Parties & Openings
Nov. 14 - Tivoli
Kaatsbaan's 25th Anniversary
Nov. 13 - Pittsfield
Westward Ho Ho Ho!
Nov. 12 - G. Barrington
The Triplex's 20th Anniversary
Winnakee Land Trust’s High Society Bash
The Locusts on Hudson in Staatsburg, recently acquired by hotelier Andre Balasz, was the glamorous setting on Saturday, May 14, for a benefit for the Winnakee Land Trust, an organization dedicated to protecting open space and farmland in Northern Dutchess County. At present only available for private functions (this event was catered by The Artist’s Palate, in Poughkeepsie), the 70-acre property was once site of a 92-room Italianate mansion with a Chinese tower. This extravaganza had been built on 2000 acres by the grandfather of Helen Hungtington Hull (1893-1976) as a surprise for his wife, who is said to have fainted when she saw it. Hull, a musically-inclined philanthropist, was the ex-first wife of Vincent Astor, remarried to Lytle Hull, when she purchased the property from a maiden aunt, tore down the Victorian pile, and built this 1941 John Churchill-designed neo-baroque, relatively-homey alternative, below. Fortunately, on the property at some distance from this house, a remarkable grouping of c. 1872 barns remains intact, awaiting Balazs’ attention. At right, WLT supporters Michael Dupre and Angela Henry
Joe Croshier and Rosalind Ashford-Croshier; Jim Langan and Caroline Carey, editor and publisher respectively of The Hudson Valley News.
Gina Walker Fox and Debra Blalock; Edward Pruitt and Susan Pruitt
Dustin Chirico and Elisa Chirico; Dawn Morrison and Liz Mazzarella
Colleen Cruikshank, Gordon Cruikshank, and Marybeth Sweeney; Bill Jeffway and Chris Lee
Al Wilder, Aida Wilder, and Drayton Grant; Vera Kaplan and Joel Kaplan
Linda Stanley and Ward Stanley; Judy Fein, Andrea Alvin, and Cathy Gins