Saturday, April 13, 2024

Tannery Pond Center to hold Fundraising Dinner at Garnet Hill Lodge April 27

Tannery Pond Center to hold fundraising dinner graphic.

North Creek, NY – Tannery Pond Center invites the community to celebrate the arts and support their programs at the “Spring for the Arts” fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2024. The elegant evening kicks off at 6 p.m., with a delightful cocktail hour with music by Larkstrings duo, Jessica Belflower (Violin) and Tara Hanish (Cello), followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The picturesque setting for this special event will be the historic 1936 dining space at Garnet Hill Lodge, a generous donation by the owners Jim and Frances Rucker.

A Year of New Beginnings:
This year marks a significant turning point for Tannery Pond Center. 2024 is their first year assuming full management responsibilities for the venue after securing a 20-year lease from the Town of Johnsburg. This long-term commitment opens exciting possibilities for the organization. Previously unavailable through the Town, Tannery Pond Center now gains access to grants for capital funding and operations that will support growth of quality programming and necessary building maintenance.

Efficient Operations and Vibrant Programs:
With an annual operating budget of $250,000, Tannery Pond Center runs a lean operation with a dedicated board of directors, a team of two and a half staff members, and a passionate group of volunteers. This dedicated team manages all programming, meetings, and community functions that take place. Each year, Tannery Pond Center curates eight art exhibitions, successfully funds and hosts fourteen concerts, and provides valuable community meeting space for organizations. Use of the performance space is extended to local theater groups including Our Town Theater Group, GEM Radio, ALCA, Seagle Festival, and area schools. The current art exhibition features work by the art faculty and staff at SUNY Adirondack on exhibit through April 20, 2024.

Garnet Hill Lodge, the Rucker and Hearn Contributions:
Nestled in the scenic beauty of the Southern Adirondacks, Garnet Hill Lodge, owned by Jim and Frances Rucker since 2016, will once again be the heart of artistic support. The Rucker’s gracious contribution ensures that every dollar raised from the $100 per person dinner ticket price goes directly to supporting Tannery Pond Center. These dedicated patrons of the arts will host their second Spring
for the Arts fundraising dinner, donating the use of their lodge, delicious food, and attentive staff for the evening. Their continued generosity highlights their commitment to fostering a vibrant visual and performing arts scene within the region.

More about the venue:

Garnet Hill Lodge was built in 1936 by local garnet mine owner Frank Hooper and the main Log House building is reminiscent of an Adirondack Great Camp. Located on a gentle hill overlooking pristine Thirteenth Lake, with miles of private trails and surrounded by forever wild protected state land, the Lodge is a special place that offers guests and visitors options for activity, as well as rest and relaxation.

The dinner wines have been donated by Suhru Wines, located on the North Fork of Long Island. Founders and winemakers Susan & Russell Hearn, seasonal residents of Johnsburg, are delighted to contribute to this celebration of the arts.

“We are incredibly grateful to Jim & Frances Rucker and Susan & Russell Hearn for their generous support for this kick-off to our 2024 fundraising,” said Candice Murray, Executive Director. “Their contributions and commitment to the arts allow us to hold the event in an unparalleled setting, while ensuring that proceeds directly benefit our mission to inspire and engage a community through the arts.”

Tickets for the “Spring for the Arts” fundraising dinner are available online at or by calling (518) 251-2505. Space is limited, so don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy beautiful music and a delicious meal while supporting the arts.

Overnight rooms are available by advance reservation at Garnet Hill Lodge.

Photo at top: Tannery Pond Center website photo.

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