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October 2012 UC Newsletter

October 2012 UC Newsletter

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 Attendees enjoy Uncork Autumn pre-dinner festivities in the Grille Room.Our tireless volunteers Meredith Helgerson and Colleen RyanThe raffle table at Uncork Autumn witha special gift from Trader Joe’s.
 David Hochfelder and Ann Pfau show off their raffle prize (one of 6 bottles of  premium wine donated by an anonymousbenefactor).
 New Club member Ken McCauley channelshis inner Vanna White as he helps pulling thetickets for the wine raffle.The wine pull table with 42 bottles of wine up for  grabs!
 Amy Lowenstein & Matt Badaluccotake home the Trader Joe’s bag.
The Foundation’s
Uncork Autumn
event on September 21st was a huge success. Just under 100 people joined us for a delicious lobster tail and filet mignon dinner buffet, a wine and cider/hardcider tasting and a wine pull and raffle. Many thanks to Mark Brogna, University Club member andowner of Capital Wines on Lark Street who donated many of the bottles for the wine pull and didthe tasting for the event. And a big thank you to Meredith and Colleen who organized the event andeven helped man the registration desk and sell wine pull and raffle tickets!
 
2According to a recent Times Union arti-cle,
 Memorial by the people, for the peo- ple: Washington Park's Civil War monu-ment, refurbished, will be rededicated Oct. 5
; by Paul Grondahl, “Decades of neglect and weathering created fissuresin the massive rectangle of Tennesseemarble that allowed rainwater to cascadedown the faces of sailors marching off tothe War between the States.Its deteriorated condition is at odds withthe fervent patriotism of the thousandsof city residents who attended the monu-ment's unveiling on Oct. 5, 1912, "incommemoration of the men of Albanywho gave their lives to savethe Union..."Members of the Washington Park Con-servancy, a dedicated band of preserva-tionists and residents who live near the park, have spent the past year fundingrestoration work. The nonprofit group'sefforts will culminate in a rededicationceremony to mark the monument's 100thanniversary on Oct. 5."There was a sea of people present for the initial unveiling in 1912 and we hopeto get a good crowd for the centennial,"said Bill Brandow, president of the con-servancy and an architect who special-izes in historic preservation.The monument measures 22 feet high,21 feet long and 5 feet, 6 inches deep. Itwas designed by Hermon MacNeil, andthe architect was Lord & Hewlett. It cost$100,000. Its dedication coincided withthe 50th anniversary of President Abra-ham Lincoln’s order on Jan. 27, 1862,for the Union Army to launch an offen-sive against the Confederacy. ThurlowWeek, publisher of the Albany EveningJournal and a prominent Republicanwho was a strong Lincoln supporter,envisioned building a monument for theCivil War dead but it never materialized.Weed's grandson, Billy Barnes, a politi-cal boss, later pressured some of hiswell-heeled Republican friends and themoney — equal to more than $2 millionin today's dollars — was raised and themonument became a reality.”Read more:
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Memorial-by-the-people-for-the-people-3822606.php#ixzz27aWdsR8v
 Join the rededication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. where Henry Johnson Boulevardenters Washington Park, then proceed tothe University Club for a reception and presentation on the history of Washing-ton Park by Dr. John Pipkin. Receptionat 7:00 p.m. is open to the public andlight fare will be served (compliments of Washington Park Conservancy). Thenstick around for live music in the GrilleRoom at 8:00 p.m. with TN3!
 From left, Bill Brandow, president of Wash-ington Park Conservancy, Ron Moore, Gen-eral Manager of Western Building Restora-tion, and John Pipkin, Vice President of Washington Park Conservancy Photos by Lori Van Buren / Times Union Above: Frank Thierbecker, mason with West-ern Building Restoration, repairs the steps; Below: closeup of plaque in August 2012
 
Join us as we celebrate the bounty of theseason. Chef Kevin Pagano will be fea-turing dishes with the best that fall has tooffer.
On the Buffet 
Apple Sauce and Squash SoupArugula SaladChicken & DumplingsFresh Salmonw/Beurre Blanc SaucePumpkin Stuffed Pork Sweet Potatoes with fresh RosemaryGarlic Mushroomsand Caramelized OnionsForest Fruit Pie$23.95 per personincluding dessert, tax & service charge(beverages additional)Please make reservations at least 24hours in advance. Call 463-1151.
TN3
 (the Todd Nelson Trio)
October 5th
 Join us for instrumental rock and rootsin the Grille Room from 8-10 p.m. Alacarte dinner will be available from 5-9 p.m. PLEASE MAKE RESERVA-TIONS if you plan to join us for dinner.The performance is free as part of theFoundation’s participation in 1st Friday,the monthly downtown arts walk thatshowcases Albany’s thriving and livelyart scene.Coming Soon!
MotherJudge - November 2ndOff the Record - December 7thRuss Kennedy - January 4th
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 Amsdell mansion corner of Washington Avenue and Dove Street (courtesy of the Albany Institute of History and Art)
The University Club Foundation is proud to be a part of the launching of anew Smart phone app that will give usersa unique way to tap into Albany’s richarchitectural history.
“Albany: Then & Now”
, created by Center Square resident, and
Univer-sity Club board member, Tim Varney
of Troy Web Consulting, is a virtual tour through archival photos of Albany’shistoric streetscapes. By using location- based mapping, users can stand at thevery spot where a photograph was taken,in many cases 100 or more years ago,and see what the buildings looked like atthat time. In fact, the University Clublocation will be featured and will showthe original front of the clubhouse (theAmsdell mansion). Background informa-tion is available for many of the images.
Please join us for a launch receptionon Thursday, October 18th from5:30–7:00 p.m. at the Club.
The recep-tion is free, light fare will be served, anddrinks will be available on a sign or cash basis. The Club’s award-winning Chef Kevin Pagano will debut some new appsas well – tasty appetizers featuring sea-sonal flavors and ingredients.Please RSVP to Genny at Historic Al- bany at518-465-0876 x10or by email atgfaist@historic-albany.orgor call theClub at 463-1151.
“Albany: Then & Now”
was producedthrough the cooperation of Troy WebConsulting and the Historic AlbanyFoundation. All photographs were pro-vided by the Albany Public Library, Al- bany County Hall of Records, New York State Archives, and the Library of Con-gress. The app is free, and is availablefor iPhone and Android users.3
Sunday, October 28, 2012Monday, October 29, 2012Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Many dark and unsettling dramas have played out behind the elegant façades of Albany’s Center Square and Hudson/Park neighborhoods. Back by popular demand and led by club member 
TimVarney
, the Haunted History WalkingTours explore both the sinister deeds andthe handsome architecture of a bygoneera in the area bound by WashingtonAvenue, Willett Street, Madison Avenueand Swan Streets.The round trip is about 1.5 miles and thenarrative includes graphic material notsuitable for children or the faint of heart.Tickets are $15 and proceeds will bedivided between the Historic AlbanyFoundation and the University ClubFoundation (contributions are tax de-ductible). Tours begin and end at theUniversity Club at 6 p.m. The GrilleRoom will be open for drinks prior tothe tour and for dinner afterward onMonday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th.
Tours are limited to 20 people andreservations are required.
Please callHistoric Albany Foundation directly at518-465-0876 x10 to reserve your spot.Call early, the tour fills up fast!
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lbany Roundtable presents
Mr. Gyory, who will discuss State and National Voting Trends, is a StrategicConsultant at Corning Place Communi-cations in Albany. He has over 28 yearsof experience as a lawyer, and hasserved three Governors of New York (two as Senior Advisor). Today, Bruceno longer practices law – focusing histalents on strategic positioning, politicalconsulting and the study of national andstate voter preferences and trends. He isan Adjunct Professor of Political Sci-ence at the University of Albany. Hereceived a Bachelor’s degree from Co-lumbia University and a Juris Doctor from New York University.The Roundtable’s New Patroon Awardwill be presented at the October lunch-eon to Albany Barn, Inc. and its founder,Jeffrey Mirel, for the organization’s ef-forts to cultivate support for regionalartists and to develop a permanent, sus-tainable 21st Century creative arts incu- bator and community art center in Al- bany.The luncheon is $20, which includes ahot & cold buffet, may be paid at thedoor or in advance with a credit card atwww.albanyroundtable.com.Reservations are required by Tuesday,October 9 and may be made by prepay-ing online, by calling 518-431-1400 (theAlbany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail toalbanyroundtable@yahoo.com.
 
 Attention Bond holders
The official bonds were delivered to the club and are available for pickup between 8a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. onWednesday and Thursday. Stop by for lunch or dinner and say hello! If you areunable to make it to the club, please let us know and we can mail your bonds.
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