Mary Calvi

CBS TV Anchor, Author and Yonkers First Lady Mary Calvi will join MHACY President and CEO Wilson Kimball on Feb. 11 for a special historic Valentine’s Day/President’s Day program at Philipse Manor Hall in downtown Yonkers. The program, which will be aired as part of MHACY’s Town Hall series at 1 p.m. on Facebook Live, is an opportunity to learn about Yonkers’ rich history in honor of President’s Day and Black History Month.

Philipse Manor was home to New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America, and was recently designated as a black history museum and cultural site by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Mary Calvi will talk about her book Dear George, Dear Mary which was published in 2019 and explores George Washington’s relationship with his first love Mary Philipse. She and Wilson Kimball will also discuss the estate’s Black History connection in honor of Black History month in February.

Haifa Bint-Kadi

Also featured will be artist Haifa Bint-Kadi, a certified teaching artist in public schools across the five boroughs and in Westchester County, who will be showing us how to make a historic Valentine’s Day card. She has been connecting and uplifting children and adults through her many community-wide art programs and her public art sculptures located through-out New York State.