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Established June 2, 1997
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Charlestown Historical Society
1997 Annual Patrons Dinner

Bendiner House Sketch
The 1997 Annual Patrons Dinner of the Charlestown Historical Society was held last evening at "&", the secluded and most intriguing property on Whitehorse Road owned by Saul and Neila Kun. We say "property" because the event was held in the Kun's barn, which in almost all respects is as it was 150 years ago, except for being clean as a whistle. It would be easy to go on about this marvelous farm, but we will simply note that since the property was purchased by Eleanor Morris and her late husband in the early 40's, and through its stewardship by the Morris's and Alfred Bendiner (1899 - 1964), a noted artist and his wife, and now the Kuns, this marvelous property has received loving care and is a joy to explore.
The evening began with a wine and cheese party in the grassy paddock, which was followed by a delicious dinner in the loft of the barn. Sketches by Alfred Bendiner were on display and on each table (see above). After an introduction by the Society's president, Loretta Watson, we heard the history of the Kun property told colorfully and warmly by Eleanor Morris. Janet Baldwin offered the moving tribute to Arnold Bartschi, and Kevin Kuhn, the president of the Society's Board of Directors, presented a framed map of Charlestown inscribed with a testimonial to Mr. Bartshi to Henriette Bumeder.
In all respects it was a wonderful evening with folks who love Charlestown, and among them, some who have done the most to preserve its heritage.
To see a few photos of the event by Arthur Bromley, click here.

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