Tannery Pond Community Center to celebrate 10 years with gala

Tannery Pond Community Center

Tannery Pond Community Center Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Tannery Pond Community Center at 228 Main St. is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a gala from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening, with entertainment provided by the Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip. Folksinger Dan Berggren plans to perform a song as well, an original piece about the Tannery Pond accompanied by local children. Carol and Glenn Pearsall are presenting a photography display featuring the community center’s past events. Guests can participate in a silent auction featuring donations from local stores, as well as work from artists who have been featured at Tannery Pond in the past.

Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase through the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 251-2612.

The gala is set to honor several very important people in Tannery Pond’s history. Elise and Woody Widlund, who financed the community center’s construction, will make their last appearance before moving to Vermont. Lyle Dye, the founder of Our Town Theater Group, is being recognized as North Creek’s Citizen of the Year. Finally, Bernadette Speach will make her debut as Tannery Pond’s first executive director.

In addition to celebrating the past 10 years, the gala is shifting focus to Tannery Pond’s future. The gala is the community center’s first major fundraiser, an important turning point in its operations. Ann Hornbeck, vice president of the Tannery Pond Community Center Association, expects more fundraisers to come.

“Even though the town owns the building, they need help to afford to manage it,” Hornbeck said.

Tannery Pond hosts a variety of artistic events throughout the year. The North Country Singers, Our Town Theater Group, the Seagle Music Colony, and Upper Hudson Musical Arts are all staples of Tannery Pond’s lineup. In order to keep them coming, the community center needs to raise $50,000 by December. Tannery Pond has a $30,000 endowment, and the North Creek Business Alliance and the Saratoga & North Creek Railway donated $10,000 apiece. The rest, however, is up to the community. Proceeds from both tickets sales and the silent auction are going towards the $50,000 goal.

The Tannery Pond Community Center Association is driven by a mission to “serve the community by providing educational, cultural, recreational and social opportunities for all ages.”

The new executive director will be sharing office space with the Chamber.

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