Celebrate the coming of the holiday season with us on December 4th!
Friends of Harmony Hall and the Town of Ramapo invite you to enjoy the splendor and elegance of 19th century America on Sunday, December 4th from 1-5 PM at the Highlands Heritage Center at Harmony Hall. Our annual Victorian Holiday celebration is your chance to see the 1848 Greek Revival mansion decked out in holiday finery, creating the perfect setting for visitors to enjoy a free, nostalgic gala of music, foods, performances and holiday shopping, including Kathy Goldman's famous hot, mulled cider! Younger guests will enjoy holiday entertainment, games and children's crafts while waiting for a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus at 3 PM. Admission is free and 100 percent of the proceeds from our Restoration Raffle and Holiday Shoppe will benefit the continued restoration of Jacob Sloat's historic mansion.
FOHH partners with Black Rock Gallaries of Bridgewater, CT on an exciting new auction, especially if you are a fan of the New York Jets!
Black Rock Galleries of Bridgewater and Greenwich, CT, and FOHH are teaming up once again on an auction that will knock the socks off of Jets fans! We will be auctioning off more than 200 pieces of Jets memorabilia. More information and details on how you can participate in this unique auction opportunity will be posted soon! For those who are learning about FOHH's partnership with BRG for the first time, we are proud and excited to bring this new concept to Harmony Hall and to the greater Hudson Highlands. Proceeds help to fund restoration work at the historic mansion while bidders enjoy the convenience of an on-line auction. Those who would like to preview auction pieces are invited to visit the mansion according to a fixed schedule. They are also invited to come for a free appraisal of items they may wish to offer on consignment. This is just one of many opportunities that visitors can enjoy at Harmony Hall.
Mystery and mayhem were the themes of this year's Halloween Happenings at Harmony Hall...to everyone's delight!
It was a night of fright...and fun! Guests to the Sloat House on October 29th were treated to the usual great hospitality you can expect from a Harmony Hall fundraising event, but the fun didn't stop there! Everyone became a member of the cast of a murder mystery in the mansion that included the discovery of a body in the library! Those who didn't take a part were invited to be investigators. Those who were really on their game won prizes donated by DaNina and Marcello's restaurants in Suffern, Outback and Sutter's Mill restaurants in Airmont, Hayward's Deli and Character's Resturant in Sloatburg, and Colonial Florists of Suffern. Our thanks to all of these great local business partners and to those members who helped to gather the prizes. Kudos also go out to FOHH members Andrea and Ed, who planned the party and the murder!
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.
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