Open House planned for May 28 at Thorne Building Community Center

MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Community Partnership (MCP) is inviting community members to an Open House at the Thorne Building Community Center (TBCC) on Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Those who attend may tour the historic building and see the progress made thus far in the renovation and revitalization of the iconic Millbrook property.

There will be children’s activities near the bandshell next door to give parents time to explore the soon-to-be community center.

In its 127th year, the historic building is undergoing a major renaissance, including exterior restoration and interior renovation of the structure, and a redesign of its grounds.

The TBCC will serve as Millbrook’s cultural anchor, facilitating connections through imaginative programming and state-of-the-art technology.

“The Thorne Building has been emblematic of Millbrook since 1895, when it was gifted to the Village by the Thorne family,” according to the MCP. “Until 1962, the three-story Beaux Arts structure served as Millbrook’s first public high school. Since then, it has seen only sporadic use. In recent years, it has fallen into disrepair and needs modernization.”

The MCP’s vision incorporates “the expressed wishes and concerns of Millbrook residents while conserving this local resource,” according to the MCP.

It recently completed asbestos abatement, and is now ready to begin renovations to the exterior and interior.

“While simultaneously optimizing the use of 21st-century technology, a re-imagined TBCC will serve as a communal gathering space where multiple groups, from seniors to youth, from full-time residents to weekenders, can connect as a community,” stated the TBCC.

The community center will serve the village of Millbrook, the town of Washington and central Dutchess County by offering programs for all ages — from youngsters to seniors.

The facility will include:

• Performing Arts Center for dramatic arts, dance, music, lectures, film and social events;

• Culinary Center and Instructional Kitchen

• Technology Center

• Video Gaming Room

• Studio for Art Classes

• Music/Recording Studio

• Dance Class Studio

• “Smart” Classrooms

• Shared Office Space

• Exhibition/Gallery Space

• Formal Garden and Ample Parking

The Thorne Building is located at 3323 Franklin Ave., Millbrook. For more information, go to

Latest News

Theresa Marie Murtagh

MILLERTON — Theresa Marie Murtagh, 74, a thirty year resident of Poughkeepsie, and most recently a twenty year resident of Millerton, died unexpectedly on Feb. 13, 2024, at Sharon Hospital. Mrs. Murtagh was a retired secretary, having worked for Marine Midland Bank in Wappingers Falls, She also worked as a secretary for a medical laboratory in Poughkeepsie for many years.

Born Nov. 12, 1949, in Sharon, she was the daughter of the late James O. and Mary F. (Canevari) Hoysradt. She graduated with the class of 1967 from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Pougkeepsie. She then studied business at Dutchess Community College. On Nov. 8, 1969, at St. Patrick’s Church in Millerton, she married Joseph P. Murtagh. Mr. Murtagh survives at home in Millerton.

Keep ReadingShow less
Joan Baez coming to The Triplex
Joan Baez
Frederic Legrand/Shutterstock

The Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is gearing up for an event Saturday, March 2, with a screening of “I Am a Noise” and a talkback featuring two of the film’s directors, Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor, alongside a special appearance by the subject of the documentary herself — the legendary Joan Baez.

“I Am a Noise” began filming in 2013 and took many years to complete. Navasky and O’Connor, longtime collaborators, paused production for a time to work on another film, “Growing Up Trans,” for the PBS documentary series “Frontline.” They resumed work on the Baez film when she announced her farewell tour in 2017.

Keep ReadingShow less
Student art show shines with contemporary talent

Gabe Heebner, a senior at HVRHS, was awarded “Best in Show” at the student art show at the KAA on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Leila Hawken

Now well into its 101st year of serving the community, the nonprofit Kent Art Association (KAA) opened its 32nd annual student art show Saturday, Feb. 10, attracting student artists, their teachers and the arts community to celebrate the wealth of young talent being nurtured in area public and private schools.

Participating in this year’s show were students from seven area schools, including Millbrook (New York) High School, Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), Forman School, Marvelwood School, The Frederick Gunn School, The Hotchkiss School and The Kent School.

Keep ReadingShow less