Thanks to funding from the Lower Southampton Industrial Development Authority, Playwicki Farm may soon host more community events.
Before the Lower Southampton Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday evening, representatives of the Playwicki Farm Foundation were presented with a $10,000 check. The funds are designated for the design and installation of a modern commercial kitchen.
According to Rose McMenamin, secretary of the Playwicki Farm Foundation, the kitchen will be used for fundraising opportunities and serve as a rental venue for special events.
The kitchen will be placed in the farmhouse, which was built in the late 18th or early 19th century by the Van Artsdalen family, who lived on the property as early as 1764. It was originally meant to meet the growing social demands brought on by the family’s affluence. .
The 110-acre property, including the house, was purchased by the township from subsequent owners in 1994 with the expressed goal of preserving open space in Lower Southampton. Two years later, the Playwicki Farm Foundation was established to raise funds for its maintenance and the development of educational programs on the property.
The entire project, including structural improvements to the building and electrical wiring, is expected to cost at least $80,000.
The check was presented by Township Manager John McMenamin, Supervisor Keith Wesley and Development Authority Treasurer Pat Judge. Rose McMenamin, Playwicki Farm Foundation President Patrice Luongo, Vice President June Olson, Deborah Bachovin and Joan Woodward were present to accept it.
“This is the time of year for everybody, if you don’t know Playwicki, to get to know Playwicki,” Wesley said. “Thank you for all the work you do.”