JHC we are always eager to express our thanks. As a non-profit, we are most thankful for the many hands-on volunteers of every age that make our events run smoothly and for our members - individuals and corporations- whose donations fund a wide array of community and school programs. Both groups also give our staff and our organization much needed feedback and inspiration so that we can constantly refine, improve and expand our offerings.
Volunteerism and membership matter. Last month, in just week, over 1000 visitors came to our site for 3 programs that were completely different in scope - 1) to discuss the history and the future of Constitutions on a global scale, 2) to celebrate the autumn season with traditional American crafts, activities and music and 3) to learn about the preservation of gardens and landscapes. All 3 events represented the volunteer efforts of literally hundreds of people - from a chapter of 8th Grade Girl Scouts to Rye Garden and Little Garden Club members, from high school teenagers from all parts of Westchester and parent-child teams, to young families including members of our Preservationists auxiliary, and our Board of Trustees.  I am ever thankful for them and all of you for your vigorous support, dynamic ideas and energy.
Your gifts matter. I hope you will join us at our fall fundraiser - The Zebra Soiree- on Saturday, October 19th at American Yacht Club - and also renew your memberships at this time. We have many superb speakers, artists and workshops to share with you and our community thanks to your continued generosity! 

Suzanne Clary, President
Jay Heritage Center

Join Us for the Zebra Soiree!
Cocktails, Hors D'oeuvres, Dancing & Auction
Saturday, October 19th 7:30pm - 11:30pm 
JHC's Annual Fundraiser at American Yacht Club  
(Photos by Cutty McGill)
An evening not to be missed! This fabulous event will be held for the first time at American Yacht Club just a sail across Milton Harbor from the Jay Estate! Dance the night away while bidding on unique travel excursions to Colorado and Nantucket, sunset sails on classic yachts, artisanal beer and wine tasting parties in private homes. Proceeds and underwriting gifts will fund children's programs including JHC's interactive theatre productions, architecture camps and hands on archaeology adventures, Imap Invasives training classes for teens and civic advocacy programs. Thanks to our energetic Co- Chairs, Elisabeth Casey and Keelin Pye for making this party a standout!

Black and White attire is invited. Tickets start at $200. Tables are $2500 and up. To reserve your spot please call (914) 698-9275.  
  "Lords, Ladies & Mummies" 
  Sunday, November 10th, 3pm - 5pm
The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey
 Although famous today as the country house depicted in the television series Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle in Berkshire has a rich and fascinating history that goes far beyond its television fame. Home since 1672 of the Herbert family, later Earls of Carnarvon, the English Renaissance Revival house seen today was created in the early 19th century by architect Charles Barry. (Read more...)
 Save the Date - 
 Holiday Music with Grant Herreid
 Sunday, December 8th,
 5pm - 7pm
 (More details to come....)