Saturday, January 16, 2016

LEAP In: Entrepreneurship and the Power of Peer Support - 2/29/16


What will you do with your extra day in 2016?





On Monday, February 29 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., the University Club will host LEAP IN: Entrepreneurship and the Power of Peer Support at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

Event sponsors include the Capital Region Women@Work; the Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber; and the Women’s Business Center of New York State. The event is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend.

The evening begins with a festive sampling of wines with names appropriate to the occasion such as Stump Jump, Frog’s Leap, and Rabbit Ridge and a savory hot and cold hors d’oeuvres buffet. Wines are provided by Capital Wine & Spirits on Lark Street in Albany.

At 6:30 p.m., the Club will host a panel discussion featuring successful business owners who have made the leap outside their comfort zones to start and grow their own businesses. Each panelist will share stories about her business journey, her successes and failures, and the support she’s received from – and given to – other business owners. The panel will be moderated by the Times Union’s Tracy Ormsbee, a Senior Editor overseeing Features, Sports and two lifestyle magazines, Women@Work and 518Life.

Panelists will include: Silvia Meder Lilly, who became the proprietor of Lark + Lily Wine Bar and Kitchen in Albany after a career as a school librarian; Dr. Tobi Saulnier, founder of 1st Playable Productions in Troy, who was inspired by the potential of video games to educate and make a positive impact; and Katie O’Malley, owner of Katie O’ Weddings & Events, whose job takes equal parts patience, compassion, mentoring and positive attitude.

February 29 usually occurs only once every four years, and is commonly known as Leap Day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days. In the Gregorian calendar, the current standard calendar in most of the world, most years that are evenly divisible by 4 are leap years. In each leap year, the month of February has 29 days instead of 28.

Tickets are $29 each, participation is limited and reservations are required by Thursday, February 25. Call the University Club at 518-463-1151 or visit www.universityclubalbany.com to reserve your seat.

The University Club of Albany Foundation was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its 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 Foundation is provided by AT&T.

Mardi Gras Party with the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra - 2/19

The Krewe of Beverwyck and Lark Street BID present Mardi Gras at the U Club 




In 1996, the Krewe of Beverwyck hosted its inaugural Mardi Gras Party in Albany. In 2015, the Krewe moved its celebration to the University Club. On Friday, February 19, 2016, the Krewe of Beverwyck will partner with the Lark Street BID to present A Mardi Gras Celebration of Arts & Culture at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

The Mardi Gras Celebration of Arts & Culture will feature a cocktail reception from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. with traditional New Orleans party food – red beans and rice, shrimp remoulade, muffalettas – and cash bar. Drink specials, music and decorations will transport guests to the French Quarter, and costumes and masks are strongly encouraged.

At 7:00 p.m., guests will be invited to the dining room for a special concert by the Dylan Perillo Orchestra, a colorful ensemble celebrating the beginnings of jazz with arrangements from the early 20th century. An eight piece band with lots of horns, woodwinds, bass, guitar and drums, their influences include everything from Billie Holiday to Louis Armstrong, Al Bowlly to Annette Hanshaw, Coleman Hawkins to Lester Young, and the contemporary artists that continue this tradition.

During the concert, the King Cake will be served, and the Krewe of Beverwyck’s King and Queen for 2016 will be revealed!

The cost for the concert and reception is $40 per ticket or two for $70, and reservations are required. Reservations for the Mardi Gras Celebration of Arts & Culture are required by Wednesday, February 17, and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to ellen@universityclubalbany.com; or online.

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., and the Lark Street BID, both of which are 501c3 corporations, and one need not be a member of the University Club or the Lark Street BID to attend.

The University Club of Albany Foundation was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

The Lark Street BID works to build, sustain, and enhance a unique and prosperous living and business community for the residents, visitors, and merchants of the Lark Street Neighborhood.   This is accomplished through the core neighborhood services of Neighborhood Safety, Street Maintenance, Neighborhood Marketing, and Special Events and Promotions.

Here's some photos from last year!

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Opening Reception - 5th Artist in Residence - 2/5/16

David Hinchen to Exhibit Work from January – April 2016


In addition to paintings by Jonathan Bradley Morse and Walter Launt Palmer and sculpture by Terri Boor, the Living Room, Lobby and Dining Room of the University Club of Albany have long featured works from a variety of local artists.

From January 22 through early April, the University Club will present a solo exhibition of the works of David Hinchen, who will serve as the Club’s fifth Artist in Residence.

A Meet the Artist Reception will be held on 1st Friday, February 5 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club at 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The reception is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday, the arts walk that showcases the lively art scene in downtown Albany.

Scheduled to run through Friday, April 8, the exhibition will be on view during public and special events at the Club, and by appointment with the artist, who will receive an honorary membership in the University Club for the duration of the show. Previous Artists in Residence were Ken Ragsdale, Channing Lefebvre, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Joleen Button. Their work spanned many artistic disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, paper-craft, and photographs.

Hinchen is a full-time artist who has spent the last twenty-five years creating original commissions for clients. The majority of his drawings and paintings are of historic homes and landmark buildings in Metro New York, Greater Boston and New England. Besides drawing and painting, photography has always been an integral part of his creative process. He especially enjoys photographing historic architectural elements - signs, statues, facades, subway mosaics and stained glass windows. The University Club exhibit will include photographs along with illustrations and paintings.

“My drawings, paintings and photographs celebrate the visually absorbing shapes, colors, textures and eccentric details of the urban landscape,” said Hinchen. “For me, buildings are the significant carriers of cultural memory. Surviving the builders and residents, they are reminders of remote lives and times. Over the years, a city takes on an almost geological aspect, with successive generations leaving behind a layering of architectural styles. The enduring physical makeup of a city directly influences its culture as well as its ability to survive as a place people care about.”

Inspired by the lonely landscapes of Edward Hopper and brilliant color staging of Maxfield Parrish, David Hinchen is essentially a self-taught artist. His interests in aesthetics, urban design, architecture and history have always influenced his work. He received a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and an M.A. in political philosophy from Columbia University in New York City.

Hinchen’s work has been featured in regional exhibitions at: The Albany Institute of History and Art; The New York State Museum; The Provincetown Art Association; The Stockade Art Show in Schenectady, N.Y.; The Gallery On The Green in Canton, Ct. and Historic Albany Foundation’s Vacancy and Built Shows 2000-2015 (Best in Show Award, 2010).  His home and studio (a 1901 Colonial Revival) is located in Albany. For more information, visit his website at www.davidhinchen.com .

The Artist in Residence program furthers the University Club and Foundation’s commitment to promote the use of the historic Clubhouse as a venue for performing and visual arts as well as cultural events. It builds on the success of the October, 2011 Athletic Annex Exhibition curated by local artist Chip Fasciana. For 9 days, the University Club’s former fitness annex was transformed into a “pop up art gallery” with an exhibition featuring some 20 local and regional artists. The Athletic Annex Exhibition was part of MoHu – the Mohawk Hudson Art Festival featuring theatre, dance, music, visual and random acts of art throughout the region.

This event is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. The 501c3 Foundation which was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its 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 Foundation is provided by AT&T. For more information contact the University Club at 518-463-1151 or online at www.universityclubalbany.com. RSVP at http://conta.cc/1Pj0SGs.

Monday, December 7, 2015

5th Annual Burns Supper - 1/22



Do you love plaid? Are you looking for a reason to dust off your kilt? Make plans to attend the University Club Foundation’s Fifth Annual Robert Burns Supper on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

Join old friends and new for tartans and bagpipes, songs and stories, neeps & tatties and haggis, poetry, whisky, the Cup of Kindness, and lots and lots of laughter. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails in the living room followed by a bagpipe procession at 7 p.m. into the candlelit main dining room for a traditional Scottish buffet. American options will be available as well.

Born on January 25, 1759 in Alloway, Robert Burns is Scotland’s most famous poet. He died from complications of rheumatic heart disease at just 37 years of age. In that short lifetime, however, he became Scotland’s most famous poet and lyricist, penning such works as Tam O’ Shanter, Auld Lang Syne, and To a Mouse to name just a few. His works have had a profound effect on successive generations and, because his legacy is so well-loved, his birthday is celebrated each year around the world.

According to RobertBurns.org, Burns Suppers range from the formal gatherings to “uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts.” Most adhere to some sort of time-honored tradition including a “Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.”

The University Club Foundation’s annual black tie optional affair falls somewhere in between! Dress tends to be semi-formal, with most ladies in evening attire and gentlemen in suits, tuxedos or traditional kilts; but the atmosphere is anything but stuffy. This year’s event will once again be hosted by Club board member Meredith Helgerson who has presided over several Burns Suppers inspired by her honeymoon travels in Scotland.

The guest speakers at the 2016 Burns Supper will be Robert Mulligan and Randy Patten. They will present an illustrated lecture on David Lithgow, a prolific local muralist and sculptor.Lithgow immigrated to the United States from Glasgow as a young man, finally settling in the Capitol region in 1890, and lived here until his death in 1958. Lithgow’s sculptures can be found throughout Albany, including the Spanish-American War Monument at Townsend Park and the St. Andrew’s Monument at Albany Rural Cemetery. His most well-known murals are probably the monumental 60x20 foot paintings behind the Iroquois Indian “Life Groups” (dioramas) at the New York State Museum.

Lithgow became a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Albany in 1916. He redesigned the first two stories of their clubhouse at 150 Washington Avenue in 1928-29, creating the feeling of an Edinburgh gentlemen’s club, complete with oak paneling and tartans.

Tickets are $75 each, seating is limited and reservations are required by Tuesday, January 19. This event is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. Call the University Club at 518-463-1151 or reserve your seat online with a credit card or PayPal.

The University Club of Albany Foundation was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its 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 Foundation is provided by AT&T.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Very Retro Holiday - Off the Record on Friday, 12/4


Make plans to join us on Friday, December 4, from 8:00 - 10:00 pm as we welcome back one of our favorite bands, Off The Record! OTR is Albany’s own rock n’ roll lounge band that helps to transform the Club’s Grille Room into a swinging cocktail party! The Futurist Trio performs songs from the 60s as well as modern tunes influenced by that memorable era – and this month, they’ll include some of your favorite holiday songs as well!

  • Joanna Palladino uses her background in theatre to deliver memorable performances. She breathes life into each song, letting the song tell its own story. She spends hours before each show to transform herself into a 1960s gal! 
  • Bob Resnick lays down a solid beat using the djembe while adding textures from his customized drum setup. Bob is a mainstay of the local music scene, playing roots rock with The Backburners, funk rock with the Rumdummies, and percussion with a number of other bands. 
  • Lou Sansivero brings diverse influences to his guitar sound, including Rock n’Roll, Blues, Soul, Funk and Country. He has played and recorded with a number of local bands, including Group Therapy, Blues Shaker, The Kleins, and Big Blue Dot.

Dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m., please call 518-463-1151 for reservations. The performance is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday, the downtown arts walk that showcases the lively art scene in downtown Albany.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

“Divided” – An Interactive Production from Creative License Theater Collective - Friday 1/1/16

The University Club will kick off 2016 by hosting an interactive New Year’s Day production from Albany-based theater collective Creative License. The event will be held on Friday, January 1, 2016, at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue. One need not be a member to attend.

Creative License is a different kind of theater company, focused on acting and the page, innovative staging and unique venues for a discerning audience. Divided features 3 original short plays penned by local writers that, much like those classic Choose Your Own Adventure books of the 1980s and 90s, allow the audience to vote to determine how the action unfolds.

The evening begins with a reception with light fare and cash bar at 6:00 p.m., and the performance commences at 7:00 p.m. Intermission will feature a dessert reception, sparkling wine, and the chance for audience members to cast their ballots to determine how the final act will play out.

The cost for the performance and reception is $40 per ticket or two for $70, and reservations are required. Reservations for the New Year’s Day performance are required by Tuesday, December 29 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to ellen@universityclubalbany.com; or online with a credit card or PayPal.

Creative License was founded by local theater artists Aaron Holbritter and Casey Polomaine in March of 2014. Over a plate of chicken parm and a slice of tomato pie, Holbritter and Polomaine discussed the need for a theatrical group in the Capital Region that would break down the barriers between the artistic world and the general public. They focus on the written word and the honest, rich performances of its actors, and have already enjoyed critical acclaim for A Steady Rain and Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, both presented at The Albany Barn.

This event is presented by the University Club Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, and the Terri Boor Cultural Programming Fund, established to support the social, cultural and historic preservation programs of the University Club Foundation, including maintenance of the University Club as a venue for visual and performing arts.

For more information about the University Club please visit www.universityclubalbany.com .

Gettysburg - 152 Years Later ~ Thu. 11/19

Lunch with JJ Jennings of Civil War Roundtable 


New York State History Month was established by an act of the Legislature in 1997. But for many years, people lamented the lack of programming to mark History Month. In 2014, the University Club hosted a series of events celebrating the history of New York State, and continues the tradition in 2015. 


The University Club will continue its celebration of New York State History Month with a luncheon with JJ Jennings, past president of the Capital District Civil War Roundtable, who will discuss New York’s contributions to the Civil War on the 152nd anniversary of the delivery of the Gettysburg Address. The event will be held on Thursday, November 19, at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue.

The luncheon is one of a series of events comprising a Celebration of New York State History Month in November, 2015. Presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, the events will be open to the public. New York State History Month at the University Club is sponsored by AT&T, which has long supported the Foundation’s educational programming, with additional support from the William J. Pomeroy Foundation of Syracuse.

JJ Jennings is a Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam, a retired Federal Employee and a passionate student of the American Civil War. He graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a Bachelors Degree in History and a Concentration in American Studies. He has been a long-time member of the Capital District Civil War Roundtable. He is a Color Bearer and member of the Civil War Trust, member of the Friends of Gettysburg and Friends of Vicksburg as well as The Battle of Franklin Trust.

The cost for the luncheon is $25 and reservations are required. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the November 19 luncheon are required by Tuesday, November 17 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to ellen@universityclubalbany.com; or online with a credit card or PayPal.

Guests are encouraged to share the warmth of the season with our neighbors in need by making a contribution to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The University Club will have a large collection box on display in the lobby, and will accept donations of non-perishable food items and checks made payable to “Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York” throughout the month of November. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food.

New York State History Month programming is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 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.

For more information about the University Club’s celebration of New York State History Month, including program updates, please visit www.universityclubalbany.com .