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The cocktail hour for the Holland Society of New York’s 131st Dinner Dance at the Lotos Club.

On Monday, October 4th, 2021, after a hiatus of nearly two years, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) was proud to welcome guests back to the in-person 40th Annual Arthur Ross Awards. Architects, designers, artisans, builders, academics, and many more gathered together, occupying two full rooms in a private club in New York City to pay tribute to this year’s honorees: Skurman Architects (Architecture), Hyde Park Mouldings (Artisanship & Craftsmanship), Bob Christian Decorative Art (Fine Arts), Hollander Design Landscape Architects (Landscape), Charles Miers and Rizzoli New York (Publishing), John F. W. Rogers (Patronage), and Michael Lykoudis, FAIA (Board of Directors Honor).

2021 Arthur Ross Awards Presenter and ICAA Board Member Mark Ferguson.
Bob Christian of 2021 Arthur Ross Award Winning Firm Bob Christian Decorative Arts (Fine Arts).
2021 Arthur Ross Award Winner Charles Miers of Rizzoli New York (Publishing).
2021 Arthur Ross Award Winner John F. W. Rogers (Patronage) with ICAA President Peter Lyden.

Over 400 practitioners and enthusiasts of classical and traditional architecture and design gathered to celebrate the achievements of these seven honorees, whose life’s work has enriched the built environment, beautified landscapes and interiors, filled libraries, educated thousands of students, and preserved architectural treasures. The awards were presented in two rooms by both ICAA Board Chairman Russell Windham and ICAA Board Member Mark Ferguson.

The 2021 Arthur Ross Award winners were selected by a jury that included Bunny Williams (Chair), James Carter, Elizabeth Dillon, Anne Harris, Katherine Herman, Steele Marcous, and Gil Schafer. Co-Chairs of this year’s Arthur Ross Awards include Anthony Barnes, Nina Campbell, Steven Gambrel, and Suzanne Tucker. Honorary Chairs include Janet C. Ross, Suzanne R. Santry, the late Ambassador and Mrs. William J. vanden Heuvel, and Bunny Williams.

2021 Arthur Ross Awards Honoree Michael Lykoudis, FAIA, Theresa Lykoudis, David Stone, and Jim Coyle.
2021 Arthur Ross Awards Honoree Charles Miers, Kathleen Jayes, Sandy Gilbert, and Jill Cohen.
2021 Arthur Ross Awards Presenter and ICAA Board Chairman Russell Windham and ICAA Board Member Barbara Eberlein.
L. to r.: 2021 Arthur Ross Awards Honoree Edmund Hollander and Wendy Powers; Michael Diaz-Griffith and Hadley Keller.
Howard Christian, Sarah Magness, and Natalie Aldridge.
ICAA Board Member John Flower, Stephanie Flower, and ICAA President Peter Lyden.
L. to r.: 2021 Arthur Ross Awards Presenter and ICAA Board Chairman Russell Windham with Co-Chair and ICAA Board Member Suzanne Tucker; Elizabeth Graziolo and Tham Kannalikham.
ICAA Board Member Kirk Henckels, Linda Stabler Talty, and ICAA Board Member Peter Talty.
John Danzer, Douglas Wright, ICAA President Peter Lyden, and Collier Calandruccio.
L. to r.: ICAA President Peter Lyden and friend; ICAA Board Members Bunny Williams and Kathryn Herman.
Joseph Lucier, Stacey Caen, 2021 Arthur Ross Awards Honoree Andrew Skurman, and Francoise Skurman.
Oliver Cope, 2021 Arthur Ross Awards Honoree John Rogers, Tham Kannalikham, and Alexandra Rogers.
ICAA Board Member Eric Osth and Janet C. Ross.

This past Saturday night at the Lotos Club, the Holland Society of New York held its 131st Dinner Dance. The Holland Society was founded in 1885 as a historical and genealogical society to honor and preserve the history of New Netherland, the Dutch settlement which became New York. The Holland Society annually awards a Medal for Distinguished Achievement for civic, cultural, or social contributions to New York. The Society’s 2021 medalists were Broadway actors Carolyn McCormick and Byron Jennings.

The Society welcomed 84 guests to the Dinner Dance. During the cocktail hour, Carolyn McCormick and Byron Jennings performed the balcony scene from Noel Coward’s play Private Lives, to great applause.

A reading of the balcony scene from Noel Coward’s Private Lives, by Carolyn McCormick and Byron Jennings.
The audience for the Private Lives reading.

In advance of dinner, the traditional toasts were made. Following the toasts, the Reverend Paul Lent read the invocation. Next, Holland Society Director Sarah Cooney welcomed guests and introduced the medalists, highlighting that “theatre is an integral part of New York culture, and Carolyn McCormick and Byron Jennings are integral parts of New York theatre.” Carolyn McCormick read their acceptance speech, noting the Society’s focus on celebrating New York stories.

Flowers by Cold Spring Harbor Flowers.
The dinner scene at the Holland Society’s 131st Dinner Dance.

After dinner, Holland Society president Colonel Adrian Bogart III (Ret.) shared his plans for the Society’s future, including greater collaboration between societies that focus on the history of New York. He then introduced the long-running Holland Society tradition of the Parading of the Beaver, carried by Ethan Hasbrouck Van Ness and Jonathan Doucette.

The Holland Society’s traditional Parading of the Beaver, carried by Ethan Hasbrouck Van Ness and Jonathan Doucette.

Dancing followed dinner, with music by the Lester Lanin Orchestra. An after-party was held at the Lotos Club Grill.

Holland Society Director Sarah Cooney and Stephen Cooney.
Holland Society President Colonel Adrian Bogart III, Holland Society Medalist Carolyn McCormick, Holland Society Director Sarah Cooney, and Holland Society Medalist Byron Jennings.
George and Phebe Banta.
Jeremy Skog and Laura Lieberman.
Kate Oldham, Carolyn McCormick, and Trish Neve.
Lisa Bloodgood Weedon, Catherine Van Ness, Ella Rivers, and Christopher Weedon Jr.
Natalie Aldridge and Jonathan Doucette.
Ryck Lent, Jennifer Lent, Rev. Paul Lent, and Daniel Lent.
Stuart and Gail Van Winkle.

The 20th Annual ADAPT Community Network Golf Tournament was held at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, New York on Monday, October 18th. The event was sold-out and attended by over 150 people. The annual tournament supports ADAPT Community Network, with all proceeds from the event helping to fund the delivery of life-affirming programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and their families. The event raised $265,000.

Host Jill Flint welcomes the audience

Television and film star Jill Flint, hosted this year’s golf outing for the fourth time. Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, gave welcome remarks.

“We thank everyone who supported this year’s golf tournament,” says Ed Matthews. “We were delighted to honor ADAPT’s dedicated staff and essential workers, whose tireless work in significant ways this past year, has made it possible to continue to provide our over 100 comprehensive programs and services to thousands of children, families, and adults supported by ADAPT while keeping them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank Jill Flint for being such a dedicated longtime supporter to ADAPT, and we also thank this year’s ADAPT Golf Committee.”

Laura Hickman.

The 2021 ADAPT Golf Tournament Committee was: Michael Berger, Valentino Galella, Edward R. Matthews, Jeffrey Weiss, and Alan Zack.

Following the day of golf, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served on the patio of the Brae Burn Country Club. Ed Matthews and Jill Flint presented the ADAPT Golf Tournament awards.

ADAPT Community Network is the leading human service not‐for‐profit and a pioneer in providing cutting‐edge programs and services for people with disabilities.

Every day, ADAPT builds a more inclusive world for thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology, health, residential, and recreational programs in all five boroughs. Its schools and services encompass many people who have challenges beyond cerebral palsy such as autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and neuromuscular disorders, among others. They are the largest provider of pre‐school education for children with disabilities in New York. ADAPT’s 100 comprehensive programs serve over 20,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Jill Flint and Edward R. Matthews.

For more information about ADAPT Community Network, go to:

Laura Hickman, Valentino Galella, Jeffrey Weiss, Michael Berger, Jill Flint, Edward R. Matthews, and Alan Zack. Photo by Andrei Jackamets
Benjamin Zack, Jared Litt, Marty Litt, Alan Zack, Evan Kaplan, and Glen Edelman
Bill Kenney, Wendy Kenney, and Dahlian Porter
Bill Washienko, Valentino Galella, and Michael Tessalone.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Weiss
Ryan Laul, Linda Laul, and Christopher Laul
Dinner at ADAPT Community Network Golf Tournament.

Photographs by Sylvain Gaboury & Jared Siskin / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images (ICAA); Matthew Lesman & Kate Oldham (Holland Society).

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