A Preservation Celebration co-chairs: Christy Kelly and Martha Agate.

by Paula M. Riley
The Chestnut Hill Historical Society, together with East River Bank, presents “A Preservation Celebration” on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 7-11 p.m. Formerly known as Preservation Potpourri, the annual gala returns this year with a new date, new party and new name!

This year, when the historical society hosts its gala, it promises to be as exciting as last year’s sold-out extravaganza. A Preservation Celebration will be held at the home of Janet and Ron Rock, a large manor house on West Chestnut Hill Avenue known to Hillers as the “Blue Brothers House” for the statues of the famous actors that stood on the front lawn for years.

The gala is the society’s biggest fundraiser – raising one-quarter of the organization’s operating funds. In a festive and elegant black-tie optional atmosphere, party guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets for a full evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing ($150 a person) are offered as well at reduced ticket price for those who want to join the party a bit later just for drinks, dancing and dessert at 9 p.m. ($80 a person).

Hors d’oeuvres and a moveable feast will be provided by Bacchus Catering. Melissa Martin and the Mighty Rhythm Kings will entertain the crowd with party music. Guests will love the items available in this year’s silent auction, which includes exotic vacations and interesting experiences. .

The society’s annual gala is one of the area’s most popular events. The party attracts guests who love to gather and celebrate in style. For almost three decades, caring community members raise money to help protect and preserve the physical, historical and cultural resources of Chestnut Hill.

Funds raised at the gala will help keep the historical society archives open six days a week, offering public access to more than 20,000 items documenting the community’s history.

The society provides a resource to homeowners and maintains an easement program that permanently protects 68 acres and 12 historical façades. Generous corporate sponsors joining East River Bank are long-time supporter Eichler & Moffly Realtors, as well as new partners Bank of America, Dennis F. Meyer, Inc., Logan Capital Management, Nolan Painting and Matthew Millan Architects, Inc.

Anyone interested in a private tour of the home and champagne reception at 6 p.m can become a benefactor. These tickets are $300.

For information and to purchase tickets, contact Audrey at the Chestnut Hill Historical Society 215-247-0417, ext. 103, or visit www.chhist.org.