Cocktails on the Terrace

Celebrate Yaddo Artists from the Past and Present

Please join us for Cocktails on the Terrace, followed by a lively presentation of Letters from Yaddo with talented Yaddo artists, five-time Emmy-winning actress Blair Brown, performance artist, playwright, songwriter, and actor David Cale, and performance and visual artist John Kelly, performing a dynamic staged reading of correspondences from Yaddo luminaries.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Doors Open 6:30 pm

Yaddo Mansion and Terrace

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Blair Brown is a Tony Award winning actress for the play Copenhagen. Other Broadway credits are; The Parisian Woman, James Joyce’s The Dead, Cabaret, and The Secret Rapture. She has appeared in many films such as; Dark Matter, The Sentinel, Dogville, Space Cowboys, The Astronaut’s Wife, and Stealing Home. Over the year Blair has many roles on TV including; Orange Is The New Black, Jack Ryan, Elementary, Limitless, Person of Interest, The Affair, Fringe, and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, for which she received five Emmy nominations. Her directing credits include; Rosemary and I, Lovely Day, and A Feminine Ending. She has also narrated more than 50 documentary films and audio books. This Fall, Blair will star alongside Edie Falco for the off-Broadway play, Morning Sun.

David Cale is a performance artist, playwright, songwriter and actor. His most recent work was his solo musical memoir We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time for which he wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music with Matthew Dean Marsh. Other recent works include the solo play Harry Clarke. Cale’s songs have been sung by a wide array of artists including Debbie Harry, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Scott and John Kelly. He has acted in plays on and off-Broadway, most recently on TV in Russian Doll, and on film in Light From Light, written and directed by Paul Harrill, who he met while at Yaddo. Cale’s newest solo play, Sandra, will premiere at the Vineyard Theatre, NYC, Spring 2022.

John Kelly is a performance and visual artist. His performance works dramatize the lives of characters—whether actual or fictional—revealing their dreams, foibles, and humanity. Some of these works are directly autobiographical, others are inspired by the realities and hurdles of cultural outsiders, and political realities they navigate. His visual art is based in self-portraiture, and frequently relates to the subjects of his performance works, including drawing, painting, photography, and video. He recently completed his first graphic narrative A Friend Gave Me A Book, based on a near catastrophic trapeze accident. Kelly’s latest dance theatre work Underneath The Skin (based on the life of the 20th century gay novelist and tattoo artist Samuel Steward) will have a multi-week run at New York’s La MaMa, in 2022.


Stacie and Michael Arpey

Candace King Weir

Nemer Motor Group
Thomas Newkirk
Saratoga Casino Hotel
Swyer Family Foundation

Willis and Marilynn Goldsmith
Larissa Hawley
Michael and Marcia Phinney

Associates of Glens Falls, Inc.
Susan Brynteson
Jaeger & Flynn, A Marshall & Sterling Company
Elliott and Cathy Masie
Joe and Barbara Tyler
Stewart’s Shops
Zanetti Architectural Millwork

Albany Valve & Fitting Co., Inc.
Design Contracting
Stephen and Dr. susan Dorsey
Keeler Motor Car Company
King Wealth Management
W. J. Morris Excavating, Inc.

Honorary Patrons
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Battle
Susan Bokan
John and Jean Buhac
Ellen and Bruce Cohen
Meghan and Christopher Cook
Tamie and George Ehinger
Rhoda and Avram Freedberg
Patricia A. Friesen
Judy Harrigan, PhD
The Haworth Family
Kelly Healy
Thom Healy
Carol Kautzman & Ren Reynolds
Amy E. Knoeller, MD
Elizabeth and Jeffrey Mastro
Gardner McFall
Ted and Carol Newlin
Frank A. Rogers
Jay Rogoff and Penny Jolly
Saratoga Book Festival
Mark Shalonis
Harry D. Snyder
Pamela and Steven Stiansen
Nicholas Stiansen
Kim and Robert Swidler


Elaina Richardson

Benefit Planning Committee
Brendan Flanigan, Chair
Sue Allerdice
Barbara Bennett
Susan Bokan
Michele Brinkman
Lisa Clark
Susan DePaula
Tamie Ehinger
Larissa Hawley
Patricia McBride Friesen
Robb Moore
Ashley Simpson
Elizabeth Straton
Tamara Backer Tepper

Sponsorship Committee
Stacie Arpey, Co-Chair
Michael Phinney, Co-Chair
Wallace Allerdice
M. Bruce Cohen
Patricia McBride Friesen
Elizabeth Giblin
Peter Nemer
Candace Weir