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Vol. 1 . . . No. 3 . . . September 2011
__The Harvest Edition__
Last week many of our neighbors, family & friends suffered incredible losses due to hurricane Irene. At times like these we see the strength of community and the best of its people. When the shock wears off and we gain some distance it might slip our minds that 40 minutes from here people are still struggling to rebuild their lives and homes. Donations and volunteer efforts will continue to be needed. Checks can be sent to: SCCAP, Schoharie County Community Action Program, 795 E. Main St., Ste 5, Cobleskill, NY 12043
A LOOK BACK BEFORE GOING AHEAD
August was packed full of visitors, shoppers, opera & music lovers as well as locals who brought their guests through town to see what's new in Sharon Springs. We had a number of noteworthy visitors - not to be a were spotted out and about. Tony Kushner was a frequent visitor; rumor has it he loved the village. Richard Winker, didn't bring his Tony award with him but we heard, Memphis, was a big winner. contemporary Folk Artist, Warren Kimble was at the American Hotel and was delighted to find a piece of his artwork there. Imagine Heidi's surprise (and good timing) when she told him how much they liked the piece he replied, “I am the artist who did it!” Also, Edgefield B&B were delighted to have a number of theater and scouts and the artistic director of Manhattan's Signature Theater. We are all ready for our close-ups and maybe it is time for a theater, eh? Our local celebrity, Drew, who played Charlie Davenport in Annie Get Your Gun, did a knock-out job. He is his talent. Speaking of local talent . . . When name dropper but, what's a paper for? A small but significant number of visitors from Broadway Theater
noted personalities as guests. They were hosts to a noted opera critic as well as several opera agents and
quite at home on stage and his years on Broadway are evident. So, we are not surprised but still a bit awed by The Horvaths of Cherry Valley are delighted and proud to have had 4 young family members perform in
Glimmerglass Festival's 2011 season. Addy and Marlise Schneider were in the children's chorus in Carmen. Addy appeared as well as Annie's sister in Annie Get Your Gun. Max and Mia Horvath filled the roles of the children of Medea. And, last but not least, Avery Schneider's goat, Nigel, made his stage debut in Annie, too. Good job by all, we look forward to future performances. Congratulations !
FETE FANTASTIQUE Though rain poured all night long on August 6, the deluge did not dampen the spirits of the 160-plus revelers attending Hyde Hall’s annual fundraising gala, this year a French-theme event dubbed “Americans in Paris.” The evening was also a salute to “The Beekman Boys,” Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge. The couple received the first annual Anne Hyde Clarke Logan Cultural Preservation Award from the (http://www.hydehall.org). Dining on champagne-casual cuisine and dancing to disco music with a Parisian trustees of the historic country house, which is located in Springfield, near Cooperstown swagger, the crowd—including Senator James Seward, Representative Richard Hanna, and British interior decorator Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill—also bid enthusiastically on silent- and live-auction items to raise money for the continued preservation of this grand New York estate.
Merci, Mitchell ~ Félicitations!
SPEAKING OF TALENT, THERE IS A WHOLE LOT OF IT BACKSTAGE, TOO ! We have a company of 67 people that make this show run; props, lights, sound, carpenters, dressers, wigs, makeup and all of them play an important part in making the show run. While you’re watching from the front of the theater, people are running around backstage doing wig changes, costume changes, fixing microphones, moving set pieces. Sometimes someone may get injured during a dance number and we have to new person. The carpenters set and reset the scenery for each scene. The wardrobe department sets up quick costume changes at various locations backstage. The actor will run off stage and run to their location and the change happens in seconds. There are wig people who will fix the girl's wigs when they come offstage from a dance number. The sound people are always moving about the stage to ensure that everyone’s microphone is working properly; they also turn on sound monitors backstage so the actors can hear the music. Sometimes they have to blow air into the mic to clear it from any sweat from a complicated dance number. The props they go onstage for let’s say the rumble, or they set a male dress form upstage of a curtain for the next scene. department also plays an important part. They will do hand-offs, meaning they hand an actor a knife before All of these people play such an important role in making our show happen. Without these people you wouldn’t get the seamless and wonderful show you are about to see. We truly are lucky people! Everyday we get to do the job we were trained for! Until next time - “Break-a-leg”. change cast members immediately. Everyone goes into action and makes the changes necessary to put on a If you, the audience, could only see what happens backstage you would be amazed; it’s choreographed chaos.
Gail Luna, stage manager & Sharon Springs resident. Thanks so much and break a leg to you, too!
THE STARS, BIG AND SMALL, SHINE IN SHARON SPRINGS
Is there a Dr. in the house? A matinee performance at Glimmerglass was halted by the sudden collapse of a
patron. Edgefield guest/friend/surgeon, Dr. Webb, was in the house. She switched from vacation mode to medical mode as she assessed the patient's condition (not life-threatening) and aided the EMT's. Later that garden. The visitor was delighted to meet her. week a visitor at Edgefield was relaying the story only to find that Dr. Webb was feet away relaxing in the Great minds think alike! . . . Daniel Wood picked up the phone to call the American Hotel about a dinner reservation for one of his guests. Before he had a chance to dial, Doug was already on the line calling to see if the same guests wanted to take a reservation canceled by their friends. ESP, indeed! A MESSAGE FROM Beekman 1802 Many of you know the story of Landreth Seed Company. The owners, Barb and Peter Melerea have been working to restore this historic American company for the past 8 years. They set about to restore this Company because it is the most historically important American small business in existence. It is the only American company, still operating daily, that existed when this country became a nation. Its founders were honorable men who helped establish and guide the agricultural and horticultural industries of this country in the 1700s, the 1800s and the 1900s. Landreth exemplifies American business and the ethics and integrity that built this nation. On Wednesday,August 31, 2011, the Company’s accounts were frozen by a garnishment order initiated by XYZ law firm of Baltimore, MD at the request of a Miss Liz King of Petaluma, CA. Landreth owes Miss King $250,000 plus interest. In 2009, the management of Landreth asked Miss King to give them an additional 2 years to pay off the debt owed to her. She and her lawyers refused and sued the Company and the owners in 2010. Miss King provided her lawyers with an incorrect address for Landreth so that notification of the trial from Landreth showed up at the trial to defend Landreth and to request a modest extension of the note for 2 lawyers knew this. If this garnishment order is not satisfied within the next 30 days, Landreth will cease to exist and a part of America’s history will be lost forever. They need to sell 1 million 2012 catalogs to satisfy this garnishment and the cascade of other indebtedness which this order has now initiated. If you want to help save this piece of America, if you love gardening and heirloom seeds, if you care about righting the injustices of a legal system badly in need of repair, then please help Landreth. Please purchase a you know, www.landrethseeds.com. One million catalogs is a big number, but with the internet it is achievable. Please help us to save Landreth. Thank you. Landreth catalog, and if you can afford it, purchase several for your friends. Please send this link to everyone was never received by Landreth management. A Baltimore judge ruled in favor of Miss King because no one years. In today’s troubled economic environment, the request was not unreasonable. Both Miss King and her
HISTORIAN’S CORNER: THE PALATINE SETTLEMENTS by Nancy DiPace Pfau The first European settlers in Schoharie County were similar to the “displaced persons” of today.They had been forced to flee their homeland in Germany, an area known as the Palatinate, because of the atrocities committed by armies in King Louis XIV’s wars. Their original home was a naturally fertile land along the property stolen, their farms laid waste, their women raped and many peaceful neighbors killed by stray bullets. Although forbidden by law to emigrate, continual suffering pushed many of them to brave the unknown and seek shelter in foreign lands, notably England and Holland at first. In the spring of 1709, a veritable army of Palatines set out, group after group, to Rotterdam in Holland only to be sent across the North Sea to London. By autumn, thirteen thousand Palatine refugees could be found in London. Some historians suggest that the Native American Chiefs who accompanied Peter Schuyler to London at this time took pity on these unfortunate asylum seekers. One chief, a Mohawk, declared that these people, who were similar to the Dutch whom he liked, could find a new home along the Schoharie Creek. From that time, the Palatines thought of “Schoharie” and Paradise as the same. Queen Anne of England offered many of the refugees home in America and sent three thousand to the Colony of New York in 1710. Governor Hunter had proposed to employ them in making pitch and tar for British ships. They were settled along the Hudson River where the present day cities of Germantown and Saugerties now stand. A few joined the failed expedition to take Quebec, which ended in shipwreck and terrible loss of life; others were sent to Albany to strengthen the garrisons. Meanwhile, the production of naval stores proved to be a costly failure [wrong type of pine trees!] and Governor Hunter was forced to notify 2,200 Palatines in 1712 that the funds provided by Parliament and his own private credit was exhausted, so that they would have to shift for themselves. Although Hunter had forbidden them to leave the area without his permission, many feared they would not be able to support their families over the winter so a group of seven leaders were sent to the Schoharie Valley to examine the land and deal with the Indians. An Indian Guide led them by way of Albany and over the Helderberg Mountains to Fox Creek and its junction near Middleburg] and agreed to sell them land stretching east of the Schoharie fork of the Little Schoharie to
Rhine River with the misfortune to be located in the path of war – they saw their homes burned, their
with the Schoharie Creek. The Mohawk Chief Karighondonte received them at Onistagrawa [Vrooman’s Nose the Cobleskill Creek. The northern and southern limits were marked by oak stumps on which were drawn the figures of “a turtle and a snake”: two of the clan insignia of the Schoharie Mohawks. Unfortunately the fees should have been paid, and a patent received – failing to do so eventually caused major troubles. Fifty Palatine families settled along the Schoharie in the autumn of 1712 – their Indian friends gave them corn from their own scanty stock, but inside the rude cabins that winter there was much hunger. It is significant to note, that the relationship between these German refugees and the Mohawk tribes continued to be mutually beneficial and friendly until the Revolutionary War – the children of the Palatines often spent a Palatines did not realize they should have obtained a permit from the Governor to have the land surveyed,
year or more living with their Indian neighbors and learning their ways and language. In March of 1713, a
hundred more families arrived after struggling through snow drifts a yard deep. The immigrants settled in seven dorfs, or farm villages: Weiser’s Dorf [Middleburg], Hartman’s Dorf [between Middleburg and Schoharie], Smith’s Dorf and Fox’s Dorf [Central Bridge], Kneiskern’s Dorf in the present day town of Esperance, and Brunnen’s Dorf [Fountain Town, now Schoharie Village]. Among the families were Keysers, Boucks, Rickards, Rightmyers, Warners, Weavers, Zimmers, Mattices, Zehs, Bellingers, Borsts, Schoolcrafts, Kryslers, Casselmans, Newkirks, Earharts, Browns, Merkleys, and Settles. In the eyes of the royal governor, these Palatines were rebels and living on the land unlawfully. In 1714, a
claimant appeared in the valley but was chased out by the Palatines. In 1711, Adam Vroman, a Dutchman, had obtained a land grant from the Mohawks near Mt. Onistagrawa where he settled with his family. The Palatines had driven away his horses, trampled his grain, beat his son, pulled down his house, and incited the Palatines tried to force him to move out. In 1715, Vroman wrote to Governor Hunter complaining that the Indians against him. Hunter ordered every justice of peace in Albany County to arrest Conrad Weiser, the
ringleader, and bring him to Albany for trial. Sheriff Adams was finally sent to Weiser’s Dorf to make the arrest. The women of the village, under the leadership of Magdalena Zeh, knocked down the sheriff, beat him, dragged him through the mud, and rode him out of town on a rail – breaking two of his ribs and blinding him in one eye! Now the Palatines were afraid to travel to Albany and arranged in 1718 to send Conrad Weiser and two others to London to plead their cause before King George I. in London destitute to find that Governor Hunter had preceded them and spread his version of the story. Weiser and his companions were thrown in prison never receiving permission from the King to explain the situation. Eventually Weiser returned to America, a broken and disillusioned man, the only survivor of the journey. About half of the original Palatine settlers in the Schoharie left the region and settled in Pennsylvania while about three hundred decided to stay in New York and pay rent to the “legal” owners, unjust though they thought it was. Gradually these early pioneers pushed their settlements into the valley of the Cobleskill, on Sharon. At the time of the Revolutionary War, German and Dutch were the common languages in the Town Schmidt, who had deserted the British lines in the Battle of Saratoga and joined the American forces for the remainder of the War. He changed his name to John Smith and settled in the town of Sharon. into the valley of the West Creek, and eventually to the good lands in the present day towns of Seward and of Sharon and other German immigrants made their home here including at least one Hessian Soldier, Johan The delegation was beset at every turn. Pirates robbed their ship so this contingent of three Palatines arrived
SOURCES: A History of Schoharie, edited by Marion F. Noyles, 1954. The Mohawk Valley and Its People, by Barth Lefferts, 1998.
NON RETAIL BUSINESSES, IN SHARON SPRINGS, WORTH KNOWING ABOUT The Anonymous Bookbinder ~ John Townsend So what's with the name? Historically, bookbinders have been a pretty obscure lot. Among the earlier ones, we know their work, and can sometimes identify them by the tools they used, but often that's all we know; there are only a few well known names and the rest are anonymous. “Anonymous Bookbinder” as a business name distant future.
seemed like a good way to honor this long and obscure history, anticipating my own obscurity in the not too I opened the shop in 2006, although I've been a bookbinder for over 30 years. I started my professional career
as head of the conservation lab at the New York Public Library, after graduating in the first class of Columbia University's library preservation program. I have also worked as a grants administrator, preservation consultant, IT director, and non-profit executive director. Being a bookbinder is better. What is it I do? Well, I put books back together when they come apart. All books that are used enough will eventually come apart. Some are not worth saving at this point; others are, whether for sentimental reasons, monetary value, or historical importance. When they do need to be saved, getting them back together so that they “work” can be far more complicated that it was to make them to begin with. Books are such familiar objects that we often forget they are mechanical structures. That sounds obvious—and it is—but ending up with a functional structure is not always a straightforward process. My first attempt at book repair, long before I knew anything about binding, looked neat and tidy, but the book wouldn't open. I figured there must be a better way, which is what got me started. Most of my work now is conservation treatment of books and related manuscript materials from college and university rare book collections, mainly 17th through 19th century imprints, but with some earlier and some later materials as well. I also get a wide variety of materials from private clients: grandmother's cookbook, favorite childhood books, those big illustrated local histories, and a few genuine rarities. There are obvious together once they have begun to come apart is very similar. Book conservation—sometimes called restoration—aims to stabilize and preserve both the text and the binding in as close to their original state as possible. Sometimes this means simply putting them in a custom made box to keep the fragments together. Sometimes it means taking an item apart, repairing the material and structural components (paper, leather, sewing, board attachment, etc.), and reconstructing the item using as much of the original material as possible. Other times it's necessary to make an entirely new binding, either in the style of the period or in a different style that will prove more durable and functional. All of this has to be done by hand, often using materials, techniques and tools that bookbinders have used for centuries. There are a number of hand-operated machines involved, such as a sewing frame, board cutter, lying press, etc. My sewing frame is almost exactly like one pictured in a 14th century illuminated manuscript. My hand operated board cutter and guillotine are more modern types, identical to those introduced in the 1830's. The lying press and plough, for trimming pages and shaping the book spine, were custom made for me in 2006, but they are the same as the ones pictured in a 16th century German woodcut. I do use modern tools and involve using tradition hand binding skills. www.anonymousbookbinder.com difference between earlier handmade and later machine made books, but the process of putting them back
materials--LEC light panel, tacking irons, acrylic resins, various solvents and chemicals—but these still
. . . Thistle Hill Weavers . . .
Rabbit Goody, weaver, owner and designer at Thistle Hill Weavers is the go to woman for any questions about historical textiles. Her expertise ranges from anywhere between the 1600’s to present day. The studio specializes in creating accurate historic reproductions, working from surviving examples, documented patters and period weavers’ drafts. Rabbit is a nationally recognized textile historian and a consultant to museums, designers, the film industry as to new research and developments in textile history. She has, also, authored several publications about textiles. It is extraordinary to have this quality of talent right here ~ well 4 miles away. Her studio has been weaving luxurious custom fabrics, carpets and trims for over 20 years. You have probably seen THW textiles in such films as Master and Commander, Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, Polar Express, Transformers and . . . actually, there are too many to list here, the entire list is posted on their website. During the holiday season Thistle Hill Weavers open their doors for shoppers to experience the studio and stock-up on gifts. In the meantime Village Hall Gallery has, in stock, a selection of hand towels, runners, gossamer shawls and a sample rug. What is particularly wonderful about these products are they are meant to be used, many items can be thrown in the washer and often get even better with use! Read more about Rabbit and the studio at: www.thistlehillweavers.com
well as everyday homeowners. She is the director of the Textile History Forum, a national conference devoted
BUSINESS NEWS FOR HARVEST FESTIVAL
won't be serving lunch during the festival , but stop in the say hello to Jim and Norm. Details of the bistro's opening coming soon or just ask them while you are there! Spring House Spa . . . Aromatherapy blend of clove, cedarwood, orange and clary sage with all body treatments. This fragrant and festive custom blend brings the warmth and comfort of autumn to your massage and is available for purchase so you can prolong the experience. Spring House Spa will have extended hours the weekend of the Harvest Festival September 24 & 25. We will be open 9-7! Advanced appointments are highly recommended for this busy weekend. www.springhousespa.com. We strive to provide only that which is for your greatest good so, organic without paraben, synthetic fragrances or additional additives. Stop in to say hello, view our facilities and products, and enjoy a complimentary herbal tea refreshment. in addition to spa treatments, Spring House Spa sells results-oriented skin care products that are natural or will be rolling out our Cornucopia of Wellness Menu for the Harvest Festival. Enjoy our seasonal 204 Main Bar & Bistro . . .
OH, Justin, Maureen just called. She would like you to volunteer at VHG today, okay?
HARVEST FESTIVAL INFORMATION (also check online at www.beekman1802.com)
Village wide ~ vendors, craftsmen, farmers, artisan foods & displays
“package pick-up.” You can drop-off your packages at the Chamber booth located across the street from the American Hotel. When you are ready to head out, stop by the booth to get your packages. It's free, too! A shuttle bus will be available, look for the signs. The Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce will provide
EVENTS FOR SATURDAY & SUNDAY ~ YES, BOTH DAYS . . .
10-4 ~Homage to the Harvest at Village Hall Gallery. An exhibition that says “Thank You” to the veggies and of the month. Thank you to the American Hotel, Cobbler & Co., Sharon Springs Spa and Studio North for so generously donating awards! 10-4 ~ Chris Ottman of Cherry Valley Tincicles will be making tincicles and stars at Cobbler & Co. The stars are one of a kind, each one has their own design. They are sold year round at Cobbler. 1-3 ~ Sat. & 11-12 Sun. ~ Michael Whaling, the stonewall builder will be signing books, The Garden Wall all things related to the harvest season. Stop in to vote for your favorite! Awards will be announced at the end
at the Beekman Farm and talking stone at the Village Hall Gallery. Stop by for cookies and cider.
Mitchell, from Architectural Digest. Buy your tickets online at Beekman1802
10-4 ~ Walking architectural tours of Historic Sharon Springs led by our town historian, Nancy, and 4:30 – 6 ~ Brent & Josh will be at the American Hotel to sign copies of the new Beekman 1802 Heirloom
Recipe Cookbook. *Since the official release date of the book is not until Oct 4, Barnes & Noble will only be
on-site selling books during scheduled signing events
Join us for the Harvest Hop, Saturday, Sept 24, 7:00-11:00pm, to be held in the casino building at the historic Clausen Ridge in Sharon Springs. Special musical guests: The Leftover Cuties Tickets are available at www.beekman.1802
Saturday and Sunday
The Black Cat Cafe and My' Sister' Place Cafe will team up on Saturday & Sunday at The Roseboro 11:00 – 4pm Relax and take a break, enjoy a lunch of soups, salads & sandwiches made with local products Sharon Springs’ cafes, The Black Cat and My Sisters’ Place, present a casual Harvest Dinner made with local produce served on the porch of the beautiful, grand Roseboro Hotel. Reservations requested – call: 518-284-3421 or 518 284 2575 Friday, September 23 & Saturday September 24 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 9 – 11:00 am breakfast porch of the Roseboro, local, homemade muffins, pastries, coffee, tea and juice
THAT'S ALL FOR NOW, SEND YOUR NEWS TO: VILLAGE HALL GALLERY, 187 MAIN ST.. SHARON SPRINGS email@example.com or 518 284-2402 or stop in Thursday – Monday 10-4
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