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AARCH Special Events

AARCH’s 2016 annual meeting will take place in an historic church recently restored as a community center in the Hamilton County town of Wells.  Formerly the First Baptist Church of Wells, The Revival is now a music and event space and received a Preservation Award from AARCH in 2015.  The meeting will be followed by a tour of the nearby studio (a converted lumber mill site) and outdoor sculpture gardens of internationally-known artists John Van Alstine and Caroline Ramersdorfer, on the Sacandaga River, a short walk from The Revival.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. with the tour of the garden and studios ending around 4 p.m.  The event is free to AARCH members and guests.  Please RSVP to AARCH. 


Patrimonio:  Remembering Cuba
Clayton Family Gallery, Keeseville
Opening Reception Thursday, June 30, 2016

When photographer Penny Clute and architect and artist
MJ Sagan traveled to Cuba one year apart, they visited some of the same extraordinary places in Havana and Trinidad. Their experiences, expressed through photography (Penny) and sketches and paintings (MJ), show both contrasting and complimentary visions of this fascinating, complex and changing country. MJ traveled to Cuba with AARCH in January 2016. Penny joined a photography group tour there in January 2015.

The exhibit is in the gallery in the historic building that houses AARCH offices, 1745 Main Street in Keeseville and runs through September 30, 2016.  The opening reception begins at 5 p.m. and includes light refreshments and festive music.  There is no charge.

Also, please join us for these special gallery presentations:

exhibit_pennyThursday, July 14, 7 p.m., At the Clayton Family Gallery
Cuba on the Cusp

Penny Clute shares her experiences in Cuba and more of her photographs.

Thursday, July 28, 7 P.M., at the Clayton Family Gallery
Preserving Patrimony: Lessons of the Cuban Experience

Mary-Nell Bockman, AARCH Communications and Development Director and co-leader of our 2016 Cuba tour, talks about historic architecture and preservation efforts in Cuba.


Benefit Gala
The Old Stone Barracks, Plattsburgh
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Celebrate the successful AARCH-led community effort to save the Old Stone Barracks at our annual  Benefit Gala on Saturday, July 9.  Enjoy an afternoon in this beautifully restored, National Register-listed building on the Old Base by the shores of Lake Champlain, now the home of the Valcour Brewing Company. The Gala will highlight the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and support AARCH’s work to save special places like the Old Stone Barracks throughout the region. Our guest speaker will be Anne Van Ingen, Chair of the Preservation League of New York State. Optional walking tour of the base precedes the Gala.

Gala begins at 4 p.m. and should end around 7 p.m.  Walking tour meets at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $100 per person. Young Preservationist tickets $35 (ages 30 and under). Includes tour, delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, and drinks.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Valcour Brewing Company is both a brew pub and an inn! You can be one of the first to stay overnight in the new Old Stone Barracks during the Gala weekend! Details coming soon.


Golf Tournament to Benefit AARCH
Lake Placid Club, Lake Placid
Monday, August 29, 2016

A great day on the links is in store at this year’s golf tournament at the historic Lake Placid Club. We’ll be playing on the beautiful Mountain Course, with picturesque views all around. Challenging and award-winning, this is the ideal place for AARCH’s popular benefit event.

Pre-tournament luncheon, post-tournament cocktail reception and awards presentation, along with  fabulous auction prizes will make it a full day of fun to support AARCH and our regional historic preservation work!

Format is four-man scramble with three divisions: men’s, women’s, and mixed. Prizes are awarded for net and gross in each division.

Entry fee is $100 per player.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.


2016 AARCH Preservation Awards Luncheon
Whallonsburg Grange Hall, Essex
Monday, October 3, 2016

At this luncheon, AARCH will honor the best preservation projects of the year and the people behind them! Join us at the historic Whallonsburg Grange Hall near Essex, a 2015 award recipient, to hear the stories and see the projects and the communities that show how much “ADK Places Matter.” Everyone will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared from local farm fare.

The awards program is truly a highlight of our year and is truly inspirational.  You won’t want to miss it!

Tickets are $40 per person.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Information about past winners can be found on our Preservation Awards page.