Cazenovia The Friends of Lorenzo recently hosted the second annual Casino Night at the Lincklaen House on March 8. More than 80 people participated in the event, in which participants played casino favorites to win raffle tickets for locally-donated raffle prizes. All of the proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the efforts and goals of the Friends of Lorenzo, a non-profit group of dedicated individuals interested in preserving and protecting the Lorenzo mansion and 87 acres of historic grounds.
In marking another year of achievement, President Casey Frazee and the trustees of The Friends of Lorenzo will be hosting the 38th Annual Meeting of the Friends of Lorenzo at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the “Stone’s Throw” in the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia.
Since its inception in 1975, The Friends of Lorenzo has served as an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the ongoing preservation of Lorenzo State Historic Site. Though membership support and a variety of fundraising activities, The Friends have enabled Lorenzo to undertake many initiatives.
Lorenzo was acquired by New York State in 1968 and is operated by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as one of 35 statewide historic facilities. Each year, The Friends sponsor numerous educational and special events both on site and in conjunction with other area organizations.
Additionally, The Friends have assumed responsibility for many restoration and maintenance projects including development of a 15-minute historic landscape video with WCNY, restoration and maintenance of the formal garden, relocation and restoration of the c. 1814 Rippleton Schoolhouse, replacement of historic specimen trees, custom textile and carpet reproductions, development of a cultural landscape report by SUNY CESF, conservation and acquisition of fine art and publication of a full color guidebook.
For the upcoming year, The Friends have a number of significant program and capital projects planned.
“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. A reception will be held immediately afterwards.
As space is limited, RSVP by calling Lorenzo at 655-3200.