Warwick Historical Society to raise funds on Aug. 27 'Under The Tent'

| 15 Feb 2012 | 08:45

Warwick — The Warwick Historical Society will give a nod to - what else? - history from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, when the group stages its annual “Under the Tent” fund raiser. This fund raiser has always been held at the end of August. In earlier days, it was considered the last big party before summer people packed up and returned to New York City or parts beyond. Mrs. Madison Lewis Van Leer had her chef cook a ham and several society members made sandwiches of cucumber, egg and tomato. Today, volunteers still make food for the event, but also restaurants and caterers donate dishes, turning what is loosely called a cocktail party into a near-dinner. This year, the participating restaurants include Yesterday’s, Coquito, Ed Fava, Tokyo Plum House, Charlotte’s Tea Room, Landmark Inn and more. Light jazz will be performed by Loose Caboose. There will also be a raffle and silent auction, which will feature several historical items including 12 dinner plates from 1900 and several antique chairs. The event will take place at Lewis Park, on Main Street in the center of Warwick. Tickets are $50 by reservation, $55 at the “door.” Proceeds help maintain the society’s buildings, grounds and operations.