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Parties & Openings

July 7 – Rhinebeck
Wilderstein Summer Party

July 6 – Stockbridge
Multicultural BRIDGE Gala

July 2 – Williamstown
Dance We Must Opening

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Olana Celebrates A Half Century As A Public Work Of Art

Lisa Green reports from Hudson. Fifty years ago, Olana State Historic Site opened as a public work of art, so this year’s summer party at the historic site on Saturday, July 22 honored 1967 in food, music and, among some of the guests, wardrobe. During the host committee reception, attendees also paid tribute to Maria B. Livingston, Frederic Church’s great-granddaughter and Dick Slavin, Olana’s first historic site manager, who were instrumental in transitioning Olana from private to public ownership. The main cocktail event followed, and in the tent outside of the main house, the spirit of 1967 reigned, as area restaurants and spirits makers provided hors d’oeuvres, wine and cocktails, and DJ Javier Peral spun tunes from the decade. Outside, a photo booth set within a vintage VW bus memorialized the event for many. And even though the evening was a bit drizzly and cloudy, the focus was on the view, which, in any weather condition, is breathtaking and timeless. [Above, Mark Prezorski, Olana’s, senior vice -president and creative director, Kristin Gamble, chair of Scenic Hudson‘s board of directors, Kimberly Flook, historic site manager, and Owen Davidson.]

Victoria Anstead with Pamela Salisbury, executive assistant to the president of Olana; Realtor Peggy Lampman and Paul Cassidy of the Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon.

Olana president Sean Sawyer introduces Isabel Livingston, who tells the story of how her mother, Maria B. Livingston, met her husband on the grounds of Olana when she was 16.

Renee Ortega and Brian Dykeman, co-owners of Governor’s Tavern in Hudson, provided guests with their special Flower Power Punch made with Peony Vodka; Danielle Oliva and Shelby Johnson, who are teachers in Poughkeepsie.

Hailing from Kingston are Jess Edelman, a licensed massage therapist at Birch Body Care, Peter Martin of Luminary Media, an event sponsor, and Lindita Dushaj, an esthetician and massage therapist; Hosts Christine Jones, a trustee, and Christabel Gough.

The host committee reception preceded the main cocktail event and offered a prime spot to view Olana’s viewshed.

Susan Livingston with her daughters Cornelia Livingston and Julia Livingston (Frederic Church’s great, great, great graddaughters) and friend Margot Becker, a fiber artist; Barry Harwood, who is on the national advisory committee, and psychotherapist Joseph Garry.

Danielle Michielini, Michael Michielini, Pat Scalera and Charles Millar of Janney Montgomery Scott, an event sponsor; Chris Centracchi of Photobooth Planet with his 60s-inspired Photobus.

Hannah Anderson and Seth Anderson with psychoanalysts and oil painters Mary Sussillo and Elliot Zeisel from Hillsdale.

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