Camphill Village opens a new Village Green in Copake

Paula Levai (l) and her mother Rosi Levai (r) cut the ribbon to mark the grand opening of the remodeled Village Green at Camphill Village in Copake on Friday, October 26. The renovation of the building—which houses the organization’s bakery, gift shop, coffee shop, and lunch cafe—was funded by donors, many of whom are family members of Camphill residents. The Village Green is considered the social hub of Camphill Village, and it is open to the public. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, beginning November 3. Photo by David Lee

COPAKE – Camphill Village was founded in 1961 as a community dedicated to creating an environment of dignity and purpose to people with developmental differences. The village has grown over the decades, and on Friday October 26, the ribbon was cut on a new structure known as the Village Green. Among the many workshops and endeavors offered at Camphill are a bakery, lunch cafe and a gift shop, which now have new accommodations adjacent to a bright new community room. The Village Green also houses a library of books, magazine, and, soon to come, laptops and touchpads.

The room was filled on Friday for the grand opening ceremony which included music and a theatrical presentation by residents.

William Vogt, who is former Camphill Board Chairman and Capital Fund Chair, thanked the donors who made the project possible, many of whom were in attendance. In addition to the Village Green, he noted that the capital fund paid for upgrades of residence buildings and grounds and the construction of a new sugar shack for maple syrup.

New York State Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-43rd) presented a framed certificate of recognition from the state legislature. The architect for the project was Andrea Kowalski of Hohoye Falls, and McLure Construction of Saugerties did the work, the fifth of their projects at Camphill.

Hours for the new facility are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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