Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Wilderstein’s Community Spirit Soars On The Hudson
Rachel Louchen reports from Rhinebeck. A rare gray summer day still provided stellar views of the Hudson River from Wilderstein Historic Site. On Saturday, July 9, the former home of the Suckley family — famously Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, a cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt — held its annual Summer Celebration fundraiser for the 15th consecutive year. More impressive than the long-range views of the water is the historic home itself, built in 1852 and majorly renovated to an elaborate Queen Anne mansion in 1888. While the exterior is grand, the interior still evokes the comfortable feeling of a home (albeit a stately one), which no doubt is due to the constant care and genuine devotion it receives from the board and volunteers. “This isn’t federally funded. Or state. It’s all us, it’s the people,” explained Valerie Dampeer, a longtime supporter and wife of the current board president, summing up what is truly special about Rhinebeck’s beloved institution. The restoration project of the circa-1890 potting shed, to be completed at the end of this year, was dedicated to the memory of two of those special citizens, Martha and Frank Reardon, who were instrumental over the years—Martha served as docent, board member and landscape volunteer, and Frank as the chief volunteer groundsman. The main fundraiser of the year saw a large turnout complete with live music, croquet matches, house tours, a silent auction and lots of garden party hats. [Above, Alex Sherwin, grandson of Martha and Frank Reardon, and Michael Reardon, their son, flank Linda Watson, wife of Wilderstein’s head curator.]
Mark Fitzgerald, Valerie Dampeer and Geoff Dampeer; Karen Silverman and Nick Jones.
Jack Dean and Jim Calimano; Isobel Usawicz and Daniel Baxter.
Wilderstein’s curator Duane Watson, Mike Brewer, Marion Mathison and Sue Cornwall.
Martha Toomey and Renata Frommert, who serves as a docent at Wilderstein; string players Helena Baillie, Reina Murooka and Shai Lev.
Elizabeth and Matthew Bradford; current Wilderstein board president Lyell Dampeer with former board president Steven Connell.
Yvonne Paulin and realtor Arielle Curtin enjoy the river views from the best spot on the lawn.
Melissa Macaluso, Julie Hardinger and Adam Hardinger pose in front of a classic Packard; Allison Sokarisand Michael Amsden.