Past Events

Library Foundation Recognition Dinner a Success

Historic Shadow Lawn in High Falls was the site of the May 14 Stone Ridge Library Foundation second annual recognition dinner, where honorees Anita Williams Peck and James Hoover were celebrated for their longstanding support of the Library. Library Foundation Trustee Rebecca Kalin welcomed guests and introduced last year’s honorees, Bill and Tildy Davenport, who spoke about the history of the Library—”the heart of the community”—and introduced the guests of honor.

The honorees referenced their early connection to the Library, Ms. Peck having become treasurer of the Stone Ridge Library and serving in that position for several years. She recounted the days before the library was a special district library (meaning community-tax-supported) and the Library Book Fair in June of every year. Formerly of Stone Ridge and a now resident of Rosendale, Ms. Peck runs Hudson River Valley Tours and is currently involved on the board at SUNY Ulster’s Foundation and the Rosendale Theater.

For his part, Mr. Hoover commented on joining the library Board of Trustees, and becoming its President. Having ushered the library through a Historic Preservation Report process that foreshadowed the restoration effort, Mr. Hoover turned his attention to creating a library foundation in 2006, where he served as a founding member and Treasurer. Other endeavors include service on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board and the Mohonk Preserve as the current President. Both honorees shared fond memories of working together with like-minded individuals, and each contributed strong and abiding leadership.

The Stone Ridge Library Foundation’s Restoration Campaign is in the second phase of fundraising, having already completed the first half of the cumulative $600,000, and working toward the second $300,000 goal. Taxes cannot be used to repair or maintain the historic 1798 and 1811 buildings that Julia Hasbrouck Dwight bequeathed in 1909 to serve as the community’s library. The Stone Ridge Library Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation’s mission is to support the Library.

Despite threatening cloud cover, attendees enjoyed a magical evening at Shadow Lawn accompanied by dinner catered by Harvest Real Food Catering. The tables were adorned with arrangements given by The Green Cottage. Other contributions to the evening were provided by Emmanuel’s Marketplace, Stone Ridge Wine and Liquor as well as the Wine Hutch. Worthy of special note are Sue Ellen Sheeley and also the enchanting historic venue, Shadow Lawn in High Falls thoughtfully provided by Dan Giessinger and David Cavallaro. Guests concluded the celebration with a bonfire and dry skies.

To find out about the projects currently happening at the Stone Ridge Library and how you can get involved, or for more information about Ms. Anita Peck and Mr. James Hoover, click here. To make a donation specifically in their honor, you can do so securely and easily here.

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