As 2014 came to a close, the total on our Campaign thermometer was increased by almost $200,000! At $850,000, we’re almost halfway to our three-year goal of $2 million. The campaign’s end-of-year report itemized gifts and pledges from individuals, businesses, foundations, a grant from New York State and proceeds from fundraisers.
The year also saw the beginning of construction at the new site. How exciting it has been to witness the transformation within the Armory’s walls, as well as the progress on the outside! A recent construction milestone was the provision of an access ramp leading to the newly defined main entrance on Fifth Street. When the Armory is completely transformed, we’ll be in a wonderful new space – twice the size of our current facility. Right now there are great opportunities for contributors to help in the creation of our 21st century library. No longer a place just for books, we’re creating a center for learning, a digital lab and a community center. Make a donation to the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library and add your support!
Our thanks to all those who joined us at the classical music concert given by pianist Morey Hall last Saturday evening, March 22nd. Our first fund raiser of the season was a huge success. “We had a full house,” said Trustee Mark Orton, “and we raised more than $7,000.00. It’s great to have such support from the community.”
The event paired well-known classical music selections from the Romantic Period with wines reflecting the same era. Hudson Wine Merchants’ Michael Albin and staff poured and described his choices to an enthusiastic audience of 70 plus supporters.
Apropos of the musical nature of the evening, Orton announced the gift to the Library of a 1999 Yamaha GP1 Grand Piano. “Doctor Barbara Weiser and her husband Dr. Harold Burger, friends of our performer, were moving to California and downsizing at the same time,” said Mr. Orton. “Fortunately, they learned that we were moving to a larger facility that would include a good sized Community Room. It’s so generous of them to have given not only the piano, but the cost of moving it into the new building as soon as it’s ready.”
Much appreciation goes to all who helped make this a wonderful event – especially the team at Hudson Opera House.