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Awards Luncheon


2017 Preservation Awards Luncheon  | Nettle Meadow Farm, Warrensburg
Monday, September 18

AARCH is delighted to announce our 2017 Preservation Award Recipients:

  • Wiawaka Center for Women for their restoration of the 1903 Wakonda Lodge (Town of Lake George, Warren County).  
  • Deer’s Head Inn, owners Carolyn Sicher, Aaron Woolf, Karin Demuro, and Dr. Robert Demuro, for their restoration and rehabilitation of this 1808 building (Town of Elizabethtown, Essex County).
  • Valcour Brewing Company, Mary Theresa Pearl and the late Terry Schmaltz, for the restoration and rehabilitation of the 1838 Old Stone Barracks (Town of Plattsburgh, Clinton County).
  • Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower, for their restoration of the 1919 Stillwater Fire Tower (Town of Webb, Herkimer County).
  • Camp Turk, for their long term stewardship of an historic Masonic youth camp (Town of Woodgate, Oneida County).
  • Richard Longstreth, for his extraordinary work to create and publish A Guide to Architecture in the Adirondacks in 2016.
  • Michael Frenette, for his skilled and sensitive restoration work at Camp Santanoni over nearly twenty years.

This year we had very diverse group of nominations to select our winners from.  They are all excellent projects and are a true celebration of the meticulous care, creativity, and hard work that preservationists put into historic places in our region. ~Steven Engelhart, AARCH Executive Director


About the Venue

The Nettle Meadow Farm won a 2016 Preservation Award for their restoration of the 1903 barn for public and agricultural use. Sheila Flanagan and Lorraine Lambiasi bought the property in 2005, by which time the old barn was already sagging badly. They had their friend and local contractor shore up the structure to keep it from collapsing. They then set to work establishing Nettle Meadow Farm as a goat and sheep dairy and creamery, producing a wide variety of award-winning cheeses, including: chevres, Fromage Blanc, Kunik, Nettle Peaks, Three Sisters, Partridge Mountain Reserve, and Penny’s Pride. Their production has grown from 25,000 to 100,000 pounds of cheese in 2014 and their products are widely available in major supermarket chains, through distributors, and in scores of small gourmet and specialty shops. At the same time, they established the Joseph F. Kemp Memorial Animal Sanctuary on the farm to care for animals too old or disabled to be productive. Recently, several of their cheeses won prestigious U.S. Cheese Championships.

*Note:  The luncheon will be held on the loft-level of the 1903 barn.  Please be aware that the loft does not have good handicapped access.  The stairs are split with approximately 8 steps, a landing and then another 8 steps. 

Tickets for this year’s event are $50 per person and includes a multi-course farm-fresh lunch prepared by Nettle Meadow Farm.  Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE or by calling AARCH at 518-834-9328.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.

VIEW THE OFFICIAL 2017 INVITATION (which includes menu) HERE.

See the list of the 2016 Preservation Award winners HERE.

Learn more about the awards program HERE.

 Thank You to Our Sponsors:


Sandy & Sally Berk

Kimmey Decker

Art & Nancy Saltford


Pat Benton

Amy Brelia

Susan Darrin

Simple Gifts Fund