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Parties & Openings

Nov. 18 – Pittsfield
Festival of Trees

Nov. 15 – G. Barrington
Indwe Learning Center Benefit

Nov. 11 - Chatham
PS21 Gala

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Olana’s 50th Birthday Year Celebration Begins At Stair Galleries

Amy Krzanik reports from Hudson. Olana State Historic Site board members, staff and other generous supporters gathered together at Stair Galleries on Saturday, Feb. 27 for cocktails and a sneak preview of The Saving of Olana: An American Treasure. The short film, created by WMHT and funded by the Marks Family Foundation, tells the story of how Olana was rescued from destruction, redevelopment and the auctioning off of its contents (which included all of painter Frederic Church’s art). In 1966, the property was saved thanks to the work of art historian David Huntington, what is now known as The Olana Partnership, and a prescient article in Life Magazine titled “Must this Mansion be Destroyed?” This is only the first event of the 50th anniversary celebration and will be followed by many more, including a longer film by WMHT due later this spring. Above, WMHT senior producer/director Joanne Durfee, Olana president Sean Sawyer and WMHT president Robert Altman.

Hudson’s mayor, Tiffany Martin Hamilton, with Christine Kane, Olana’s vice president for development; David Sharpe, event host Colin Stair and gallerist Carrie Haddad.

Kay Toll, co-chair of Olana’s 50th anniversary task force, with Greg Quinn and Carolyn Marks Blackwood, whose Marks Family Foundation funded the film; Theodora Simons, co-chair of Olana’s 50th anniversary task force, and Mark Prezorski, Olana’s landscape curator.

Olana board member Chris Jones with Martha McMaster, Olana’s librarian/archivist Ida Brier, Isabel Church Livingston, a descendant of Frederic Church, and Fayal Greene.

Gary Delemeester, Carol Smillie, Walter Kisly and Jeff Daly; Albert Simons, board member Margaret Davidson and John Stein.

Owen Davidson with Jane Smith; former Olana tour guide Gary Mazzacano, Dana Campion, Columbia-Greene Community College president James Campion and Alane Mazzacano.

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