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Editor Nancy DiPace Pfau
On Monday, May 27th, 2013, we will observe Memorial Day in Sharon with a parade and ceremony at SSCS beginning at 11 AM. This is a day to honor veterans and I hope each of us will take time to remember those who sacrificed their lives. The photo below shows the flag flown over the ruins of the World Trade Center; this flag came to Sharon Springs May 12th for a moving tribute and ceremony.
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE CAT
A very special thank you to Tony Daou and the Black Cat Café for covering the cost of printing this edition of the May/June Chatter – please let them know you appreciate their kindness.
black Cat news:
New, expanded outdoor dining has opened at the Black Cat and with Glimmerglass Opera Season fast approaching, the Cat is offering special picnic menus [whether or not you take them to the Opera is up to you!] Check out the menu at http://blackcat-‐ny.com/OperaBack_2013Proof%20inside%20final.pdf Also, Corbie, the Cat’s resident psychic will be giving mini-‐readings as usual over Memorial Day weekend, 4th year in a row! Still open 7 days a week, 8 AM to 3 PM.
GARDEN PARTY WEEKEND JUNE 1-2
This year’s event will showcase two grand openings: Beekman1802 Mercantile’s new retail space at 187 Main Street and right next door at 183 Main, Sustainables, our latest addition to the renaissance of Sharon Springs with organic and bulk foods for sale. The weekend starts with French Toast at the Firehouse on Beechwood Road in the upper village from 7 AM until 10 AM on Saturday, June 1st. Chris Ott will be demonstrating “Tincicles” at Cobbler & Co, just one building north of Beekman1802, June 1st and 2nd. The shop carries lots of wonderful gift items to browse and buy! After a very successful Community Day on May 4th to clean up Chalybeate Park – more than 60 friends and neighbors showed up to paint, scrape, rake, dig, clip hedges, etc. – the plans for the park will be unveiled over the weekend with opportunities to purchase trees, etc. and be a part of this community effort. For a more complete schedule, do visit the beekman1802.com website, Enjoy Sharon Springs, NY, or the Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce website.
By Steve Larsen Adelphi is gearing up for a summer of English projects. Two historic sites, Sir John Soane’s Museum in London and Strawberry Hill, just outside of London have commissioned Adelphi to recreate patterns from their institutions. An original wallpaper from the Soane was discovered beneath layers of paint in what had been Sir John Soane’s private apartment on the third floor. While the colors are quite faded a cutting of the same paper is at the Victoria and Albert Museum so an accurate color match can be made. The museum houses the obsessive collection of architectural artifacts that Sir John accumulated. www.soane.org The Strawberry Hill project involves five patterns, three of which are to be flocked. Flocking entails sifting colored chopped wool onto the paper which has been printed with damar varnish. This summer, if you see someone from Adelphi weaving down the sidewalk you’ll know it’s a flocking day. www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk
By Leila Durkin For the past 6 months I have been driving Danny to and from our house, as he continues to work on a restoration project. Initially, we spent most of the drive in silence -‐ unless I had a question, which he would answer politely, but with few words. As we quietly drove along, I would think about his Amish culture, weighing the pros and cons of his lifestyle compared to mine. The difference in our “energy levels” was acutely evident. I raced, spun and rushed -‐ always a bit late. He maintained the same pace, slow and methodical no matter how pressing the day might be. I couldn’t help but notice the contrast. One morning he asked me to meet his family. I was equally humbled and flattered. His wife and three young daughters had been awaiting my visit. They all had on their bonnets and greeted me with sweetness and curiosity. At that time the Sunday service was being held at their house. The living room had been cleared, there was bleacher type seating set up along the far wall. The simplicity of their home struck me as a fine example of having enough to be content. I did notice a potholder I had given them pinned to the wall as decoration. In their house, I felt too large and too loud. It was a very touching experience as I absorbed the beauty of their simplicity. There is the saying, “when you are ready, your teacher will appear.” For years I assumed a physical guru of some sort would appear -‐ a very literal interpretation. Only recently did I begin to have a different understanding of what that means. Teachers are everywhere -‐ not only in the form of Gurus, Rinpoches and preachers -‐ but with the people and events in everyday life. Translated -‐ to me, it means that when I am ready, open and receptive, to learning from these moments -‐ I do. So, Danny in his simplicity and quietness became one of my teachers. Since closing the gallery in January (and part of the reason to close was to get back to a calmer, quieter way of being), I have had an epiphany. Not too long ago as we were driving on Route 20 in a 55 mph speed zone, I realized that I was only going 47 mph. With great satisfaction I thought, I have learned and grown . . . grown calmer and quieter. Today, as we drove to the house, I took note of how my “energy level” has changed. It almost seemed as if Danny was the chattier one!
The Sharon Springs Farmers Market is open Saturdays starting June 1st, 9AM-‐ 2PM, through October 26th. Fresh local produce, meats, eggs, cheese, bread, baked goods, fruits, flowers and the occasional special guest.
New York House News
By Bruce Button As we start our third season here in business, we noticed that May and June have been much busier than our previous two. Weekends in the village have shown cars with license plates from near and far. We have had great guests that have just dropped in and discovered Sharon Springs. Where they have come from was especially interesting. There was a German bicyclist that was biking from Boston to California plus a group from Japan that was visiting some area colleges on their way to Toronto to make a presentation at a conference. Other guests were from California, New Jersey and Florida. Several of these have planned to schedule a trip back here when they can take more time to discover what we have as well as the surrounding area. All of these guests have been great and all ask the usual question: “What’s the history of this village?” As a native who saw what I thought was the boom time in the 70’s, it has been enjoyable to give them all a brief overview of our great little village. The Sharon Springs Chamber recently published a booklet called” Sharon Spring Primer” which will hopefully be an annual publication. Included is a brief summery of the history of the village as well as a listing of our businesses and a calendar of events for the year. These are available to visitors of the village at local merchants as well as a newsrack by Chalybeate Park and the Log House. If you would like extra copies of this booklet, stop down or call the New York House and we’ll get you some.
Summer Concert Series
Brought to you by the Sharon Springs Arts Council July 10-‐Scotty Mac and the Rockin Bonnevilles July 17-‐ Annie and the Hedonists July 24-‐Barnaby Bright July 31-‐Open Mic Night hosted by 5 Pounds of Potatoes August 7-‐ Three Quarter Moon August 14-‐Soul Sky August 21-‐ Singer Songwriter Night All will be held in Chalybeate Park under the tent.
Studio north production may 24
Join us as Students of Studio North present "On Broadway", Friday, May 24th @ 7pm at Sharon Springs Central School. This is our 18th Annual Production! Directed by Betty Gavin-‐Singer, a variety of choreographic styles will be presented by our Intermediate thru Advanced Students. All are welcome as we take a stroll down "Broadway" and revisit musicals from the 1930's to the present day. This year we are excited to have Broadway Actor Drew Taylor as our narrator with a vocal selection by movie star Austin Jetton! The performance is free and open to the public.
STUDIO NORTH SUMMER SESSION 2013 SUM M ER CAM PS (July
PRE-‐DANCE (ages 4&5) (Betty) 1-‐1:45 pm $62 (includes T-‐Shirt) MINI-‐CAMP (ages 6-‐8) (Betty) 2-‐4 pm $77 (includes T-‐Shirt)
I NTENSI VE DANCE CAM P (July
Dancers ages 8 and up, 12-‐4pm (Betty) $127 (includes T-‐shirt) Camp includes daily technique classes, as well as a field trip to The National Museum of Dance. A daily video presenting various forms of dance by professional companies followed by group discussion will be incorporated. Students will experience the art of improvisation, choreography and composition which will culminate in a performance for Parents & Marchand Manor Residents on the last day of camp. Parents welcome & encouraged to join us for the field trip.
W EEKLY CLASSES (JUNE 27-‐AUGUST1) MONDAY
Pre Dance (ages 4 & 5) (Betty) 4:30-‐5:30pm $50 Studio I Creative Dance (ages 6-‐12) (Betty) 5:30-‐6:30pm $50 Studio I Power Yoga* (Teens/Adults) (Bonnie) 5:30-‐6:30pm $60(2x/wk) $32.50(1x/wk) Studio II(runs July8-‐Aug.5) Dance for Heart* (Betty) 6:45-‐7:45pm $60(2x/wk) $32.50(1x/wk) Studio I
Hip Hop (Kids/ages 6-‐8) (Holly) 4:30-‐5:30pm $50 Studio I Hip Hop (Youth/ages 9-‐12) (Holly) 5:30-‐6:30pm $50 Studio I Hip Hop (Teens & Adults) (Holly) 6:30-‐7:30pm $50 Studio I Contemporary Ballet (Teens/Adults) (Leslie) 7:30-‐8:45pm $55 Studio I
Acrobatics II/III (Betty) 4:45-‐5:45pm $50 Studio I Ballet I/IA (Therese) 4:45-‐5:45pm $50 Studio II Acrobatics I/II (Betty) 5:45-‐6:45pm $50 Studio I Ballet IB/II (Therese) 5:45-‐6:45pm $50 Studio II Dance for Heart*(Teens/Adults) (Betty) 6:45-‐7:45pm $60(2x/wk) $32.50(1x/wk) Studio I Kidsercise (Kids/Youth) (Therese) 6:45-‐7:45pm $32.50 Studio II Irish Step (Open) (Therese) 7:45-‐8:45pm $50 Studio II
THURSDAY (no class July 4th; class will meet Aug. 1st)
(This class fulfills sr. company requirements for summer classes and is also open to all level IIA/III students).
The more you take the more you save – 1x wk. = $32.50, 2x wk. = $60, 3x wk. =$86.25, 4x wk. (or as many as you can handle!) =$110 STUDIO NORTH is located at 225 Main St. in Sharon Springs -‐ Visit us at www.studionorthny.com or Contact us at 518-‐284-‐3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT TO DO IN SHARON SPRINGS!
By Sandra Manko 1. Bring a camera and act like a tourist. You can snap some magnificent scenery and unique architecture for prize photographs. 2. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. There are plaques along the sidewalks starting at the stoplight by Route 10 and 20, which continue down the hill along Main Street through the lower village. 3. Bring worms and a fishing pole to fish at Bowmaker’s Pond. 4. Plan a picnic lunch. There are tables by Bowmaker’s Pond. You can watch the geese while you eat. 5. Visit the Sharon Historical Society’s Museum. The complex includes a one-‐room schoolhouse, three-‐ room outhouse, barn and tombstone exhibit, open seven days a week during July and August from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. 6. Make an appointment at Sharon Springs Central School (518-‐284-‐2266) to see the Mitchell Collection. The exhibit consists of photographs and other ephemera related to the social life, businesses, and environs of the Town of Sharon from the pre-‐Revolutionary War period until the 1930s. A collection of Native American artifacts is also on display. 7. Bring money. There are adorable shops and plenty of places to spend your hard-‐ earned dollars. You can buy gifts for your friends and family who weren’t fortunate enough to come along. 8. Leave your stress and tension at home. You can get a massage and treatment at the Spring House Spa, which will help you relax and
Photo by Leila Durkin 11. Learn the history of this unique Village – about the waters, temples, hotels, treatments – all those things which brought international notoriety to this small community.
12. Bring your binoculars. Birding is a popular pastime and rumor has it that there are some unusual specimens in this area. 13. Take a ride in the nearby countryside – the views are spectacular. Kilts Rd., Beechwood Rd., and Green Road are especially picturesque. WOW! You can almost reach out and touch the Adirondacks. The view is also great on Route 10 south and Route 20 west. The Tepee on Route 20 has a great gift shop, fantastic view, and offers a great garlic chili – not for the faint of heart. 14. Arrive early. Stay late. Excellent accommodations are available – stay the weekend. 15. Consider moving here and becoming a part of this vibrant community.
Happy Spring and Summer to all the readers of the Chatter – the Editor