Spencertown Academy Manifests Winter At Its Warmest
Photographer Gerald Seligman, Board President Nick Van Alstine and Wayne Greene get ready to greet guests.
Revels co-chairs Anita Fiorillo and Judith Choate.
Kelly Kynion, a board member, with Kathy Zdeb and Betsy Wyman.
Norma Cohen, a member of the Academy's gallery committee; Alan Cohen, and Madaline Sparks, a volunteer and RI's garden contributor.
Dee Olsen and Greg Olsen, who have a home in Austerlitz.
Fred Pajerski and Nanette Hudson.
Don Franck, porcelain artist Mary Anne Davis, and Linda Horn.
Cindy Puccio and Allan Davidson.
Michelle Lagonia, Sandra Suk and Rupert Fennell.
Gerald Seligman creates a photo memento as guests get playful with props against a tropical background.
For 30 years, Spencertown Academy Arts Center in Spencertown, New York has hosted a winter fundraiser, the Revels. For this, the 31st, they changed up the theme, inviting guests to “escape to the tropics.” On Saturday, Jan. 26, Academy supporters were greeted with a tropically decorated room, island-inspired appetizers and drinks, and Caribbean music wafting about. “We’re celebrating a lot this year,” said Nick Van Alstine, board president (the organization is entirely volunteer run). “Last year at this event we kicked off our building campaign. Our goal was $600,000, and we’ve raised $480,000 in the past year.” That money was turned into a new roof and chimney for the building; currently the windows are being restored to their former glory. The shored-up building will help the Academy in its mission of presenting a variety of art programs throughout the year. Following the reception, guests moved to intimate dinners hosted by friends of the Academy.
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