Thursday, February 26, 2015

SAVE THE DATE! 5th Annual Pinkster Celebration 5/29

University Club of Albany Foundation Hosts Fifth Annual Pinkster Celebration:
“An Evening with Beth Wood” 

In the spring of 1811, the Albany Common Council banned Pinkster Day celebrations because of “rioting and drunkenness.” The resolution read, in part, “No person shall … collect in numbers … with or without any music under a penalty of ten dollars or confinement in jail.” Two centuries later, in an effort to revive a tradition from Albany’s past, members of the University Club petitioned the Common Council to repeal the prohibition. The Pinkster ban was lifted on May 16, 2011.

On Friday, May 29, the Club will welcome singer-songwriter Beth Wood for a concert as part of the 5th Annual Pinkster Celebration at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany.

Beth Wood, based in Eugene, Oregon, is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for sixteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.

The Club’s first Pinkster Celebration featured readings from four centuries of scholarly and popular publications documenting the people and places of New York’s capital city. In 2012, the University Club Foundation was delighted to welcome Albany’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning author, William Kennedy. The featured speaker for 2013 was Stefan Bielinski, the director of the Colonial Albany History Project. Last year, award-winning journalist and author Paul Grondahl discussed his latest book, These Exalted Acres: Unlocking the Secrets of Albany Rural Cemetery.

The 2015 Pinkster Celebration will feature a cocktail reception with light fare and cash bar from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by the concert by Beth Wood.

Two levels of tickets are available for the Pinkster Celebration with Beth Wood: $25 per person for General Admission or $50 per person for Preferred Seating. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151 or tickets may be purchased online.

Proceeds from the event benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 corporation, and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. The Foundation was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

1st Friday with Jeff Strange - 3/6

On Friday, March 6, Jeff Strange returns to the University Club to help us begin our rigorous St. Patrick's Day Parade Training! We'll be Shamrockin' the night away!

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 in the Grille Room from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. The performance is free and dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m., please call 518-463-1151 for reservations. Seating is limited and Jeff is very popular - call ahead to avoid disappointment!

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!