Montgomery Place, the 379-acre Livingston family estate adjacent to the Bard College campus, was acquired by Bard early in 2016. This month, the college is organizing a series of free cultural events to inaugurate the historic manse, with its large handsome portico, as an exterior performance space, to be called the Stage at Montgomery Place.
Under the collective title of Gathering on the Banks, the series kicks off on Saturday, September 15 at 7 p.m. with an outdoor screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller North by Northwest, presented in partnership with Upstate Films. On Sunday, September 23, Hudson River Jamboree: A Celebration of Americana Music featuring Spirit Family Reunion will take place at 4 p.m. And on Saturday, September 29, Bard faculty member and choreographer Souleymane “Solo” Badolo will give an outdoor dance performance titled Yimbégré.
Admission to all three events is free, but reservations should be made in advance by visiting http://fishercenter.bard.edu/events. The grounds will open one hour before each event’s starting time. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket; food and beverages from local vendors will be available for purchase. Montgomery Place is located at 26 Gardener Way in Annandale-on-Hudson.