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3 big galas last weekend, all cite success

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

The Hyde Collection, The Charles Wood Theater and the Agricultural Stewardship Association all had big fund-raisers on Columbus Day weekend — and all are reporting notable success.

Meanwhile, Glens Falls Hospital Foundation was likewise expecting success for its gala, which took place Tuesday night at the Lake George Club, as The Chronicle was going to press.

More than 150 people attended the Hyde gala, under a tent on the museum’s front lawn last Friday night, Oct. 6.

“Attendance was about what we were expecting, a little more than last year,” Hyde interim director Anne Saile tells The Chronicle. She termed the gala “really successful” and said she expects the Hyde to net an amount triple last year’s $48,000.

“We had some really generous sponsors,” Ms. Saile explains. Also, the live auction and “raise a paddle” auction to benefit the museum’s educational projects alone raised $40,000, she said.

At the Hyde’s Gala — Assistant educator Keri Dudek, Hyde board member Sarah Parker Ward, and educator Jenny Hutchinson. Chronicle photo/Cathy DeDe

“This year, we kept the entire museum open for the gala, and people loved that,” said Ms. Saile. “It inspired them to see the work. We got a lot of accolades for keeping the museum open, and people came back the next day to see the Folk Art show again.”

That’s “A Shared Legacy: American Folk Art,” a touring exhibition featuring the collection of Barbara Gordon, who attended the gala as well as the members’ opening reception the following day.

Ms. Saile reports anecdotally that the gallery was “crowded” for Saturday’s opening. “I’m very pleased that the Folk Art show seems to be resonating with the community,” she said.

Wood’s NYC-themed party drew many

Also last Friday, Emily Murphy, executive director of the Charles Wood Theater, tells The Chronicle that they sold 225 tickets to its newly reformatted benefit party, and “around 215 [people] attended” — about 75 more than last year.

Ms. Murphy said, “The decision was made to change up the annual event, and we are very pleased to see an increase in attendance this year.” She said the annual banquet that presented a Charles R. Wood Award since 2011 “started off with very high attendance, but over the past few years the ticket sales began to drop.” No Wood Award was presented this year.

Instead of an awards banquet at the Queensbury Hotel or Hiland Park, the Wood fund-raiser was a casual New York City-themed party with stations throughout the theater.

It had a cabaret on the theater stage, comedy in the basement “black box” theater, Irish music in the upstairs rehearsal room, a “High Line” coffee and cupcake lounge on the balcony and a DJ dance club in the cabaret. Varied food and drinks were available throughout.

Ms. Murphy said, “In terms of how much was raised, we’ve yet to land on a concrete number until we settle a few outstanding expenses, but the committee feels confident in our efforts and the support we received from this event.”

The party was organized by fund-raising committee chair Mary Pat Rabin and board member Anne Fuller.

‘Landscapes’ sold $95,000 in art

Teri Ptacek, director of the Greenwich-based Agricultural Stewardship Association, said its Landscapes for Landsake, did $95,000 in sales for the three-day, Columbus weekend art show and its two previews, up from $89,000 last year.

Ms. Ptacek said 1,700 people attended — 100 at a sponsors preview on Sunday, Oct. 1; 280 for the Friday, Oct. 6, artists’ preview; 800 at the opening reception, Saturday, Oct. 7; and 525 during gallery hours on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 8-9.

GF Hospital poised for $150,000

Christina Britton of the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation said Tuesday that its newly formatted “Night at the Chef’s Table” fund-raiser that evening at the Lake George Club was “looking great.”

“We are sold out, at 212 people,” she said. That’s purposely scaled back from the prior two years when 300 people attended what was then called The Festival of the Senses.

This year’s event again showcased foods by local and nationally known chefs, but in a more intimate format, Ms. Britton notes.

She said, with sponsorships and ticket sales, revenue was about $150,000 “so far” — before live auction proceeds and expenses are figured in. Last year’s event netted about $151,000 for the Foundation, after expenses, she said.

The Chronicle checked out all three, you bet

At the Hyde, under tent. Interim director Anne Saile (far left, at podium) briefly discussed ambitions for the Hyde Museum in opening remarks. The gala will likely have raised as much as three times last year’s event, Ms. Saile told The Chronicle. Photos by Cathy Dede.

Collector and curator at the Hyde. Special guest Barbara Gordon, with Hyde curator Jonathan Canning, at the gala on Friday evening. The event also marked the opening of A Shared Legacy: American Folk Art, a touring exhibit of 60 works from Ms. Gordon’s collection.

Folk art on display. Guests at the Hyde checked out the art as well. Interim director Anne Saile said she thought it helped the event, “for people to see what they’re supporting.”

Art show (and apples) in Washington County
The art hangs close in the converted barn at Maple Ridge Farm in Coila, outside Cambridge, for the annual Landscapes for Landsake art show and sale benefiting the Agricultural Stewardship Association. John Begin, co-curator with his wife Gigi, is far right. That picturesque wooden bowl of fresh local apples in the foreground isn’t for art: It’s for the guests.

Funky art! Detail of a mixed media work by artist Karen Koziol at Landscapes for Landsake. The range of art offerings was wide.

Funny stuff! All spaces used — The basement “Bomb Shelter” Comedy Club at the Wood Theater’s benefit.

Street food, twisted! Hot dog topped with Kimchi — a twist on New York City street food, presented by [forged] restaurant of Hudson Falls for the Wood Theater’s fund-raising party.

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