By Colin Foster
TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is celebrating its centennial anniversary in a big way this year.
Troy’s famous landmark has been host to many community events and celebrations during its history — and the staff of the Hayner Cultural Center is inviting people to come out and join them in celebration in 2014.
Here’s a look at some upcoming events happening at Hayner.
— Valentine Dinner and Show, 6 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. Cost: $55. Reservations are required. Menu includes beef tenderloin steak, chicken, Florentine or lasagna-roasted vegetable. Entertainment provided by magician David McCreary.
— Hayner Centennial Ball, 7:30 p.m. March 8. Dancing starts at 8:15 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m. Cost: $40. Music will be performed by Dwight Lenox and the Lenox Avenue Trio. The quartet will be performing danceable music from the 1920s through 2000s. From Frank Sinatra to Cole Porter, from Gershwin to Stevie Wonder. Requests will be taken.
“It’s a dressy affair, but a nice suit or a party dress of any length will do,” said Linda Lee Jolly, executive director of Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, about the Centennial Ball. “We just want people to come out and celebrate and enjoy a grand time in this beautiful house.”
— Mrs. Hayner’s Birthday Teas, 2-4 p.m. April 10, 17, May 4. Cost: $15. Entertainment presented by Dr. Lynn Barnes. The program “Mrs. Hayner Goes to Europe” will be performed, followed by high tea. Each guest will get a special commemorative Hayner tea cup and saucer. Wear a fashionable hat and receive a ticket for the door prize. Event is for guests 13 years and older.
— Roaring 20s Affair: A Speakeasy Costume Party, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Cost: $35. Hors d’oeuvres available in East Room with an exhibit of latest Paris fashions of the ear throughout the house. In the Ballroom, Ray Kamalay and the Red Hot Peppers will provide musical entertainment. Dance instructors will be on hand to teach the latest ragtime steps.
• Upcoming Free Events
— A Toast to Mrs. Hayner’s House and Town, Feb. 28 through April 2. Winter exhibit in the house will be a collaboration with the Troy Historical Society to present Troy’s 200-year history and the story of the Hayner Mansion.
— Film Series, April 11. Film: “The Vanishing Virginian,” featuring Mrs. Hayner’s granddaughter Natalie Robinson.
— Hayner Days, Aug. 8, 9, 10. A once-in-a-hundred years festival with family activities, food, music and more.
— Whiskey Run, May 9. The first annual Whiskey Run will feature a run, walk and fun run for children. There is a $25 entry fee for the timed 5K walk/run.
— Antique Seminar, Oct. 9. Dr. Lynn Barnes, a historian, educator and costume designer, will present a seminar on 1920s fashion design.
— Holiday Open House, Dec. 6-7. One of Hayner’s lasting traditions as local decorators and designers will make the house glow and twinkle with a thousand lights.
More information about the center and future events can be found by visiting www.troyhayner.org.