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Friends of Lorenzo to celebrate successes of past year at meeting

Schoolmarm Mattie Buckland, portrayed by Casey Frazee, instructs students in the Rippleton Schoolhouse. This year is the eighth season The Friends of Lorenzo have sponsored the summer day camp. The Friends sponsored the move of the schoolhouse to Lorenzo in 1997, then raised funds to restore the one-room structure to its 1880s appearance. Each fall, The Friends also host the free “Community Day” at Rippleton.

Schoolmarm Mattie Buckland, portrayed by Casey Frazee, instructs students in the Rippleton Schoolhouse. This year is the eighth season The Friends of Lorenzo have sponsored the summer day camp. The Friends sponsored the move of the schoolhouse to Lorenzo in 1997, then raised funds to restore the one-room structure to its 1880s appearance. Each fall, The Friends also host the free “Community Day” at Rippleton. Scott Phillips

— “I am especially excited about working with this dynamic group of board members to continue offering our unique community events, as well as focusing on new preservation and restoration projects in the mansion and on the grounds,” said Frazee.

In celebration of the year’s accomplishments, the public is invited to attend the annual meeting of The Friends at 7 p.m. on March 22 at the “Stone’s Throw,” Lincklaen House, 79 Albany St.; a reception will be held immediately following the annual meeting. As space is limited, please RSVP by March 19 by calling Lorenzo at 655-3200.

The following are current members of The Friends of Lorenzo Board of Trustees: Casey Frazee, President; Ainslee Ellis, Secretary; Carolyn Benzing, Treasurer; Liz Aronson; Maria Badami; Leanne Burrell; Beth Carroll; Gene Gissin; Stephanie Hunt; Hanni Kmetz; Mary Beth Kuhn; Lisa Lounsbury; Jane Mistur; Suzanne Phillips; Bob Slodowitz and Dianna Slodowitz.

Barbara Bartlett is director of Lorenzo State Historic Site. She can be reached at 655-3200 or barbara.bartlett@parks.ny.gov.

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