Fallingwater to Host an Unforgettable Gala to Celebrate its 75th Anniversary

Thu, Jul 21st 2011, 10:27. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – July 21, 2011 – Fallingwater’s yearlong 75th Anniversary celebration continues with plans revealed today for what promises to be a memorable evening on Saturday, September 17. The Lord and Lady Palumbo, owners of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob, are the honorary chairs and Huntington Bank is the presenting sponsor for Fallingwater’s 75th Anniversary Gala.

“The gala culminates a year of exciting activity celebrating 75 years of art in nature,” said Lynda Waggoner, Fallingwater’s director and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. “To mark this important year we’ve hosted lectures, symposia and issued a new landmark volume on Fallingwater. But what is a celebration without a fabulous party? This will be a time to experience Fallingwater like never before with great food, friends and dazzling entertainment.”

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the house; Bodiography Contemporary Ballet will perform as living sculptures while guests enjoy Fallingwater at their leisure. Then an illuminated forest will be the backdrop for a gourmet dinner under a clear tent in the nearby meadow.

Guests will return to the house for dessert and an electronic light-and-sound show that will transform Fallingwater’s façade, presented by multimedia artists Luftwerk.

"For nearly a century and a half Huntington Bank has recognized and supported landmarks that define the legacy of our local communities. More than just a National Historic Landmark, Fallingwater is a cultural treasure in Western Pennsylvania,” said Dave Hammer, president for Huntington in the Pittsburgh region. “All of us at Huntington Bank are proud and honored to be the presenting sponsor of Fallingwater's official 75th Anniversary Gala."

Two exhibitions at the Visitors Center will be on view for gala guests: “Kaufmann’s: Meet Me Under the Clock,” a visually rich display featuring vintage clothing, ephemera and artifacts, that chronicles the legendary department store’s history and its role in shaping Pittsburgh culture; and “Design Competition: New Cottages at Fallingwater,” an exhibition of design proposals by six architectural firms for energy-efficient cottages to be built in the vicinity of Fallingwater at Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

The gala will feature event planning and cuisine by Robert Sendall’s All in Good Taste Productions and florals by Daniel Vaughn Designs.

Transportation is available for an additional fee from Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Ligonier. More information is available at www.Fallingwater.org; tickets may be purchased by calling 724-329-8501. Gala and transportation seating is limited.


About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved over 230,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

Media contact:
Eric Sloss
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
(412) 586-2358