Originally planned for Sat., Jan. 23, the event was rescheduled due to heavy snow. More than 50 people gathered the next day at the home of Christine Foertsch and Michael McKee to listen to David Gordon and to enjoy food and beverages created by Celia Barbour, Jenny Evans, Jill Corson Lake, Trisha Mulligan, and Julia Wynn. Savory menu items included Korean barbecue pulled pork sliders, seasonal vegetable tarts, and bruschetta with ricotta.
Gordon discussed the histories, generosity, and environmental stewardship of several influential Philipstown families in the 19th and 20th centuries. Gordon's family pioneered educational and conservation initiatives in our area more than a century ago. His grandfather founded the Malcolm Gordon School in Garrison in 1927. An active environmental steward, Gordon has served on the board of the Constitution Island Association and the original School Forest Committee at the Garrison School. He has volunteered at School Forest Day since its inception. After the Malcolm Gordon School closed in 1990, Gordon worked with the Open Space Institute to preserve the school's property. This work led to OSI's 1995 gift of Philipstown Park to the community.