Lake George, N.Y. - The Lake George Area in NY’s Adirondacks is offering fresh group travel ideas for 2014! The Adirondack Regional Itinerary Brochure is available for distribution to national and international group tour operators, group leaders, receptive operators and travel agents. This brochure is a valuable resource tool for tour planners developing multi-day visits to the area.
This comprehensive booklet highlights group-friendly attractions, lodging, eateries, recreational activities and events throughout the Adirondack Region, while promoting “Hub and Spoke” touring from the Lake George Area. Hub and Spoke touring is a travel concept in which tour groups can conveniently “unpack once” and enjoy easy day trips to regional attractions, and return for a comfortable night at the same lodging property. The new brochure provides helpful itinerary building suggestions for the Lake George Area and the near-by destinations of Saratoga Springs, Washington County, Blue Mountain, Raquette and Tupper Lakes, Lake Placid and Plattsburgh and Thousand Island Seaway Region. Read more »
Exhibition Dates: January 14-December 7, 2014
Exhibition Location: The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments, Gallery 684
Press Preview: Monday, January 13, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - Thirty-five rare guitars that illustrate the early history of the instrument in America will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning January 14. Drawn from the Museum’s own holdings as well as from the Martin Guitar Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and several private collections, Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin will trace the birth of the American guitar by shedding light on the contributions of Christian Frederick Martin, a German immigrant who invented a uniquely American form of the guitar in the first half of the 19th century. The exhibition will highlight the largest collection of instruments by this renowned maker ever to be displayed publicly, including the earliest known guitar signed by Martin, the earliest established guitar with his famed X-braced construction, and several extraordinary decorated examples of his work. Also on view will be a 1939 guitar made by Martin Guitar that was played by Eric Clapton on MTV’s Unplugged series in 1992, representing the long trajectory of guitar building by the company founded by Christian Frederick Martin. Read more »
Exhibition runs April 30-November 2, 2014
Catskill, N.Y. - The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is pleased to announce our 2014 exhibition: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church: Master Mentor Master. This never before presented exhibition tells the story of one of the most important teacher-student relationships in the history of American art - that between the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and his student - successor, Frederic Church (1826-1900). The exhibition will be on view from April 30 through November 2, 2014. Curator, John Wilmerding, Sarofim Professor of American Art, Emeritus, at Princeton University and former Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, will present a talk at 2pm on Sunday May 18th to be followed by an opening reception from 3-5pm. The exhibition will be accompanied by a printed exhibition catalogue with full-color illustrations of the artworks and an essay by Dr. Wilmerding about this influential two year period that first brought Church to the Hudson Valley. The Thomas Cole Historic Site is located at 218 Spring Street, Catskill, New York. For information visit http://www.thomascole.org/ or call 518-943-7465. Read more »
December 17, 2013-April 13, 2014
Exhibition Location: Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, first floor, Gallery 909
Press Preview: Monday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - Few pieces of furniture have revealed more about leisure pursuits, popular taste, and changing social customs than the dressing table, or vanity. Metropolitan Vanities: The History of the Dressing Table at The Metropolitan Museum of Art explores the evolution of the modern dressing table. The age-old impulse to be attractive or fashionable informs and animates much of the dressing table’s lengthy design history, as it does many of the objects associated with the toilette, the ritual in which the dressing table reached new heights of elegance and sophistication. The exhibition provides an overview of the origins and development of the dressing table from antiquity to the present day with some 50 related objects, paintings, and drawings selected mainly from the Metropolitan’s collection. Read more »
Tupper Lake, N.Y. - The North Country was once again one of the big winners during New York State’s economic development funding announcement today, being awarded $81.3 million and named one of the ‘Top Performers’ for a third year in a row. The Wild Center Executive Director, Stephanie Ratcliffe and Director of Philanthropy, Hillarie Logan-Dechene were in Albany for the announcement. The Wild Center was recognized as a Priority Project by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) and will receive $250,000 for Wild Walk, an experience that will allow visitors to view nature in an entirely new way. Read more »
Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, 2015 President-Elect of The American Institute of Architects, To Be Featured Speaker at Ceremony in Forest Lawn
Buffalo, NY - On Wednesday, December 18 - the 100th anniversary of the death of architect Louise Bethune, FAIA - the American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS); American Institute of Architects, Buffalo/WNY Chapter; The Buffalo Architecture Foundation and Forest Lawn will dedicate a memorial marker on Bethune’s grave in Section 10 of Forest Lawn at a special ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, 2014 First Vice President/2015 President-Elect of the American Institute of Architects, will be in Buffalo to take part in the ceremony, which will also include placement of a wreath.
Born Jennie Louise Blanchard, Louise Bethune (as she was known professionally) is considered to be the first professional female architect in the United States, and still serves as an inspiration to all architects eager to see their profession extend its borders to encompass the whole of the society it serves. She died on December 18, 1913 and was buried in Section 10 of Forest Lawn. Read more »
David Hayes to conduct
Special appearance by Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson
New York, N.Y. - The New York Choral Society (NYCS) returns to Carnegie Hall under the baton of Maestro David Hayes on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 to present an inspiring mix of Christmas favorites, old and new.
“This concert is a choral music lover’s dream, and the perfect way to celebrate the season,” said Mr. Hayes. “I can’t wait to hear the wonderful voices of the New York Choral Society let loose that glorious sound in the splendid acoustics of Carnegie Hall.” Read more »