Dear Friends of the Academy

I am pleased to invite you, as supporters of The Spencertown Academy Arts Center, to The Nick Gala on October 6, at the home of Jo-Anne and Richard Bilotti, the 1828 Sherman Griswold House (House #104 in Thomas Moreland’s “The Old Houses of Austerlitz”).

As you know, we are undertaking a long-needed campaign to restore the building and support its future. If you have already given, THANK YOU! We have raised an astounding $320,000 of our $600,000 goal. Now it is time to get to the finish line – and what better way to do it than to celebrate the hero of The Spencertown Academy, Nick Van Alstine.

Nick Van Alstine has kept The Academy alive. It is not possible in a few sentences to describe the magnitude of his contribution. I am eschewing comparisons to God or Winston Churchill, but they would be apt. As president he as strategically thought through problems, mobilized tactical forces, and then done the actual work of fundraising and operations when necessary. For the past 15 years, no job has been too big or too small for Nick. For this we hope you will join us in honoring him on October 6 at a party that is sure to be the talk of the hamlet!

Tickets to the NICK GALA button
Building Campaign Info
Without Nick’s leadership, we could not have successfully transitioned to an all-volunteer organization, to ensure our financial stability. Now it’s time to complete the preservation of the The Academy’s historic 1847 building. Essential to the integrity of our northeast Columbia County community, it is one of three structures which form the core of Spencertown, along with the recently renovated St. Peter’s Church and the new Austerlitz Town Hall, created from the former Methodist Church. Our campaign will raise $500,000 to complete renovations and $100,000 to bolster the Academy’s endowment, critical to the future maintenance of the historic building.

But, we can’t do it without YOU. This is why you are being invited to join the fun at THE NICK GALA. The enclosed invitation has all of the details. Join us for an evening that is sure to be legendary, as we celebrate the one and only community legend that is Nick Van Alstine! With your help, we will honor Nick’s continuing leadership and realize the ongoing vitality of The Spencertown Academy.

Please join us.

Jerry Croghan