Silver Celebration For Society

To The Editor:

It is hard to believe, but 25 years have passed since the Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society came into being. And yet, considering all that DLNHS has accomplished during that quarter-century, it is equally incredible that so much has been done in so little time. Just a few of its accomplishments include:

Designation of the Douglas Manor and Douglaston Hill Historic Districts.

Applied for landmark designation of the Little Neck Parkway Cornell Farm.

Completed a census of trees on Douglaston Historic District property.

Hosted dozens of consultations for owners and architects seeking advice for renovations and additions.

Sponsored Local Development Corp. visioning for community improvement.

Worked toward the successful effort to restore historically authentic street names and placement of descriptive signs in historic districts.

Sponsored three years of heavily attended art fairs.

Future plans include expanding educational outreach and forums; continued contributions towards funding neighborhood projects; and funding a part-time Executive Director to expand the reach of the organization with the aim of garnering significant grants. In celebration of this milestone, the DLNHS will be hosting a benefit, The Silver Anniversary Summer Soirée: La Dolce Vita! on June 21. Our hosts, Peter and Arlene Angelilli, inspired the theme of the event and there will be a Bellini Bar, A Taste of Italy, and a special performance by Mezzo-Soprano Laura Federici. Dazzling Raffles and Silent Auction Items will also be available.

The Angelilli home is a Colonial Revival style house. The two-story high pilasters at the corners of the house are topped by heavily carved Corinthian capitals and large windows to bring light into the beautifully furnished indoors. Reservations, Raffle Tickets, 50/50 Cash Prize Tickets, Sponsorship Opportunities and Information are available on our web site: along with a PayPal payment option. Attendance is limited and reservations should be received as soon as possible.

Stuart Hersh,