Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sip, Savor & Support!

Friday, March 18, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Support the University Club Foundation and bring a friend for silent and live auctions of premium wine, fabulous art and fine cigars ~ your dinner is included!
  • Appetizers & Cash Bar at 5:00 p.m.
  • Silent Auction in the Living Room - Bidding Closes at 8:00 p.m.
  • Prime Rib & More Buffet
  • Live Auction Begins at 8:15 p.m.
  • Tickets $35 per person ~ Checks payable to the University Club Foundation, a 501c3 corporation.
  • Call 518-463-1151 for reservations.

Parade Day Buffet! March 12

Albany’s 61st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade ~ Saturday, March 12

Watch this annual spectacle from one of the best spots along the route … the U. Club Lawn!

The Club will open at noon for drinks and the renowned Corned Beef and Cabbage Buffet will be served from 1:00—3:00 p.m. The parade should pass the Club at about 2:15 p.m., and then you can return to warm your toes by the fireplace or your fingers around a steaming mug of Irish Coffee!

Please call 518-431-1441 to reserve your table for the Buffet! Just $14.95 for adults and $7.95 for children!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

1st Friday with Jeff Strange!

On Friday, March 4, Jeff Strange returns to the U. Club to help us warm up for St. Patrick's Day!

A founding member of internationally known Irish folk band Donnybrook Fair and longtime member of The Newports, Jeff is known for his on-stage patter and energetic performances incorporating a broad selection of Irish, rock and original music.

Jeff will play from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the University Club. The performance is free and dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m., please call 518-463-1151 for reservations.

On the first Friday of each month, as part of the University Club’s celebration of 1st Friday, one need not be a member to enjoy live music, dinner and dancing in the Grille Room, dress is casual, and cash and major credit cards are accepted. Come be a part of the downtown arts walk that showcases Albany's thriving and lively art scene!

Friday, February 4, 2011

"Snow Scenes" Luncheon and Gallery Tour

Explore the works of Walter Launt Palmer at the University Club and Albany Institute of History & Art

The public is invited to attend a luncheon and presentation celebrating the work of one of Albany’s most prolific artists, Walter Launt Palmer, on Thursday, February 17, 2011 from noon – 2:00 p.m.

Snow Scenes will begin at noon with a hot and cold buffet and lecture at the University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street, and then proceed across the street at 1:00 p.m. for a guided tour at the Albany Institute of History & Art. The University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is presenting this event in conjunction with the Institute, and one need not be a member to attend.

Tammis Groft, the Institute’s Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions, will discuss a collection of Palmer’s snow scenes on permanent exhibit in the dining room of the University Club, along with a selection of related material in the collection of the Institute. Participants will get an up-close look at two recently-acquired pieces of Chinese ceramics that Palmer depicted in his 1878 painting, Interior of the Learned House, 298 State Street, Albany. The pieces were donated in 2009 by Philip Kerr of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The painting itself will be on view at the Institute, along with a library table designed by New York Architect Russell Sturgis also featured in the painting.

Frequently called “The Painter of the American Winter,” the Albany-born Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932) produced more than three hundred snow scenes from 1884 to 1932. In his 1910 essay “On The Painting of Snow,” Palmer, who had embraced Impressionism, acknowledged his debt to John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites for influencing his early work, especially the discovery that the shadows on snow are blue, an important original element found in all of his snow scenes.

The cost for the luncheon and lecture is $35 and includes admission to the Albany Institute. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151.

A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit the University Club Foundation, formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

Support for educational programming presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is provided by AT&T.

Above: Road to Olana, Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932), 1888, watercolor and gouache on paper; Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of the estate of Miss Evelyn Newman. 1964.31.40