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Solebury Township Historical Society garden party recalls New Hope Impressionists’ Sunday gatherings


The Solebury Township Historical Society hosts its annual fundraiser, “A Garden Party with William and Annie Lathrop,” an afternoon to celebrate in the spirit of New Hope Impressionists William and Annie Lathrop’s famous Sunday afternoon gatherings.

Delectable small bites and signature cocktails including the Lathrop Lemon Rickey will accompany lively conversation, ragtime rhythms from the Michael Arenella Quartet and a live auction.

“A Garden Party with William and Annie Lathrop” will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the picturesque HollyHedge Estate. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased at

“We are excited to host a memorable afternoon reveling in the spirit and history of the Lathrop’s contribution to our community,” commented Lorraine Gross, STHS chairperson.

“Our live auction promises to be the highlight as our guests will have an opportunity to bid on paintings by Carversville artist Joseph Crilley, a Max Hansen catered four course meal for six, artwork by Pearl Mintzer, an Impression-SIPS private party, and much more. Our own board member, Dave Smith, will be the auctioneer, promising an entertaining event.”

STHS President Marnie Leasure added, “Our committee has been working for months to bring back STHS’s annual fundraiser. We hope to see many Solebury residents along with our Bucks and Hunterdon County neighbors spend the afternoon supporting this year’s capital campaign, a new website benefiting members and guests who access our comprehensive archives.”

Period attire is encouraged but not required.

“A Garden Party with William and Annie Lathrop” thanks ad sponsors Tinsman Brothers Building Materials, Jay Spaziano Real Estate, Angel’s Cards & Gifts, Rago Arts & Auction Center, Walter’s Nursery, Jarrett Vaughan Builders, Peddler’s Village, Tohickon Settlement Services, Eiseman Construction, GMG Insurance, Gratz Gallery, Parry Insurance, Northeast Equitable, HMR Architects, Solebury Township Supervisors, Martha Sperling Fine Art, and Augenblick & Co. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Help STHS reach its fundraising goal of $20,000. Contact the society at 215-297-5091 or visit

Solebury Township Historical Society, headquartered in a historic, one-room schoolhouse on the corner of Sugan and Upper York roads, is a resource for preserved archives, oral histories, publications, and more. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, and by appointment. For information, email or call 215-297-5091. Visit

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