Celebrate the coming of spring at Harmony Hall on Sunday, March 19th!
Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, one thing is certain. Friends of Harmony Hall are going to celebrate the end of winter and the coming of spring with a program focused on the unique beauty and culture of the Ramapo Highlands. Come and join us on Sunday, March 19 from 2-4 PM in the South Salon of Harmony Hall as we welcome those special guests that have committed to sharing their heritage, artistry and individual perspectives on what it is that we believe makes the Hudson Highlands such a wonderful destina-tion for anyone with a deep appreciation for the culture, history and environment that make this nation and its people uniquely American. For more information, click here!
Banjo phenom Tony Trischka is highlighting this year's Eighth Annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival on Sunday, September 10th!
We are thrilled to announce that Tony Trischka Territory has agreed to appear as the featured band for this year's annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival, which takes place on Sunday, September 10th from 1-6 PM on the Great Lawn of historic Harmony Hall. As Friends of Harmony Hall celebrates a decade of preservation and programming at Harmony Hall, we are working hard to make this the best festival yet! Whether you're a music lover or share our love for fine, homemade crafts and great food (not to mention craft beer!), make sure that you put this year's festival on your calendar and continue to visit our website as we share more details with you about this historic event on the mansion grounds.
Rockland County awards FOHH $5,000 to advertise this year's Highlands Bluegrass Festival throughout the metro-NY region!
There is plenty to be proud about Rockland County these days thanks to the outstanding work being done by Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Director of Economic Growth and Tourism Lucy Redzeposki to promote the historic, cultural and recreational resources that make this county truly unique. This year, we are learning that Rockland County is also proud of the work that we are doing in the Ramapo Pass and highlands, as evidenced by a decision to award the Friends with a $5,000 grant that will allow us to more aggressively promote this year's annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival - a move that we all hope will begin to put the festival and the mansion on the regional map. On behalf of the members and board of the Friends, we thank Rockland County for their support and their vote of confidence as we continue to make progress on the preservation and program growth underway at Harmony Hall.
Harmony Hall Board spends the winter preparing to celebrate our 10th anniversary year beginning May 1!
Winter is a quiet time for visitors, which makes it a useful time for planning. This year, on April 24th, FOHH will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the issuance of our charter by the New York State Board of Regents and we plan to make it a busy one. From our signature Highlands Bluegrass Festival to our ongoing restoration of the mansion's first-floor interiors, we are setting some high bars for the year ahead, including the launch of a new brand and website. We hope you will make it a point to put a visit to Harmony Hall on your calendar as we prepare to celebrate a jubilee year.
FOHH wins prestigious award for restoration leadership!
We are excited and proud to announce that Friends of Harmony Hall ~ Jacob Sloat House have been awarded a 2016 Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation Merit Award for our work at Harmony Hall. The Preservation Leadership Award is presented each year to individuals, groups and government agencies that have displayed outstanding leadership or continuing conribution to the preservation of the historic resources in Rockland County. FOHH was nominated for this year's award by Peter Bush, who is an avid preservationist and was a founding board member of FOHH. Peter's early leadership efforts helped to engage the interest of the Town of Ramapo, who purchased the mansion in 2006 as part of a town open space and preservation initiative, effectively saving Harmony Hall from demolition. Mr. Bush, who is the great-great grandson of Jacob Sloat, continues to play a critical role in the restoration of the mansion as an active and generous member of FOHH and as a preservation mentor to the board.
FOHH President Barbara Berntsen accepted the award on May 15, 2016 during a country supper sponsored by the Historic Society of Rockland County on the grounds of that organization's historic Jacob Blauvelt House. In addition to thanking Mr. Bush for his nomination, Ms. Berntsen thanked County Executive Ed Day for his support of local tourism, and of the important historic and cultural resources that help to define Rockland County. She also thanked FOHH member and HSRC President Clare Sheridan, former FOHH board member and Rockland County Historian Craig Long, and the Supervisor and Town Council of Ramapo for their vision and their continuing contributions to the Harmony Hall preservation effort. FOHH also congratulates the John Green Preservation Coalition of Nyack, who shared this year's Preservation Leadership Award with FOHH.
There was never a better time to become a member of Friends of Harmony Hall ~ Jacob Sloat House! For more information, click here.