Benefit Event

Jay Mountain Retreat
The Glen Overlook, Jay
Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 3:30 -6:30 PM

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, August 8, 2020

You are invited to an afternoon of refreshments, friendship, and special guests all to benefit the work of Adirondack Architectural Heritage.


Please join AARCH staff, board members, and special guests for  an exceptional summer afternoon at the Glen Overlook.

This unique complex and its surrounding landscape architecture were designed and built over several decades by philosophy professor Paul Desjardins, for retreats, residential work/study programs, and small conferences. The main building was designed as a rustic retreat center to enhance a sense of introspection, history, and community in nature

Using ancient Chinese landscaping concepts, ponds are set high up on the mountain; on one side, the earth was piled to create an introspective and enclosed scene of the mountain reflected in water; the other side was leveled to sweep the eye outwards toward the infinite. This duality is reinforced in the design of the building itself.  Desjardins was particularly attracted to the architecture of old barns, and saw the old hand-hewed timbers as full of character and tradition: he envisioned an American version of classical columns, in colonnades of timbers framing vast glass vistas, bringing nature inside. Silver barn boards and hand-split cedar shakes further emphasize the link with traditions; wide plank floors were installed to “slow down time” and enhance the feeling of contemplativeness and distance from the outside world. Set high amid upland fields surrounded by wild forest, the Glen Overlook offers a genuine wilderness experience of isolated tranquility.

To fit with the theme of this special, reflective place, we are delighted to have renowned author Russell Banks and poet, publisher, and professor, Chase Twichell as our special guests for the afternoon.

Image courtesy of Nancie Battaglia

Russell Banks is the internationally acclaimed author of eighteen works of fiction, including the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, and Lost Memory of Skin, and several works of non-fiction, most recently Voyager: Travel Writings. Two of his novels, The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction, have been adapted into award-winning films. He has been a Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Continental Drift, Cloudsplitter) and a PEN/Faulkner Finalist (Affliction, Cloudsplitter, Lost Memory of Skin). Russell served as New York State Author from 2004 to 2008, and in 2014 was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

Chase Twichell has published eight books of poetry, the most recent of which is Things as It Is (2018). Her book Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New & Selected Poems (2010), won both the Kingsley Tufts Award from Claremont Graduate University and the Balcones Poetry Prize, and in 1997, The Snow Watcher won the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. She’s taught at Hampshire College, The University of Alabama, Goddard College, Warren Wilson, and Princeton University. In 1998 she left academia to found Ausable Press, a not-for-profit publisher of poetry that was acquired by Copper Canyon in 2008. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Artists Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

We’ll also enjoy locally distilled spirits from the Gristmill Distillery in nearby Keene, makers of Black Fly Bourbon and Black Fly Maple Whiskey. A genuinely homegrown distillery, each batch of handcrafted, aged whiskey and bourbon is entirely sourced, mashed, and distilled locally. With water straight from the spring within a few feet of the front door, corn grown by Adirondack Organic Grains in nearby Essex, and the brandy apples grown, picked and pressed fresh by Rulf’s Orchard, less than thirty-five miles down the road in Peru. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, friendly conversation and music from the Wickmore Jazz Trio. We can’t wait to see you there!

Individual tickets are $125 per person. Young Preservationist tickets are $40 (ages 30 and under). Price includes individually packed delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, a tour of the Glen Overlook, and the chance to mingle and chat with our special guests.  To purchase tickets, call (518) 834-9328, write or go to  

Tickets available HERE.

Sponsorship opportunities and special display spaces for business-level sponsorships are available. Contact Jessica for more information or purchase sponsorships directly on our website HERE.Proceeds from this exciting event will benefit AARCH’s preservation efforts in towns and communities throughout the Adirondack Park.

Can’t attend but wish to support the event and our work?  Make a One-Time Donation HERE.
Thank you for supporting Adirondack Architectural Heritage.

2020 AARCH Benefit Event Honorary Committee

We thank the following people for their huge role in supporting this event

Jan Anderson    Sally and Sanders Berk     Jennifer Betsworth      Samantha Bosshart     Robert and Jamie Craft 

Susan Darrin     Susan and Bill Harral    Ed and Alaine Hodges    Nils and Muriel Luderowski 

Dean and Sandy Melville   Wester and Lorraine Miga   Andy and Kathy Prescott •  Jim and Colleen Van Hoven