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Lawn Party to Mark Field Library’s 125th Anniversary

Historic family businesses of Peekskill to receive Chester A. Smith Award.

The Field Library will celebrate its 125th anniversary and honor historic family businesses of Peekskill with a Sept. 9 lawn party at a historic Hudson River estate.

The Sunday afternoon party will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., rain or shine, at Monteverde at Oldstone on Bear Mountain Bridge Road.

The 18th annual Chester A. Smith Award will be presented at 2 p.m. on the terrace to these members of the local business community: N. Dain’s Sons, Arthur Weeks & Son Jewelry, D. Bertoline & Sons, E.O. Curry Funeral Home, Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home, Nardone Brothers Furniture, The Scaramellino Family Restaurants, Sandy Poritzky Meats and Enterprise Press.

Literary and dramatic performances will be presented in the intimate stone grape arbor while majestic lawns will provide a backdrop for a display of local artwork and sculpture. Hors d'ouevres and wine will be served on the patio. Tours of the Pierre Van Cortlandt mansion will be available. Musicians and singers will perform throughout the afternoon, with a children’s tent, games and a strolling magician.

Free trolley transportation will be available on “Stella” from the library, 4 Nelson Ave., to Monteverde. Parking is available at the site.

Tickets are $50 each ($5 each for children under 14) and can be obtained by calling library Director Sibyl Canaan at 914-737-7110 or e-mailing scanaan@wlsmail.org. Tickets also are available at the library circulation desk.

The library has expressed its thanks to Entergy Corp. for its community commitment and generous support in helping make the party possible.

John H Donohue September 07, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Chester Smith was a great asset to The Friendly Town and a wonderful mentor to many of the young from Peekskill. He was not big in stature but a giant in courage and love of his community and he fought big odds often alone to keep Peekskill a good place to live.. I will always be in his debt for his example , advice and support during the roughest days of my life.. Mr.Smith whenever he heard the remark ," You Can,t Fight City Hall " stated loud and publically, " God Help Us When We All Stop Trying " God Bless Chester Smith and all who honor his name . Too often , he stood alone for what he believed was right but he never wavered when it counted and we are all better off because of his courage example and deeds. I honor him and many other great citizens from Peekskill who stood up for the right things for our Community and Country when it was needed and did it in a civil manner and always were proud to be from Peekskill regardless of differences. .

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