BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE Elizabeth "Betsy" Folwell, Creative Director of Adirondack Life magazine and Adirondacker extraordinaire, received the Adirondack Museum's 2007 Harold K. Hochschild Award on Aug. 9.
John Fritzinger, Chairman of the museum's Board of Trustees presented the award at a ceremony held at the Blue Mountain Lake, New York campus. Fritzinger also read a letter of congratulations from New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer.
Citing Betsy Folwell's many accomplishments, Spitzer wrote, "There can be no greater tribute bestowed on a person than the acknowledgement by others of the extraordinary achievements in one's life. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I commend your pride in the simple beauty of our state and your passion and superlative dedication to lending a voice to the Adirondack region."
The program was filled with tributes to Folwell from friends and colleagues. Speakers included Caroline Welsh, Director of the Adirondack Museum; Glenn Pearsall, Trustee and Chairman of the Hochschild Award Committee; John Collins, Honorary Trustee and resident of Blue Mountain Lake; Jane Mackintosh, consultant; Amy Godine, historian and author; and Nathalie Costa Thill, Executive Director, Adirondack Center for Writing.
Betsy Folwell served as the first Director of Education at the Adirondack Museum and was the Director of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts for many years. Since 1989 she has been the Editor of Adirondack Life, where she is currently Creative Director. She has written 159 articles in 18 years, and has done more than anyone to raise the profile of the magazine to that of one of the top regional journals in the country. She and her husband Tom Warrington are residents and active members of the Blue Mountain Lake community.
The Harold K. Hochschild Award is dedicated to the memory of the museum's founder, whose passion for the Adirondacks, its people, and environment inspired the creation of the Adirondack Museum. Since 1990 the museum has presented the award to a wide range of intellectual and community leaders throughout the Adirondack Park, highlighting their contributions to the region's culture and quality of life.