Annual Appeal 2012


                                                                                          November 15, 2012


Dear Friends,

First of all, please allow me to thank you for your support of Ventfort Hall. Every donation, every tour, and every ticket to one of our events helps keep our doors open.  Our members, donors, visitors and volunteers make it possible to preserve this grand house for the public – and for future generations – to enjoy.

This has been a challenging year for Ventfort Hall, but also a year in which we have seen many hopeful signs. As you may already know, we have had to close our restored second floor due to a lack of legally mandated accessibility and safety features. As a result, we are more determined than ever to install an elevator. Much of this year’s energy focused on creating an elevator construction plan that matches Ventfort Hall’s historic character. We wholeheartedly hope that you will join us in this important next step in our progress.

We have many accomplishments to celebrate this year and to build on in future years. Our summer play Clara about the life of Clara Schumann was a great success – well attended and enthusiastically received by our audiences. We applaud everyone involved in the production, especially actress Sarah Jeanette Taylor who brought the role to life. The exciting speakers in our Tea and Talk series also attracted crowds for a summer season of high attendance. We look forward to wrapping up 2012 with our annual Home for the Holidays decorations and events, including the weeklong return of Paris 1890 – Unlaced!

Whether you have chosen to become a member, attended one of our events, or recommended Ventfort Hall to your friends, you have our heartfelt thanks. We hope that, after reading the enclosed newsletter, you’ll be inspired to continue your support by making a fully tax-deductible donation at the level of your choosing.

When we think back to the days when Ventfort Hall was barely more than a hollow ruin, open to the elements and broken down by the passing of time, we can’t help but be amazed at how much we’ve accomplished with your help. We couldn’t do it without you!


                                                                                                With my sincere appreciation,                       



                                                                                                         Kelly Blau