Thursday, August 10, 2006

Picnic, Music and Raffle Sales at St. Joe's on Sunday

Open House Slated for Sunday, August 13 at historic St. Joseph’s Church

ALBANY, 8/10/2006 – On Sunday, August 13, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Historic Albany Foundation will host an Open House at the former St. Joseph’s Church. The public is invited to see the interior stabilization project, view an exhibit about the history of the building and parish, and hear about plans for the future.

St. Joseph’s is located at Ten Broeck and Second Streets, one block from the Palace Theatre. There is no fee to attend the open house.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic in St. Joseph’s park. Albany resident, music educator and Delmar Community Orchestra Conductor Joseph D. Gumpper will perform inside and outside St. Joseph’s.

“We hope that the sound of Joe’s violin will help people see beyond the current condition of St. Joseph’s, remember better days, and imagine the possibilities for the future,” said Colleen Ryan, co-founder of Committee 150. Ryan, a former President of Historic Albany Foundation’s board of directors, co-founded Committee 150 with Elizabeth Griffin, former Executive Director of the Foundation. The citizens’ campaign was organized to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the former St. Joseph’s Church, and to raise $150,000 to continue stabilization work on the once-endangered building.

Through parties and donations, Committee 150 has raised more than $30,000. A challenge grant from prominent investment counselor Candace King Weir, owner of C.L. King & Associates Inc., which matches each $2 raised with $1 additional, brings the total to date to nearly $50,000 – one-third of their goal. The campaign began in May and is slated to end in the fall.

Tickets will also be available for upcoming Committee 150 fundraisers at the Open House, including the “SPLASHDOWN for St. Joseph’s,” a chartered trip on the Albany Aqua Duck on the evening of Thursday, August 24. The party starts with wine and appetizers in a charming garden in Albany’s Hudson/Park neighborhood, which was featured the Hidden City Garden Tour. Participants will board the Albany Aqua Duck at 6:15 p.m. for a chartered tour of the City of Albany, culminating with a SPLASHDOWN in the Hudson River.

“It’s not too late to join Committee 150,” said Ryan. “Each time someone has a party to raise funds for St. Joseph’s Church, they boost the visibility and viability of a magnificent building, and the historic Ten Broeck Triangle neighborhood that surrounds it.”

For information about the stabilization project at St. Joseph’s, contact Erin Tobin Bearden at Historic Albany Foundation at or 518-465-0876 x 12. To learn more about Committee 150, or to sign up to plan and host a party, visit or leave voice mail at 518-462-1900.



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