Appreciation for Chinsegut support
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the Nov. 15-16 Chinsegut Hill Celebration a huge success and to further the Friends of Chinsegut Hill's efforts to restore and re-open this one-of-a-kind historic landmark to the public.
Despite light rain, more than 300 people ventured out to support Chinsegut Hill Friday evening. A brief program included remarks from honorary event chairman Sonny Vergara; Gary Mormino, former professor of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida; Tammy Heon, Hernando tourism development coordinator; Jan Knowles, president of Friends of Chinsegut Hill; and Christie Anderberg, executive director. All praised efforts taken by Hernando County to secure the lease with the state and the subsequent management agreement between Hernando County and Friends of Chinsegut Hill, which enables efforts to restore and open the property to the public.
About 800 visitors showed up the next day to support the effort and enjoy the art, music and community organizations. The weekend exceeded our expectations and increased our membership threefold.
Thanks to the support of 36 local businesses that sponsored event expenses, every dollar raised during the celebration will be matched dollar for dollar by the Felburn Foundation and dedicated to upgrades and operation expenses for the property. The funds will help Friends of Chinsegut Hill to open in early 2014 for special events and weddings, although the manor house restoration will take at least a year.
This is a great example of the generosity and foresight of Hernando County residents who understand the importance of preserving Chinsegut Hill and sharing its historic majesty. View photos of the event at chinseguthillcelebration.org and follow Friends of Chinsegut Hill on Facebook: facebook.com/ FriendsOfChinsegutHillInc.
Jan Knowles and DeeVon Quirolo, Brooksville