Pay as you Wish at The Hyde — December 3

Throughout December, admission is free at The Hyde

GLENS FALLS, New York—With great excitement, The Hyde Collection announces its annual Pay as you Wish admission program for the month of December.

Visitors are admitted to the Museum and historic house free of charge, then if they are able, are welcome to leave a donation based on the experience. Those who choose can fill out a survey evaluating their visit.

“Pay as you Wish is always an exciting time at The Hyde,” said Norman E. Dascher Jr., chief executive officer of the Museum. “We want to ensure every visitor has an exceptional experience, so we greatly appreciate feedback to help us continue to improve.”

Changes to the Museum and new programming over the years have evolved from suggestions received during Pay as you Wish. This year, The Hyde unveils an expanded Holiday Museum Shop in Hoopes Gallery, complete with cafe seating and light refreshments. The shop will offer books, stationery, children’s art supplies, holiday ornaments, and specialty gifts.

“This area has supported The Hyde since its inception, and it’s important everyone knows how much that means to us,” Dascher said. “We believe this is the community’s Museum and we listen to what the community wants and needs.”

Also throughout December, The Hyde will be decorated for the holiday season. Greenery, poinsettias, and white lights have made the Hyde House Courtyard a popular spot for family holiday portraits the past few years.

Returning this year is a new Hyde Night: Candlelight Tour, centered on the Museum’s permanent collection and its connection to textiles and the traditions of gift-giving. Starting at 6 pm Wednesday, December 4 and 18, the tours are $15 for Hyde members and $20 for non-members. The tours fill quickly; reservations can be made by contacting Sue at 518-792-1761, ext. 350, or frontofhouse@hydecollection.org.

The Hyde will again take part in Glens Falls Collaborative’s downtown Hometown Holidays celebration. Partnering with Glens Falls Symphony and Crandall Public Library‘s Folklife Center, The Hyde celebrates the seventy-fifth anniversary of Glens Falls being named Hometown USA by Look Magazine with a live armed services radio broadcast at 2 pm Saturday, December 7.

Enjoy festive songs and stories with piano accompaniment and imagery of Glens Falls at the height of its hometown heyday. Performers include Glens Falls Symphony Maestro Charles Peltz; Ian and Megan Ferris of Lyric Theatre Company, a Burlington, Vermont-based community theater troupe; Sing Sing Sing, the choir of Queensbury Senior Center; and Melissa L. Ferrie-Healy, principal keyboardist of Glens Falls Symphony. Featuring letters from the deployed and their loved ones back home, music of the day, historic photographs, and period advertisements and service announcements, the hourlong performance is a throwback to a past era.

Commemorate the city’s rich history with light refreshments, historic Hyde House beautifully decorated for the season, and an extended Hyde Collection Holiday Gift Shop. Admission is free, reservations are requested by contacting Sue at 518-792-1761, ext. 350, or frontofhouse@hydecollection.org. Seating is first-come, first-served.