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enjoying the lazy days OF

summer AUGUST 2018



On view through September 30

Sixteen original paintings including Cole’s masterwork Expulsion from the Garden of Eden This museum collaboration is made possible by Terra-Art Bridges, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art and Art Bridges, Inc. The exhibition is sponsored in part by The Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust; the Tianaderrah Foundation; The Clark Foundation; Fenimore Asset Management, Inc., through The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, and Lady Juliet and Dr. Christopher Tadgell.

PLUS SIX ADDITIONAL EXHIBITIONS THIS SUMMER FEATURING Photography by Edward Weston, The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, the Hamilton-Burr Letters, and more.

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Adults: $12, Members & Children (12 and under) FREE! Includes museum admission. Graciously supported by Mr. & Mrs. Alexander J. Shields with additional support provided by Bank of Cooperstown.


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Basking in deep summer. Long days and balmy nights. Breathing it in. This month we’re embracing summer. Gary inspires us to get out and explore by taking us on some family-friendly hikes in the Adirondacks. Melinda discovers what’s new at Fort Rickey in Rome, and Jorge enjoys old-fashioned country fare in Solsville. The Mohawk Valley Girl makes some sweet and hoppy stops in The Valley. Peggy takes us on the water this month, and her story ends with the beautifully bitter-sweet realization that summer will soon end. How quickly our spring eagerness to plant and garden and work on summer projects fades to letting a few of the weeds go and accepting some things the way they are. We overlook these chores in favor of going out to dinner, biking to the creek, reading a summer novel, or enjoying an outdoor concert. Even the birds that in spring were boisterously seeking mates, building nests, and raising their broods have quieted, surrendering their song to the growing drone of cicadas and katydids ‒ the entrancing serenade of summer. Deep breath. Chores can always wait until tomorrow. Besides, the October frost will kill all the weeds anyway. •


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The Black River Canal and the Forestport Feeder by Janice Reilly

The Black River Canal was built for two reasons: to provide shipment of goods – lumber, grain, hides, and potatoes – from the North Country and to provide water for the Erie Canal. A main feeder originated in Forestport and brought water from the Black River to the canal. In many places the canal was built up higher than the surrounding terrain. All of Forestport centered around the canal feeder, and in the 50 years during and following its construction (1837-1855), the village had grown from a few houses in the wilderness to a thriving community. The feeder, extending from Forestport to Boonville, was 11 miles long. It was “a canal unto itself and many pleasure boats piled the long stretches of the waterway especially on a Sunday afternoon,” Edward Fynmore (Images of America: Black River Canal) wrote. Daily passenger service on the packet steamer Ollie left Forestport at 9 a.m. and arrived in Boonville by noon. The feeder came from the back of the hill where the cemetery is in Boonville and emptied into the Boonville Basin, which was located near the swimming pool at Erwin Park. A break in this feeder could empty “the prism about as fast as pulling a plug in a bath tub” wrote Baker Fae in the Boonville Herald. During the last two decades of the 19th century, Forestport was a booming lumber town with at least a dozen saloons within a two-mile radius. A baseball bat was behind each bar–it provided law and order. The owner of one saloon that was on the town line between Forestport and Boonville used to move his bar from one end of his establishment to the other, depending upon which town had been voted dry at the time. Saloon owners had the law in the palms of their hands and, when the economy took a plunge, they decided to take the fate of the Forestport Feeder into their own hands as well. A “mysterious” break happened in 1897; repairs cost the state $65,000 and took a few months. Four hundred feet of the towpath bank and 50 feet of the

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feeder bottom went out. The following year – almost to the date – a second break occurred. It was close to the scene of the previous one and cost $50,000; a third in 1899, cost $17,000. Farm crops of oats and hay were lost as fields flooded. The city of Rome was threatened with a water famine on account of the big break in the feeder. Should fire break out, it would have been disastrous. Strong suspicions were that both breaks were man-made and inspired by persons – the saloon proprietors – who would benefit by having larger sums spent locally. The suspected sabotage forced authorities to hire the Pinkerton Detective Agency from New York City to investigate and find the culprits who were responsible. The detectives socialized incognito throughout the community. Agents discovered the saloonkeepers promised to pay men to undermine the towpath wall, hoping that an influx of workers would boost business at their establishments. Pinkerton found that saloonkeeper Charles O’Connor allegedly offered money to anyone who could damage the feeder enough to cause a break. He was arrested and sent to jail. Charley was 35 years old; he had no prior convictions. He was fined $500 or spend 500 days at Auburn Prison. He immediately paid the fine that he could easily afford. William James, a liveryman from Forestport, was arrested, and by November 1900, at least 10 other men stood trial and were convicted of aiding and assisting in the Forestport feeder breaks. Saloonkeeper Walter Baynor was sentenced to a year in Auburn; John Conley, hotelkeeper, received a year sentence; Cornelius Breen, a 46-year-old hotelkeeper, was fined $300 or 300 days and could fortunately pay the fine. Only one canal employee was arrested; he was a locktender by the name of Frank Bassett. Local boatmen who were unemployed were given the new construction jobs immediately, but 1,700 men were needed to work day and night shifts, and soon those who came first were hired. A Rome Sentinel reporter at the scene during the rebuilding of the feeder said that “strict discipline is observed.

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No man is allowed to speak above a low conversational voice. Swearing, either at men or horse teams, is forbidden. Every man has his place and certain work to do.” Men were paid $1.65 a day or 15 cents per hour – time and a half on Sunday. Those with horse teams were paid 35 cents an hour. The workers cashed their paychecks every day and spent their money at night. However, there was a major problem – a lack of accommodations. Hotels and boarding houses were overflowing and three in a bed was the rule in some places! “Finding that more men could be worked than be accommodated in the village, Supervisor Burke sent for Vincenzo Marrone of Utica to bring him a gang of Italians.” He constructed a house for them – a well-built house with plenty of sleeping rooms and outdoor cooking facilities. Marrone brought 85 of his countrymen to the scene. The Italians worked hard; they obeyed instructions; they were peaceable and quiet. Vincenzo Marrone, himself a saloonkeeper and importer of olive oil and wine, had also opened a small grocery store in 1891 on the busy Bleecker Street. His brother “Cash” Marrone operated a restaurant, bar and grill, and owned a hotel on Bleecker. The brothers were smart businessmen, and the small grocery business had grown into a large wholesale grocery company. Vincenzo seized the opportunity in Forestport, brought stacks of groceries and provisions and established himself in the northern community. He did a thriving business. Vincenzo later established the first Italian-owned bank in Utica, the People’s Bank. The Marrones were successful in banking, commercial, and civic affairs. By 1925, the Black River Canal was declared an abandoned waterway. Remains of the former canal locks are visible along State Route 12 outside of Boonville. •

When construction of the feeder canal was completed, the money flowing into Forestport subsided—that is, until mysterious breaks began occurring.

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The weekends from July 4th to Labor Day are jam-packed with special occasions and events to take advantage of our most fair-weather months. And with children and grandchildren home from school, July and August are also the months when so many in our region finally get away for vacation with their families. Our family is not an exception. For years now we have planned a week away in the Adirondacks – remote for the quietness but central to amenities and always a great view with a nearby beach for sunbathing or reading; a river or lake for fishing; trails to hike and mountains to climb. This year, the destination was Chestertown and the spot checked all the boxes. Part of the adventure at this location was satisfied with the discovery of a hiking challenge for the whole family. Called the Chester Challenge, the quest for a patch and bragging rights involves completing six of eight hikes or climbs that were selected by the founders as family-friendly. We picked three mountains and three level trails. A link for a PDF of this challenge is below. Not everyone finished, but everyone agreed the mountains with their great lookouts were the most enjoyable. Kipp Mountain, Stewart Mountain, and Meade/Beckman Mountain all offered views of Loon Lake. The Meade/Beckman combination proved the most strenuous, since almost all of the elevation gain to the summit occurred at once! Stewart Mountain was the most “family-friendly.” Our 2-year-old grandson was able to do almost the entire climb under his own power – his very first mountain – and it was a joy to hear him say with excitement, “I’m hiking!” Among the options of level trails are different length loops making it possible for hikers of most ages to participate. The Cougar Nature Trail has three loops – the Cub, the Eagle, and


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Story and photos by Melinda Karastury The belief that “children who experience the joy of kind and gentle interaction with wild animals are more likely to grow up to be adults who care about protecting wildlife” is the mission of The Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo. This unique discovery zoo provides care for animals and a healthy, clean outdoor experience for families. Fort Rickey Zoo specializes in smaller, more accessible animals, as well as a wide variety of animal species from all over the world. A few of the many residents are the African pygmy goats, lemurs, llamas, peacocks, tortoises, and snakes. A favorite feature is a new slide and pond for otters Nip and Tuck. DiCastro’s Brick Oven in Rome sponsored the designing, engineering, and building of this renovated exhibit. The otters enjoy sunbathing, sliding, and playing together. Our hearts sing as we enter the maternity ward where baby pygmy goats frolic. The children all take a seat to embrace and snuggle the goat kids. We venture to the slithery snake area. Here, the children ask questions about boa constrictors. Then they get the unique opportunity to

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touch and take a group photo with a boa. Fort Rickey is a great place to bring your own picnic. We lay out two blankets under a couple of shady trees and enjoy lunch as we listen to the endless variety of animal calls. A couple of peacocks and a chicken circled around us, amusing the kids. The male peacocks put on a show for the lady peahens--a must-see courtship ritual. A favorite among the group is Boomer, the new albino wallaby. The zoo is home to Gummy, the oldest spider monkey of her kind EVER. She was born in Colombia 56 years ago! A heartfelt community hug and con-

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Some time ago, a work friend suggested I check out The Sweet Spot in Dolgeville. I had a chance to do that recently and it is, indeed, a sweet spot! It is a small cafe with a table out front and a few more inside, as well as two cushy chairs near a magazine rack. I like a place that invites you to linger. I noticed some flowers on the windowsill, which added a nice touch. I ordered an iced coffee with vanilla flavoring topped with whipped cream while Steven got his usual regular coffee with cream and sugar. There were a number of delicious-looking treats in the glass display counter. “Do you make all the baked goods here?” I asked. The lady behind the counter told me that the owner made the turnovers, scones, and filled cookies in house, but the donuts came from the Friendly Bake Shop in Frankfort. “Ooh, that’s a good place, too,” I said. I decided on something made right there, though, so I chose a blueberry turnover. Steven had a scone. We sat at a table to enjoy our treats. A lady at a nearby table was warning her companion to not touch the cookie on the plate she had just set down. I think it was one of the raspberry-filled ones. The man pointed out that the plate was on his side of the table. “I’d stay away from that cookie if I was you,” I advised him. In my experience, you do not want to get between a woman and her sweet treat. The Sweet Spot also offers sandwiches and daily specials, so we will have to return to lunch some time. It is a nice little hometown spot with good coffee, friendly service, and yummy treats! •

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Crazy Williez Brewery by Cynthia Quackenbush

I had been wanting to check out Crazy Williez Brewery for a while. It just looked like a fun spot. We finally drove out on a Saturday afternoon and enjoyed it quite a lot. Steven and I were lucky enough to get our friend Kim Darling to drive. She has GPS, although I imagine we could have found it without. We drove over country roads and I enjoyed the views. As we got out of Kim’s vehicle, we saw two chickens stroll across the cement porch in front of the place. “This place is awesome!” I exclaimed. I walked over to the side of the building, watching where the chickens went. A young man came out of the brewery and asked if we were coming in. “Oh, yes,” I said. “We’re city folk,” I added, to explain my interest in the chickens. People were sitting at the bar as we walked in, but seating at several tables was available. We walked around, checking out the rustic charm of the place. Steven and I also had a mini cupcake from a box of them on a shelf. By the time we were done examining the place and taking a few pictures, some people were leaving, so we got to sit at the bar, my favorite spot. We ordered a flight of eight beers, figuring we’d split them amongst the three of us. After all, we’re not unsociable. Beer by other area breweries is also available. In addition to Crazy Williez, we tried beers from Brown’s Brewing Company, Erie Canal Brewing, Good Nature Farm Brewery, Empire Brewing, Mill House Brewing, and Critz Farms. I asked the fellow pouring if he was Crazy Willie and found out that there is no Crazy Willie, that it is just the logo drawn by one of the co-owners. Our pourer was co-owner and brewmaster Mark DeLore. The young man who had greeted us at the door was Mark’s son, Kyle. Mark said his beard led many people to believe he was Crazy Willie, but I must say Mark’s bead is much more neatly kept. I took copious tasting notes. Of course, my beer tasting expertise is even less than that of my wine tasting, so my notes had a lot of “yummy” and “I like that.” I noted a “nice little aftertaste” for Erie Canal Brewing’s American Warrior Pale Ale. In addition to loving the name, I felt that Crazy Williez’ Orange is the New Beer

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Today is a sad day for me. It’s sad because I have to make some hard decisions…decisions I don’t want to make. I have to decide which of our goats and sheep should be culled from the herd. If you haven’t heard of the term, the word “cull” in agriculture means to remove or reject unwanted or unproductive animals or plants. It doesn’t sound very nice, but it’s necessary for many reasons. First and foremost, farming is a business. And like any business, farmers must pay attention to their bottom line. Older animals are often culled from the herd because they are not as productive as they once were, either not producing enough milk or not successfully rearing enough offspring to make them profitable. Secondly, removing a portion of the stock frees up resources like food and water for those that remain. If you have ever planted carrots, there’s a point at which you had to “thin” or cull out some of the sprouted plants so that the remainder will have room and a chance to grow to the proper size. Leaving all your sprouted seeds to compete for sun, space, and water gives you a bunch of really scrawny carrots! But deciding who is worthy of staying and who is not “pulling their weight” is particularly hard for me. I allow little things like, “Oh, but I like her spots!” or “She looks just like her grandmother” to cloud my judgment. I’ve kept some favorites for far too long, telling myself that they deserved a good retirement. Evelyn was one such animal. One of the first goats on our farm, she was the first to give birth here. She and I learned together how to manage goat labor and delivery, how to tend to newborns and to sore teats. She was a fantastic mother and would coo a soft “dut-dut-dut” to her children—and to me when I called her name. I loved milking her; I would often place my ear on her side as I squeezed milk into the bucket, listening to the sounds emanating from her four stomachs. (It was like a symphony in there!) If she was agitated at milking time, I would sing “You Are My Sunshine” to her and we would slip into the rhythm of milking like old friends. Evelyn was able to retire here, and lived to a ripe old age until she passed away in her sleep this last spring. I still miss her very much. Of course, not all of our animals can hold such a unique place in my heart. That doesn’t make the culling decision any less heartbreaking, though. For example, one ewe on my list simply must be culled. Due to scar tissue in both sides of her udder, she cannot make any milk and therefore cannot rear any babies.


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Evelyn in the snow That little fact had slipped my busy, scattered mind until she had twins this last week. By the time I had put two and two together, both babies had missed getting colostrum and were weak from starvation. Despite my best efforts, both quickly passed away. I can only blame myself for such sloppy animal husbandry. And it’s such a shame—this ewe produces big, beautiful babies and with her loving attention and protective nature, is one of the best mothers I’ve ever seen. She just can’t produce any milk. Maddening, isn’t it? There are other reasons to cull, too. This long dry spell has meant a major delay in our second cutting of hay. Our hayfields are downright crispy! Farmers throughout the Mohawk Valley are sweating over whether they’ll have enough forage to feed their animals this winter…which may mean having to sell animals to either match hay stored away or to raise money to buy more feed. And then there’s the worst-case scenario that many dairy farmers especially have been facing during this long period of low milk prices: having to sell animals just to pay their bills. So, where do cull animals go? Ours most often go to an auction barn, where they are either bought for meat or by other farms looking for bargain breeding stock. Either way, I never know their fate and that makes me dislike the culling decision even more. If enough farmers cull aggressively in response to low milk prices or lack of feed, the market gets flooded and drives auction prices down. The ole’ rule of “supply and demand” never takes a vacation. Unfortunately, the alternative—doing nothing—is not an option. If I don’t “thin” my carrots, I won’t get any good carrots. If I don’t manage my flock, I’m guaranteed to lose money. It is decisions like these that make me wonder whether I have the fortitude and self-discipline to be a good farmer. Every once in a while, the best of both worlds come together and I can find a loving home for these animals. Sophia, an older goat that had given me many productive years, was appearing a little worn out and haggard (like me after a long day!) and I decided it best not to have her bred again. I ended up finding a wonderful home for her with a retired couple and one lonely little pony…it was a match made in heaven! •

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Cauliflower a Great Container Plant! By Denise A. Szarek Mark Twain called cauliflower “a cabbage with a college education.” Cauliflower is one of the many cabbage-related “cole crops” that revel in cool weather. Cauliflower has a very distinct nuttiness, closer to broccoli in flavor. The main edible part of both cauliflower and broccoli is the flower buds, making them both edible flowers. Since cauliflower is very sensitive to temperature changes it is not the easiest veggie to grow. However, with a little attention to detail you can have some delicious varieties of cauliflower from your own garden. The white varieties need to be blanched, by covering the head with its leaves. The purple varieties get their color from anthocyanin, an antioxidant. Unfortunately, both the color and the benefits disappear with cooking. And a happy accident leads to the orange cauliflower, which have a higher percentage of beta-carotene. Growing Cauliflower Plants will grow best in full sun (at least six hours), although a little partial shade might prevent plants from bolting or budding in warmer weather. Most cauliflower varieties require 60 days to mature; we in the Mohawk Valley need to choose varieties that are fast maturing to grow in our short season. Harvest when the heads reach desired size and while the buds are still tight. Don’t leave them too long or the flowers will open. It’s better to cut and freeze them for later use. Cauliflower can also be grown in pots. While it’s a large veggie, its roots are surprisingly shallow. If you have a container wide enough to accommodate the plant, you can definitely grow this tasty, nutri-

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The fireworks we enjoyed in July were fun, but this month offers some worthy competition. How about the best meteor shower of the year that will send bright “shooting stars” streaking across the night sky, a smoky Milky Way so dense it looks like a long cloud bank, and a spectacular parade of planets? Get ready for the summer skies of August! Let’s start with meteors. The Perseid meteor shower is the result of debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle. The comet is 16 miles across, and zooms along at an astounding speed: 132,000 miles per hour (or 36 miles a second). It takes 133 years to make a complete orbit around the Sun, following an elliptical path that takes it out past Pluto and into the Kuiper belt. During its journey, the comet sheds material and leaves a trail of debris. Every August the Earth travels through that debris field, and the small pieces of dust, ice, and rock literally heat up and glow when they hit our thick atmosphere. The Perseids are known for bright colorful fireballs and long streaks. We can expect to see some meteors all month, but the best night (“peak”) is August 12. Luckily, there will only be a thin, crescent shaped Moon, so the sky will be quite dark. Look toward the northeast and constellation Perseus. It is the Perseids’ namesake and the place where most meteors seem to originate, although meteors can appear anywhere in the sky. It’s possible we could

see as many as 100 meteors per hour, especially between midnight and dawn! Next is an interesting reMilky Way and Perseid meteors gion that looks like a bright, Image credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls foggy band stretching from the northeast to the southand at only 35.8 million miles away it will west. It is the Milky Way be brighter than Jupiter for the first few galaxy, home to Earth and everything in weeks of Credit: August! dust storm continues our solar system, along with more Hanny’s than Voorwerp. Image NASA,AESA, W. Keel, Galaxy Zoo Team to cover the entire planet, changing the col100 billion stars, planets, moons, comets, or from the usual reddish-brown to a light asteroids, gas, and dust. The Milky Way orange/salmon hue. is a barred-spiral galaxy shaped like a To enjoy these many wonders, all you pinwheel with arms curving out from the need is your eyes, a comfy chair or blanket, center. We are in one of those arms. That some snacks, and a place away from street foggy region we see is the arm, and the lights. It takes our eyes about 20 minutes brightest area near constellation Sagittarto adapt to darkness so we can see faint obius in the southwestern sky is the center jects. Want to create a fun family tradition? bulge of the galaxy. Hold a Perseid meteor counting party! It’s And last but not least, our favorite plana great way for kids and adults to learn the ets appear all month. Look for bright white night sky and enjoy cosmic shooting stars Venus in the western sky at sundown, visias they streak across the summer sky. Oh, ble until around 10 p.m. Next, look southand don’t forget the bug spray! • west for big and bright Jupiter, visible until midnight. If you have either binoculars or a telescope you can easily see four of the Join MVAS at 7:45pm-11:30pm, planet’s 67 moons, and perhaps the two Saturday, August 4, for the dark bands near the equator. Continuing toward the south is beautiful golden Satastronomy presentation “Beyond Our urn, which seems to be hovering above the Horizons” and stargazing at top of the “teapot” in constellation Sagitthe Prospect Library, tarius. Then there is planet Mars, rising in the 915 Trenton Falls Rd., Prospect. southeastern sky at sundown. Mars made The event is free. its closest approach to Earth in late July,

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I’m not sure if sacred is the right word to describe what the Hooded Warbler’s breeding grounds were to me, but I think I’ll go with it. The two men trampling around in the brambles where the warblers were nesting were desecrating a holy site. Of course, I didn’t own the land and so I had no right to say what legal activities could happen there. As for illegal activity, I could do something about that. I could make a citizen’s arrest. If the men were collecting birds without a permit, they would be in violation of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. I steeled myself for a confrontation. I put on my toughest and most official expression. As I took my first step toward the outlaws, I immediately tripped over the eroded gap in the center of the foot trail and went down into the brambles face first. Talk about projecting an air of authority! There’s nothing like a little slapstick humor to break the ice before one makes an arrest. Unfortunately, there was no way the bird-stealing ringleader missed my pratfall. His eyes were on me as I quickly heaved myself back to my feet and then, with great dignity, plucked the prickers out of my hair. “Aye, you’ve got a ruddy great gash on your noggin, mate” said one of the men in an almost cartoonish Australian accent. He was right, I had a cut on my forehead and it was bleeding down my face. I had heard about the illicit trade in our native reptiles – people going around pilfering our turtles and snakes and selling them on the international black market. The ill-gotten animals were being used for food and medicines. Were Australians now coming to our shores and pilfering our Hooded Warblers? Wait a minute, I recognized that voice; I knew the man. His

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needed to convince our parents to let us leave the safety of our backyards and trek into uncertainty. The game plan was simple, genius ... or so we thought. We would just lie, convincing our parents we were camping out at each other’s houses. Foolproof. The next day, as we rode our bikes up the hill and along the trails leading to the woods, our eyes were drawn to Albany Hill in the distance. It seemed miles away, but in reality, it was no more than a mile, but the thick brush and woods seemed impenetrable. We were determined, drawn to the unknown that was on the fringes of our comfort zone. The four of us made a pact. David, a year younger than me, Manny and Tom, who were a year older, agreed the we would set out the next day on our epic summer adventure. At least that was the plan. That whole day we prepared, packing our backpacks with a small tent, sleeping bags, our Cub Scout mess kits and canteens. We raided our parents’ refrigerators stocking up on hot dogs, rolls, and mainly junk food. I can’t remember if we had enough supplies for a month or an hour, but we were convinced we had more than enough to make it through the long, scary night. Our plan was to leave early in the morning after our parents left for work. We were to meet at David’s, since he was closest to where we would enter the woods. Of course, not everything went as planned as David told his younger brother and he, in turn, told David’s mom, and she forbade him from partaking in our quest. So, the remaining three of us left before anyone knew we were missing. David, however, followed us on his bike for the first part of the hike until the brush became too thick for him and he turned around. We continued on and marched through the rolling fields thick with overgrown weeds and grasses. We quickly reached the base of the rocky, tree-covered hill. It had a rather steep incline and was covered with fallen dead trees, making the hike treacherous. As far as we

could see, there were green trees and fields of brown sun-burnt brush. When we looked in the distance to the north, there was another hill that was the other side of the Mohawk Valley. That would be our view for the entire trek up the embankment. The hill also provided an unencumbered view of the sky that went from a bright blue summer sky to dismal gray and overcast in a matter of minutes. Not to be deterred, we climbed on. Traversing the hill, we had no idea where we were going or when the cave may surface. We could only go on the details provided by wise and sage Joe, who at 14 years old knew everything. Finally, we reached the summit. The view was incredible. We were mesmerized by how vast it was, but also concerned because those gray skies were now turning a menacing black. Should we turn back? It was still morning, so we thought that we would carry on. Hiking the ridge, we continued. Raindrops were now pelting the leaves above us. The footing was still good, but heavy rains would make for sloppy going and with steep hills, it could be dangerous. We were not frightened easily and our curiosity was stronger than our better judgment. Finally, off in the distance we saw what looked like the entrance to a cave. We marched on until our excitement got the better of us and we broke into a jog. Our canteens and mess kits clanged into each other and our backpacks loosened from the hike were now in disarray, but with our goal so close we forged on. We had no map or guide other than our memory, but we made it. Or did we? It looked like a cave. It wasn’t at all what we expected. It was a craggy outcrop of stone. Maybe 15 feet deep. Graffiti covered the walls. Remnants from previous bonfires covered the stone floor, but right now it provided us much needed shelter from the incoming storm. Our plan was to start a fire and set up camp, but the winds began to howl and the rain came in sheets. We stayed relatively dry and safe under the cover of the cave, but starting a fire was impossible. We celebrated

...he and his friends refused to enter the cave because they feared what was beyond.

Look for a new book by Tim Flihan coming soon!

Tim Flihan is a life-long Utican who currently resides in Frankfort, NY with his wife, Leslie, and dog Cooper. Tim graduated from Proctor High School in Utica, NY and with a BS from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY with a degree in Behavioral Science.

Located at the


Kountry Kupboard II A division of Earley Farm & Hardware, Inc.

“Always a Great Deal More at the Kupboard!” Deli • Bulk Foods & Cheese • Chocolate Items Daily Lunch Specials • Daily Fresh Baked Goods Phone (315) 893-7437 Fax (315) 893-1854

Open M-F 8-5, Sat 8-4, Closed Sundays

Route 20 in Madison, New York 52

by eating a box of Hostess Cupcakes and a bag of potato chips—ecstatic just being there. We spent the next hour talking about our trip and how proud we were of ourselves. We also had a bird’s eye view down the valley; we watched as the winds finally died down and the rains and skies cleared. Our attempts to set up a tent proved futile on the hard rocks. Our sleeping bags were soaked from the downpour and the hot dog rolls were turned to mush. It was still early in the day, but it became apparent that we would not be able to set up a suitable camp. We all agreed that we should get home before our parents came home from work; besides, it was only a matter of time when word got out of our adventure. David was a witness to our conspiracy and his mother, Dorothy, would surely be on the phone informing our parents of our digression. It’s how we all stayed safe back then. Parents from our neighborhood co-parented. We were all given enough rope to grow, but that same rope was used to reel us in when needed. This was one of those cases. So, in our infinite wisdom, we repacked our bags, finished our snacks, and headed back. Ultimately, our entire adventure took us around six hours. We walked out of the trails around 3 in the afternoon and made it home and showered before our parents even knew we were gone. I was a little disappointed because it was not the mysterious cave we had expected. I doubt there ever was a hermit named Perry, but that is the legend and story. I still see the “cave” every winter. If you drive south on Ferguson Road in Frankfort and look high up into the hill you can see it. There are no leaves concealing its existence, just a rocky outcrop jutting out of the face, jogging the memory of a simpler time when kids could explore and learn their way. As in life, we had no map. We made our way, made mistakes, and came out the better for it. •

Shoppes at the Finish Line

Mon: 9:30-8, Tues - Fri: 9:30-5 Sat: 10- 4

Goof Off Day, Wed., August 8, 10-4

We will be making “LOVE”, a wonderful little lap quilt AND additional wall quilt. The class is free with the purchase of supplies. Join us; the world needs more love.


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Nothing’s finer than...

Freddy’s Diner



“Home cookin’ at it’s finest!”


Friday Fish Fry!

•Daily breakfast

& luncheon specials •Ask about our family bowling special!

Serving breakfast and lunch daily

6798 State Rt. 20, Bouckville

8125 Rt.12, Barneveld, NY

(315) 893-4044 • Open Mon-Sat 6-2, Sun 6-Noon

(315) 896-2871 Open early everyday! CASSVILLE

Don’t forget the Wednesday Night Cruise-ins at Freddy’s!

Now r n fo Ope er! Dinn

Friday Fish Fry: 11:30am-8pm

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

Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu

Serving Perry’s soft custard starting in May! Catering and Banquet Facilities (up to 100)

& Ice Cream Too!

101 Ford St., Boonville (315) 942-4359

1717 Route 8, Cassville (315) 839-5000

Open Wed, Thurs, Sun: 8-8, Fri & Sat: 8-9:30

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



Primo Pizza at the Kettle

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


The Most Unique Upside Down Pizza You Ever Tasted!

Celebratinign Weekday Specials 10 Years ! Tues- 20” X-Large Cheese Pizza . . . . $9.95 Clinton Wed- Small Cheese Pizza & 20 Wings . . . $15.95 (Toppings 2.25 ea, X-Cheese 2.95)

Thurs- 2 Large Cheese Pizzas . . . . . $16.95 (plus tax /toppings extra)

How do you like your omlette? Made to order at Charlie’s Place! 56

Every Day Specials

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

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

7756 Route 5, Clinton Located next door to Spaghetti Kettle




Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! Window Service and Take Out • Outside Seating!

Alex's Fat Boy 1/2 lb. burger! 2 for Tues. Hoffman Hot Dogs!


The Unicorn is here!

Super giant shakes! Loaded fries! The

Casual American Cuisine

good food, good wine, good friends, good times

Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor since 1974! 264 East Main Street, Frankfort, NY

Open Mon-Fri: 6am-10pm, Sat & Sun: 7am-10pm (315) 894-4054

little falls


Roasted fresh daily on site! Come taste the difference!

123 Mohawk St., Herkimer • 866-1746 Open 7 days a week! 11am-9pm

Breakfast and Lunch

70 Otsego St., Ilion

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

Est. 1982 Open Daily 7am-3pm

Quality Food - Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere Offering Daily Specials!


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

Traditional French & American Cuisine Owner/Chef James Aufmuth

Fine Dining • Lounge Grill Menu • Bed & Breakfast We use seasonal products from local and regional farmers and artisan producers. Serving fresh, sustainable seafood and fish.

Catering & Banquets too! (315)533-7229

5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center

Located at historic Canal Place, Little Falls (315) 823-1170

Wed & Thurs 3-9, Fri & Sat 11:30-9, Sun 11:30-8, Closed Mon & Tues

Serving dinner Tues-Sat at 5pm



in a historic hotel and former stagecoach g stopp at the Hotel Solsville - Dining Room Open: Lounge Fri - Sat 4-9pm and in our Loun nge Full Menu Available!

9663 River Rd., Marcy

- Open for Lunch -Tavern Menu - 7 Days a Week from 11am - Country Style Dining

Your Hosts: The Dixon Family since 1992

Soft and Hard Ice Cream!

19 Flavors of Hard Ice Cream 33 Flavors of Soft, Flurries & Milkshakes

- Comfort Food Special - Friday Fish Fry - Saturday Night Prime Rib Buffet

7243 Valley Rd Madison · 893–7698

Take Out & Delivery!

PLUS Fresh Haddock • Giambotta Mushroom Stew • Chicken & Biscuits Meatloaf Goulash & More!

Call for our summer hours 797-7709


Homemade comfort foods Full menu available til 2am!

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


Nova Scotia Clams served all day! Live Entertainment 7-10pm

Taste of Summer! Citrus Sangria at Killabrew!

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



All-you-can-eat Lunch Buffet $9.95! Mon-Sat: 11:30am-3pm

Phoenician R E S TAU R A N T

All-you-can-eat Dinner Buffet $12.95! Tues & Wed only

Enjoy authentic Lebanese Cuisine

Eat In Or Take Out • (315) 797-9918 • 609 French Rd, New Hartford NY Open 7 days a week for Lunch, Dinner served Mon-Thurs: 5-9, Fri & Sat: 5-10 Sun Hours: Lunch: 12-3, Dinner: 4:30-9 •

Voted #1 Best of the Best for pizza and wings, tomato pie, and chicken riggies!

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

“We are your home town pizzeria!”

past 5 years! Voted #1 pizza for

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

Locally Owned & Operated

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

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day

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

4784 Commercial Dr., New Hartford (315) 736-1363 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm • Facebook: Raspberries Rome / Raspberries Utica • Kids Menu Available

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Fresh to you!

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

Life is Good at The Ohio Tavern!

Mexican & American Fare Sushi selections too!

Eat in or Take out

Summertime is a great time for an Adirondack hike. Stop in to The Pickle Boat for a break.

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


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

Natural Food Cafe Now Open! Featuring: Gluten-free options and homemade soups!

Natural Groceries • Supplements • Local Foods Organic Produce & Plants

Champagne Brunch



8524 Fish Hatchery Rd, Rome, NY 13440 315-533-7710

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

Restaurant • Ice Cream Parlor

Weekend Specials! Haddock Specials

Prime Rib Every Sat. Night! OPEN DAILY 11am-10pm End of N. Madison Street at Ridge Mills, Rome • (315) 339-2622

Entertainment Schedule 2018 August 3, 6-9pm: Matt Chase • Country August 10, 5-9pm: Loco Brothers • Classic Rock August 17, 6-9pm: Fritz’s Polka Band • Variety August 24, 6-9pm: The Nelson Brothers • Country August 26, 5-9pm: The Swamp Drivers • Rock/Funky/Bluesy/ Drivin/Dance Music August 31, 5-9pm: Gary Johnson • All Requests Live All entertainment is weather permitting! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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 Try the Mediterranean pizza at DiCastro’s! Grilled marinated chicken, sundried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh basil atop a citrus Mediterranean base topped with feta & mozzarella cheese!




The Country Store with More!

DRIVE-IN Open 7 Days a Week!

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

n u f r o f s u n i Jo ! r e m m u S l al ows and so much more! Woof Nites, Car Sh

A family tradition since 1963! A local favorite for simply delicious family fare, great sandwiches, and delicious ice cream.

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

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



simple. fresh. delicious. breakfast • lunch espresso • pastries • cakes

10101 Dustin Rd (Route 12) Remsen (315) 831-5181

Another reason to head north, Bite in now in Old Forge too!

Visit our New Location Open in Old Forge! Hours: Mon-Thurs 7-7, Fri & Sat 7-9 Sun 8-1 (breakfast only)

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


EASTSIDE DINER 1st Floor Breakfast, Lunch, “Grab-and-Go!” Deliveries, 8am-2pm Take Out & Catering! Check out our weekly specials on facebook and at

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

315 735-7676 60

Breakfast • Lunch Homemade & Fresh Daily!

Shop Our Ready To Cook Meals, Handmade Pasta, Sauces And More!! Also Try Our Handmade Cookies And “Pusties”, Always Fresh, Never Frozen!! Visit Us Online For Our Daily And Catering Menus!!

Friday Fish Fry • Breakfast Served All Day

2199 Bleecker St., Utica (315) 790-5250 Monday-Saturday 6-2, Sunday 7-2

Open Monday Through Friday 8:00AM To 4:00PM


Contemporary American • Private Functions • Reservations Recommended

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


Breakfast & Lunch Catering Available

Breakfast Sandwiches Deli-Style Wraps/Sandwiches Salads, Soups & more! Homemade Baked Goods & Multi-Color Bagels - a kid’s favorite!

Free Delivery(min. $20) • Family Owned & Operated!

219 N. Genesee St., Utica

(315) 790-5353 • M-F: 6-4; Sat: 7-3; Sun: 7-2


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

Nothin’ Fancy Cafe

American & Italian Cuisine Serving Lunch & Dinner THE


KARAM’S Middle Eastern

Great Food • Great Service • Great people

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

Call us to discuss your upcoming wedding or party

5656 Route 5, Vernon • (315) 829-2203 Open 6 days a week for Lunch & Dinner, Closed Monday


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


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: Little neck clams $5.99 a dozen, 10 boneless wings $6.00 Thurs: All-U-Can-Eat Chicken Riggies Sun: .60c Wings at bar & $14.99 16oz Sirloin Dinner

Catering & Banquet Facilities Available

409 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro • (315) 736-7869

80 years serving the Mohawk Valley! Visit our three Locations:

The Utica Zoo • Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville Ilion Marina, 190 Central Ave, Ilion 61

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antique shopping guide Munnsville

August 13-19, 2018

Between Us Sisters

Cider House Antiques & Campground

Canal House Antiques

Valandrea’s Madison


The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick



Earlville Jewett’s Cheese



See The Man


Celebrating our 19th year in business!

Attic Addicts The Queen’s Closet

Antiques & Art Barneveld Vendor Mall

Thurs-Monday 11-6 • 315-896-5115

8010 Rt 12, Barneveld 62

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Pristine, Practical, and Priced Right!

Specializing in estate sales, large and small.

Conducted with respect and dignity. We take the pressure out of estate liquidation, moving, or downsizing. Call for a consultation:

(315) 736-9160

Consignment at its Finest!

Clothing Jewelry Household Items Furniture Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm Sat: 10:30am-3pm New consignment by appointment only

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

Open Daily 10-5 10242 Route 12N, Remsen (315) 831-8644



A little bit country, a little bit primitive!

Bear Path Antiques A general line of quality, affordable antiques

Your destination for furniture, hand stenciled signs, vintage clothing, warm glow candles, silk arrangements & more!

Multi Dealer Antique Shop

including furniture, primitives, smalls, china, and antique accessories.

Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories

Open weekends (and by chance) late May-June; Open Thurs-Mon: July-October. Closed Tues & Wed If coming from a long distance call to check hours

14 East Main St. Earlville (315) 691-5721

(315) 369-9970 • 13912 State Rte 28, Otter Lake

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

A Purveyor of Early Primitive Antiques, Simple Goods, Old Purposeful Stuff & Needfuls Reflecting Simpler Times


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 10-5, Closed Tues & Wed

6737 Route 20, Bouckville, NY


Industrial & Rustic Decor Rare Finds!

New Location

Inventory changes weekly!

4769 St. Route 233, Westmoreland (315) 725-0360 • Thursday-Sunday: 10-4

Wed-Sat: 10-4, Sun: 11-3 • (315) 264-1755

4803 Rt. 31, Vernon

Don’t just shop & run, stay over for more camping fun!

Cider House Campground is your Summer Camping Destination! Cider House Campground

is your Summer Camping Destination! Full service campsites, biking, fishing, hiking, playground, shopping, Electric Full Hook-up (30amp) only $30/night, electric only and dry camping too! & much more! On-Site RV Camper Rental $75/night, weekly rates available

Cider House Antiques

is a quality group shop, featuring Rustic and Victorian furniture, art textiles, fishing, sports memorabilia, jewelry, clocks and affordable accessories of the 19th and 20th centuries.

January-April open Fri, Sat & Sun only. Open 10am - 5pm daily starting May 1st

Cider House Antiques, Showfield and Campground 6769 State Route 20, Bouckville 315-825-8477 • 315-893-7579

Dawn Marie’s Treasures Vintage, Gift & Gourmet

Celebrating our 11th year in business!

18 W. Park Row, Clinton 796-9099 • Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6

Check us out on Facebook and

Lots of sales & sweet treats in August! New treasures, gorgeous jewelry, unique, new & gourmet items! Affordable prices & quality items! Stop in and say “Hello!”

Clinton Art & Music Festival on Aug. 25th! Great music & vendors!

6768 Route 20, Bouckville (315) 893-7676

Our lovely gallery offers a full range of antiques, fine furniture, and vintage collectibles!

2018 Show Dates: June 1-3 and August 13-19

ANTIQUE GALLERY Open Apr-Oct: 10-5 daily; Nov-Dec: 10-4 daily January-March: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10-4

Over 30 Vendors!



On your Road Trip north, be sure to stop in and explore Foothills Mercantile!

Antiques, Vintage, Gifts & Furniture

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

Little Falls

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

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 Route 20, Bouckville

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

OVER 56 VENDORS! NEW ITEMS ARRIVING DAILY! Antiques and Vintage Furniture • Shabby Chic • Jewelry • Primitives Collectibles • Honey • Cheese • Kombucha • Organic Herbs Natural & Local Foods • Grass-Fed Beef • Organic Chicken Local Maple Syrup • Muck Boots • Garden Accessories Pine Bark Mulch • Northern Grown Shrubs Trees & Perennials

Filled with Unique Finds!

New-Vintage-Antique Home Decor & Accessories New & Costume Jewelry

131 Broad Street, Oneida (704) 650-7942

Tues-Fri: 10-5ish, Sat: 10-2, Closed Sun & Mon

Over 160 Vendor booths and display cases!

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

(315) 219-5044 64

FOR THOSE WHO CRAVE THE UNIQUE! Open 7 Days a Week at 9am • Gift Certificates Available

Enjoy your summer!

And please stop in and visit us at the MAM for some cool antiques!


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

The Old Barn Marketplace 6266 State Route 5, Little Falls

Multi Vendor Marketplace

Three floors of treasures!

Antiques & collectibles in a rustic atmosphere

Open Daily 10-5 Phone (315) 508-5254 Follow us on Facebook

Primitives, Gifts, Vintage, Antiques, Collectibles, Fudge, Furniture, Jams & Jellies, Local Paintings from Local Artist and more!



The Online Exchange We Can Help You Buy, Sell, and Trade Globally! Now an FFL dealer! 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

uuuuuuuuuuu u u u*80 dEALERS * 1000S iTEMS* u u 375 Canal Place, Little falls u u next door to ann street deli u

showcase antiques

Anniversary Giveaway! Help us celebrate 3 years!

Win a $50 Visa card!


Visit us to enter to win during the

ALSO BUYING YOUR UNWANTED OR BROKEN JEWELRY Wed-Fri 10-5, Sat 11-4, Sun 12-4, closed Mon & Tues Inventory and our Estate Sale Schedule online:


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

ernon Variety Shoppes

31st Annual Little Falls Canal Celebration, Aug. 6-12 (315) 823-1177 OPEN DAILY 10am-5pm

Painted and Repurposed Vintage & Antique Furniture

6831 Indian Opening Rd., Bouckville

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

Antique & Variety Shoppes

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

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



An eclectic mix of vintage, antiques, & home decor

315-893-1786 Open Daily 10-5

3371 Maple Ave., Bouckville


337 Genesee St., Utica (315) 738-1333

Madison-Bouckville June Show May 31-June 2, 2019 Madison-Bouckville Antique Week August 12-18, 2019


Herkimer county historical society

History of a the Grand Opera House and Grand Theatre in Herkimer, 1884-1917 by Susan Perkins, Executive Director

Deimel & Schermer was a clothing and dry goods store located at 138140 North Main St. in Herkimer that opened in 1867. Henry A. Deimel (1878-1910) and Louis Schermer (1838-1913) were business partners. The business dissolved on Oct. 27, 1896. Schermer became a coal dealer in Mohawk, N.Y. Deimel took over the business but kept the name of Deimel & Schermer. The first floor of Deimel & Schermer was the store. On the second floor were a millinery shop, café, a tailor shop, and New York State offices. In the rear were dressing rooms for the performers at the opera house. The third floor construction began in 1883 for the Grand Opera House but was not quite completed, according to the Sanborn Insurance Map of July 1884. It is interesting to note that the operetta “Bohemian Girl,” starring Emma Abbott (1850-1891) opened the Grand Opera House on Oct. 7, 1884, and years later was the last production performed there. To get to the Grand Opera House, you had to walk a flight of stairs to the second floor on either side of the department store. Stairs ascended to the right of the box offices for the opera house. The box office was located on the second floor; tickets cost 50 cents to $3, depending on where you were seated. There were two rows of seats with three aisles and a seating capacity of about 1,200. Presidium (executive) boxes were on each side of the walls and were the best seats in the house. There was a balcony that was located along the rear wall that faced North Main Street. It seated 300 people. The stage was on the North Washington Street side of the building. Today, only part of the balcony is there and the ceiling where the chandelier used to be. The seats have been re-

Dinosaurs Discovered!

Playbill from the play Barbara Frietchie “The Frederick Girl”

Gold Rush Adventure golf 2 Locations!

Rt. 233, Westmoreland 315-853-1337 • Open 7 Days A Week 10am-9:30pm 66

Pirate-Themed Mini Golf at Sylvan Beach! 1600 Main St, Sylvan Beach

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moved. There was at one time an eight-tiered 100-light chandelier hanging from the middle of the ceiling. The walls were decorated with tan embossed paper with contrasting wine-colored borders. Drapes had been used as curtains for the stage. They were replaced by a drop curtain with advertisements from local merchants printed on the front. A few of the famous performers of the day who performed at the Grand Opera House in Herkimer included Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905), starring in “Rip Van Winkle;” Eva Tanguay (1878-1949), who called herself “the girl who made vaudeville famous;” Julia Marlow (1865-1950), who performed “Barbara Frietchie, the Frederick Girl” (the play was based on a poem written by John Greenleaf Whittier; and John Phillip Sousa (1854-1932) and his band. The opera house was used for benefit performances, like one for the opening of the Herkimer Free Public Library in 1896. The Deimel & Schermer Grand Opera House building was sold at auction on Dec. 30, 1898, to Louis Schermer for $90,000. Benjamin Schermer (1872-1955), son of Louis and Sarah (Kraus) Schermer (1845-1929), was the bookkeeper in the clothing store until 1898. He then managed the Opera House from 1895-1915. William A. Douque (1816-1870) brought moving pictures to Herkimer. He started out in the Frick Building, which was located on South Main Street near the trolley station, but soon needed a bigger place. Douque moved the theater over to the Grand Opera House and then became the manager of the Grand Theatre. After he sold it, he became the State traveling representative of several of the large motion picture film producing companies. Thomas Grogan (1860-1918) bought the Grand Opera House Block in 1916 and used the ground floor

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for his clothing store. On Oct. 2, 1917, he began the dismantling of the Grand Theatre, making way for a dancing academy and amusement hall. The stage and seats were removed and a new floor was installed. It was expected to be completed in six weeks. On Feb. 9, 1917, an explosion occurred in the basement of the H.G. Munger Store that caused a devastating fire. Fortunately, the Grand Opera House and Grand Theatre building was not damaged in the fire. The fire did destroy three business blocks. Henry G. Munger rebuilt his store and had a grand opening of the new store in May 1918. The store expanded through the years with Munger’s buying the Graves Block, which was on the north side of Munger’s and the Grogan block in 1922. A group of us were given a tour recently of the Grand Opera House in the former H.G. Munger’s Department Store by now owner Peter King. Today, part of the balcony remains; you can see where the chandelier hung at one time and some of the seats of the Grand Opera House. The tour brought back childhood memories of shopping there with my parents for Girl Scout guide books and uniforms. I was fascinated by the clerks sending the money through a pneumatic tube up to the office for the clerk to handle the money. They still have those tubes in a side room. In later years, it became King’s Court Mall and Bonnie’s Arts and Crafts. The H.G. Munger Building is now for sale. •

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My grandparents went to picnics with their friends in a horse-drawn wagon along fragrant lanes of tall summer grasses and flowers. The staccato sounds of horses’ hooves, snorts, and whinnies accompanied the laughter, jests, and songs of their merrymaking. They sang songs like “My Girl’s a Yorkshire Girl” and a 1915 contemporary tune that went “Don’t be in too much of a hurry, to credit the news of the day, for a deal of life’s fret and its worry, is prefaced by two words ‘They Say!’” Not having horses, we take bikes to go on picnics to Hinckley State Park or gather in a screen house with our food, to nibble and talk for hours with friends, watching our faces disappear in the sultry shadows of a balsam-scented evening. Eventually, someone digs up a match and illuminates our conversations with flickering, yellow light and the sweet pungency of citronella candles. In the 1980s, our daughters eat their morning porridge on our tiny screen porch having serious discussions of what to do today. Their pleasant chatter is accompanied by the babble of Misty

Brook, chickadees chattering in the evergreens, and the whistles of a redtailed hawk soaring high above the forest trees. They eat out of Family picnic in West Utica early 1900s clay bowls I made and wash them without soap in the brook when they are finished, allowing young trout to feast c a u s e on leftover oatmeal flakes. Later, Jenny will take he seemed Isaiah, our over 30-year-old Willys Jeep truck to need that (which is now her car) off to visit friends and more than go to the Fireman’s Field Days. She’ll allow her he did gas. younger sisters to come if they pitch in for the Riding with gas. Late that evening, when they arrive home, him was also they must walk by our cottage. Jenny thinks she risky because sees us in the window and waves cordially, but the mechanPeg builds a sand castle at we are fast asleep, and she suddenly realizes that ical brakes Sylvan Beach 1950 she is waving at her own reflection. Becky is only worked also startled when she reaches up on the beam well on rainy by their door to get the key, and her hand is days. None of grabbed by our semi-tame raccoon, Ramby. this deterred He’s just playing, and she laughs. them, however. In 1952, when Tim had his first car at 15 (his Although it only had a front seat with a little carbrother’s old 1937 Lincoln Zephyr), he would go space behind it, one time he got five of his ask potential passengers to pitch in for oil, be- football colleagues to squeeze in! Fortunately, I

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al force of gravity. Being raised in Central New York, it’s likely that I’ve been immersed in a high percentage of the various lakes, ponds, rivers, and pools here, and may be deemed somewhat of an aficionado, having personally experienced the pros and cons of each. Earliest photos show me in Power Dam on Mohawk St. in Washington Mills; Oneida Lake; Hatch Lake; Heckla Quarry; or the St Lawrence River. But un-pictured are the willow-framed creeks and tiny pools in cow pastures and woodlands near my childhood home on Stop 7 Road in Westmoreland that the neighborhood kids and I frequently splashed in. Some of them were not exactly healthy bathing spots, but this did not deter us. In my teens, when a diving class was offered at the Clinton Town Pool, I sometimes walked the four and a half miles from home to participate if I couldn’t get a ride that day. The Addison Miller Pool in East Utica was probably the biggest pool in the area in the 1960s, holding swimming and diving competitions occasionally. I entered one once. It was terribly exciting and scary with the loudspeaker and people milling about, but my performance there was uneventful. That would come later when I had an excellent coach in college and succeeded in my freshman year (1966-67) to place fifth in diving and third in the 50-yard freestyle among the SUNY colleges participating in a state-wide competition. But spending four hours Peg tries out a Jet Ski a day in the college pool, doing laps, dives, and synchronized swimming was not why I went to college. My grades suffered and I had to change my focus. But it was so interesting to me that I’d enter the pool feeling terribly fatigued, but would leave it, after swimming hard for two to four hours, feeling totally ener-

with friends and nature. In late summer, our garden abounds with an abundance of vegetables and flowers, but weeds as well, because this time of year lures us away from homesteading to the important business of making adventures and seeing friends. I miss my time fussing with plants, seeds, and tending the soil, but am also glad to have a break from it. For Tim’s August birthday one year in the 1990s, our creative brother-in-law gifts us 20 minutes on a new machine called a Jet Ski. I hesitate because I’ve had some difficult moments with boats, machines, and water. The giant water slide ride he gifted us a previous year resulted in me being incapacitated by a stiff neck for the next few weeks. I tried water skiing as a teenager, but had a pretty uncomfortable times when my legs got too far apart to hold me out of the water, and I didn’t think to let go of the rope. And I recall capsizing in a sailboat more than once in my youth in the great channel of the St. Lawrence River. I have other tales of water-borne calamity that I won’t get into today. However, it’s hard to resist a new adventure, and the Jet Ski thing looked interesting. Instruction was good, the waters of Lake Erie were calm, and I didn’t go too fast. I survived this ride without painful repercussions, but I still prefer just me and water, that strangely buoyant confusion that usually includes fish emulsions, plant particles, and many substances I don’t want to know about. It’s simply lovely to slide through silky, cool, viscous liquid on a tropically hot day, floating, paddling, bending, twisting, free to move in any direction in any position without the dictatori-



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gized. Tim and I both lifeguarded for quite a few years at summer jobs, and I also got into teaching swimming when I was hired as assistant director at the new community pool in my hometown of Westmoreland. It’s so important for everyone to learn to swim as early as possible! Tim likes to have a challenge; he asked me to follow him in our kayak so he could swim the choppy waters of Lake Erie in the channel between the break walls that all boats (including the gigantic coal ships) must go through in order to port in Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio (Tim’s hometown.) Following a swimmer in a boat is a pretty boring activity that one only does for a very good friend, and this was even less enticing to

Spencer grandparents on right, touching hands; with Grandma Spencer’s younger sisters, brother, and friends in their early 1900s bathing attire me, knowing the turbulent currents and boat traffic we would have to avoid. But we went early in the day, and Tim swam across successfully. As we had to go back to the other side anyway, I thought, “What the heck, I can swim it, too! Girls are as good as boys!” So I dove in, and suspect that I beat Tim’s record for speed, because I was so afraid of meeting an oncoming boat, I swam as fast as I could, arriving quite breathless at the opposite break wall! Tim helped save the Barneveld Pool as a

young minister, lobbying for re-negotiation with the land-owner and soliciting funds when closing seemed imminent one year. What a worthwhile endeavor for the many hours of joy, youth employment, and swimming instruction that have benefited so many, many people since! My love affair with diving ended one hot summer day in Oriskany. I scraped my nose on the diving board while trying to do a gainer (a reverse dive). I realized that it could have been much worse, and it pretty much cured my passion for attempting to fly through the air from a diving board. Tim’s football career ended one day after a pre-season inner-squad game in 1969 when he played with the semi-pro team the Utica/Rome Chiefs. Although he made three touchdowns, he was painfully whacked in the back while waiting to receive a buttonhook pass late in the game, and he thought, “This is crazy. I’ve got a young family that needs me. What if I’d been seriously hurt?” It was a wake-up call that squelched a passion that had begun as a toddler. But these hours of physical training were not wasted. They prepared us for the vigorous lifestyle we would pursue at Shawangunk. We learned that time, tenacity, hard work, and training allows a person to reach great goals, and to master difficult skills.

As the whirl of summer visiting and picnics tapers off at the end of August, I have time to stroll more slowly on Shawangunk Road, visiting the beaver ponds and meadows tucked among the forestlands beside. The abundant, mystical serenades of birds and the raucous singing of frogs we heard earlier have all but disappeared, replaced by the mellifluous psalms of crickets. I hear a white-throated sparrow begin its sweet little tune, but it fades out half way through. They are tired after a busy summer raising children, and defending territory. A few leaves have fallen on the road, dots of red and yellow, foretelling the glory of autumn to come, but now I just want to keep and savor the green leaves of summer, even though they are no longer pristine, but speckled with growths and holes, their edges frayed by nibbling insects and vigorous vernal winds. I want to keep and savor these precious moments with friends and family, as the days fly by and we, too, are altered by time. • 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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Dentistry Neighborhood Family Dentistry, Utica . . . . 46 Diners Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 56 Charlie’s Place, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Freddy’s Diner, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Sheri’s Diner, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Suzi’s Place, Bouckville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Dog Sitting Barney’s Angels, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Dumpster Rentals Cobblestone Construction, Utica . . . . . . . 10 Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . 65 Events, Entertainment, and Activities Black River Canal Museum, Boonville . . . . 70 Clinton Art & Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . . . 52 Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown . . 2 & 4 Fly Creek Cider Mill, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . 51 Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo, Rome . . . . . 16 Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . 67 Herkimer County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Herkimer Fall Fest at HCCC . . . . . . . . 26 Kirkland Art Center, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 24 Little Falls Canal Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Little Falls Garlic & Herb Festival . . . . . . 41 Mohawk Valley Boat Charters . . . . . . . . 45 NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Old Forge Lake Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Raquette Lake Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Utica Maennerchor Bavarian Festival . . . . 51 Vernon National Shooting Preserve . . . . . . 22 View, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 & 53 Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 67 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . 80 Farm Markets Clinton Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . 22 Cooperstown Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . 41 Juliano’s Greenhouses, Schuyler . . . . . . . 19 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . 16 Skeeterboro Farms, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 64 Twin Orchards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 39 Whitesboro Farmer’s Market . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Windy Hill Orchard and Market, Cassville . . 14

Funeral Services McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn, Utica . . 13 Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . 73 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 28 Garden Centers, Greenhouses, and U-pick D’Alessandro’s Landscaping, Frankfort . . . . 19 George’s Nursery/Garden Ctr., Clinton . . . 19 Herkimer Blueberries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Juliano’s Greenhouses, Schuyler . . . . . . . 19 Melinda’s Garden Barn . . . . . . . . . . . 41 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . 16 Sunnycrest Orchards, Sharon Springs . . . . . 7 Szarek Greenhouses, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 64 Windy Hill Orchard and Market, Cassville . . 14 Gift Shops/Shopping Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . 35 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . 63 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 64 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . . . 64 Oneida Commons, Oneida . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Owl & Moon, West Burlington . . . . . . . . . 50 Paca Gardens, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Simply Primitive, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Golf Courses and Driving Range Brimfield Driving Range, Clinton . . . . . . . 22 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 39 Woodgate Pines Golf Club, Boonville . . . . 40 Gravel and Gravel Driveways Copper City Landscaping, Rome . . . . . . 33 Grocery/Convenience Stores B & F Milk Center, Whitesboro . . . . . . . 47 The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . 60 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . 21 Kountry Kupboard, Madison . . . . . . . . . . 55 Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 37 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 31 Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Gyms Curves, Herkimer and Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Hair and Beauty Services At Home Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Ice Cream Station, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Papa Rick’s Snack Shack, Rome . . . . . . . 59 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . 57 Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 16 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 47 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . 30 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 44 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 45 Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 18 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . 30 Landscaping Copper City Landscaping, Rome . . . . . . . 33 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 9 Liquor Stores and Wine Beer Belly Bob’s, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . 43 Lodging Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Maple Syrup (see Produce) Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 74 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 15 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Metal and Metal Roofing Mohawk Metal Sales, Westmoreland . . . . . 32 Miniature Golf Gold Rush, Westmoreland/Sylvan Beach . . 66 Monuments & Memorials Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Motorcycle Repair Hillside Motorcycle & Machine, Munnsville 40 Musical Instrument Sales, Rentals, Lessons Big Apple Music, New Hartford . . . . . . . 18 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 59 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 44 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . 71 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 40 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 29

Feed, Animal Carhart’s Feed & Pet Supply . . . . . . . . . . 53 Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 35 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . 21

Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Centers, Rome . . . . 38

Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Firewood and Wood Pellets Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Horse Boarding Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Flooring D & D Carpets, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Ice Cream B & F Milk Center, Whitesboro . . . . . . . 47

Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 59

Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . 29 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 41

Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Pools and Spas Swan Pools & Spas, Ilion & New Harttford . . 49 Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 & 23 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . 35 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . 63 Simply Primitive, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . Three Village Cheese, Newport . . . . . . . Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . .

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Family Owned, Family Grown Happiness Grows Here!

A family oriented U-Pick apple orchard where you and your family can create memories year after year. Our cider is produced on the premises using only our own homegrown apples. You can taste the full flavor of the fruit! Once you have picked your apples be sure to stop in and browse the country market. Enjoy farm fresh fudge, old fashion candy, homemade jam, country crafts & florals, fresh organic eggs, mums, aged NY cheese, maple syrup, local honey, fresh made cider donuts and of course our refreshing apple cider. We also have sample tastings of our jar goods on the weekends. We invite you to start a family tradition at Windy Hill Orchard. The Seeberger Family

Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Heartworks Quilts & Fabric, Fly Creek . . . 21 Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Real Estate Hunt Real Estate, Welcome Home Team . . John Brown Team, Coldwell Banker . . . . . Koehler Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . . .

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Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bite Bakery and Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . The Black Stallion, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . . Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel Solsville, Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . Minar Fine Indian Cuisine, New Hartford . . Nothin’ Fancy Cafe, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . Papa Rick’s Snack Shack, Rome . . . . . . . . Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . The Pickle Boat Grill, Old Forge . . . . . . . . Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . The Tailor and The Cook, Utica . . . . . . . . Voss’ Bar B-Q , Yorkville and Ilion . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Sheds and Garages Shafer and Sons, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . 70 Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Store & U-Pick Opens Friday, Sept. 7th! 577 East St., Cassville, NY

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The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 49 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Sharpening Services Ron’s Sharpening, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 14


Shooting Preserves Vernon National Shooting Preserve . . . . . . 22 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . . 54 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tent Rentals Brownie Tent and Awning, Clinton . . . . . . 70 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Tree Services and Tree Farms Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Travel Agencies The Cruise Wizards, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 42 Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 39 Vernon Downs Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

The answer to last month’s riddle about a village with a long-running 4th of July parade:

Springfield Center

Our winner drawn from all correct answers is Pat Carchedi of Sauquoit Pictured: The Camden Continentals .

Windows RA Dudrak, The Window King, Holland Patent . . 68 Yarn and Knitting Supplies Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . 46

July’s Crossword Solution Answer: Boilermaker Our winner drawn from all correct answers is Catherine C. Paige of Rome

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Mohawk Valley Living #59 August 2018  
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