Olana’s “Icebergs in August” Summer Party Features Stunning Views, Paintings — and a Giant Iceberg

Attendees at this year’s summer soirée at Olana are in for an ice-cold treat

Icebergs in August sound like an unlikely happening, but at Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, it’s very real. The site’s yearly Summer Party — which follows the “Icebergs in August” theme in honor of painter Frederic Edwin Church’s voyage to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1859 — promises to be an evening full of ice-cold drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and art.

Attendees sip on chilly cocktails crafted by Iceberg Vodka and Hillrock Distillery, nosh on hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, and enjoy an oyster bar — all while admiring the breathtaking views of the open-sided ice house, reimagined by architect Albert (Beau) Simons IV, during the cocktail reception. A silent auction, in which guests may bid on a full-scale reproduction of Church’s “The Icebergs” painting, follows from 6-8 p.m.

Of course, the coolest attraction — literally — is the giant iceberg sculpture, created by ice artist Sean Taylor of Capital City Carvers. Guests are encouraged to snap a selfie in front of the carving, which is set against the backdrop of Church’s picturesque estate.

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Guests may bid on a full-scale reproduction of Church’s “The Icebergs” during the August 8 event

Frederic Edwin Church, “The Icebergs,” 1861, Oil on canvas, 64 1/2 x 112 1/2 in., Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Norma and Lamar Hunt Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art

If you go…

Olana Partnership’s Summer Party
When: Saturday, August 8 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson
Cost: $95
Details: 518-828-1872; www.olana.org/icebergsinaugust

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