Friday, Jun 02nd

LockwoodSchoolThe School Lane building that is now the home of the Hoff Barthelson Music School, has a storied history, beginning as a school for girls in 1905, transitioning to a lodge or boarding house in 1917, becoming the Scarsdale Inn in 1965 and ultimately renovated to become the current Hoff Barthelson Music School in 1970.

The original Lockwood Collegiate School for Girls opened in Mt. Vernon in 1906 and was run by Leila and Carrie Lockwood. When they outgrew that space, they moved the school to 50 Popham Road, now the site of the Heathcote Apartments. The school was a success and the sisters decided to build a new school, purchasing 6.92 acres that extended from Popham to Lockwood Road from Colonel Alexander E. Crane for $20,976 or $3,000 per acre.

The only structure on the original site was a water tower, and the sisters planned for a school, tennis courts, a hockey field, lawn and gardens.

They called the new building Heathcote Hall: Here is a description of the building:

“The largest room on the ground floor was the gymnasium, and assembly hall. Above the gymnasium, at the north end, was the library, well stacked with good books, a fine place to read or study. The remainder of the second floor was used for classrooms and the two upper floors contained living quarters for the staff and the boarding pupils. The dining room was - as it still is -south of the lobby, a pleasant room, looking out on the School Lane on the east and the gardens on the west.”

Most of the pupils were day students who lived in Scarsdale though there were groups of as many as twenty five girls, escorted by several teachers who commuted daily from Bronxville and Mt Vernon to attend the school.

An article from the Scarsdale Inquirer dated September 1914 announces the new school year. It says, “The Misses Lockwood gladly avail themselves of the Inquirer's courtesy to remind their pupils and new patrons that Heathcote Hall re-opens on next Thursday morning, October 1, for the session of 1914-1915. New pupils are being registered daily and nearly all of last year's students will resume their work together. There have been few changes in the faculty. Madame Vincent has returned safely from France and will conduct the French classes as usual. Miss Klizalu-th Nitchie (Barnard A. B ) will continue in charge of advanced mathematics and Latin, and Miss L. Marion Lockhart (Vassar A. B.) will preside over the primary department. Mr. Hobart 'Nichols, Bronxville's busy artist is so interested in his promising young pupils, who have made such remarkable progress under his instruction during the past two years, that he has consented still to supervise their work.”

There are historical accounts of graduations at the school when “the girls made the room beautiful with daisies, which grew on the grounds in profusion and with additional decoration in white and gold, the School colors. They also sang the School song about “Royal Summer, “ singing “Fields white with daisies and with the clover red.’’

Dances at the school were very popular with the young men of the Village and there were “social events and regular dancing classes.” Over the years the building was used for wedding receptions and meetings of the Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis, the Rotary, and the Lions' Clubs.

scarsdalelodgeThe Scarsdale LodgeHowever the school only survived for eleven years and was forced to close due to decreasing enrollment. In June 1915 they held their last graduation and in January 1916 they were in deep debt. After consulting with their financial advisers the sisters decided to turn the building into a hotel or boarding house called “The Scarsdale Lodge.” But before they could re-open as a hotel, Leila Lockwood died at the age of 65 after “an illness of three weeks.” Carrie ran the Lodge without her sister, until 1924 when the Lodge met the same fate as the school and also went into debt and was foreclosed.

Carrie Lockwood and Mrs. Frederick Kimball, a widow, were guaranteed an annual income of $1,250 and the Lockwood property was subdivided into lots for houses. Under the terms of the new zoning, the Lodge could continue as a business, but it could not be enlarged or replaced. It became home to some older people who had sold their Scarsdale homes.

In 1925 the building was remodeled with new ceiling beams in the gymnasium and additional bathrooms on the upper floors. During the 1920’s the Lodge was managed by Mrs. and Mrs. Henry I. Tanner from Pelham who took in both “transient and permanent guests,” and in 1944 the property again went into foreclosure. It was sold to a Mr. Rogers in 1945, to a Mr. Parker who ran it until 1958 and then transferred the property to his daughter Mrs. Bruce Stein who changed the name to “The Scarsdale Inn.”

In 1965 it was taken over by Sam Harris who painted it and made changes to the décor of the main floor.

In February 1971 it was announced that the building would be purchased by the Hoff Barthelson School of Music. The deal was negotiated by Adonizio Realty Corp. and an estimated $250,000 was paid to Bruce Stein, the former owner who held the mortgage. The purchase was made possible by a gift to the school and extensive renovations were made to both the inside and outside of the Inn to convert it back to the school that remains today.

highholidaysThis year, the High Holidays are early, beginning directly after Labor Day Weekend. Erev Rosh Hashanah is on Monday evening September 6, with the holiday extending from Tuesday September 7 to Wednesday September 8, 2021. The Scarsdale Schools will be open on Wednesday September 1- Friday September 3, but will be closed on September 6, 7 and 8.

Yom Kippur starts with Kol Nidre on Wednesday September 15, followed by Yom Kippur on Thursday September 16. School will be closed on the 16th.

What are our local synagogues planning? Will services be in person or virtual. Masked? And will vaccinations be required? Will non-members have an opportunity to participate?

Here is what we learned:

Bet Am Shalom's "open tent" policy, welcoming all for the High Holy Days, is strongly connected to the values of our community. This year, however, we are anticipating safety-related capacity restrictions and are planning a mix of in-person and live streaming services. Check here in mid-August for registration information or call our office at 914-946-8851.

Bet Am Shalom
295 Soundview Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Congregation Kol Ami on Soundview Avenue in White Plains is taking a hybrid approach to the holidays this year. They are inviting our members to sign up to attend one Rosh Hashanah and one Yom Kippur service in person. They will be holding an early and late service on both Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and on Yom Kippur Day, to ensure that all their members will be able to be accommodated in-person should they so desire. The K-6 youth services will run concurrently with the adult services and will be held outdoors on the Kol Ami front lawn. Additional services offered to members include Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Family Services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, an outdoor Yom Kippur afternoon program as well as a Yizkor/Ne'ilah service.

The family service taking place at 3PM on both Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and on Yom Kippur Day will not be open to the public this year.

All services will also be livestreamed and available to members who prefer to watch from home.

Congregation Kol Ami
252 Soundview Avenue
White Plains, New York 10606
Tel: 914-949-4717

Scarsdale Synagogue on Ogden Road in Scarsdale will hold in person services and asks members to register to attend in person. For indoor services masks will be required by everyone ages 2 and up. Those 12 and up must submit proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated members ages 12 and up can attend services in the outside tent only. See all details here:

Scarsdale Synagogue will allow non-members to attend via Zoom but there is a fee. If you would like to attend via Zoom, register here. Their High Holiday schedule can be found here.

Scarsdale Synagogue
2 Ogden Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583

This year Westchester Reform Temple will offer in-person services, with a number of options for their members. Congregants may choose between indoor services in their sanctuary where everyone must wear a mask - whether vaccinated or not - or outdoor services under a tent, where only unvaccinated people are required to wear a mask. They will offer a variety of services designed for adults, services designed for families with school-age children, and services designed for families with preschoolers. As in pre-Covid years, they will offer some services that are only available to members, and other services which are available to members and non-members. They will be live-streaming their services from the sanctuary on their website as well. Details about our offerings can be found on their website.

Westchester Reform Temple
255 Mamaroneck Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Chabad of Scarsdale's High Holiday Services 2021/5782 will take place at Lake Isle Country Club. All are welcome, no membership necessary. RSVP appreciated, walk-ins welcome. Services are free of charge.

Rosh Hashanah:

Monday, September 6
Evening Services: 7:00 pm
(Light Candles at 7:01 pm)

Tuesday, September 7
Morning Services: 9:30 am
Children's Program 10:30 am
Shofar sounding 11:30 am

Wednesday, September 8
Morning Services: 9:30 am
Children's Program 10:30 am
Shofar Sounding 11:30 am

Yom Kippur:
Wednesday, September 15
Kol Nidrei: 6:45 pm
Light Candles/Fast Begins 6:46 pm

Thursday, September 16
Morning Services: 9:30 am
Children's Program: 10:30 am
Yizkor: 11:30 am

Afternoon Service: 6:15 pm
Fast Ends: 7:43 pm

The services will be held in a safe and healthy environment. CDC, state and county guidelines will be followed.

For more information or to RSVP contact Chabad of Scarsdale at 914.365.8785, or email

FestivalOrchestraStudents in grades 9 through 12 are invited to be a part of one of the finest high school orchestras in the United States! Hoff-Barthelson Music School will host an information session about auditions for the Festival Orchestra’s 2021-22 season on July 22, 2021.

Join Festival Orchestra Music Director Jun Nakabayashi and HBMS Executive Director Ken Cole on Thursday, July 22, 2021, from 7:30 - 8:30 pm for an online information session about plans for the 2021-2022 Festival Orchestra Season addressing the audition process, repertoire, performances, standards of excellence, and special precautions to ensure safety during rehearsals and performances. Visit for more information and to RSVP to receive a Zoom link.

Hoff-Barthelson’s Festival Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra for high school students at the highest level of technical ability and musical artistry. Under the direction of Jun Nakabayashi, the Festival Orchestra performs three concerts annually; two are with guest artists of international stature. The Orchestra meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 - 9:30 pm. Members of the Orchestra participate in sectional coachings with members of the New York Philharmonic. Students not yet in high school but who demonstrate exceptional ability and maturity may also audition.

Audition Information:
Auditions for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, timpani, and string players will be held online on Thursday, September 2, from 4:00 - 8:00 pm.

For information about audition requirements, visit or contact the Orchestra’s Manager, Mark Kushnir at

About Hoff-Barthelson Music School:
Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. With a faculty drawn from the region’s most talented teachers and performers, the School has long been one of Westchester County’s most cherished cultural resources. At Hoff-Barthelson, students find a warm, friendly music school dedicated to the highest standards of education, performance, and community service. Students of all ages, aptitudes, and levels of interest enjoy a supportive, joyful learning environment; a focus on the whole person; exceptional teaching; and a multifaceted curriculum.

Hoff-Barthelson Music School is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer. Programs are made possible, in part, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo credit and caption: Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Festival Orchestra. Photographed by Steven Schnur.

HenryOn Wednesday July 28, 2021 at 11 am the Scarsdale Adult School will host author Madeleine Henry in conversation with popular art appreciation instructor Page Knox via Zoom.

The Love Proof is Henry's second novel and has been hailed as "New & Noteworthy" by The New York Times. The plot follows Sophie Jones, a brilliant physicist studying the nature of time who embarks on a journey to prove that those we love are always connected to us. Spanning decades, this love story is about lasting connection, time, and intuition.LoveProof

Sign up here:

seniorgThe school year is ending on a high note for the SHS Class of 2021. On Wednesday, June 23, Scarsdale High School seniors came back to SHS one more time before graduation for Senior Day. Seniors attended a college panel made up of SHS alums, to prepare them for their freshman year of college, practiced for the graduation ceremony and met with their deans one final time. Finally, they congregated outside of the Brewster entrance of the school, where they received their yearbooks, their caps and gowns, and enjoyed lunch provided by senior parents.

On what was possibly the most beautiful day of the school year, the entire class of 2021 got to sign each other’s yearbooks and connect with their peers, many unmasked. They were also invited to reminisce on their time throughout the Scarsdale schools, with photo displays from each elementary school and the middle school up for all to see.

When asked what the biggest takeaway of the year was, SHS senior Emily Koevary offered this piece of wisdom: “you shouldn’t waste time being someone you’re not.” She went on to explain that over the past few months, she’s seen so many people start to express themselves in ways that they never had before. As the seniors didn’t get to participate in many typical Scarsdale traditions, they are especially grateful to be able to have this final one. When asked how she felt about graduating, senior Simran Ruta said that “it’s bittersweet, but I'm so happy that we get to have a real, full capacity graduation without masks. It’s like we came full circle.” Senior Dylan Hughson agreed, adding that “it’s pretty great, after this entire year, that we finally get one tradition, and it’s nice for them to give us a new tradition of decorating our caps.” Check out the gallery for pictures from the event.

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