to discover works such as Three-Legged
Buddha, the gravity-defying Suspended
steel sculpture, and through Nov. 12,
David Smith: The White Sculptures, honoring
the 50th anniversary of 13 Smith works
acquired in 1967.
In 1938, Pittsburgh-born sculptor Harvey
Fite purchased an abandoned quarry in
Saugerties, N. Y. Over the next 37 years,
he single-handedly cut and crafted local
bluestone into Opus 40, a six-plus acre lab-
yrinth of curving ramps, terraces, passage-
ways and moats, crowned by a nine-ton
bluestone monolith. In 1976, an on-site
accident took his life, but his singular
achievement endures. Backed by Overlook
Mountain and the Catskill Range, the site,
which includes Fite’s Quarryman’s Muse-
um, is an area must for tours and events.
Featuring 80 works on 300 acres of
farmland, The Fields Sculpture Park at the
Omi International Arts Center in Ghent
(Hudson Valley/Catskills region) is another
exquisite choice for tours and events.
In Cooperstown, art, nature and hospitality converge at two near-adjacent
properties on glimmering Otsego Lake.
Offering 132 freshly renovated guest rooms
and 30,000 square feet of flexible space, the
grand Otesaga Resort Hotel, from 1909, is
located nearby the Fenimore Art Museum,
where event space includes elegant terraced English garden areas with gazebos.
Adirondacks groups based at the Mirror
Lake Resort in Lake Placid can let their
imagination soar at the 81-acre, natural
history-focused Wild Center, New York’s
first LEED-certified museum. Located 30
miles west in Tupper Lake, the venue’s 40-
foot- high Wild Walk trail invites interactive play in the four-story twig tree house,
swinging bridges, and giant spider’s web
and bald eagle’s nest.
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