The E-350 Celebration Steering Committee planned an array of programs for all residents of Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville. A quick look at the Events and Community Programs pages on this website was a guide throughout 2014 to the many official events and activities, as well as to additional ones organized by other civic and community groups; these were featured on the website when announced.
A series of festive celebrations throughout the community centered around June 24, 2014. This date marked 350 years since the deed transfer of land from Thomas Pell to the Ten Farm Families. A gala was held combining celebration with exhibition on May 30th at Siwanoy Country Club. Friends and families gathered at Lake Isle Country on June 21st for a Community Festival and to enjoy live performances. History lovers enjoyed a historic trolley tour in late June.
Eastchester Cup Golf Tournament was a tradition in our Town for many decades. Leewood Country Club has reintroduced the event to coincide with the 350th Anniversary celebration. In 1937, Leewood Member Babe Ruth won this event. The trophy is on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The winner of this event name’s was engraved next to the Babe’s on a replica of that trophy and is displayed at Leewood Golf Club.
Exhibit at Condordia
In the early fall, Concordia’s OSilas Gallery opened with an exhibit on Legacies & Landmarks: Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville at 350. The
showcase provided visual evidence of the past residents who left their marks both here and beyond the town, contributing to the proud legacy that is Eastchester’s. Additionally, photographs, both vintage and modern, documented the marble industry’s influence on Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville.
Out of the Wilderness: Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Bronxville, 1664-2014
In early December, a handsome, well-researched and richly illustrated volume on Eastchester’s history, entitled Out of the Wilderness: Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Bronxville, 1664 -2014, was published. The book is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the town’s history, since its chapters focused on topics not previously researched or, perhaps, unknown until now. The 2014 celebrations concluded, leaving a legacy of community pride in its rich history.
One Book/One Community Reading Program
For openers, there was a first-time ever One Book/One Community Read Program, focusing on 97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman, a volume selected by the three public library directors. An edible history of five different ethnic groups in New York City, this book challenged us to recall our immigrant heritage and our community ties. On Sunday afternoon, January 26, 2014, Concordia College hosted a public lecture by the author at the Sommer Center with a reception that followed.