Saltonstall Fundraiser + Ceremonial Groundbreaking

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Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts

435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

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A Fundraiser for Saltonstall + Ceremonial Groundbreaking!

Join us at the beautiful Saltonstall Arts Colony for a fundraiser and ceremonial ground-breaking for our accessible addition and redesign to the studio building. (You can read more about this building project here.)

Most of this festive evening will take place under a beautiful heated tent with sides and will also include some studio tours indoors.

No tickets?

"Ticketless" means we are not selling tickets and will be raising money on-site throughout the evening. We know that a set ticket price can be an economic barrier for those who want to support us. For this special event, your presence is more important than the size of your donation.

With special guests

In addition to a ceremonial ground-breaking for our new accessible addition, the following special guests will be joining us for readings and open studios:

- visual artist Patrick Berran ('13)

- writer / former board member Leslie Daniels

- visual artist / Parent-Fellow Lindsey Glover ('19)

- writer / Teacher Residency alum Shawn Goodman

Live music

There will be live music with the joyful, talented East Hill Classic Jazz Quartet led by Doug Robinson on guitar with Ithaca icon Johnny Russo on trumpet, Brian Earle on clarinet, and Jim Sherpa on washtub bass.

What we'll be serving

Residency chef Mandy Beem-Miller is bringing her food truck! The Good Truck will be serving fabulous tacos, sides, and salads outside with assorted appetizers inside the tent.

Bite-sized gourmet desserts, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served. Most of the food will be vegetarian with a few gluten-free and/or vegan options (including dessert!)

The schedule:

5:30 – 6:00pm: Grab yourself some tacos from The Good Truck, a beverage of your choice, some appetizers, and enjoy live music under the tent.

6:00pm: Ground-breaking! While there’s still light in the sky, we’ll put some shovels in the dirt and toast our exciting new accessible addition. (FYI: the actual ground-breaking will take place in mid-April, 2020.)

6:30 – 7:00pm: Eating, drinking, good conversations, and more music under the tent.

7:00pm: Readings by Leslie Daniels and Shawn Goodman

7:30 – 8:30pm: Studio tours featuring art works by Pat Berran and Lindsey Glover. Bite-sized gourmet desserts, wine, beer, non-alcoholic options, and live music under the tent.

What to wear?

Think: casually elegant. Half of the evening will take place under a gorgeous, heated tent with sides. However, please dress for cool weather and wear shoes suited to some uneven terrain and short walks up and down a gravel driveway.


There will be free, on-site parking with a short walk up our gravel driveway. Handicap parking is also available closer to the tent. Be aware that the terrain will still be a bit uneven in this area.

Saltonstall is located eight miles east of downtown Ithaca in the Ellis Hollow neighborhood. You cannot see the colony from the road, but we do have a prominent sign at the base of our driveway.


Without ticket sales, we'll ask for RSVPs through this site so we can plan accordingly for food and beverages. Please "Register" for this event so we know you're coming!

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Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts

435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

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