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Cornwall Library - BOOKS & BLOOMS

Parties & Openings

May 12 – Lenox
CATA Gala & Performance

May 10 – North Adams
Art New England Issue Launch

May 5 – Hudson
Hudson Hall Proprietors Ball

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Clermont Honors Its Friend And Neighbor Joan K. Davidson

Amy Krzanik reports from Germantown. Clermont State Historic Site has a bevy of generous supporters and admirers (and with good reason), and this year they decided to honor one of their greatest champions. On August 1, the Friends of Clermont held their mid-summer benefit and cocktail party in honor of Germantown resident Joan K. Davidson, at left. The former commissioner of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and chair of the NYS Council of the Arts, is president emeritus of the J. M. Kaplan Fund and current president of its Furthermore program. A grants program started by Joan in 1995, Furthermore supports the publishing of non-fiction books and has provided funding to many book projects relating to the Hudson Valley, including three recent releases by the Friends of Clermont. Joan’s friends came from all over the region to honor her and her important work, and applaud enthusiastically as NYS Assemblymember Didi Barrett presented her with a large and lovely proclamation. Sometimes good work doesn’t go unrewarded. 

Mark Prezorski, The Olana Partnership’s landscape curator, with Olana trustees Phoebe Gubelmann and Rick Sharp; Martha Holmes Currie, Tambra Dillon, co-director of the Hudson Opera House, and Glenda Law, a member of the Clermont board.

Filmmakers Hart and Dana Perry; Tim McKelvey, Liz and Michael Pierce and Toby Usnik.

Bill Dean, a longtime friend of Joan’s, with Kim Robbins, property manager at Midwood Estate, Furthermore’s Elizabeth Howard and Eleanor McPeck, Midwood’s landscape architect; Susan Hendrickson and Chuck Olbricht.

Clermont trustee Chelsea Streifeneder, Brendan Kelly, Alexandra Anderson, Clermont’s Executive Director Conrad Hanson and Gary Dicus.

Adelia Geiger, Janett Pabon of Hotel Tivoli and Clermont’s board vice president Jim Joseph; Jim Hamilton, Dr. Lucy Waletzky, who is Chair of the NYS Council of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, with Glenda Law and Josh Aronson.

Brock Ganeles, Olana associate curator Valerie Balint, Olana curator Evelyn Trebilcock and Rena Zurofsky; Honoree Joan K. Davidson with Clermont board president Charles Geiger.

One of the evening’s young guests, with RIE Associate Kristin Eliasberg and Joan’s daughter, Betsy Davidson; Clermont trustee Pieter Estersohn, Joe Versace and RI columnist Carey Maloney.

Mark Patricof, Earl Adams and Burns Magruder; Robert Goldsmith with Sam and Elizabeth White and board member Patricia Falk.

Guests enjoy the view of the Hudson River.

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