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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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Hillsdale Puts The Community In The Roe Jan Library

Rachel Louchen reports from Hillsdale. The Roeliff Jansen Community Library stands out on Route 22 for its contemporary architecture surrounded by a bucolic landscape. This gorgeous scenery was utilized for its sixth annual gala, Party in the Park on Saturday, June 13, which was held directly across the street in the Harvest Barn. Stacks of books were replaced by hay bales and barn beams, as over 100 guests enjoyed a huge spread of food donated by local restaurants and chefs as they perused the silent auction. Popular items from the diverse auction included lunch with actress Linda Lavin and tickets to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The hotly anticipated gala is an important fundraiser the Library, raising funds for crucial materials and services for the community. It’s evident from looking at the condition of the library and the overwhelming turnout for the gala, that this is a beloved institution to the residents of Hillsdale and surrounding towns. One such dedicated resident, Sally Laing, was honored for her 20-plus years of hard work for the Roe-Jan, having served as everything from volunteer to president of the Board of Trustees. Selecting just one of the hundreds of community supporters for next year’s gala will surely be difficult. Above, chair of the gala committee Roger Mooney with Shirley Bresl.

Honoree Sally Laing, New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett and Board of Trustees President Pat Placona.

Laurie Shnayerson, Cathy Beneke and Marilyn Herrington, one of the sponsors; Barbara Smith, who helped with the auction. and Cathy Redlich.

Karlis Kirsis of Hillsdale and Mike Laing, son of Sally; Laurel Hoffman, painter Michael Duffy and Matthew McAteer.

Interior designer Timi Bates, who donated her services for the silent auction, Sharon Coleman, who was in charge of raffle tickets, and Marian Henneman—all of whom, coincidentally, live on the same street in Hillsdale.

Supporters and frequent library visitors Anna Winand and Sharyn Landry; Copake residents Tom Goldsworthy and Steve Futrell.

Board of trustees member John Cady with Alanne Baerson, whose husband is also on the board; Sara Kahn-Gearity attended to support her wife who is the board treasurer, here with library supporters Jill and Bill Jellert.

Tim Stookesberry, trustee Cheryl Jones, Lex Lalli and Bill Sullivan.

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