EVENTS AT BYRDCLIFFE
Byrdcliffe is one of the oldest continuously operating arts colonies in America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild rents several unique venues for weddings, private parties, concerts, theater productions and other events.
The Byrdcliffe Barn is the ideal location for a romantic, rustic wedding, private party or corporate event. The 3000 square foot space has large barn doors that swing open to Upper Byrdcliffe Road, high ceilings, and a small, movable stage. The space is illuminated by twinkling lights wrapped around low beams and pillars, and dimmable paper lanterns that cast a warm glow. The Byrdcliffe Barn is an original feature of the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony and was converted into an event space in the mid-twentieth century. The ground floor is a ceramics studio and the building itself is surrounded by Byrdcliffe’s artist cottages, tucked away in the trees.
WHITE PINES AT THE BYRDCLIFFE COLONY
White Pines is a quintessential example of Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Style, exhibiting beautiful hand craftsmanship and harmony with the natural landscape. Built in 1902 as the home of Byrdcliffe founders Ralph and Jane Whitehead, this historic home has hosted guests such as John Burroughs, Thomas Mann, and Wallace Stevens. The White Pines Lawn is available for ceremony and reception use (different fees apply). The interior of the building is not accessible.
Set back from Upper Byrdcliffe Road, the White Pines Lawn is a broad space defined by a low stone wall. Surrounded by woods and a wild meadow, the lawn has a picturesque view of the mountainside, perfect for a romantic ceremony. The covered front porch of the building is included in the rental, a lovely location for a cocktail hour or as a space to hand out programs or take photos. The Lawn is available for a short-term rental (4 hours) for ceremony and/or cocktail hour as part of a package with rental of the Barn for receptions.
THE LOOM ROOM AT WHITE PINES
This beautiful light-filled room was originally used for textile production. Long and narrow, the room is anchored by a large beautiful fireplace engraved with the fleur de lis, Byrdcliffe’s insignia. The natural light fills the aged-pine interior, which overlooks the lawn and hillside. The Loom Room can accommodate up to 49 guests.
The Byrdcliffe Theater is currently under rehabilitation and unavailable for rental.
The Byrdcliffe Theater, originally conceived as an art school and library, is an original Colony structure. The intimate performance space seats 100 people, with 60 movable seats at stage level and 40 seats in the balcony. The lobby, featuring a large, mid-twentieth century mural painted by artist Arthur Zaidenburg, is the perfect location for a dramatic reception. The adjoining stone terrace provides a pleasant outdoor gathering space. Backstage facilities include two dressing rooms. In its one hundred year history, the theater has hosted many dance, drama, opera, and other musical performances.
THE KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, located in the center of Woodstock, is one of the best intimate event spaces in the region. Renovated in 2006, the fifteen hundred square foot space is a gallery, concert hall, and celebration venue. The Kleinert James Center for the Arts includes a raised stage, approximately 10’ x 28’, and the seating area accommodates an audience of 144. This multi-arts venue can be rented year-round, is universally accessible and air conditioned. We have an excellent 1923 Steinway B 7’ concert grand piano which has attracted many world class players, and backstage facilities include a dressing room and greenroom.