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The Beekman Mansion on a Snowy Eve

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As one of the most prominent men in the area, William Beekman’s grand home would have certainly been the setting for many wonderful celebrations.

When our friend Karen Cookson, a member of the Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce, asked if we would consider opening our home for a New Year’s Eve party, we felt certain that William and Joanna would have wanted us to say yes.

So we did.

The instrument
The instrument

Grammy-winning chamber jazz musician Charles Dowd and Tracy Freeze have performed around the world and filled The Beekman to the rafters with amazing music for the evening.  Now we know that the house has wonderful acoustics.

Orange rind votive
Orange rind votive

To complement the garland we had strung for the holidays we made votives out of cloved oranges to give the concert a warm glow. See how we did this in this week’s HowToo blog

A tempting holiday spread
A tempting holiday spread

Knowing that such events are better left to the hands of  professionals, local caterers from A Taste of Europe, created a wonderful menu that included dill salmon mousse, vegetable terrine, free range eggs with caviar and sundried tomato cheesecake among other tasty bites.

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The dawn of a new year

Though the thermometer read -6 degrees, the snowy evening was filled with warmth and laughter. We met many new friends with brilliant talents that we hope to share with you in 2009.

As I’m typing this entry, Auld Lang Syne is still wafting through my head, and I’m blissfully aware that tonight’s dreams will be sweetened by champagne.  It seems like an appropriate time to think about what dreams we have for Beekman, for our lives, and for all of our readers and customers over the next year. To all of those dreams, we raise a glass and extend to everyone our own “cup of kindness”.

To learn about the New Year’s Eve traditions of 1804, check out what Mary Beekman has to say.

by Dr. Brent

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