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Arts center holds benefit at Great Camp Uncas

Great Arts Benefit attendees listen to Howie Kirschenbaum, one of the Great Camp Uncas owners in front of one of the many cabins on the compound.

Great Arts Benefit attendees listen to Howie Kirschenbaum, one of the Great Camp Uncas owners in front of one of the many cabins on the compound. Photo by Bill Quinlivan.

— The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts held its Great Arts Benefit Saturday, Aug. 11 on the grounds of Great Camp Uncas.

The camp, built by William West Durant in 1893, sits on the shore of 110-acre Lake Mohegan, near Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake. Once owned by the likes of J. Pierpont Morgan and Alfred Vanderbilt, Camp Uncas remains privately held and is not open to the general public. As such, the benefactors, patrons and contributors to this arts benefit were truly rewarded when they were the recipients of a rare tour of this pristine Great Camp.

The function was well attended, so the tour was broken into three separate groups and covered the many structures that comprise the camp.

The tours, conducted by two of the current owners, Howie Kirschenbaum and Barbara Glaser, were the centerpiece of the evening’s festivities that also included a never-ending supply of hors d’oeurves, complimentary beer and wine, a silent auction and performances by members of the Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival.

The benefit is one of the major ways the Center for the Arts helps fund its year-round offering of concerts, theatre performances, exhibits, Arts from the Start, an art-based pre-school program, and the Living Abled Series, a unique program for the developmentally disabled.

The mission of the center is to build community through the arts.

“The last four years have been transformative for the Arts Center and the greater arts community of the Adirondacks,” said ALCA Executive Director Stephen Svoboda. “The Arts Center continues to evolve, enthusiastically entering the next phase of development as a premier arts organization. Commitment, like we see here this evening, allows us to provide the highest quality year-round arts programming while staying flexible and responsive to the ever-changing public policy and fiscal climate — much like the climate of the Adirondacks, you’ve got to be prepared.”

Complete information about the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and its upcoming programs can be found by visiting www.adirondackarts.org or calling (518) 352-7715.

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