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Parties & Openings

Feb. 10 – Hudson
BlkQueer Romantics Reception

Feb. 3 – Hudson
Winter Blast

Jan. 25 – North Adams
The 50 Card Project Reception

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The Way They Were In World War I, On View At Wilderstein

Rachel Louchen reports from Rhinebeck. The theme of Wilderstein Historic Site’s summer celebration this year was World War I, a global event that the historic Gilded Age mansion was not only around for, but survived, as did the family who lived there. On Saturday, July 8, the former home of the Suckley family — and famous daughter Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, a cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt — held its annual benefit fundraiser on the grounds of the stunning mansion with sweeping, long-range views of the Hudson River. The theme tied in with a special exhibition that showcases the war through the eyes of the Suckley family, who were directly affected by it: they lost their eldest son Henry when he was volunteering as an ambulance driver in Albania, another brother served in France with the Red Cross, and Daisy herself served as a nurse’s aide. Photographs, diaries, medals and uniforms give a glimpse of what life was like in 1917. More than 225 people attended the benefit for the beloved institution, which is maintained thanks to generous contributors and a dedicated staff and volunteers. Music, cocktails, picnic fare and a large silent auction are staples of the party, but this year also included some contemporary art. Large outdoor sculptures created by Hudson Valley artists were scattered throughout the lawn, set against the backdrop of Wilderstein’s 1852 facade. The exhibit is on display until Oct. 29. [Above, Liz Hambley Wilson, the closest living relative of Daisy Suckley, John Wilson, and Executive Director Greg Sokaris.]

John and Kathy Iaccino pose in front of their classic 1911 Ford Model T with Steven and Ellen Hubbert.

Gary Moyle and Wilderstein board president Lyell Dampeer; Tory McKenzie, Brooke Stevens, and board member Caroline Carey.

Chelsea Streifeneder owner of Body Be Well Pilates and Steven Rikert, owner of Rikert’s Autobody in Rhinebeck; Huck Hill, owner/broker of H.H. Hill Realty Services, Mickey Haggerty and Suzanne Kelly.

Roger Tully, Cathy Johnson-Tully, Sharon Coughlan, Jim Coughlan and Alyson Kogon.

Loretta Higgins and Diane Eynon; artist Rowan Willigan and Kurt Schmidlein.

Linda and Joseph Greene scored the best seat on the lawn; Annie Marvin, John Marvin, and Mary Casey.

Dana Page with husband, Darin, dressed to the Gilded Age nines; Richard Kortright and Jerry Bereika.

Claudia Rosti, volunteer Donna Warren and host committee member Sally Hallenbeck.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/08/17 at 08:54 PM • Permalink