The Library would like to augment the digital resources widely
available to WLS patrons with original programming that is Hastings sourced and flavored. We look forward to highlighting projects generated by our village’s extensive creative community as it adapts technology and talent to reach an ever-wider audience.
Episode 1: Magic of Christmas Past
Published: December 20, 2020
In this episode, Hastings-on-Hudson neighbor and prolific audiobook narrator Edoardo Ballerini reads “Magic of Christmas Past,” by long time Hastings resident Steve Zebrock. The piece appeared in the local paper in 1970, and it captures the spirit of the holiday season in the village a full half-century earlier. It comes courtesy of the Hastings Historical Society archives. Former mayor and trustee Lee Kinnally provides contextual commentary. Enjoy!
Episode 2: The Ziegfelds’ Girl
Published: February 11, 2021
This episode of Yesteryear features the jaunty wit of Patty Ziegfeld, who recalls her 1920s childhood at Burkeley Crest estate, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
She was the only child of Florenz Ziegfeld, impresario of the world renown Ziegfeld Follies, and his second wife, Billie Burke, best known for her role as Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz. Among the exotic pets, the dollhouse styled after Mount Vernon, and the 1,000-piece dinner service from the Russian Imperial Court, it was indeed “Xanadu on Hudson.”
Natalie Barry, board president of the Hastings Historical Society, provides context.
Episode 3: A Dissertation on Golf
Published: April 9, 2021
In this episode, former Hastings-on-Hudson resident Eric Kothe reflects upon the summer of 1934, when he was nine and willing to get a little scrappy in the name of a dollar. After their travails selling baitfish to local crabbers, he and his friends come upon another money-making scheme at Saint Andrew’s Golf Club.
Ed Herbstman reads and Saint Andrew’s club historian Bruce Clark offers context.