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Friends of Lorenzo look to successful 2014

Organization holds annual meeting, announces July Symphoria concert at Lorenzo

— Technology committee member Ben Reilley said the committee is currently working to revamp and revitalize the Friends existing website and Facebook page, as well as to create new Twitter and Instagram accounts for the organization. The goal is to better inform the community of upcoming events, Lorenzo news and fundraising opportunities, which will hopefully increase and improve community awareness and participation on the Friends organization.

Lorenzo Site Director Barb Bartlett thanked the Friends for its continuing support of Lorenzo, and said that of the 36 historic sites around New York state, the Friends of Lorenzo is viewed as “a model organization” that is typically referenced and envied by her peers in the state system.

Bartlett said that while the Cazenovia community continues to support Lorenzo, Lorenzo continues to bring visitors into Cazenovia with its many offerings each year.

The mansion and site will open for the 2014 season on Friday, May 16, and multiple historic programs will be offered during the month of May, which is Historic Preservation Month.

The big news for Lorenzo 2014 events is the return of the free summer Symphoria concert on the Lorenzo lawn, currently scheduled for Friday, July 11, Bartlett said. The Syracuse Symphony previously played free concerts every summer at Lorenzo from 1989 to 2010, when the symphony went defunct. There has been no summer concert at Lorenzo since 2011, when a brass quintet played.

“The symphony concert was always a signature event for Lorenzo, so we’re very excited they will be coming back this year,” Bartlett said.

The annual meeting concluded with guest speaker Sharon Cooney, author of the popular Cazenovia Republican column, “Years Ago in History,” presenting a slide show of photographs and highlights featured in her column.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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