Academy Journal Volume 58 - Page 35

                        Staffing: to Cairnwood and its interpretation as an active New Church home. An emerging highlight has been a growing interest in landscape and garden tours. Cairnwood has begun collaborating with Danielle Odhner at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral and hosted a group of volunteers from the Morris Ar- boretum this past Fall. Guided tour attendance in- creased by more than 20% from last year totaling 2,225 visitors and $16,841 in ticket sales ($13,928 in 2015/2016). Cairnwood hosted 10 Special Events, a new Holiday Tea, and a bi-monthly book club that were open to the public this past fiscal year. These Special Events continue to be a popular source of outreach with growing attendance and encourag- ing feedback. Income related to event ticket sales and fundraising activities had a positive financial impact that offset the decrease in wedding-related rentals. Over 2,000 guests have attended Special Events this year and member support has in- creased. Net income earned for events was $30,753. Many local vendors have generously supported the Cairnwood Special Events, and the total value of in-kind services rendered was over $137,000. • Summer 2016: The Summer Wine Tasting on the evening of Thursday, August 11 th was a great success. The Estate’s Special Occasion Permit, issued by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, allowed the sale of wine by the bottle on the evening of the event. Tickets were sold out three weeks prior to the wine tasting and guests were thrilled with the live music, food, ambiance, and fine wines. The Cairnwood staff experienced a few changes to the team. Azaria Soto was hired as the part-time Visitor Services Coordinator. She earned a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Education from La Salle University and has worked as a Mental Health Technician at the Horsham Clinic in Am- bler, PA since 2014. Azaria has also worked as a part-time bartender for many years and is RAMP and TIPS certified. Azaria was attracted to the part-time Visitor Services position due to her love of working with the public. She is bilingual (Eng- lish/Spanish) and has 10+ years of experience in customer service. Allison Duggan has resigned from her position as a part-time House Manager and has accepted a position with Jefferson Health as a full-time nurse. Allison first became a team member at Cairnwood while pursuing her Bachelor’s in Nursing at Villa- nova University. It has been a pleasure to work with her and we wish her the best of luck in the future. Nicole King, a junior majoring in Global Studies at Temple University and alumnus of the Academy of the New Church (GS ’13), replaced Allison as a House Manager. Kristina Jett, also an alumnus of ANCSS (GS ’03), and a former Cairnwood bride (married March 17, 2017), is the newest House Manager at Cairn- wood. Kristina has worked as a full-time bar man- ager for the Bonefish Grill in Willow Grove for the past 10 years. She has successfully begun to work Cairnwood private rental events and will be a great resource in the future as we continue to explore li- quor service options at Cairnwood. Clara Cole Huntzinger has retired from being a certified Tour Guide at the Estate and will be fo- cusing more time on her family and hobbies. Clara has been an excellent member of the Cairnwood team and her flexibility and willingness to pick up extra shifts will be missed. Moving forward, she will continue to offer her time as a volunteer with large group tours and self-guided tours during special events. • Autumn 2016: Two Autumn Special Events were hosted at Cairnwood during the month of October. The family-friendly Candy Apple Workshop was held on Sunday, October 23 rd and the Masquerade Ball was hosted on the evening of Friday, October 28 th . The masquerade had a special “Fire & Ice” theme and was black tie optional with masks required. Tickets sold out two weeks prior to the event. Visitor Experience: Existing and potential Cairnwood clients were invited to a special Autumn Open House to meet the Cairnwood Suggested Profession- als on November 20 th . Fifty clients attended this event and had the opportunity to con- nect with 20 of Cairnwood’s recommended vendors. The Estate continues to achieve its mission by en- gaging visitors through guided tours, educational programs, and a variety of Special Events. The Historic Tour program continued to operate daily guided tours Tuesday – Sunday at 10 AM and 11 AM. Tour participants  learn about the founding of the Bryn Athyn community and are introduced 35