Join us for Afternoon Tea and a Private Tour at Caramoor

Sunday, July 7, 2024

12:30 to 3:30 p.m

149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY 10536

$75 per person


Beat the heat and retreat to the charming town of Katonah, just 45 miles upstate from Manhattan.  At 12:30 p.m., a complimentary shuttle will transport our group from the town’s train station to Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, an early 20th-century estate dedicated to music and beauty and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On the way, our expert host, Attingham alum and Caramoor’s Director of Interpretation, Collections and Archives at the Rosen House Jessa J. Krick ’13, SP ’23 will set the stage with a short introduction to this hidden gem replete with fine and decorative arts from Europe and Asia, set amidst impressive architectural interiors from western Europe.

Upon arrival, our program begins at 1:00 p.m. with Afternoon Tea, a time-honored tradition established by Caramoor’s founder Lucie Bigelow Rosen after her extensive travels in England in the early 1910s. Tea is served in the majestic Music Room, which showcases Italian Renaissance furniture, Urbino maiolica and notable della Robbia reliefs. The service includes a variety of savory sandwiches, sweet scones with créme fraiche and preserves, delicious desserts, and a selection of fragrant teas. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and diary-free menus are available.

Afterwards, Krick and her colleagues, Collections Assistant Samantha Perkins and Research Fellow Olivia Braia, will lead a private tour with a special focus on women artists, including painters, sculptors and performers, based on fascinating new research. We will learn new insights into work by fashion designer Ethel Wallace, painter Cécile Bellé, and other artists Walter and Lucie Rosen knew well. The Rosens built their home between 1929 and 1939, a rambling stucco villa surrounding a central courtyard drawing from Spanish and Italian influences. Our expert guides look forward to sharing the vibrant and creative history of this home and collection.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Alumni and their guests may also choose to linger that afternoon by exploring the grounds or staying for the 4:00 p.m. concert by Sphinx Virtuosi in the Venetian Theater with general admission and indoor seating. Comprised of young Black and Latinx professional musicians, Sphinx Virtuosi is a dynamic, self-conducted string orchestra. Use the discount code VIRTUOSI25 at the Caramoor Box Office to receive 25% off your ticket (click link HERE to purchase your concert tickets directly from Caramoor).

Capacity: Our group is limited to 20 people. Tea is served at tables of four guests. There is no limit for concert tickets.

Registration: Registration via Eventbrite is preferred and prioritized above registration by phone or email. Click the link HERE and register today! We expect this program to sell out. If you are unable to complete your payment via Eventbrite, please purchase your ticket using the AFA website (click link HERE).

Attire & Accessibility: Please wear comfortable shoes, as the tour requires some physical stamina and the ability to stand for prolonged periods. Please note that some steps are required to move throughout the house and not all spaces are ADA accessible.

Transportation: While transportation to Katonah is on your own, there will be a complimentary shuttle available for AFA guests departing at 12:30 p.m. from the Katonah Train Station parking lot. Our host, Jessa Krick, will greet us at the station and ride along for 5-minute ride (3.5-miles) to Caramoor.

BY TRAIN: Enjoy a 1-hour ride with scenic views aboard the Harlem Line of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah Station. Train tickets for adults ($13.50), seniors ($9) and children ($6.75) can be purchased in advance for off-peak departures times from Grand Central Station or Harlem-125th Street. Check the MTA’s departure schedules to buy tickets in advance (click link HERE). North-bound trains from Manhattan arrive at Katonah twenty-one minutes past the hour. AFA recommends arriving anytime on or before the 12:21 p.m. stop to ensure you meet the complimentary shuttle for AFA guests. Caramoor advises against walking from the station, where the road is windy and features blind turns without sidewalks.

BY CAR: The museum offers complimentary parking for those wishing to drive or carpool on their own. To drive from Manhattan, take the Henry Hudson Parkway north to the Saw Mill River Parkway north to I-684 north to Exit 6. Take I-684 to Exit 6 (Katonah). Go east on Route 35 to the traffic light (.3 mile). Turn right onto Route 22 south, and travel 1.9 miles (past the Katonah Museum of Art, the Harvey School, and the John Jay Homestead) to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road where you’ll see a green Caramoor sign. At the junction, veer left and make a quick right onto Girdle Ridge Road. Continue on Girdle Ridge Road 0.5 miles to the Caramoor gates on the right.

BY TAXI: Please call Katonah Taxi at 914.232.5772. Consider booking a round-trip ride with the service, as cell reception is spotty at Caramoor. Kindly note that ride share services such as Uber or Lyft are not available in the area.

For more information, consult the museum’s instructions Getting to Caramoor and kindly review the Visitor Guidelines to ensure we all share a successful visit.

Want to bring your family? Family members and children are welcome to explore the grounds and picnic at no cost. Caramoor and AFA cannot accommodate additional guests on the group shuttle from the train station, so for those alumni traveling with family, please plan to drive and park at Caramoor.

We expect this program to sell out. Please register and purchase your ticket today. Thank you for your interest in the programs of the American Friends of Attingham.