It was an enchanting evening on Saturday, May 14th for the more than 75 people who attended the Larchmont Historical Society’s kick-off cocktail party for this year’s 30th Anniversary Spring House Tour, “Celebrating Larchmont Park: The First Village Neighborhood.”
As the front door opened to 11 Serpentine Trail, the extraordinary home of Lisa and Reiner Boehning, guests were able to experience history, art, music, stone and flower gardens, sculpture, fine wine and great food, plus a fascinating discussion, all in one magical setting.
For more than 50 years (1926-1978), 11 Serpentine was the home of world-renowned sculptor, C. Paul Jennewein. The home still retains his work: the Shepherd and 12 Sheep that grace the front of the home and the bas-relief Law and Order on the back patio. During the party, guests heard a wonderful and informative discussion on Jennewein, presented by Jill Sarkozi. She explained how Larchmonters, mostly unaware, are surrounded by Jenneweins work – he designed the four Neptune metal signs that mark the entrances to Larchmont, and are featured on all the new Flint Park signs.
With great care and an artistic eye, our own Village Public Works employees, Rich Berlingo and Pat Zeh restored the large Neptune sign to its original color and detail, and guests could view it up close.
Throughout the night, guests listened to beautiful music provided by a jazz trio from the Larchmont Music Academy, ate and drank wonderful food and wine provided by Vintage 1891 and David Calkins of Wine Gems, sipped “Jennewein Juleps” as they walked the secret old stone paths and received custom LHS tote bags filled with goodies and the latest issue of Westchester Cottages and Gardens – our first ever House Tour media sponsor. For both the cocktail party and the tour, all seven homes were filled with magnificent flower arrangements, courtesy of Nancy White, LHS board member, and owner of the Flower Bar.
In her welcome to the guests, LHS President, Colette Rodbell thanked all the homeowners for their graciousness, and remarked how Larchmont Village so beautifully captures the “dream of homeownership that became accessible to the middle-class at the turn of the century,” and how 11 Serpentine Trail brings to life the vision the early planners of Larchmont Village had: one where the roads and homes were incorporated into the natural topography of cliffs, glacial boulders and sloping, curving hillsides. The Bungalow, Craftsman Cottage and American Foursquare architecture all represented in the six lovely homes on Sunday’s house tour display the visually appealing diversity of our historic Village. Despite hazy skies and the occasional rain, the feeling of sunny warmth amidst such beauty and great company was what prevailed.