A recap of the evening wouldn't be complete without discussing the food. Lee, the chef at the hotel (of course)went Iron Chef on us as he turned out the most delicious appetizers – so many that I thought that was dinner – followed by course after course of knock-your-heels-food. Wow, we had shrimp, clams and spare ribs thathad our table sobbing with joy. We wanted to ask for a doggie bag, but assumed that might not beappropriate. My husband is still salivating as he discusses the duck breast, the lamb chops and filet mignon. Ithink he might even have swooned. Now, let's talk about Heidi. She did a phenomenal job orchestrating thisproduction. I could see her watchful eye, ever focused and aware. She is quick to give credit to the others, buta good bandleader is necessary otherwise we get a Benjamin Britton piece of atonal music that hurts. Not thatthere is anything wrong with B's disturbing compositions.
Back to the Harvest Festival
Wow, what a weekend it was! If you weren't here you missed vendors, food, music, book signings, HarvestDinner, Harvest Hop, one gallery owner falling down – but fine, just fine! And so much more. Kudos toeveryone who helped organize, offered constructive criticism, participated and mostly to the visitors whomake it all worthwhile. I think there was an exceptionally fine group of people this year. Now, there is anunspoken hero behind the success of each festival – Mr You Know Who, JT. He is in charge of organizing thevendors from soup to nuts. And, rumor has it he did a special dance to appease the weather deities, and itobviously worked. I don't know if he is available for other events. You will have to ask.
Homage to the Harvest
exhibition at Village Hall Gallery was well attended. There were many votes andenthusiasm for the entries. Many thanks to all of the local businesses who supported the exhibition by generously donating awards as well as those who participated and those who voted.
And the winners are:
BEST OF SHOW - Celia Clark, Delhi, NY for "Ready and Waiting" a Gift Certificate from VHGAMERICAN HOTEL AWARD - S. Tier French, Cooperstown, NY for "Harvest Time"BEEKMAN 1802 AWARD - Sam Ross, Middlefield, NY for "I Hate Powerlines"COBBLER & CO. AWARD - Elizabeth Wilde, Oneonta, NY for "Spaghetti Garden"SPRING HOUSE SPA AWARD - Bruce Button, Sharon Springs, NY for "Ripening Grapes"STUDIO NORTH AWARD - Kathy Minnig, Cherry Valley, NY for "Peppers"VHG AWARD FOR ORIGINALITY - Carina Gebl, Cherry Valley, NY "Harvest Personalities"Mary Ann Thomas, Summit, NY " Tossed Salad and Trampoline"VHG AWARD FOR RUNNERS UP - Carol Saggese, Oneonta, NY "Apples"Jane Carr, Treadwell, NY "Autumn Landscape"Diane Hale Smith, Fort Johnson,NY "Party at the Pumpkin Patch"