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Annual Paas Festival
India House
April 1, 2005

Every year around Easter we hold the Paas Festival, which for several decades has been a ball at which young ladies are presented to the Society by their fathers. In 2005, however, the event was a benefit for the historic St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, on Second Avenue at Tenth Street, situated on land that was Governor Peter Stuyvesant's seventeenth-century farm. The Society has a long history with this church where many of its founders, as well as Stuyvesant himself, are buried. The evening was a great success and we were able to donate a significant amount toward restoration efforts underway at the church.




Mr. Long, Mrs. Julio Torres,
President William R. Follett and Rev. Julio Torres





Tomoko and Angus Kerr with Joseph VanB. Wittmann, Jr.





Megan Hidalski and Brian A. Blake