Story by Lon Tytell
The Warwick Historical Society hosted Tavern Night at the historical Baird’s Tavern on Sat., Mar. 4. The event was well attended and proceeds from the Tavern Night will help defray operating costs of the Society which maintains ten different properties in the Town of Warwick.
An array of delicious food was served to the guests. Some of the food was prepared by members of the Society and the remainder was provided by the following local businesses: Yesterdays Irish Pub, Fetch Bar and Grill, Blarney Station, Halligans Public House, Noble Pies, Caffe a la Mode and Jean Claude’s Patiserrie.
Fredrich Mehler, the owner of Glenmere Brewing Company, located in the Village of Florida, served Pennings Brown Ale and Glenmere Session Lager to the guests. Twenty three pounds of hops, grown at Pennings, were used to develop the Pennings Brown Ale, which won a Gold Medal at the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards held in Oregon.
Live entertainment for the evening was provided by Mike and Anne Baglione, who play traditional folk music, appropriate for the historical setting.
Valerie Lacey coordinated a team of volunteers who picked up the food, prepared food and helped with the set up and clean up. Kathie Austin, a member of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, volunteered her service as a photographer for Tavern Night and for future Warwick Historical Society (WHS) events. She made the offer after hearing a presentation by Lisa-Ann Weisbrod, the executive director of the WHS, at a recent Chamber mixer held at Baird’s Tavern.
Jesse Gallo came to Tavern Night with his wife Billie, a WHS board member, and their 11-month-old daughter, Adeline Rose. Gallo brought his daughter, who represents the future, to witness the efforts to preserve Warwick’s past.
Leslie Collins, a Warwick senior, attended the event, enjoying the companionship, community spirit, the nice music, the good food and the ale.
Dan Burger, the Commander of the VFW Post 4662, pointed out that a portion of Baird’s Tavern History included a visitation by George Washington as he and soldiers traveled through and were supported by our community during the Revolutionary War.
“Much of the chain that stretched across the Hudson to prevent British ships from traveling north toward Albany was forged right here in Warwick. The Tavern is located on Main Street (Rte. 94), which was named in honor of the 94th Infantry Division after WWII. The actual name of Rte. 94 is the 94th Infantry Division Memorial Highway. Members of the VFW look forward to working closely with the WHS to make the military history of our community readily available to all,” said Burger.
Additionally, there are exciting prospects for the future of the WHS, one of which includes a proposal submitted by Adam Powers, a local restaurateur and business man, to convert the first floor of the Baird’s Tavern to a full-time tavern.
Historical Society Executive Director Lisa-Ann Weisbrod summed up the evening saying, “What a great night! I felt like I was in a roomful of old friends, even though we had so many new people at the Tavern. We are so excited to be launching new and innovative initiatives at WHS and hope the Warwick community joins us in creating and preserving the history of our Town.”