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Join us on April 13th for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Century House is an event the entire family will LOVE!

When:
April 13th from 9-11am at The Century House followed by an Egg Hunt.

The event includes Breakfast, Craft Stations, and an I Smile Photo Station with the Easter Bunny.

At 11:00am there will be an Egg Hunt on the back lawn. Children will all hunt for empty eggs and turn them in for a candy surprise (all eggs are empty so that all kids will leave with a candy surprise)!

Cost: $17 for adults, $12 for kids, children 3 and under are FREE!

Call to book your reservations. Proceeds go to JP’s fund!

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Chris + Sarah’s Century House Wedding: A Winter Wedding to Remember!

Winter weddings are so magical, especially when the bride and groom are lucky enough to experience some well-timed snow on their wedding day! Sarah and Chris were wed at the Century House in December of 2013 and we’re excited to talk to the bride about how she planned her perfect wedding!

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What was the overall style or theme of your wedding?

We were looking to have a cozy winter wedding with some vintage details.

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What was most important to you when planning your wedding (food, music, flowers, etc)?

I wanted to have some unique and interesting details. For example, I used vintage “Happy New Year” postcards to make our table numbers. In addition, I created the winter scene centerpieces and made my own bouquet from rhinestone brooches. We had guests fill out postcards to be mailed to us later for our guest book.  I also wanted our guests to have a fun and relaxing time, while enjoying excellent food and drinks.

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What other wedding vendors did you use?

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What’s your advice for brides to be?

Keep everything in perspective!  Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help with planning and projects.  On the day of the wedding, try not to worry about a thing…just enjoy the day and soak it all in!

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How did the Century House assist you during the planning process?

Leslie was always available to answer all of my questions. She was very easy to reach and, most importantly, quick to get back to me if I needed anything.  She helped to keep me organized by letting me know what items I would need to bring.  The planning worksheets provided by the Century House were a big help, too!  We attended several planning meetings along the way and each one was pleasant and productive.  The tavern and the restaurant at the Century House are lovely spots for meetings!

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Did you feel all your wedding expectations were met?

Yes, I feel all our wedding expectations were met.  We couldn’t be happier with choosing the Century House for our venue.  From the first tour, to the planning, to our food tasting, and on the day of the wedding, we had a wonderful experience there!

We would love to acknowledge all of our wonderful vendors as well.  Everyone was so great to work with and we would recommend them without hesitation!

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How did your wedding day go? Was it what you envisioned?

Our wedding day was wonderful!  Everything went very smoothly.  It was what we envisioned and more!  We loved getting married in front of the fireplace in the White Ballroom. It fit in perfectly with our vision of a cozy, winter wedding.

What was your favorite part of your wedding?

We decided to do a first look and I’m so glad we did.  We took care of most of the formal photos before the ceremony and that created a more relaxed atmosphere going into the rest of the evening.  After the ceremony, we were able to enjoy our cocktail hour with our guests.

Another favorite aspect is that every part of the wedding took place right at the Century House.  The wedding rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and after party were all held in the various ballrooms and party rooms at the Century House.  Many of our guests stayed right there at the onsite Clarion hotel.  Before the wedding, the bridal party had their hair and makeup done in the spacious bridal suite. Staying in one spot for all the wedding events was so convenient for us and our guests. It helped add to the relaxed atmosphere I was going for!

Any brides out there need help planning their perfect wedding? All Century House couples have a staff of in-house wedding professionals to help with all their wedding day needs, whether it is linen choices or who to use as a florist. If you have any questions about how the Century House can make your dream wedding day a reality, contact Leslie Meyer at Leslie@thecenturyhouse.com or 518- 785-0834. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Carol and Peter: A Century House Wedding

We love sharing the stories of our Century House couples on our Bridal Blog and this fall wedding was particularly special. Carol and Peter were wed at the Century House this October and we’re excited to talk to the bride about how she planned her perfect wedding!

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What was the overall style or theme of your wedding?

We were married in October which is such a beautiful time of year, But, I didn’t want to go overboard with the fall décor. We used a lot of gold, ivory and brown. My dress was ivory and lace so my themed played somewhat off my dress. I also incorporated fall colored flowers into hydrangea bases (my favorite flower) for our centerpieces. We did high vases on every other table and short vases on the others, so it didn’t overtake the entire room. It was perfect. Very traditional.

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What was most important to you when planning your wedding (food, music, flowers, etc)?

The most important thing to us was that we wanted everyone to have the best time! Food and music were definitely a high priority; however the food, music and flowers all play a part in the enjoyment of our guests. We also did the virtual photo booth in place of favors which was a huge hit. I was so happy we decided to do it.

(Read more about the Century House virtual photobooth here)

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What other wedding vendors did you use?

  • Flowers: Dehn’s Florist in Saratoga
  • Photography: Shannon DeCelle Photography
  • Alterations: Sue Smalls
  • Virtual Photo Booth
  • Today’s Limousine
  • DJ: Kevin Richards
  • Make-Up: Veronica Nunes
  • Violinist: Craig Thaler
  • Ceremony Programs: Modern Press

 

What’s your advice for brides to be?

Everyone would always tell me when I was planning that it all goes by so fast you won’t even have time to eat! I thought “that won’t happen to me”…but I was wrong and they were all right. As stressful as the planning may be enjoy every minute of it, it’s such a feeling of accomplishment when you see it all come together on your special day and to feel that all that hard work and indecisiveness paid off. Also don’t stress the small stuff so much, usually if something little does go wrong you’ll be the only one that notices anyway. I would love to go back and do it all over again.

How did Century House assist you during the planning process?

There are not enough wonderful things both my husband and I can say about the Century House and the people that assisted us in our planning. From the moment we looked at Century House as a possible venue, we knew it was the one. Toward the end of the planning, they went through every single detail with us on more than one occasion; I really felt they listened to us and what we wanted and made it happen, even the small things. On our actual day they were right on top of it all- Kim Baker even went to my room to get my sandals in my overnight bag for me because my feet hurt! As busy I was, I didn’t have to worry about our guests being taken care of. Our family and friends raved about the service as well. Also anytime I e-mailed or called they were very timely in responding, which is so important when you are planning a wedding.

Did you feel all your wedding expectations were met?

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How did your wedding day go? Was it what you envisioned?

Aside from it being a rainy day, it was exactly what I hoped it would be. From the flowers to the photographs our vendors were all great. When I saw the Ballroom before all the guests had come in, I got very emotional, seeing the cake, the centerpieces and table settings, it was exactly how I thought it would be.

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What was your favorite part of your wedding?

There were so many wonderful memories, but my favorite would have to be walking down the aisle and seeing my now husband. We chose to wait until the ceremony to see each other and it was well worth the wait. I will never ever forget it! It was such a beautiful moment, especially sharing it in front of all the people that mean so much to us.

Any brides out there need help planning their perfect wedding? All Century House couples have a staff of in-house wedding professionals to help with all their wedding day needs, whether it be linen choices or who to use as a florist. If you have any questions about how the Century House can make your dream wedding day a reality, contact Leslie Meyer at Leslie@thecenturyhouse.com or 518- 785-0834. We look forward to hearing from you!

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FALLing in Love: Roberta and Rick’s Century House Wedding

At the Century House, weddings are all about celebrating love with friends and family and it was a pleasure to celebrate with Roberta and Rick on their wedding day! Roberta and Rick had so many special moments on their Big Day and wanted to share them with Century House fans in one of our Bridal Blogs. Continue read to learn more about Roberta and Rick’s wedding day!

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What was the overall style or theme of your wedding?

We had an elegant, comfortable and cozy wedding. There were elements of the country but displayed in a sophisticated manner. I used sunflowers as consistent theme with the printed pieces as well as in the bouquets and centerpieces.

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What was most important to you when planning your wedding (food, music, flowers, etc)?

The most important thing to me when planning my wedding was the food, flowers and printed materials.

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What other wedding vendors did you use?

  • Ambiance Florals (Flowers)
  • Amotional Rescue (Hair Styling)
  • Christina Norris Designs (Invitations, Programs, Escort Cards and Guest Tree To Sign)
  • Ferri Formals and Bridals (Wedding Dress)
  • Jam Productions (DJ)
  • JenJenHouse.com (Bridesmaid’s Dresses)
  • Lipstick N Lashes (MakeUp)
  • Love Camera Action (Photographer)
  • Mapleland Farms (Maple Syrup Favors)
  • Men’s Wearhouse (Groom, Best Man and Father Of The Groom’s Suits)

What’s your advice for brides to be?

My best advice for brides to be is to enjoy the process of wedding planning. Unfortunately, the wedding day passes by so quickly.

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How did Century House assist you during the planning process?

They were helpful in recommending how much time would be needed between the wedding ceremony and the beginning of the reception. This was important in determining a time frame for the remainder of the day. They were also very helpful with answering detailed questions related to small subjects such as stands for the table numbers.

Did you feel all your wedding expectations were met?

I did feel most of my wedding expectations were met. Things moved along so quickly, that I didn’t get a chance to observe as much as I would have liked.

 

How did your wedding day go? Was it what you envisioned?

Overall I felt my wedding was very successful. The weather was beautiful which allowed for us to have many pictures taken outside in a pumpkin patch. The food was delicious and many guests had an enjoyable time on the dance floor. For us, having so many friends and family together is what truly made the day special.

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 What was your favorite part of your wedding?

I think the favorite part of the wedding was the first dance. We only allowed for 30 seconds to be focused on us and then the DJ invited any guests to join us on the dance floor. People seemed so happy and were sending us well wishes as we danced. This was the first we had spoken to guests so it was special.

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Any brides out there need help planning their perfect wedding? All Century House couples have a staff of in-house wedding professionals to help with all their wedding day needs, whether it be linen choices or who to use as a florist. If you have any questions about how the Century House can make your dream wedding day a reality, contact Leslie Meyer at Leslie@thecenturyhouse.com or 518- 785-0834. We look forward to hearing from you!

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A Fairy Tale Come True: Michelle and Robert’s Century House Wedding

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It’s clear from Michelle and Robert’s Century House wedding this fall that this is a couple that took their wedding planning seriously! No detail was overlooked and it showed on their beautiful wedding day. In this bridal blog, we chat with the bride, Michelle, about planning the perfect wedding!

What was the overall style or theme of your wedding?

My husband says that our overall theme was “awesome” but I like to get a little more detailed with my themes. A lot of our wedding theme I pulled from my absolute favorite scene in Disney’s movie Tangled. I fell in LOVE with this movie when it came out in theaters. I dragged my boyfriend (now husband), his brother and wife to see it. We had come back from our first vacation to Disney together a couple months prior and now that I had people with similar interests I wanted to exploit that. Rapunzel became my all time favorite Disney Princess and when he proposed a year later in Disney World it easily (and quickly!) became the theme of our wedding. Walt Disney World things and nerd culture stuff (comic books and video games) we also included in the wedding.

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What was most important aspect to you when planning your wedding (food, music, flowers, etc)?

I feel that what was most important to us was the happiness and enjoyment of our guests and feel that the food, music, flowers were all a part of that. I wanted to throw the best party to celebrate the fact that I was marrying the love of my life surrounded by our family and friends. I can say my most favorite part of the wedding planning was dreaming up what the reception was going to look like with the floral arrangements and other rentals I used from my florist. Oh, and the menu tasting was also kind of amazing!

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In addition to the Century House, what other wedding vendors did you use?

  • Photographer: A. Hedges Photography (www.ahedgesphotography.com)
  • Videographer: Hollywood Beginnings (www.hollywood-beginnings.com)
  • DJ: Music Man Entertainment (www.musicmanentertainment.com)
  • Flowers: Ambiance Florals (www.ambianceflorals.com)
  • Minister: Ed Litvaitis (www.wemarryu.com)

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What’s your advice for brides to be?

My advice is to stick with your vision and make sure you ask your groom what he wants. Keeping Rob in the process was hard for me because I became so wrapped up in what I wanted. Try to remember to keep an open dialogue with your intended so they feel as much a part of the process as you are. At the end of the day he loved our wedding as much as I did, but I did feel bad for not incorporating more of him than I did.

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How did Century House assist you during the planning process?

The Century House made sure that everything I planned came to fruition. I had quite a few things that I did on my own that I wanted as part of the decor of the ceremony and reception and they were very accommodating. They even worked with me to get me into a bridal suite extra early because I needed to set up my gown before disappearing into the salon for hours on end. We got upgraded to the Presidential Suite at no cost to us in order to accommodate my crazy schedule for the day of the wedding.

Did you feel all your wedding expectations were met?

I do feel my expectations were met. I will be honest and say it wasn’t without its snags along the way. Overall I was pleased with the Century House for my wedding and reception. The food was amazing, the staff and bartenders were attentive and welcoming. There was a small issue with a box of paper lanterns, but the Wedding Coordinator immediately took care of it and they looked wonderful. I stress this with every bride to be: be specific! Wedding Planners are not mind readers. Other than that snafu everything else ran smoothly. The vendors got to where they needed to go, our guests got to where they needed to go.

How did your wedding day go? Was it what you envisioned?

Our wedding day was exactly what I envisioned. I wish the sun came out from behind the clouds that day like the weather said it was supposed to, but everything was wonderful. The tent was decorated perfectly and our reception space was warm and inviting. I loved it.

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What was your favorite part of your wedding?

You mean aside from marrying my husband? That was the bee’s knees I must say. Other than that, I’d have to say the design of the reception. We were in the White Ballroom where there is a fire place against the wall of the dance floor. Ambiance Florals decorated the mantel with different sized pillar candles and rose petals. Our whole room was romantic and cozy. I didn’t want to leave!

Any brides out there need help planning their perfect wedding? All Century House couples have a staff of in-house wedding professionals to help with all their wedding day needs, whether it be linen choices or who to use as a florist. If you have any questions about how the Century House can make your dream wedding day a reality, contact Leslie Meyer at Leslie@thecenturyhouse.com or 518- 785-0834. We look forward to hearing from you!

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The Season of Sharing at the Century House

Let’s start of by saying the title of this article may not be completely accurate. At the Century House, there is no “season” of sharing and giving back to the community, but rather, giving is something we do year round. However, as we approach the holiday season, the notion of “giving” is more widespread and we are using this opportunity to highlight how we have helped the Capital Region in the past, how we will continue to contribute and what you can do to help!

Colin Demers, the Managing Partner at The Century House, at the Troy Boys and Girls Club!

Colin Demers, the Managing Partner at the Century House, at the Troy Boys and Girls Club!

How does the Century House help? Many guests may not be aware of our Enjoy One, Share One (EOSO) program. It is a very big part of our business model at the Century House. The program began in 2009 as an idea by Colin Demers, the Managing Partner at the Century House. He felt that, as result of the poor economy, it was time to look at a new approach for business that was socially responsible and would be a sustainable giving business model that would work to help others and one that everyone from staff to patrons could participate in. In addition, he felt it should be at no cost to patrons and should be something that everyone involved could feel good about. It was from this concept that the EOSO program grew. Through EOSO, the Century House provides one meal in each guests honor to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York for all guests who order an entrée in our dining room, have a banquet/meeting/wedding at our facility, or spend a night in any one of our hotel rooms. Thus far, we have donated over 450,000 meals to Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in your honor. In addition to EOSO, the Century House staff routinely volunteers at the Sister Maureen Joyce Center’s soup kitchen and the Troy Boys and Girls Club.

Century House Chief Executive Chef Michael Niccoli has some fun preparing salads at the Sr Maureen Joyce Center soup kitchen!

Century House Chief Executive Chef Michael Niccoli has some fun preparing salads at the Sr Maureen Joyce Center soup kitchen!

How can patrons of the Century House contribute to giving back? You can continue to do what you’ve always done: come in to the Century House to enjoy good food with good company. Your patronage helps us feed thousands each year and we are grateful for your contribution. Before June 2014, we are hoping to hit a benchmark in our program by donating half a million meals to the Food Bank. We thank our guests who have already helped us reach this goal and encourage our friends to share in the joy as we hit this milestone. The holidays, such as our Thanksgiving Buffet, will be a great opportunity to enjoy our delicious food as well as give back.

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A recent study, highlighted in the Harvard Business Review, showed the changing attitude of teenagers in regard to concern for others. Thousands of high school senior were surveyed and the results were astounding. The study showed that “the ‘Great Recession’ partially reversed a decades-long trend among U.S. adolescents toward greater materialism and less concern for others.” In addition, there seems to be a slowing down of materialistic tendencies as the study showed a decline in the importance of owning expensive items such as new cars; meanwhile, the average view of the importance of having “a job that is worthwhile to society” rose. This is great news! We hope that programs like the EOSO show the youth that giving back is an important value that needs to be continued through the next generation. We hope that giving back will continue to grow and flourish with time and the Century House will continue to do its part.

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Cathryn + Chris: A Celebration of Love!

On a beautiful fall day this October, Cathryn and Chris celebrated their love and tied the knot at the Century House. What makes this wedding all the more special to us is that the groom, Chris, is one of our team members at the Century House in our kitchen. We feel honored that the Century House played such a big role in their big day. In this bridal blog, we chat with the bride, Cathryn, about planning the perfect wedding!

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What was the overall style or theme of your wedding?

There were two themes to our wedding, food and Italian family! Chris and I both grew up in Italian families and all our family events are based around food. We incorporated our love for Italian food in our cocktail hour. Chris and I do love Italian food, but we also love other types as well which is why our table numbers were named after our favorite foods. Our centerpieces also tied in the two themes; they had a Tuscan feel to them while at the same time being edible. There was a cutting board with grapes and cheese on it and a mason jar with some flowers (sunflower).

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What was most important aspect to you when planning your wedding (food, music, flowers, etc)?

The most important aspect while planning the wedding was to make the wedding reflect who we are as a couple. Each time we were working with a vendor or on an aspect of the wedding, we thought about who we were as a couple, and everything came easy that way. The planning was a great reflection of how far we have come and how special our relationship is.

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In addition to the Century House, what other wedding vendors did you use?

All the vendors did a fantastic job!

What’s your advice for brides to be?

My advice would be to have fun and remember what is important to you while planning. At times you can get caught up in all the different ideas out there, but in the end just remember who you and your partner are. We also received some great advice from our DJ Nick; he said, “Show up, relax and let the professionals do what they do.” The advice was great, which is why it is important to pick good, reliable vendors because they can make or break your wedding.

Chris’s advice is that planning is only as stressful as you make it.

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How did Century House assist you during the planning process?

The Century House helped us with the food planning and the details of the wedding. Kim Baker did an excellent job with helping us come up with some of the details of the decorations for our wedding. The Century House elevated our wedding to a whole new level. From the start, Kim was able to help us envision our big day. All the staff, from the kitchen staff to the wait staff, all went above and beyond what we expected.

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How did your wedding day go? Was it what you envisioned?

Our wedding exceeded my expectations and was everything we envisioned and more. Our wedding was the best day of our life so far. It was so much fun, even the planning was fun. Anything that could have gone wrong didn’t and everything ran like clockwork. A huge portion of this was because of our wonderful vendors. They all worked together really well and did everything they promised they would do.

What was your favorite part of your wedding?

I loved everything, but my favorite part was when we were saying our vows. That was what our wedding was all about and everything else was just celebrating how special, wonderful and beautiful that was and always will be. Chris’s favorite part of the wedding was the reception because it gave a chance for both sides of the family to mingle and enjoy themselves.

Any brides out there need help planning their perfect wedding? All Century House couples have a staff of in-house wedding professionals to help with all their wedding day needs, whether it be linen choices or who to use as a florist. If you have any questions about how the Century House can make your dream wedding day a reality, contact Leslie Meyer at Leslie@thecenturyhouse.com or 518- 785-0834. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Join Us to Celebrate 400,000 Meals Served in The Capital Region

Join Us on October 8th to Celebrate 400,000 Meals Served Through Our Enjoy One Share One Program!

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An Enjoy One, Share One Update

At its core, hospitality is giving back to others and this idea is an this idea is integrated into ever aspect of our business at the Century House. To us, giving back is an important piece of being a part of the community and the Century House takes pride in being active in our Capital Region community. What many of our fans may not know is that the Century House is on the verge of hitting a milestone with our Enjoy One, Share One program: half a million meals donated to the less fortunate through the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

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Many guests may not be aware of our Enjoy One, Share One program. It is a very big part of our business at the Century House. In 2009 Colin Demers, the Managing Partner at The Century House, felt that, as result of the poor economy, it was time to look at a new approach for business that was socially responsible and would be a sustained giving business model that would work to help others and one that everyone from staff to patrons could participate in at no cost and feel good about.

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This was the basis for the creation of Enjoy One Share One, which was launched in June 2009 and has now provided more than 400,000 meals (with the number growing daily) to those who are hungry through the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and changed the way The Century House does business. For all guests of The Century House who order an entrée in the dining room, banquet, meeting or wedding, or spend a night in any one of the hotel rooms, The Century House provides one meal in each guests honor through the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

Before June 2014, we are hoping to hit a benchmark in our program by donating half a million meals to the Food Bank. We thank our guests who have already helped us reach this goal and encourage our friends to share in the joy as we hit this milestone.

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