AARCH Annual Meeting
The Revival, Wells
Saturday, June 11, 2016
PLUS! Tour the Sculpture Garden & Studios of John Van Alstine and Caroline Ramersdorfer
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.
Highlights from our 2015 meeting
We viewed a portion of “A Castle in Every Heart: The Arto Monaco Story” by local filmmaker Derek Muirden and “The Owner“, shot partly at Greystone mansion in Essex, NY by filmmaker Michael Fisher. Here is a link to Eli Moore’s wonderful short film about the “Spirit of Camp Santanoni,” Huybertie Pruyn.
We held our 25th Anniversary annual meeting at the Indian Lake Theater. The theater is a wonderful location for many reasons – it is a Tudor Revival style building that was designed by a notable regional architect, it has a long history of serving the entertainment and cultural needs of the community, and its current revitalization as a movie house and arts center was recognized with an AARCH Preservation Award in 2014.
The theater was designed by Glens Falls architect Grover Ward Shippey and built in 1937. Over his long and prolific career, Shippey designed private homes, cottages, inns, hotels, municipal structures, and commercial buildings. The theater closed in 2004 but was reopened as a year-round nonprofit theater and community space in 2008. Since then, community theater groups have packed the house for amateur productions of Hello, Dolly!, The Wizard of Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar, and other ambitious musicals. Thanks to the vision of Indian Lake Theater, Inc., the building has been revived once again to its original use as a vibrant community center.
Edward P. Finnerty & Nancie Battaglia