On Saturday, June 24, guests flocked to the Daniel Conkling House in Rensselaerville for a one-of-a-kind event with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and the brass musicians of the Albany Symphony.
Generously hosted by Stewart Myers at his historic property, this “Celebration of Music and Nature” celebrated the protection of the Eldridge Farm and the preservation of the historic agricultural landscapes of Rensselaerville. An outdoor reception was followed by a performance by the brass musicians of the Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller. Host Stew Myers was invited to conduct the final encore of the evening.
After the performance, many guests joined MHLC Conservation Director Sarah Walsh for a guided hike around the property. At the end of the evening, guests drove home in a light rain, greeted by a beautiful rainbow.
“We are so grateful to everyone who made the Celebration of Music and Nature at the Daniel Conkling House a very successful event,” writes MHLC Executive Director Mark King. “The winning combination of a stunning setting, a gracious host, and beautiful music created a perfect afternoon. Sunny skies and a steady breeze certainly helped round out the day. Stewart Myers’ restoration of the home and grounds of this historic estate is a gift to all who see the property. For years, the Conkling house appeared to be in its final stage of decay until the acquisition by the Open Space Institute lead to the preservation of the property, and the subsequent sale to Stewart and Roy Myers brought about a rebirth of the home. The property is located across the street from the Eldridge property which was protected by MHLC in 2016 and also adjoins lands of the Huyck Preserve to the north, creating a block of more than 500 acres of preserved lands.”
Check out the photo gallery of this unique summer event below. You can also view these photos on the Times Union’s “Were You Seen” page.