Menand House Party to Benefit Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

Posted on August 5, 2022 by Jennifer Mele under Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Preservation, Special Event, Stories of our Dearly Departed, Uncategorized
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Menand House Party to benefit Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

You are invited to our signature event on September 15, 2022, on the grounds of the Louis Menand House to benefit the restoration and preservation of Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY.

This lovely 114-acre cemetery has been part of our community for over 150 years.  It requires daily maintenance, and we work diligently to ensure it is a beautiful and safe place for visitors and families that we are privileged to serve.

Please consider joining us for this event in support of restoration and preservation projects within Historic St. Agnes Cemetery.

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Guests will be treated to lighthearted, funny skits performed on the Menand House porch by actors from Albany Civic Theater while enjoying a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres, summer salads and desserts, beer, wine, and assorted non-alcoholic beverages.  The Menand House is not generally open to the public, but for rare occasions we open parts of the house for self-guided tours and merriment on the grounds.  Additionally, trolley rides through Historic St. Agnes will be offered highlighting scenic views, beautiful monuments and private mausoleums and past restoration projects. Signed copies of our gorgeous hardcover book “These Sacred Grounds: 150 Years of St. Agnes Cemetery” will be available for purchase for those who are interested in learning more about the history of the cemetery and some interesting stories about those interred within our sacred grounds.

During the past two years we have been unable to hold a signature event, but staff have been busy identifying and prioritizing issues that greatly impact historic monuments and the landscape that make St. Agnes Cemetery so special.  We have concluded that the biggest threat currently to our historic monuments and mausoleums are aging and dying trees located throughout the cemetery.  Many of these trees were planted over 100 years ago.  They are constantly shedding huge branches, splitting apart, and falling on monuments and destroying everything in their path. Our grounds crew does its best to proactively cut down smaller trees that pose a threat to monuments.  Most of the trees that should be removed are much too large to handle with our cemetery equipment.  That is why we are making every effort to raise money to address the issue of hazardous trees and make repairs to damaged monuments on cemetery grounds.

Please RSVP by 9/5/22 to [email protected] or contact us at 518-350-7679 to RSVP.

We are very fortunate to have the following community businesses and friends already supporting this event and our preservation work, THANK YOU!

Your support for the restoration of beautiful, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery is greatly appreciated.

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