Imagine enjoying a delightful cup of tea with mouth-watering, delicious finger sandwiches and petits fours and cream cakes, bidding on silent auctions and obtaining wondrous items and tickets to great events, sitting with old and new friends alike, and enjoying the eloquent, titillating and intelligent banter of renowned authors, renowned newspaper and magazine giants, playwrights and more – and knowing that your presence will help advance the New Rochelle Public Library in necessary technology, programming, and enhancement of physical space. This is exactly what had transpired for a heavenly Sunday afternoon once a year for nine years, ending in April 2004. However, there is a wonderful rumour that it will return next year (May 14, 2011) – and I cannot wait!
Hosted by the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation, and co-chaired by Alisa Kesten (Alisa Executive Director of the Volunteer Center), the CelebriTeas would take place at the library serving delightful bites catered by local establishments upon linen covered tables with elegant tableware, exquisite floral arrangements, and large potted plants tranforming the first floor of the library to an atmospheric extravanaga. There we would be elegantly entertained by such noted authors as Arthur Golden (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), Rupert Holmes, Ben Yagoda, Charles Grodin, Harold Evans, Terry Anderson, Ferai Chideya, Walter Isaacson, Chris Bohjalian, Tom Wicker (there were so many). The program ran for 9 years this way. There would be an introduction by the moderator – either Louis Boccardi (another noted New Rochelle resident who was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Associated Press (AP), the world’s largest news organization, from 1985 until his retirement in 2003), or Gil Schwartz (pen name being Stanley Bing) who, another New Rochelle resident, was a business humorist and novelist, contributing a column to Fortune Magazine and Esquire alike as well being a well noted author himself in addition to being affiliated to CBS as Executive V.P. for corporate communications. After each anecdotal account by the special guests, there would be discussion and questions by both the moderators and audience alike with the guests, and one would leave the event both awed and totally entertained. Not only that, but it would leave you with a sense of appreciation for living in such a great city as New Rochelle, and for having people and organizations willing to take the immeasurable time and dedication to make such a pleasurable and profitable event come to fruition.
However, one doesn’t have to wait until May of next year for such a great event, living in this great city, there are always wonderful events taking place.
New Rochelle is a wonderful city in which to live, and as a New Rochelle Realtor, if I can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact me.
New Rochelle is GREAT