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Moonlight Soirée at Jay Draws 300!

30th Anniversary Creates Forward Momentum

More than 300 supporters of the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) enjoyed a night of spectacular weather, touring fragrant gardens and supping at sparkling tablescapes on Saturday, September 17. The evening marked 30 years of leadership in preservation and environmental stewardship first launched by JHC’s five founding women.

Nonie Reich, daughter of Deedee Paschal, one of those trailblazers, took the crowd back in time as she remarked on the course that JHC navigated and praised the bright trajectory that they have ahead of them! A live auction of bespoke dinners and a green electric MOKE were highlights of the party co-chaired by another 5 dynamic women – Christie Bonasera, Aileen Burdick, Suzanne Clary, Lindsay Martin and Caroline Walker. Read Nonie’s remarks here and see a few photos from the evening. More photos to come!





Saturday, October 1

Jay Day Is Back!

We’re thrilled to announce that our Fall Family Festival is back–the first Jay Day in three years! It will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022, from noon to 4pm. Jay Day is part of New York State’s Hudson River Valley Ramble!


Activities include live a cappella performances by the Yale Spizzwinks? plus amazing balloon twisters – Revolutionary War swords and butterfly wings are their specialties! Hay rides and a petting zoo from Bronx Equestrian! Stilt walkers & jugglers — super photo op for the whole family!   Get an exquisite keepsake portrait of your child with Varin Acevado of Sweet-Silhouette by Varin!

Learn about archaeology with Dr. Eugene Boesch – hold artifacts in your hand from 4000-year-old projectile points to an 18th century slate pencil used by one of Rye’s earliest students – stay tuned for a list of additional Jay Way vendors!


Sunday, October 2 at 2pm

Michael W. Twitty Author of Kosher Soul

Meet James Beard Award-winning chef Michael W. Twitty at a FREE, in-person program in the Jay Estate Gardens where he will discuss his newest book, “Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew.” Read more here

REGISTER HERE – The first 150 guests will receive a free copy of Twitty’s new book!

Twitty spoke at an enormously popular virtual JHC program, “Culinary Justice: Cultural Resilience and the History of Food,” in January 2021.   Watch the video here.

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