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It’s Thanksgiving Eve—time to dig out those beloved recipes. I made my favorite cranberry chutney last night and shared some with both my neighbors this morning, who in turn shared with me fresh baked bread and strata (something new to me, and yum!). I have many more recipes in my collection now, thanks to Denise Szarek. She shares a couple of new ones again this month (page 38), and Suzie Jones gets into the act, too, with her grandmother’s old-fashioned ammonia cookie recipe (page 34). They sound interesting, but will have to wait until Christmastime because now it’s all about Thanksgiving! I must be becoming a grownup because, as I mentioned, my chutney is done, my homemade pumpkin soup is in the fridge, and I’m making my stuffing today so I can just pop it in with the turkey in the morning. I remember hectic Thanksgiving mornings trying to get the turkey in early enough so it would be done in time for guests and then the mad dash to get the side dishes done and table set. No more. I’m savoring the process. It’s interesting that as I get older, chores become more like rituals. Hanging and folding the laundry, washing dishes, garden work, tending my little koi pond…no longer chores, but a therapeutic process. Now that our magazine has “matured,” I’m looking forward to putting those first 50 issues—and that mad dash to deadline—behind us and to start savoring the process of creating the next 50. •

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Filming on Cascade Mountain. Crew members carried gear up each mountain the old-fashioned way – on their backs.

I would imagine Whiteface Mountain, with its Veterans’ Memorial Highway, would be easiest to summit with filmmaking equipment. How did you and members of your ambitious crew get your gear to the top of other mountains such as Cascade and Porter? Whiteface was the easiest peak for our crew since we drove up the highway and took the elevator to the summit with all of our camera gear. However, on every other shoot we had to bring along at least one tripod, camera, batteries, and lenses in addition to normal hiking gear. We used a special camera backpack to transport the main camera and lenses safely through the woods. Sometimes we had two or three cameras and lenses with us, and GoPros were almost always present as a C-camera. Usually, one of us would carry the main camera and lenses, someone else would carry the B-camera, and someone else would carry the tripod. On one trip to Cascade, we carried a portable jib crane and counter weights in addition to our normal gear – that was quite a sight! In short, we carried our gear on our backs everywhere we went except for Whiteface. Tell us about the score for the film and its composer, Justin Michael Brittain. Justin is a good friend of mine, but we met in an unconventional way. A few years before this project started, our mothers reconnected on Facebook and connected the two of us shortly thereafter. We had never met in person until partway through the production of The 46ers, so our friendship was predominately through Skype. At the

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outset of this project, I knew I wanted a big musical score to match the visuals I had in my head and I reached out to Justin with the idea – he was ecstatic. He crafted the track for the announcement trailer back in 2013; over the course of the next year, we bounced ideas back and forth. I sent him dailies of the footage we were shooting so he could get a sense of the visual language of the film. In 2014 Justin wrote the main musical theme that would come to define the tone of the soundtrack. While that theme only plays in full statement a handful of times, it’s one of the most iconic scores I’ve ever heard for a documentary film. We never treated The 46ers like a documentary, and our references for music and visuals always came from the narrative film world. Movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur, Dances with Wolves, and The Lord of the Rings inspired both of us in the scope of the movie and the music we were creating. I couldn’t be more proud of the score Justin composed, and I’m so excited to work with him on the next project!

The summit of Whiteface Mountain, the fifth highest peak in the Adirondacks, was easiest to ascend with its highway and elevator to the top.

The film also features an original song by Dan Berggren. Did Dan write the song for the film or did you discover it from his existing catalogue? We were extremely privileged to have Dan’s support from the outset. I called him up when I was working on the initial promo and Kickstarter video to raise awareness and funds, and he offered a few instrumental songs from his catalogue to help the cause. As we got further into production, I realized it would be so great to have a folk song during the credits. I reached out to Dan once again to see what he had up his sleeve. For the movie credits, he wrote an entire original song. I had a blast joining him at his home studio as he reworked portions of “Climbing” and did an initial recording for me to edit into

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the timeline. As we spoke about the project more, Dan felt the song should take on a hymn-like reverence, and I’m so thankful for his instincts because I can’t imagine a better way to conclude the movie. What’s the next project? In the past week, I’ve read three scripts sent my way for consideration and I’ve started developing a few screenplays of my own. I’m very excited about one narrative project in particular. I started writing it back in 2012, and I recently dug it out and started tearing it apart to build a newer, better story from the high concept I came up with in college. I can’t give too many details, but it’s a world away from the lush mountainous wildernesses of The 46ers. That said, I’ve also got concepts for some Adirondack projects, but we’ll see what the future holds.

Director Blake Cortright (right) sits with the composer for the film’s musical score, Justin Michael Brittain.

For those who missed the PBS Television broadcast, can people still secure a copy of the DVD? After Nov. 13, 2017, DVDs will be available through WCNY. For more information, visit www.wcny.org/46ers • Gary VanRiper is an author, photographer, and pastor at the Camden Wesleyan Church. He has written 15 children’s books with his son, Justin. Find out more at:

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Prima Donna’s Boutique is located at Canal Place in Little Falls, a beautiful place to shop during the holidays.

I purposely sought out Prima Donna’s Boutique, because I had heard there was a nice new store at Canal Place in Little Falls. Rumor did not lie. It is a lovely gift shop of “fashion, jewelry, home, and resale,” handily located across the street from Little Falls Antique Center, just a few doors down from Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts. I was quite taken with the jewelry and made a note to myself to send my husband, Steven, there if he needs any ideas for birthday or Christmas presents (I try to be a helpful wife like that). I also appreciated the vintage clothing rack. I made a note of that both for theatrical purposes and for myself when I finally clean out my closet so I’ll have space and reason to treat myself to a new outfit. At the check-out, I saw some beautiful handmade flowers for a very reasonable price. I was going to pick one out when I noticed the handmade faeries. So sweet! I chose one holding a medallion that read, “Faith,” for my mother (now I have to remember to give it to her before this article gets printed!). The lady at the counter put it in a gauzy purple bag, so it will make a nice no-reason gift for Mom! A few weeks after that, Steven and I had a day off together, so we made our way to Little Falls, so I could introduce him to the boutique in person. We were delighted to see all the Christmas décor and had a lovely time chatting with owner Donna Castellano. Steven found an unusual set of salt and pepper shakers for a great price. Donna told us she tries to keep her prices affordable.

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Wedding & specialty cakes, Italian pastries, miniatures, and cookies. Also serving coffee, cappuccino, espresso, lattes, and pastries in our dining room. Manager - Jared Alesia, pastry chef C.I.A. Martin Alesia, cake decorator

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Visit us at the farmers markets this summer! Whitesboro (Mon.), Cottage Lawn in Oneida (Tues.) and Clinton (Thurs.) www.shawsmapleproducts.com

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Shako:wi Cultural Center Mon-Fri: 9am–5pm (315) 829-8801 5 Territory Rd. Oneida, NY www.oneidaindiannation.com

Offering all the comforts of home!

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Visit our Historic Museum & shop in our Country Store A Christmas Gathering:

Féile Na Nollag

Friday, December 15, 2017 | 7:00 PM Herkimer College Sarkus-Busch Theater

We are located on Catherine Street in Ilion, NY

Open Monday – Friday (some Saturdays prior to Christmas ) 8:30am – 4:30pm, Closed 12pm – 1pm Call for Holiday Shopping Hours/Days (315) 895-3200 or (315) 895-3301

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Holiday Traditions

Utica Dance performs The Nutcracker Ballet at MVCC in Utica, December 15-17

Mohawk Valley Ballet performs The Nutcracker Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30pm Sunday, Dec. 3, 2pm

The Stanley Center for the Arts 259 Genesee St., Utica

Tickets: (315) 724-4000 www.thestanley.org

Christmas in Little Falls • Saturday, December 9, 3-7pm

Historical tours, free horse and carriage rides, visit with Santa Claus, caroling, indoor farmers’ market and an artisans’ fair. City of Little Falls • www.christmasinlittlefalls.com

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Hamilton Choir Concert: Carols, Lullabies, & Love Songs

Victorian Yuletide: Through the Eyes of Immigrants

The Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers present a holiday program.

Celebrate the holiday season with a family visit to Fountain Elms. The various rooms showcase Christmas traditions introduced to Utica by immigrants from the British Isles, Germany, Poland, and Italy.

November 24 - December 31

Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm

Service of Lessons & Carols Carols, Lullabies, and Love Songs Sunday, December 3, 4pm

The Hamilton College Choir performs at the Annual Service of Lessons and Carols.

Candlelight Open House

Hamilton Orchestra Concert

Friday, December 15, 6 -8 pm

Friday, December 8, 7:30pm

Heather Buchman conducts the Hamilton College Orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great.”

Take a candlelit evening stroll through the annual holiday exhibition in the Fountain Elms period rooms and galleries.

Concerts are free and open to the public.

Fountain Elms

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute 310 Genesee Street, Utica (315) 797-0000 • www.mwpai.org

Wellin Hall, Schambach Center Hamilton College, Clinton www.hamiltonpa.org

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Symphoria: Holiday Wonder Fri., December 8, 8-10pm

Tickets $15-$20 online at: www.experiencesymphoria.org or call: (315) 866-1563 and available at the door

Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School 801 West German St., Herkimer

Candlelight Evening The Farmers’ Museum Saturday, December 9, 3-7pm

One of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions! The landscape takes on a magical appearance, illuminated by hundreds of candles.

The Farmers’ Museum

5775 Highway 80, Cooperstown www.farmersmuseum.org

The Magic of the Holidays With Robert Channing Saturday, December 9, 7pm World famous mentalist and speed painter Robert Channing brings his mesmerizing show, with a holiday twist, to the Stanley. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Available at the Box Office or call: (315) 724-4000 • www.thestanley.org

The Stanley Center for the Arts 259 Genesee St., Utica

Classic Holiday TV Specials Friday, December 15, 6-8pm

See old friends like Frosty, the Heat Miser, the Grinch, and more. Hot chocolate and refreshments will be served. Donations for the Clinton Pool will be accepted. All are welcome!

Kirkland Town Library

55 1/2 College Street, Clinton (315) 853-2038 www.kirklandtownlibrary.org

Off-Center Records

The annual holiday tradition continues as we present Frank Capra’s 1946 gem on a restored 35mm print direct from the Library of Congress!

Capitol Theatre

220 W. Dominick St., Rome (315) 337-6453 www.romecapitoltheatre.com

Utica Dance presents The Nutcracker Ballet Friday, December 15th, 7pm Saturday, December 16th, 2pm & 7pm Sunday December 17th, 2pm

MVCC Utica Campus

MVCC Theater 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica Tickets are $15 at www.uticadance.com

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Holiday Hoot at the Utica Zoo

Star Wars Holiday Craft

Saturday, Dec. 16, 1-3pm

Fri., December 15, 3:30pm

Bring the whole family for pictures with Santa! Enjoy meet & greets with our animals. Free hot drinks, cookies, and candy. Bring gifts for our animals from our wish list: uticazoo.org/wishlist. Holiday Hoot included with Zoo admission.

Decorate a Star Wars themed ornament. For ages 8-15

Utica Zoo

One Utica Zoo Way, Utica (315) 738-0472 www.uticazoo.org

Gingerbread Houses Sat., December 16, 10:30am

Mohawk Valley Choral Society Concert: Sounds of the Season

Build your own Gingerbread House to take home. For ages 5-12 Registration required, call or visit website

Sun., Dec. 17, 3pm, Tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door

Utica Public Library

Annunciation Church

303 Genesee St., Utica (315) 735-2279 www.uticapubliclibrary.org

50 West St, Ilion, NY Tickets at: 826-3092 or online at: www.mvchoral.org

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Don’t miss the exhibit, The Art of Figure Skating through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection, on display at The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown through December 31st. Central-Park, Winter, The Skating Pond (1862), Currier and Ives (publisher), Lyman W. Atwater, lithographer (1835–1891), after Charles Parsons (1821–1910). Hand-colored lithograph. Collection of Dick Button.

Recent Photographs by Pamela Underhill Karaz

Masterworks & Masterworks on Paper Through December 30, 2017

Premiering new work including intimate scenes of wildlife.

Explore the rarely exhibited masterpieces of the Arkell Museum’s collection, including works by Cassatt, Homer, O’Keeffe, Grandma Moses, Whistler, and more.

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Arkell Museum

2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie, NY (518) 673-2314 www.arkellmuseum.org

Yellow Llife Scenes: Recent Paintings by Lupo Sol

Anda Stelian

Through December 30, 2017 Reception: Sat., December 2, 4-6pm

“I like to catch an image and explore the why I took the picture. There is no ” acte gratuit ”; somehow this easy click is a selective look at our daily surroundings.”

Through December 23, 2017

Exhibit featuring the artwork of members of the Broad Street Gallery: Julia and David Will, Karen Burns, Johanna Lerwick, Lynn Plata and Wells Horton.

Earlville Opera House

18 East Main Street, Earlville, NY (315) 691-3550 www.earlvilleoperahouse.com

Broad Street Gallery

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The Art of Figure Skating through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection

Christmas House

This diverse collection of ice skating art ranges from 17th-century Dutch paintings to 20thcentury sculpture and showcases the full range of media in which ice skating has appeared.

Fusion Art Gallery

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Fenimore Art Museum

5798 Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY (607) 547-1400 www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

Small Work Show

After the Fall works by William Ruller

December 5, 2017 - January 5, 2018 Reception: Sun., December 10, 4-6pm

Through December 8, 2017 William Ruller’s work draws from the rural and urban decay of his youth.

Kirkland Art Center

9 1/2 East Park Row, Clinton, NY (315) 853-8871 www.kacny.org

Juergensen Gallery

Information Technology building MVCC Campus 1101 Sherman Drive Utica, NY www.mvcc.edu/gallery

HOLIDAY SPIRIT 259 GENESEE STREET, UTICA, NEW YORK

Wood Transformed December 2 - March 17, 2018

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Sat | Dec 2 | 7:30 pm Sun | Dec 3 | 2:00 pm

Thurs | Dec 21 | 5-8 pm

ELVIS LIVE: ALOHA FROM HAWAII Performed by

YWCA MOHAWK VALLEY PRESENTS

Kevin Mills, backed by Steve Falvo’s Easy Money Big Band! Fri | Dec 29 | 7 pm

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Fri | Dec 8 | 7 pm

TOWNSQUARE MEDIA PRESENTS

TRAMONTANE CAFE PRESENTS

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Sun | Jan 14 | 4 pm

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Haley Nannig: Gathered windows September 30, 2017 - March 11, 2018

Myths & Legends of the adirondacks vol. 2 October 28 - March 17, 2018

Kathryn Vajda: Snow Cities

November 4, 2017 - March 31, 2018

Joanne DeStefano and Sandra Devisser: And, Here We Are November 11, 2017 - March 17, 2018

THE STANLEY PRESENTS

THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS CHOIRS

The objects in this exhibit will explore how the craft of hand turning or carving wood can be used to create works of art.

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MOHAWK VALLEY BALLET PRESENTS

VINTAGE FURNISHINGS PRESENTS

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Near & Far: Landscape paintings by stephen Horne November 24- March 17, 2018

Jan 27 | 10 am - 5 pm & Jan 28 | 10 am -4 pm

BROADWAY UTICA PRESENTS

THE ILLUSIONISTS | January 16 | 7:30 pm CINDERELLA | February 7 & 8 | 7:30 pm CABARET | March 7 & 8 | 7:30 pm CHICAGO | April 10 & 11 | 7:30 pm For more information and to purchase tickets visit broadwayutica.com

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Whimsical Watercolors by Elisabeth Prenot

Time in Art

December 1-31, 2017 Opening: Wed.., Dec. 6, 6:30-830pm

This exhibition features fine and decorative arts that interpret time and its passing through themes such as hours of the day and seasons of the year.

Dec. 16, 2017 - Apr. 29, 2018

Kirkland Town Library

55 1/2 College Street, Clinton, NY (315) 853- 2038 www.kirklandtownlibrary.org

Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute

310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY (315) 797-0000 • www.mwpai.org

Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions

Joanne DeStefano and Sandra Devisser: And, Here We Are

Through December 10, 2017

Through March 17, 2018

The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Five Years Highlights from the Permanent Collection.

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Phil Vescio, Jr. of Vescio’s Franklin Hotel in Rome

story and photos by Jorge L. Hernández

If I were to wax poetic, I would paraphrase someone’s words that legends never die, they just keep shining to light up the dark alleys. Indeed, Vescio’s Franklin Hotel in Rome would fit into that bright experience standing the test of time. So well known is the eatery on South James Street that for years it kept in business without even the aid of its shiny red signage. “My father didn’t add the ‘Franklin Hotel’ sign until 1985,” Phil Vescio, Jr. says. “But people knew where we were.” The Vescio family opened the restaurant—indeed, it was formerly a hotel—circa 1970. The menu remains constant and consistent: “I call it Italian eclectic with a flair,” Phil says. “With a focus on pastas and paninis.” Phil, brother Mark, and sister Mary currently run the place. Phil says his parents are still active in the business. Almost 30 years ago this writer attended a first lunch at the Franklin, a retirement celebration for a newspaper colleague. The centerpiece of the meal then—and still true now— was the roasted red pepper and provolone appetizer. That retirement lunch was followed by years of dozens of return visits, for both milestone gatherings and others more mundane: anniversaries, graduations, a son’s 21st birthday, small family reunions, just a Friday night out, and even two impromptu post-funeral meals. My wife literally called from a cemetery in Rome the afternoons of two recent family funerals. The Franklin staff accommodated groups of 30 both times, without any hesitation. When we relate this to Phil, he quietly acknowledges our grateful memory, replying: “We step up to the plate when it comes to our customers.” That community spirit, coupled with food of the highest long-term standards, adds to the legend of the Franklin. Today’s lunch is infused with traditional dishes, starting with an antipasto of salad greens heaped with cheese and cured meats. There’s none more plentiful in the region. Following it are tastings of sausage and peppers over today’s linguine pasta; spinach and cheese stuffed rigatoni with a meatball; and what Phil says is the very popular pancetta, chicken, and broccoli pasta in a special light sauce, served over linguine. Nothing could taste more Italian authentic and timeless time after time. And as a counterpoint to the hearty lunch, there’s cannoli and cannoli cake for dessert. “We want people to taste something and say it’s the best I ever had,” Phil says. “Other-

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wise, we’re a failure because we missed the opportunity to do something better, to do something great for you.” The Franklin lives up to its motto of being the original neighborhood restaurant. After nearly 50 years in business, Phil says the restaurant is in the blood for him and his siblings. “We grew up working here,” Phil says. “Ever since I was in the 7th grade and 12 years old, I starting helping out in the restaurant after school.” Italian entrées aside, desserts also rule at the Franklin. A bakery is in operation in the basement, turning out dozens of varieties of traditional Italian pastries and the restaurant’s famous bread. Up to 200 loaves of it are baked daily for serving with meals as well as a to-go purchase. Future plans for the Franklin include an addition to also serve as a bakery to help expand its product line. With the holiday season looming, Phil points out that pastry-making shifts into high gear for all the upcoming festivities. On this day, Phil crafted a new confection to test for his cookie selection—an airy, all pink meringue macaroon. He offers such as a sample to select customers. “They’re expensive to make, but if the customers like them…,” Phil says. That’s how legends are made. •

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Nests Become Visible and a Surprise Visitor story and photos by Matt Perry The woods in December are far more interesting than one might suppose. They are not only interesting for what is currently happening, but also for the hidden natural treasures that have been freshly unveiled. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cursed myself on a winter walk after discovering a bird’s nest that I had failed to notice when it was active during the summer. As soon as the leaves are gone, suddenly all is revealed: The nests are in plain sight and if they are low enough they can be examined. Sometimes you can even tell if a nest was successful or not. If there is staining or some remnants of bird droppings on the rim of the nest that means young birds likely fledged from there. If the nest is somewhat pristine, then probably it was not productive.

The size, design, construction materials, and the manner it is situated can indicate what speRuins of an American Goldfinch nest cies it belonged to. Of course, old bird nests aren’t the acre in some areas. It was actually a little only kind of nests out there to be discov- scary to think of just how close I had been ered. One in particular that often strikes walking to some of these wasp nests back terror in the hearts of people is the tur- in the summer. That aside, these nests are ban-shaped nest created by Bald-faced incredible creations. Concealed inside are Hornets. Most of these nests, although tier upon tier of honeycomb-like nurseries no longer in use, remain in place and can devoted to the wasp’s larva. All are conappear relatively intact in December. It tained within a marvelous turban-like or seems as though 2017 was a particularly vase-like paper structure. In the summer good year for Bald-faced Hornets. In fact, I’ve seen the wasps build their nests. They there seems to be at least two nests per make the silver-gray paper by chewing

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My fondest childhood memories are of Grandma’s kitchen at Christmastime. My cousins and I would exhaust ourselves all day in the snow, finally clambering into the enclosed porch where we’d leave an explosion of winter gear. Red-cheeked, loud, and hungry, we’d burst into her kitchen looking for something to eat. If she was busy cooking, with Mom and my aunts, we’d quickly get shooed away. But if the kitchen was empty, and the adults were off playing Schafkopf* and drinking Old Fashioneds in the dining room, we’d go directly for the cookie jars on the counter…. My grandmother had no fewer than three cookie jars going at any given time, at all times of the year. I’m not kidding: She had cookies—lots of them—year-round. Come Christmastime, she went into hyper-drive-cookie-making mode and stocked the house with all kinds of cookies, bars, nuts, candies, even homemade caramels. It was truly a child’s paradise! Bernice Hoff was a stout, barely-five-foot-tall German Lutheran who loved to cook. (At least, that was what she did much of the time...I hope she loved it!) It ran in the family. Her mother, my great-grandma Mueller, was known far and wide simply as “Cookie Grandma.” Anyone visiting Cookie Grandma was sent home with a tin of assorted cookies to treasure and devour. Her daughter, Bernice, was born on their small dairy farm in central Wisconsin and grew up during the Great Depression. They had a large family, and Bernice went on to marry Lenard and have six children of their own. My hus-

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band’s grandmother, whose family raised beef cattle in Minnesota, also had a seemingly endless supply of cookies for the family, neighbors and farm hands. Cooking, canning, and baking to feed an army was simply second nature to all these farm women. My grandmother’s cooking, although resplendent, sometimes bordered on the arterially hazardous: sunny-side-up eggs were cooked in bacon drippings and cream-top milk was never shaken before it was poured on morning cereal. Heavily buttered popcorn was served about an hour after dinner, followed by a large bowl of ice cream before going to bed. Red meats, most often in the form of a type of sausage, were served morning, noon, and night. The menu changed after Grandpa’s open heart surgery in the mid ’80s, but these are the memories of my childhood. Ah, those were the days! Grandma made every cookie known to man. Gingerbread men, decorated adorably, were soft and delicious. Thumbprints were filled with her homemade jams, made from raspberries grown in her backyard that summer. Peanut butter kisses, lemon bars, multi-colored spritz, rum balls, ginger snaps, even simple sugar cookies were all made with tremendous care. To this day, some remain a mystery to me. Did she make the angel food candy from scratch? What did she call the wonderful pecan balls rolled in powdered sugar? I think I loved those the most. Now that it’s my turn to cook and bake for the holidays, I find myself appreciating Grandma more than ever. How did she do it? I find I hardly have the patience to make more than a batch or two. How could it be that she never ran out? I don’t have

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Fennel was not on our dining room table growing up. I knew vaguely of fennel seeds but nothing of the aromatic plant. I was first introduced to Finocchio in 1973 when I married into a Sicilian family. Finocchio is the Italian name for Florence fennel. However, back then I never cared to eat or prepare it, but it was revered by the family as it was harvested from the garden in fall. In fact, I didn’t pay much attention to fennel until we started growing for our CSA. Now I look forward to harvesting it in fall as a foil to all the heavy root crops on our table this time of year. Its bright flavor and crisp texture make a welcome addition to any meal. I understand why my family back then made such a fuss over this vegetable. I also wish I’d paid more attention to how these wonderful Sicilian women prepared this fabulous vegetable; unfortunately, most have passed on and those wonderful traditional recipes with them. GROW IT – Florence fennel is a cool weather perennial grown as an annual. Fennel can be sown in the garden as early as 2-3 weeks before the average last frost date in spring. Seeds germinate best at 60 degree F. Fennel will tolerate heat and cold but does best when it comes to maturity in cool weather. Fennel requires 90 to 115 frost-free days to reach harvest. For an autumn crop, sow fennel in mid to late summer. Sow fennel seed ¼ inch deep 4-6 inches apart. Thin seedlings to 12 inches apart. Space rows 24 to 36 inches apart. Keep fennel on the dry side; the soil should be evenly moist but not wet. Mulch to retain soil moisture. Prepare planting beds with aged compost. Side dress fennel with aged compost mid-season. Container growing: A single fennel will grow in a 6-inch pot. We also grow fennel in 10-inch mum pots, 3 plants to each pot. HARVEST & PRESERVING – Fennel’s bulbous stalk can be harvested when it is 3 inches or more in diameter. Cut the whole stalk like celery just below the point where individual stalks join together. Cut leaves as needed once they have reaches 18 inches tall. Our favorite

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Fennel Apple & Walnut Salad

The key to this dish is to brown, not steam, the fennel. Keep the pan hot and spread out of the fennel, no crowding. Cook in batches if necessary.

This is a recipe we share with our Three Goat Farm-CSA members and a wonderful addition to you Thanksgiving or holiday table.

2 large fennel bulbs ¼ C. olive oil Sea salt Black pepper ½ lemon

2 large Fennel Bulbs 2 apples, honey crisp, gala, or braeburn ¼ C. toasted walnuts Handful of pea shoots Blue cheese, crumbled

Using a very sharp knife, cut the top and bottom from the fennel bulbs and then remove tough or bruised outer layers. You will end up with a bulb about the size of your fist. Slice the bulbs in half and then remove the cores from the fennel. Then cut the fennel lengthwise into 1/8 inch slices (it’s OK if a little thicker). Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add olive oil and then fennel slices. Spread the fennel out in the pan to encourage browning. Cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping the fennel slices every few minutes until golden brown. Remove fennel from the pan and drain off any excess oil. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, to taste. Serve.

Combine all the dressing ingredients into a large bowl. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Using a sharp knife cut the top and bottom off of the fennel bulbs, and remove and tough outer layers, slice the bulbs in half lengthwise, and remove the core. Using a mandolin cut fennel as thin as possible. Core and slice the apple also as thin as possible, but leave the skin on. Add the fennel and apple to the bowl and toss until well coated, mix in the pea shoots, chill until ready to serve. When ready to serve top with toasted walnuts and crumbled blue cheese. Enjoy!

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Reintroducing rehabilitated wildlife back into the wild can be tricky because sometimes a rehabber can’t be sure the animal is completely up to speed before it is released. In a few releases I’ve participated in recently, we were prepared to recapture the animal if we felt it wasn’t as ready to be on its own as we hoped. Of course, in cases involving birds, they may turn out not to be ready but are, nonetheless, able to fly just well enough to elude any attempts at re-capture. When the release goes well, everyone is satisfied, especially the animal that gets to resume its wild existence. In conjunction with Falcon Heart Rescue in Herkimer, we conducted a number of releases at our nature sanctuary in 2017. All but one involved raptors, and most went off without a hitch. Only one case involved an individual that needed to be re-captured and brought back to the rehabilitator. When possible, it’s best to release an animal in the vicinity of where it was originally found. If it’s during the breeding season, the individual may have a nest, a mate, a brood, and a territory that it needs to return to. Territories are often not easy to obtain and once one is lost it may be lost for good. In the releases that took place this year at the nature preserve, these

were not important factors, since they involved birds that were already migrating or they involved immature birds that had yet to gain their own territories. Those birds needed only to be released in a safe environment and preferably one that offers the appropriate habitat for that species. The most recent release we participated in involved an immature Merlin. A Merlin is a species of falcon that is intermediate in size between the crow-sized Peregrine and the Robin-sized American Kestrel. In truth, the Merlin is closer in size to the Kestrel than the Peregrine. An adult male Merlin possesses a blue back while adult females and immature birds typically have brown backs. Like the Peregrine, the Merlin shows a black “malar” or mustache mark below the eye. However, on the Merlin the marking is not

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so distinct. Merlins have dark tails that show three or four bold whitish stripes. Formerly the species was called the Pigeon Hawk, although given their small size, a Pigeon could be considered outside their class as a prey item. This Merlin was originally found in North Utica. He was injured and unable to fly and was turned over to Deb Saltis at her Falcon Heart Rescue (wildlife rehabilitation facility) in Herkimer. Upon examination, it was determined the bird’s left wing was broken. After being evaluated by a veterinarian, the falcon was treated; the wing was splinted and wing-wrapped for seven days. After about a month of convalescence in the aviary at Falcon Heart Rescue, the bird was tested in a large flight cage. This is done to gauge the competence of a raptor’s flight in a relatively large space. During the test, the falcon became disoriented by the enclosure and made some unconventional landings, one that left him hanging upside down by his talons, but overall his flying was good. In other words, he passed the test and this meant that he was bound for release.

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cided to release him at Spring Farm Cares’ NaBlue Jays seek out raptors ture Sanctuary, where we could monitor him post-release. So, on a Monday morning in late October, we carried him out to a place close to one of our beaver ponds. I chose this location because of the great amount of potential prey available in the form of large insects, small mammals, and birds. There are plenty of dead snags to perch on and a large open area where a raptor can watch for prey as well as any predators that might pose a threat. Because of these attributes this location has proved to be a favorite stop-over spot for Since the Merlin was in the process of migrating raptors, including Merlins. migrating when he was injured, it wasn’t Prior to the release, I went down to the necessary to release him in the same lo- site to check on the activity levels. When cation where he was found. It was de- I got there I found the ponds to be load-

ed with Wood Ducks and Mallards. There were also a couple of beavers swimming around. That, of course, would be no problem. The Merlin would be no threat to any of them and vice-versa. When my colleague Tim Johnston came over with the cage, it seemed he was bringing a container full of fury. The bird was thrashing around and was highly agitated. This wasn’t good. Raptors can damage their wing and tail feathers by repeatedly ramming them through the barred doors of pet carriers. We put the container down and covered it completely with a sheet. The bird calmed down immediately. After a half-hour, I removed the sheet and opened the cage door. The Merlin flew straight out of the carrier in a low direct flight to the beaver dam about 50 feet away. He zoomed over the dam, rising only about 10 feet and put down on the branch of a dead buckthorn tree. There he instantly gave a very loud, almost trill-like cackle: “kikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikiki.” It was clear that he was in full emergency mode. He didn’t know where he was or what situation he was being injected into and his response was to dramatically inform the neighborhood that there was a falcon on the scene

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trees surrounding the ponds. I heard the short quavering whistles of Eastern Bluebirds and then a flock of 10 landed in the branches of a maple tree that rose high over the pond. They were soon joined by a single Chipping Sparrow. These songbirds seemed oblivious to the presence of the Merlin. As for the Merlin, he was still actively preening and not in hunting mode, so they had little to worry about, at least for the time being. Beaver dams serve as natural bridges for wildlife and this fact is not lost on predators, including raptors. They know that if they wait next to a dam long enough they will see mice, voles, shrews, and chipmunks attempting a crossing. That morning it was a Red Squirrel standing ready to cross the dam. Before getting more than a quarter of the way across the dam, the squirrel spotted the Merlin and began issuing sputtering complaint calls and stomping her feet. Nervously, she hopped forward a few meters and then quickly dashed back. She repeated this agitated behavior several times. The Merlin, for his part, side-stepped on the branch

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Bluebirds and a Chipping Sparrow land in the tree above the Merlin

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The Screech Owl finds an awkward perch on the side of a hemlock tree

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As we head toward the end of 2017 and the start of a new year, the night sky will help us celebrate with a special fireworks show in mid-December. It is a show from an unusual source, and thanks to favorable conditions this one should be spectacular. Get ready for some “shooting stars” from the Geminid meteor shower! There are nine major meteor showers and dozens of “minor” showers every year. Typically, a meteor shower occurs when Earth crosses the trail of debris left behind by a comet as it orbits around the Sun. The particles, most as small as a grain of sand, heat up and burn when they hit our atmosphere, creating the signature streak or fireball that glows as it zooms across the sky. But the Geminids are somewhat mysterious and unique compared to the vast majority of meteor showers. The debris that brings us the Geminids isn’t from a comet, it is from a dark and rocky asteroid named 3200 Phaethon. Phaethon and its Geminid meteors are relative newcomers. While many meteor showers such as the famous Perseids in August have been well documented for thousands of years, the Geminids only began to appear 150 years ago. It wasn’t until 1983 that astronomer Fred Whipple used satellite data to confirm the source, making 3200 Phaethon the first asteroid ever attributed to a meteor shower. Phaethon’s unusual oval orbit takes

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it closer to the Sun than planet Mercury, then out into the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and back again. It takes about a year and a half to make one comthe Moon will be a waning crescent with plete orbit. The asteroid is only three miles only a small sliver visible, so the sky will across, so how can a small asteroid release remain quite dark. At around 2 a.m. (the enough debris into space to cause a metepeak) it may be possible to see as many or shower? Well, scientists have a number as 100 to 120 meteors an hour! As a side of different theories, but no one knows for Voorwerp. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Keel, Galaxy Zoo Team Hanny’s note, although 100 meteors per hour is certain. awesome, the Nov. 17, 1966, Leonid A meteor shower gets its name from meteor shower is the record holder. That the constellation where most of its metenight, it is estimated that 40 meteors per ors seem to originate. The Geminids are second–that’s 144,000 per hour–rained named for constellation Gemini, which down in the western U.S. for about an is near Orion. Its two brightest stars are hour. Now that’s a meteor shower! Greek mythology brothers Castor and The Geminids are known as one of Pollux, and the constellation is also known the best of the year, with bright and often as the “Twins.” Pollux is the larger of the colorful slow-moving meteors that can two, and has a yellow-orange color. In leave a long trail behind them. No observ2006 astronomers announced the discoving equipment is needed, just your eyes, ery of a planet almost three times the size warm clothing, and a comfy chair. So of Jupiter orbiting the star. When you look head outside, look up, and enjoy the show. at bright white Castor through a telescope Wishing you clear skies! • you’ll quickly see two stars very close together, one of the best examples of a “double star” in the sky. But Castor holds Join MVAS from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on a surprise for advanced instruments–it is actually three pairs of double stars, a sixDecember 9 at nearby Barton-Brown star system. Observatory, 206 White St, Waterville, This year the best night to see the Geminid meteors is December 13 and14, N.Y., for an evening of stargazing under between midnight and 4 a.m., when Gemdark skies. The event is free. ini will be almost straight overhead. The “seeing conditions” will be ideal because

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danny stitches new cd, as the crow flies By John Keller Danny Stitches, bassist for local horror neo-billy band Casanova Frankenstein & the Voodoo Machine, has released his first real solo album, As the Crow Flies. His previous solo project, The Distant End, was well-received but wasn’t reflective of Stitches’ true self. In As the Crow Flies, Danny brings his brand of dark country/Goth horror to the forefront. Much like the murder ballads of the old folk singers (Tom Dooley, “Long Black Veil”, etc.) the songs on this album are highlighted by the minimalist instrumentation and Danny’s deep, slow recitations. Picture a mixture of Sons of the Pioneers meet Johnny Cash meet Nick Cave. The album begins with a revisit to a track from The Distant End called “428 (The Interceptor’s Lament).” Plaintive guitar with accents of shaken tambourine and vocal backing make this song of lost desertion more lonely: “There’s no escape.” “Hell of a Ride” takes an innocent tale of driving to a twisted conclusion. Danny’s guitar playing propels the song, driving it, if you will. Kind of upbeat, yet disturbingly offbeat. Occasional arpeggios from a distant guitar bring the point home. Sometimes playing a bar can get, well...crazy. That’s the gist of the song “Dead Bird Blues.” As our protagonist...or antagonist, in Danny Stitches’ case...is getting his Thunderbird repaired, he plays a local dive. As things progress, he needs to leave town quickly. A great story song following a loping guitar rhythm. “The Cave” brings the listener to a border town in Mexico. Violins help inspire Danny’s guitar and aid in the deep expression of his voice as he relates this tale. Danny’s words are extremely visual. He describes every detail of this evil place and its patrons: “There’s nothing you can barter. Nothing you can trade. You’ll have to leave your heart and soul down in The Cave.” The final track on the disc is his interpretation of “The Lane County Bachelor.” This is an old folk song recorded by many per-

formers over the years, including the aforementioned Sons of the Pioneers. Stitches’ version is lengthy and is preceded by a narration of where his story comes from. This eerie tale is chilling and unnerving but none the less riveting. Time stands still as you listen, pulling you into this tale of...I’ll let you decide what it’s about! As the Crow Flies is, at its heart, a concept album. Each song is a piece of a greater story. There are segues that cohere the concept. Danny’s imagination (one hopes it’s just imagination) is vivid and descriptive, his melodies simple and reminiscent of a cowboy on the prairie strumming away to the coyotes call. Danny’s songs make for great campfire entertainment. Recorded at HELLbent Studio and engineered by Frank Carentz, who also provided most of the extraneous instrumentation. Danny Stitches’ As the Crow Flies is a grand and welcoming departure from the usual bombardment of electric everything. You can find Danny’s CD at his solo or Casanova Frankenstein shows or by contacting him at www.facebook.com/dannystitchesmusic. •

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The Terrace Café is a seasonal eatery located in Fountain Elms at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. It opened in 1998 to expand the visitor experience at the Museum of Art. The Institute wanted visitors to view the collection and then be able to relax with coffee or a meal. The café has seen a few incarnations over the years, from fine dining to a “help yourself” cafeteria style. The current setup is working well for guests – full table service with a menu filled with specialty salads, sandwiches, quiches, and soups. Their pressed brie and bacon sandwich with apples and fig jam is a favorite, and the varied tastes on the menu are complemented with great drink options from infused waters and flavored lemonades to espresso and lattes. Other nice options are their always-available kid’s menu and gluten-free and vegetarian items that are available each day as well. The full menu is available online. Along with the foods, the ambiance of the café is what you will remember! It’s true Victorian elegance with glass tables, ironwork chairs, and tall paned windows that let in plenty of natural light. Just being inside Fountain Elms transports you to a different era. Weather permitting, outdoor seating is offered on the patio, nestled among the trees and overlooking the spacious Sculpture Grove below. It’s a view and atmosphere that you can’t find anywhere else in the city. Chef Vanessa Donino comes to us from Harlem via New York City, Washington D.C., and Nevada. She has honed her culinary craft in all of those cities at high-end restaurants and farm-to-table farmers markets alike, as well as studying under a prodigy of renowned pastry chef Jacques Torres. This, of course, makes the café’s dessert menu a must try. Chef Donino’s “no waste” philosophy, wealth of experience, and culinary creativity result in surprising and delicious items on the menu throughout the season. The café is a wonderful place to host group lunches, and they are even equipped to welcome bus tours. Don’t let your next visit to the museum go without a meal at the Terrace Café. With the holiday season approaching, be sure to request a Victorian Yuletide tour of Fountain Elms or enjoy the return of Jewels of Time – Watches from the Proctor Collection exhibition, opening December 16. The last day of the season is Saturday, December 30, so stop in to the café soon! It will reopen in late spring, 2018. •

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1/2 lb. Juicy Angus Burgers! NewSpecialty Sundaes! 50 Soft Serve Ice Cream flavors! 50 Milk Shake flavors! A Variety of Parfaits!

& Ice Cream Too! 1717 Route 8, Cassville (315) 839-5000

Open 7 Days a Week • Open 6am-8pm or later, Serving Breakfast 6am-Noon

Cooperstown

Where good friends Meet to Eat! Enjoy breakfast or a quick lunch! 8170 Seneca Tpke., Clinton (315) 732-3631 Mon-Fri 6am-2pm, Sat & Sun 6am-1pm

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Choose from a delicious variety of healthy options made fresh daily! We serve local produce, cheese, eggs, and Stagecoach Coffee.

Visit our deli case for hard to find cheeses! Take-out available! 7629A State Highway 80, Cooperstown • (315) 985-8096 Open year round! Tues-Sat 6:30am - 2pm

Primo Pizza

Open Christmas Eve until 4!

at the Kettle

315-381-3231

The Most Unique Upside Down Pizza You Ever Tasted!

Celebratining 8 Years ! Clinton

Specialty Rolls

Sausage . . . . . . . . 10.95 Spinach . . . . . . . . . 9.95 Antipasto . . . . . . . 11.95 Sausage & Greens . . . 12.95 Eggplant . . . . . . . . 10.95 Local delivery after 4

Weekday Specials Tues- 20” X-Large Cheese Pizza . . . . $9.95 (Toppings 2.25 ea, X-Cheese 2.95)

Wed-Small Cheese Pizza & 20 Wings . . . $15.95 Thurs- 2 Large Cheese Pizzas . . . . . $16.95 +Tax / Toppings Extra

Every Day Specials

Sm. Cheese & 20 wings. . . $18.95 Lg. Cheese & 20 wings. . . . $22.95 Lg. Cheese & 25 wings. . . . $25.95 Lg. Cheese & 40 wings. . . . $33.95 Lg. Cheese & 50 wings. . . . $38.95 (plus tax. celery, blue cheese, toppings extra)

Tues-Thurs: 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 1pm-8pm

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HERKIMER

Celebrating 30 Years!

22 years in business!

RESTAURANT & BAR Casual American Cuisine

Serving healthy and delicious salads, grilled sandwiches, and homemade soups.

Seafood & more!

good food, good wine, good friends, good times

Heidelberg Bread & Café 3056 Rte 28 N., Herkimer (315) 866-0999

Raw or cooked • Eat in or take out!

123 Mohawk St., Herkimer • 866-1746

200 King St., Herkimer (315) 866-5716

www.jamosrestaurantandbar.com Now Open 7 days! Sun-Thurs: 11-9, Fri: 11-11, Sat: 11-9

Wed-Thurs 11-7; Fri 11-8; Sat Noon-7

Ilion

Mon-Sat: 7am-6pm, Sun: 7am-5pm Find us on Facebook!

Baking all natural breads – available throughout New York State

little falls

LEE CENTER

Open Daily 7am-3pm

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Book your holiday party today!

Roasted fresh daily on site! Come taste the difference!

Breakfast, Lunch, Homemade Soups & Sandwiches and our delicious Desserts Including our Famous Cream Puffs! Canal Place, Little Falls Next to Showcase Antiques

Catering & Banquets too!

(315) 533-7229

Quality Food • Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere • Offering Daily Specials!

Breakfast and Lunch

70 Otsego St., Ilion

823-3290

5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center

Mon-Fri: 6-2, Sat: 7:30-2 • (315) 985-0490

Wed & Thurs 3-9, Fri & Sat 11:30-9, Sun 11:30-8, Closed Mon & Tues • www.gonecoastalrestaurant.com

www.mooserivercoffee.com

MADISON

MARCY

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Take-out • Catering

7239 Route 20, Madison

www.quacksvillageinn.com (315) 893-1806 Sun, Tues-Thurs: 6:30am-7pm, Fri & Sat: 6:30am-8pm

American Family Fare!

9663 River Rd., Marcy

Fresh Haddock • Giambotta

Ice Cream window open til 9 every night!

Take Out & Delivery!

797-7709

Mushroom Stew • Chicken & Biscuits Meatloaf Goulash & More!

Mon-Thu 6am-2pm, Fri 6am-7pm, Sat 6am-1pm Sun 7am-1pm, Ice Cream 11-8:30 Daily

NEW HARTFORD

Homemade comfort foods Full menu available til 2am!

22 beers on tap, specializing in NY State craft beers!

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10 Clinton Rd., New Hartford • (315) 732-9733 Mon-Sat: 10am-2am, Sun: 12pm-2am www.killabrewsaloon.com 56

Phoenician R E S TAU R A N T Enjoy authentic Lebanese Cuisine

Full Buffet & Salad Bar served Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30 Wednesday Night Buffet 4:30-8:30, Serving Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat Full Menu Available Mon-Thurs 11:30-9pm, Fri & Sat 11:30-10pm

623 French Road, New Hartford (315) 733-2709


NEW HARTFORD

Experience the taste of Naples!

Celebrating 50 years in business!

Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford (315) 724-0185 • www.laureyspizzeria.com

7 days a week: 11am-10pm

Craft Beer & Wine Available!

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Our Dining Area seats up to 35! Specializing in Authentic Neopolitan Pizza! Using only the highest quality ingredients! Pizzas only take 90 seconds in our 800+ oven!

8636 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford • (315) 864-3728

Mention this ad for Large cheese pizza and 20 wings Only $20.99!

“We are your home town pizzeria!”

Beer & Wine available!

past 5 years! Voted #1 pizza for

(315) 736-4549 • Open 7 days a week • 4462 Commercial Dr., New Hartford

Mon-Sat: 11am-9pm, Closed Sundays Menu online at: mangiamacrina.letseat.at

www.tonyspizzeriaanddeli.com

Locally Owned & Operated

1700 North James St., Rome (315) 336-1111 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm

PIZZA • WINGS • SUBS • EAT IN • TAKE OUT • FRIDAY FISH FRY!

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day

2634 Genesee St., South Utica (315) 724-6795 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm Dinner Wed - Sat 5pm-10pm

4784 Commercial Dr., New Hartford (315) 736-1363 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm

www.raspberriescafeutica.com • Facebook: Raspberries Rome / Raspberries Utica • Kids Menu Available


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Try our homemade pies!

Good Old-Fashioned Country Home Cooking Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner • Friday Fish Fry!

8218 State Route 28, Newport • (315) 845-8922

Mon: 6am-2pm; Tues, Thurs, Fri: 6am-8pm; Sat: 6am-2pm; Sun breakfast: 6am-noon Closed Wed • pattyjeansrestaurant@gmail.com

OLD FORGE

Specializing in the area’s only coal-fired pizza oven! Mexican & American Fare Sushi selections too!

Eat in or Take out

Featuring Daily Specials

127 North St., Old Forge

Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-9pm, Fri & Sat: 11:30am-10pm, Sun: 11:30am-8:30pm, Closed Mon • (315) 369-3141

Life is Good at The Ohio Tavern!

Oriskany Falls

Oneida

Fresh to you!

2755 826-5050 2755 State State Rt Rt.8,8,Cold ColdBrook, Brook,NY NY•13324 (315)•826-5050

Mon. 4 - 9pm • Tues. Wed. - Sun. 12&Noon Open Wed - SunClosed 12-9,•closed Mon Tues- 9pm Great Food • Great Spirits • Great Times

Catering Available Every Day

MARIO’S PIZZERIA 30 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE!

Homemade, Hand-tossed

Pizza! Calzones • Wings eat in or take out

Chesterfield’s

tuscan oven

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Catering available too!

Full Italian dinner menu! friday fish fry

Cold subs/Hot tunnels 184 N. Main St., Oriskany Falls

2184 Glenwood Plaza, Oneida

(315) 821-7288

(315) 361-9900 • Dining room hours:Tues-Wed: 3-9; Thurs-Sat: 12-9; Sun: 3-8; Closed Mon

Tues-Sat: 11-10, Sun: 11-9

ROME

There’s no place like Rome for the holidays!

Champagne Brunch

Banquets

8524 Fish Hatchery Rd, Rome, NY 13440 315-533-7710 www.deltalakeinn.com

Brenda’s Natural Foods Something Good & a Lot of It!

Featuring: Gluten-free options and homemade soups!

Natural Groceries • Supplements • Local Foods Organic Produce & Plants

236 W. Dominick St., Rome (315) 337-0437 M-F 9:30-6, Sat 10-3

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Weekend Specials! Haddock Specials

www.brendasnaturalfoods.com

Natural Food Cafe Now Open!

Weddings

Prime Rib Every Sat. Night!

Wood Fired za! Brick Oven Piz t Take Ou y! & Deliver

Authentic Homemade Pasta Available! 5 Signature Sauces To Create Your Own Entree!

(315) 33PIZZA

615 Erie Blvd. W., Rome Open M-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun 12-8

DiCastro’s BRICK OVEN


sharon springs

salisbury

The Country Store with More!

www.countrystoreny.com

Order your delicious fruitcakes & sugar plums!

Snacks, Beer, Pizza, Wings, Subs, Gas, Diesel, Non-Ethanol Gas, Gifts and much, much more!

Mon-Thurs 11-3, Fri-Sun 8-3 195 Main St., Sharon Springs (518) 284-2575

2114 Rte 29, Salisbury 315-429-3224 Open 7 Days a Week UTICA

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simple. fresh. delicious.

It’s Christmas time in the city!

Now serving wine & beer!

breakfast • lunch • espresso • pastries • cakes

Holiday Cookie Trays!

Signature Cakes, Grab-n-go cakes, Cookies, In-house Macarons, Pastries, Cheese Cakes & Pies

“Chaufan Mixto” A delicious medley of chicken, beef, vegetables, and rice Luisa Martinez - chef

1315 Genesee Street, Utica

(315) 864-3057 Open Mon & Tue 10am-10pm, Thurs-Sun 10am-2am, Closed Wed

53 Franklin Square, Utica • (315) 790-5747

Cafe Hours: Mon-Thurs 7-7, Fri & Sat 7-9, Sun 8-1 (breakfast only)

Bakery (at the back of Bite Cafe) 52 Seneca St, Utica

Bakery Hours: Mon-Sat 7-3, Sun 8-1 (bakery items available in cafe after 3pm)

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Sheri’s

EASTSIDE DINER Breakfast • Lunch Homemade & Fresh Daily!

Friday Fish Fry • Breakfast Served All Day

2199 Bleecker St., Utica (315) 790-5250 Mon-Thurs, & Sat 6-2, Fri 6-5, Sun 7-2

1st Floor

Breakfast, Lunch, “Grab-and-Go!” Deliveries, 8am-2pm Take Out & Catering!

Contemporary American • Private Functions • Reservations Recommended

Check out our weekly specials on facebook and at www.rososcafe.com

Open: Mon-Fri 9-2 185 Genesee St 2nd Floor, Utica

315 735-7676

900 Culver Ave., Utica • 315-765-0271 • Open Tues-Sat 4:30-9pm www.willowsofutica.com


UTICA

vernon

American & Italian Cuisine Serving Lunch & Dinner

~Merry Christmas~

H a n d m a d e - A l wa y s F re sh - N e v e r F ro z e n ! !

Handmade Italian Specialties: Assorted Regular And Gluten Free Cookies, Struffoli, Pitta 'nchiusa, Turdilli, Torrone, Croccante, Panettone And More!!

THE

BLACK STALLION

Call us to discuss your upcoming wedding or party

5656 Route 5, Vernon • (315) 829-2203

www.theblackstallionny.com Open 6 days a week for Lunch & Dinner, Closed Monday

Nothin’ Fancy Cafe

Shop Our Line Of Pasta, Sauces, Starters And Ready To Cook Meals; Other Local Products Too!! We Can Also Ship Our Products!!

-(315) 896-2173Contact Us For Your Open Monday -Through- Friday Holiday Catering 8:00AM -To- 4:00PM Needs: 4th Anniversary Open House: Greens, Eggplant “Parm”, Meatballs And Saturday, 12/2, From 9:00 AM!! More!! Plus Christmas Expanded Holiday Hours: Open Specials, Including Saturdays Through Christmas!! Stuffed Calamari!! -www.sammyandanniefoods.comNow Making Gluten Free Options Too!!

Family owned- The Vullo family has been catering to your menu needs since 1972!

Great Food • Great Service • Great people

Gluten Free Options!

Serving breakfast, lunch, & Friday dinners Eat in or take out • Catering available too!

Book your wedding, banquet, or party at our Event Center on-site (seats up to 200) Affordable 7,000 sq.ft., Wooden Dance Floor, We Cater or Bring your own!

10 Ruth St., Vernon • (315) 829-4500

Mon-Sat: 5:30am-3pm. Fri: til 8pm, Sun: 5:30am-1pm, Facebook: Nothinfancycafevernonny

WASHINgTON MILLS

Check Out The Great Specials at Route 69 Steakhouse! Whitesboro

RESTAURANT

LUNCH AND DINNER • DAILY SPECIALS • FRIDAY FISH FRY

Famous For Our Tenderloin Steak Sandwich

Call now to book your holiday party! • Banquet Room (Seats up to 35) Open at 11am, Saturday open at 4pm, closed Sunday & Monday

3963 Oneida St., Washington Mills • (315) 864-8149 Yorkville

Serving Lunch & Dinner Lunches Served Fri, Sat & Sun Happy Hour Daily 4-7, $2 Drafts & $2.50 Well Mixers Tues: $9.99 Prime Rib & $2.99 All U Can Eat Spaghetti Wed: Kids eat free w/each adult entree purchase, 10 boneless wings -$6.00 Thurs: All U Can Eat Chicken Riggies Sun: .60c Wings & $13.99 16oz Sirloin Dinner

Catering & Banquet Facilities Available

409 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro • (315) 736-7869 www.69steakhouse.com 60

THE STEAK & PICKLE

KARAM’S Middle Eastern Bakery & Restaurant

Traditional Lebanese fare for breakfast & lunch! Middle Eastern Specials and Groceries Pita and Flat Bread • Spinach & Meat Pies • Baklawa

Tues - Fri: 9am - 5pm, Sat: 9am - 3pm

(315) 736-1728 • 137 Campbell Ave., Yorkville www.karamsbakery.com

Serving Wine & Beer!


MV Comics Featuring Rome artist & “Bob the Squirrel” creator, Frank Page! Catch Bob every day in the Rome Sentinel or at www.BobtheSquirrel.com

315-853-5001 INC.

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STOREMADE:

Kielbasa, Sausage, Hams, Patties, Salads, Variety of German Style Frankfurters

The 4 Corners in Clark Mills

Tues-Fri 10-6, Sat 8-1, Closed Sun & Mon

The handyman’s choice since 1948

Bicycle Parts, Accessories & Clothing Repairs on All Makes & Models of Bikes Cross-Country Skis & Snowshoes

(315) 896-2631 Vanderkemp Ave., Barneveld

411 Mohawk St., Herkimer, NY 315-866-5571

Lumber • Doors • Windows • Mason’s Supplies Roofing • Insulation • Treated Lumber Mon-Fri: 7:30am-5pm, Sat: 7:30am-Noon

www.dickswheelshop.com

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mv living

antique shopping guide Spotlight on

Little Falls Fort Plain

SHOWCASE Antiques of CNY Little Falls

Antique Center

Mohawk

MOHAWK ANTIQUES MALL

Save the Date Saturday, December 9th

Christmas in Little Falls www.christmasinlittlefalls.com

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Celebrating our 19th year in business!

Attic Addicts The Queen’s Closet

Pristine, Practical, and Priced Right!

Specializing in estate sales, large and small.

Consignment at its Finest!

Clothing Jewelry Household Items Furniture

Conducted with respect and dignity. We take the pressure out of estate liquidation, moving, or downsizing.

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm Sat: 10:30am-3pm

Call for a consultation:

New consignment by appointment only

(315) 736-9160

22 Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville (315) 736-9160 www.thequeenclosetatticaddicts.com

Vintage & New!

Furniture, Home Decor, Jewelry, Clothing & Accessories Also consigning vintage, quality items.

Open Daily 10-5

Today’s New Modern

10242 Route 12N, Remsen

51 Franklin Square, Utica (315) 272-8800

(315) 831-8644

www.backofthebarnantiques.com

Open Wed-Sat: 11-6, Sun-Tues: call for appt.

BlackCat

ANTIQUES

A little bit country, a little bit primitive! Your destination for furniture, hand stenciled signs, vintage clothing, warm glow candles, silk arrangements & more!

Multi Dealer Antique Shop

Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories 14 East Main St. Earlville (315) 691-5721

Open Tues-Fri: 9-4, Sat: 9-2, Closed Sun & Mon

Canal House Antiques Multi-Dealer Shop

Specializing in antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, books, linens, and primitive rug hooking accessories

(315) 893-7737

Open Thurs-Mon 10-4, Closed the month of January

6737 Route 20, Bouckville, NY

Over 30 Vendors!

Wed-Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11-3 • (315) 264-1755

4803 Rt. 31, Vernon

Dawn Marie’s Treasures Merry ri h C stmas & Happy New Year!

Vintage, Gift & Gourmet 18 West Park Row, Clinton (315) 796-9099 • Open Mon-Sat 10-6

Shop Dawn Marie’s this Holiday Season! For your holiday gathering & decor: We have it! Cards, Candles, & Chocolates: We have it! Furs, designer bags, jewelry: We have it! Unique & affordable gifts for everyone: We have it!

Foothills

Mercantile Huge selection of antiques, vintage pieces, collectibles, glassware, furniture, accessories, and a rustic & country gift shop!

Holiday Open House

Fri. Dec 1st 10-7, Sat. Dec 2nd & Sun. Dec 3rd 10-5:30

337 Genesee St., Utica

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SHOP HOURS: Tues - Wed — 12 - 4 Thurs - Fri — 12 - 6 Sat — 12 - 5 Also by Appointment Closed Sun and Mon Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day

Like Us On Facebook!

Vendor Discounts, Door Prizes & Refreshments!

Open 7 Days: 10-5:30 • 8124 Route 12, Barneveld (315) 896-2681

55 Willett St., Fort Plain, NY • www.fortplainantiques.com • 518-993-1045 • 518-332-0395


The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick A multi-dealer shop specializing in advertising, petroliana, lamps, glass, furniture & quality smalls.

Look for our 1960s Texaco sign! (315) 893-7752

6790 Rte 20, Bouckville • www.thegallerycoop.com

The Gingham Patch Unique Decor for the Primitive Lover!

Many new holiday items, along with Primitive & Country Antiques! Closing for the winter Dec. 23rd at 3pm Reopening again in April!

Green Bag Weekend! Dec. 14th-17th 25% off Xmas Cards & Calendars! 3490 Pratts Rd., Bouckville • 315 893-7750 • Like us!

www.GinghamPatch.com • Hours: Thurs-Sat: 11am-5pm, Sun: 12-4pm

Little Falls

Antique Center More than 50 vendors on 2 floors! Canal Place, Little Falls Open Every Day 10-5 315-823-4309 www.littlefallsantiquecenter.com

NEWPORT MARKETPLACE Top Notch Garden Center Rt 28, 7583 Main St., Newport (315) 845-8822

OVER 56 VENDORS! NEW ITEMS ARRIVING DAILY!

Main Street Gift Shoppe

Newport’s Best Kept Secret for Primitive Gifts! Prim Trees, Santas, Snowmen, Candles, Lighting, Olde Century Colors Paint, Signs, Furniture & more!

Primitive Christmas Open House

Sat. Dec. 2nd and Sun. Dec. 3rd, 11:30am - 4pm Refreshments and Door Prizes! Bring a Friend!

7431 Main St Rt. 28 Newport, NY

OPEN: Wed-Sat 11:30am til 8pm (315) 845-8835 www.mainstreetristorante.com

Antiques • Vintage • Handcrafted Items • Alpaca Hats, Gloves & Socks Honey • Cheese • Natural & Local Foods • Grass-Fed Beef • Kombucha Local Maple Syrup • Organic Herbs • Muck Boots • Garden Gifts

Christmas Ornaments from Germany & Poland Custom Live Wreaths

Christmas Gifts

For those who crave the unique! Open 7 days a week at 9 • Gift Certificates Available • Like Us!

Over 160 Vendor booths and display cases!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th, 10-5

Christmas HOLIDAY PARTY

“Karaoke” Xmas music, the MAM Holiday train show, as well as MAM’s very own SANTA CLAUS! Come one, come all, for a day full of fun and excitement!

100 E. Main St., Mohawk (Thruway Exit 30)

(315) 219-5044 www.mohawkantiquesmall.com

MOHAWK ANTIQUES MALL

Mon, Wed-Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11:30-4:30 Closed Tuesdays


ONEIDA COMMONS

The Online Exchange

Vendor Mall

Over 40 Vendors

Tue-Sun: 10-5

Dec 7: LADIES NIGHT Wine Tasting/Gifts/More

Gifts • Home Décor Jewelry • AVON Antiques • Collectibles Local Artisans & Crafters Nelson Farms Local Foods 315-280-0577 157 Cedar Street, Oneida

oneidacommons.com

Minutes from I-90 & TS Casino!

We Can Help You Buy, Sell, and Trade Globally! Now an FFL dealer! O 6338 St. Rt. 167, Dolgeville

(315) 429-5111

www.TheOnlineExchange.Net Registered user of ebay

Antique & Unique! Buy • Sell • Trade

See The Man 54 N. Main St., Sherburne (607) 316-8463 • Open Wed-Sun

Purchase any Antique Ornament from our 10’ tree & you could win a $25 gift card! Nov. 24-Dec. 24

Join us for Christmas in Little Falls, Sat., Dec. 9th! “Spin the Wheel” up to 15% off! Complimentary Homemade Christmas Cookies & Coffee 75 Antique Dealers Quality Antiques, Collectibles, Furniture, Art and Jewelry

Showcase Antiques of CNY

375 Canal Place, Little Falls (315) 823-1177 Open Daily 10-5 • Handicap Accessible www.showcaseantiquesofcny.com

Victorian

THE POTTING SHED

Rose

ANTIQUES

Antiques make great gifts!

Check out our inventory and our House Sale Schedule: www.thepottingshedantiques.com

315-736-5214

Don & Nancy Hartman, 52 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro (Next to Kinney’s)

ernon Variety Shoppes

Antique & Variety Shoppes

5349 Route 5, Vernon (315) 829-2105 Open 10-5 every day

Painted and Repurposed

An eclectic mix of vintage, antiques, & home decor

6831 Indian Opening Rd., Bouckville

Open Daily 10-4 • (315) 893-1786

Vintage & Antique Furniture Open Fri, Sat & Sun 10-4 (315) 893-7162

3371 Maple Ave., Bouckville www.victorianrosevintage.com

A Multi Dealer Shop

Featuring 60 Dealers displaying a diverse array of antiques and collectibles.

315-337-3509 Open Daily 10-5, Closed Tuesdays

Located 4 miles North of Sylvan Beach

Weeden’ s Mini Mall

100 Shops Located under One Roof

8056 Route 13, Blossvale (315) 245-0458 Open 10-5 every day

Come Spend the Day With Us! Route 233 Westmoreland, NY 1/4 mile North of NYS Thruway Exit 32 www.westmorelandantiquecenter.com

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Herkimer county historical society

Adelaide Williams White

from Women Belong in History Books by Roberta Seaton Walsh

Freedom Farm Market Fresh-cut Christmas Trees, Handmade Wreaths and Swags, Poinsettias, Giftware, Home Decor, Candles, Mugs & More! Gift certificates available.

M-F: 10-7, Sat & Sun: 9-5 (315) 829-4880 4826 State Rt. 5, Vernon 66

In 1931, the New York State League of Women Voters presented a memorial tablet to the State of New York to hang inside the State Street entrance to the Capitol building commemorating the women foremost in the cause of women’s suffrage. The names of four women from Oneida County appear on the tablet: Miss Lucy Carlile Watson (Utica), Miss Janet Price (Rome), Mrs. Samuel J. Bens (Utica), and Adelaide Williams White (Rome). Adelaide Williams was born in September 1864 in Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, N.Y. She was the fifth child and third daughter of Dr. Julian T. Williams and Julia King Thompson. Adelaide attended Dunkirk Union schools and then one year at Vassar College. Adelaide had four sisters: Henrietta “Ella” Clarke

Order Your Christmas Floral Arrangements! Fresh or Silk Available!

Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Kissing Balls & Garland! Your Full Service Florist!

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Gift Cards! Gift Shoppe!

Open Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5 (Closed Dec 25th - Jan 31st) • www.michaelsgreenhouse.com

2774 Oneida St., Sauquoit, NY (315) 737-8181


Williams Scott (1854-1911), Jessie Carlisle Williams Hinkley (1858-1919), Mabel Walton Williams (18661946), and Geraldine Williams (1860-1867), and two brothers: Henry Kirk Williams (1856-1944) and Gerald Bismarck Williams (1870-1952). The Williams family was one of the earliest pioneer families of Chautauqua County. In 1820, Adelaide’s grandparents Dr. Ezra and Sarah King Clarke Williams left the relative civilization of Oneida County, intending to move west to Sandusky, Ohio. When their lake boat docked at Dunkirk, N.Y., Dr. Williams was so impressed with the area that he decided to settle right there. Adelaide returned to Oneida County in 1904 when she married Dr. Harry Draper White, a medical doctor and president of the staff of Rome Hospital. Dr. and Mrs. White were the parents of one daughter, Julia Kirke White, born in 1907. When Adelaide first became involved with the wom-

Naturewood Knoll

Tree Farm Open through Dec 23 Wed.-Sun., 10am - 6pm

2017 Season

Prince-Boyd & Hyatt

Trees, wreaths, greens, fine art, toys, ornaments, stocking stuffers!

(315) 823-1133

210 West Court St. Rome • 336-1510

See Santa!

Sat., December 2, 12-3

Presenting World-Class Music, Theater, & Dance!

Winter Choir Concert

Home For Funerals, Inc.

Home-like surroundings for your convenience & comfort.

2408 St. Rt. 169, Little Falls

en’s suffrage movement, the National American Woman Suffrage Association was the largest volunteer organization in the country with 2 million members. But, in 1913, when Alice Paul, a young Quaker social worker and her fellow activist split from that organization, Adelaide followed them when they founded the more militant Congressional Union for Women’s Suffrage and later the National Woman’s Party. Three area women helped solicit money for the National Women’s Party: Adelaide Williams White, Lucy Carlile Watson, founder of the Utica Political Equality Club, Mrs. Samuel J. Bens, also of Utica. Although they did not actually join Alice Paul in picketing the White House in 1917, they were part of a 50-member Mohawk Valley women’s group that supported her efforts to secure the vote. Adelaide Williams White was also the first president of the Political Equality Club of Rome, N.Y. On Sept. 1, 1914, the Rome Daily Sentinel reported that the club had

Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm

The Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers present a program featuring Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies and Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs.

Pre-arrangement Plans with prey-payment or no payment options.

Handicapped Accessible

Hamilton College Orchestra Winter Concert

www.princeboydhyatt.com

Friday, December 8, 7:30pm

Heather Buchman conducts the Hamilton College Orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great.”

These Winter Concerts are free & open to the public

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are sensitive to everything that occurs to them. And modern research is now supporting this, finding proof of many ways they do react to the environment, to us, and to each other.  Tim apologizes, and says he’s just giving them a haircut. What’s wrong with me?   Why am I so I hope we can gather what we need betired?  I’m not doing that much but feel fore snow lies on the branches.  Otherwise, sluggish and unpleasantly sleepy.  I think we must brush or shake off each piece we that our indoor air quality with wood heat in cut.  It’s cold.  It’s wet. It the winter is not so good.  I bundle up to go takes lots longer and out in the frosty cold to get some fresh air hurts our hands after a while.  and gather balsam for wreaths.  Balsam wreaths are our most popular I’m struck by the annual holiday gift for family and friends.  beauty of the frost I make them completely out of natural ma- edgings on the mosses terials, and we have many acres of supplies and chestnut-colored available.  It pleases us that it doesn’t kill grasses that crunch any trees or plants, and they’re completely beneath our boots. “I recyclable.  I guess it doesn’t contribute to should have brought the camera to take a picture the local economy, though! Though pruning can get tedious, it’s of this,”  I muse out loud. pleasant and easy to stroll around the edges “I got my first camera of our forests to snip six-inch ends off the for Christmas when I was branches.  Tim feels a little guilty, because about 10,” Tim reflects, although trees might seem like non-entities, “and took my first picture we see them as living things that react and right away.  No one was In 1974, Tim and Peggy Spencer Behrendt set off on an adventure. They began a new life in the woods of Cold Brook, NY, without modern conveniences like electricity or indoor plumbing. These are excerpts and reflections from Peggy’s journal chronicling their adventures and also her childhood memories growing up in Westmoreland.

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I’m warm, I start easing the willows into little circles to hold the balsam tips. “The Sally knows the basket maker’s thumb,” I say. It is an old basket maker’s adage.  “Sally” refers to the Latin for willow, “Salix.” Willows only bend cooperatively under an expert hand and thumb.  Although I teach others how to make these The men from Worden’s Music of Utica deliver a wreaths now,   I usually make the piano deep into the forest and over a narrow bridge wreath bases myself. Otherwise, they kink and break and I have to Sheet music of one of the old on hike out for more willow.           tunes on Peggy’s family piano. a huge, When I finish with these, I take noisy (and dangerous) lettera break by playing piano. I had to press with line-a-type. It won international muddy dismantle our big, old upright when awards, you know.” depressions make it hazwe tore off the south wall and put Tim chuckles and adds: “He seemed ardous and I don’t want a repeat of a bad glass in for passive solar heat. But, since I happiest in the print shop where there were sprain I got in my youth.  play music to earn money for Tim’s Sunday pretty girls around. He was always par- One year we received a beautiful, six- services and weddings, I need to be able to ticularly nice to me there and would even foot wooden toboggan from Santa. This practice.  Ray Humann, owner of Worden’s cheerfully give me money if I asked.” was a very exciting alternative to the old Music near the Stanley Theater in Utica, Tim heads for home and I decide to go wood sleds with steel runners, or the dent- was a member of our church and offered to my wild “Willow Mart” below the big ed, aluminum saucers we were sliding on. a piano that was an octave short on each Beaver Pond and gather some willows for But the first time out, careening down the end. Yes, it could fit in our now smaller cotthe wreath bases. As I cross the dirt road, steep meadows of Brockway Hill behind tage, would cost less than a full piano, and, I smell the pungent musk of deer.  I don’t my grandparents’ house on Welsh Bush especially important, they promised free particularly like this scent, but am pleased Road, I got thrown off and sprained my leg delivery! to know that they abide, and are safe here.  quite badly. I decided to stick to saucers “Woo-hoo!” A new piano! I can manMaybe I’ll see one! after that, and am now particularly careful age without the extra octaves, right? (But I A cool winter breeze has come up and the about keeping my feet under me. would miss them).  I don’t recall if we told sun peeks out between clusters of scuttling I start to feel cold, and hurry home bent Ray how far off the road we are.  Did I forclouds. The wide open feeling of the pond over with a feed sack on my back bulging get to tell him that the piano would have to and bright expanse of sky above is a wel- with boughs, and a big handful of willow be moved along a long, narrow path through come change from the cloistered tangibility withes under my arm. I truly feel like a a swamp and over an even narrower bridge of dense evergreen trees. I stop and breathe peasant, and it pleases me.  over a brook?  Then I thought, with a shuddeeply, filling my cells with this fresh air, Inside, the wood fire is blazing merrily.  der, “What if it falls into our creek?”   faintly warmed by winter sunshine, before Now, it’s my friend again, and I stand close Our bridge consisted of only two, 10-inch descending into the willow copses below.  I until I start to smell the fibers of my wool wide planks set side by side on cinder blocks.  have to move carefully here.  Hillocks from pants heating up. When the heavy rains of fall and spring grass clusters, roots, dead branches, and Tim has mint tea ready and as soon as came, the bridge sometimes floated down-

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men and women of WWII. They made it possible for us to pursue our lives in freedom, to feel safe, and have a voice in our government.  We are supremely grateful. Because we are free, we have been able to come here and try this lifestyle of minimal harm and impact on the earth, but it was lonely for us a lot the first years we lived here. We sometimes fantasized about friends moving into places nearby so that we could have the occasional companionship of friendly neighbors. We’d drive by an empty camp and imagine which old friend we’d like to see living there. That didn’t transpire, but something more wonderful did. When we bought land to save and protect, we set aside a few parcels to give to our children as their inheritance, and it was probably the smartest and most significant thing we ever did. Our son and his family came to live just up our road in a house he built on his.  Later, a daughter and her husband would also build a home, as well as a grandson and his wife. Because of this, we are blessed with their close companionship as we age.  We’ve been

able to watch their children grow up, and now, their children’s children. Of course, we’ve had troubles, but following Great Uncle Earl Hubbell’s advice, “Don’t get too involved,” and practicing forgiveness when needed, has made living so near to kinfolk mostly a positive experience and a source of joy and comfort. Sometimes we run into each other on walks up the road, and continue on for a while together, or stand around in the middle talking, because there’s no traffic to worry about. They, as well as family members who live elsewhere, share our affection for the pristine naturalness of Shawangunk and our commitment to protect these valuable forest wetlands for the sake of our precious earth and our fellow inhabitants. Love, respect, forgiveness, and accep-

Peggy and Tim often meet family on the road and walk together. Here, Tim walks with grandson Todd, his wife, Kim, and great-granddaughter, Sylvia, 2016 tance have kept us together as a family; through thick and thin, over great distances, and many days of our lives. •   The Shawangunk Nature Preserve is a deep ecology, forever wild, 501©(3), learning and cultural center. Tim and Peggy still live there and can be contacted through their website.

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Delis Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 32 LaFamiglia Bosonne’s Sausage, Utica . . . . . 32 Dentistry Neighborhood Family Dentistry, Utica . . . . 53 Diners Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 55 Charlie’s Place, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Sheri’s Diner, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Suzi’s Place, Bouckville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Dog Sitting Barney’s Angels, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . 65 Events, Entertainment, and Activities Fountain Elms, Victorian Yuletide . . . . . . . . 3 Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . 2 Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 7 Hamilton College Performing Arts . . . . . . 67 Herkimer College Presents Danú . . . . . . . 17 Little Falls, Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Remington Arms Museum, Ilion . . . . . . . . 17 Shop Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Stanley, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 View, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 68 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . 80 Farm markets North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . 43 Parker’s Clapsaddle Farm and Market, Ilion . . 47 Sunnycrest Orchards Market, Sharon Springs . . 73 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 64 Feed, Animal Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . 54 Fireplaces The Hearth Shup, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Firewood and Wood Pellets Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Fitness & Gyms Curves, Herkimer and Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Paragon Athletic Club, New Hartford . . . . . 74 Flooring D & D Carpets, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Florists Clinton Florist, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . 6 Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Funeral Services McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn, Utica . . 38 Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . 36 John Froass & Son, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 53 Garden Centers and Greenhouses Candella’s Greenhouses, Marcy . . . . . . . . 42 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . 43 River Road Greenhouses, Marcy . . . . . . 70 Sunnycrest Orchards Market, Sharon Springs . . 73 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 64 Gift Shops/Shopping Artisans’ Corner, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 21 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 63 DiBella’s Gifts, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Krizia Martin, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 64 Melinda’s Garden Barn, Richfield Springs . . . 37 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . . 64 Naturewood Knoll Tree Farm, Little Falls . . 14 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . . . 64 Oneida Commons, Oneida . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Remington Country Store, Ilion . . . . . . . . . 17 Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 50 The Tepee, Cherry Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 White Begonia, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Golf Courses and Driving Range Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 27 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . 59 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . 31 Kountry Kupboard, Madison . . . . . . . . . . 70 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 53 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 32 Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 36 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Poland Hardware, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Centers, Rome . . . . 8 Horse Boarding Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 12 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 44 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 9 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 26 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 42 Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 27 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . 31 Marble Road Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354 Lawn Mowers J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 45 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 33 Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . 72 Maple Syrup (see Produce)

Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 75 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 14 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 27 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 58 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 23 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 71 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 21 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 30 Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . 30 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 11 Pet Supplies Gemini Pets, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . Laurey’s Pizzeria, New Hartford . . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . Mario’s Pizza, Oriskany Falls . . . . . . . . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . .

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Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . . Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . .

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Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . 38 Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . 70 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 28 Meelan’s Meat Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . . 50 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . 15 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 44 Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 13 Sunnycrest Orchards Market, Sharon Springs . . 73 Three Village Cheese, Newport . . . . . . . . . . 16 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 24 Twin Orchards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 27 WintersGrass Farm Raw Milk, Sauquoit . . . 13 Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Heartworks Quilts, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . 48 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Real Estate Hunt Real Estate, Welcome Home Team . . . 31 Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . . . . 47 Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20


Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bite Bakery and Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . Black Cat, Sharon Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Black Stallion, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . Chesterfield’s Tuscan Oven, Oneida . . . . . . Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . . Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . Fat Cats, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . Heidelberg Baking Co., Herkimer . . . . . . . Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . Mi Casa, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nothin’ Fancy Cafe, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . Patty Jean’s Country Restaurant, Newport . . Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . The Pickle Boat Grill, Old Forge . . . . . . . . Quack’s Village Inn, Madison . . . . . . . . . . Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . The Steak & Pickle, Washington Mills . . . . . Sunflower Cafe, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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LAST MONTH’S riggie’s RIDDLE ANSWER The answer to last month’s “Harvest Riddle” is Succotash. This traditional dish is a descendant of a Native American corn soup made with the “three sisters”: beans, corn, and squash along with various meats. The winner, selected from all correct answers, is Elizabeth De Simone from New Hartford. She is spending her prize money at Peter’s Cornucopia and North Star Orchards.

Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 7 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 45 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Tree Services and Tree Farms Massoud’s Tree Farm, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . 52 Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Travel Agencies The Cruise Wizards, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 72 Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 27 So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Wellness Infinity Tree Healing, New Hartford . . . . . 13 Wineries Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . 51 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . . 44

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