RIP tree friend…I know you were very sick and it had to happen, but I will miss your beautiful leaves on the museum steps in the fall (at Columbia County Museum, Columbia County Historical Society)
I am glad that Shop Local Saturday has grown and become a thing, and I think it is great to shine a light on the importance of supporting local businesses, however, why just one day? Why not a complete locally sourced (or at least locally shopped) holiday season? Wrap up things for the ones you love that are purchased at local establishments, and better yet, are made by local artisans or grown by local farmers.
Can you do 50% of your holiday shopping in independent local stores? 75%? 100%?
Setting up for the Columbia County Fair. That is the logo I designed, really really big! (at Chatham Fairgrounds)
It seems that I have a lot of history and art presentations coming up on the calendar. Won’t you join me for one (or several)?:
Riders Mills Historical Association, Malden Bridge (Chatham), NY, August 24th, 2pm:
This weekend, I will be presenting a program on the Civil War as Miss Carrie Niles, of Spencertown. This presentation is in my official capacity as educator of the Columbia County Historical Society. CCHS owns a collection of letters that were written to Carrie during the Civil War, from young men serving in various capacities.
Columbia County Fair, Heritage Village, Chatham, NY, August 29 (10am-1pm), August 30th (1-4pm), and a third time and date to be announced:
This year I was invited to exhibit and demonstrate the process of making my Hudson River glass jewelry (like these) in the Heritage Village at the Columbia County Fair. Also, if you’re at the fair, please stop by the Landmarks Visitors Collaborative Booth in the yellow Fair House— I’ll be doing some time manning that table as well (1-4pm on 8/29, and 10am-1pm on 8/30), talking with people about all the wonderful historical sites in our county, including the Columbia County Historical Society.
Book Signing for Breathing Life Into Stone: The Sculpture of Henry DiSpirito, Utica College Library Concourse, Utica, NY, October 19th, 6-7pm:
Once again, I will be gathering with the DiSpirito sisters to sign copies of my book, which explores the life and wonderful sculpture of the artist Henry DiSpirito. DiSpirito was artist-in-residence at Utica College for many years, and was given an honorary degree by the institution. The college exhibits many of his works around the campus (both outside and inside buildings, including the library) so it is especially nice to get to do an event where so many of his pieces are present, and in a place that was so important to him.
This weekend, I went to check out the New Kinderhook Farmers’ Market. I enjoyed checking out all the fresh veggies that were grown in Columbia County (yum!) and tasty baked goods that were made here (yum!). On July 27th, I will be back at the market with CCHS’ educators, manning a table with a fun activity for kids- print and make your own seed packets, just like those that the Shakers made many years ago in Mount Lebanon. Come say hello that day- the market runs from 8:30 to 12:30, at the Kinderhook Village Square.
Also, a note for my teacher friends: the CCHS educators will also be presenting a workshop, called Whaling in Hudson, In Documents and Places, as part of the Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute. The Summer Institute is a great place for teachers, school administrators, museum educators (like my friends at CCHS), and environmental educators to learn about ways to teach about the great resources available in the Hudson Valley. If you’re interested in the history of whaling in Hudson, want to learn about starting a research project with your students, or are interested in using real documents to teach within the Common Core curriculum, think about registering for the day. I think I might just check it out myself!
I’ll be back at the Farmers’ Market, along with Luykas, on the 27th— please stop by and see us!
Also, I’m very excited to present again for the Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute— it is a wonderful organization to be involved in, and a tremendously valuable conference to attend!
From July 30th through August 1st, I will once again have the privilege of attending and presenting at the Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute. The institute is focused on place based education in the Hudson Valley, and this year has a focus on using place to teach within the Common Core standards. It is a wonderful opportunity for teachers, school administrators, museum educators, and outdoor educators (and others who are passionate about the resources that the Hudson Valley offers!).
The Columbia County Historical Society will be presenting a field experience, Whaling in Hudson, In Documents and Places, on the second day of the conference. Along with our museum teacher, who developed our downloadable teaching unit on whaling, will be taking participants on a tour of some of the resources Hudson has to offer, in hopes of inspiring other research and learning projects in the Hudson Valley.
I’m back at the Kinderhook Farmers’ Market this weekend with picnic baskets made with vintage suitcases, as well as some of my river glass jewelry and ornaments, and knit cowls. Come say hello!
Time for some shameless self promotion…This weekend is going to be a busy and exciting one!
It all starts with the book release party for my book (my book!!) on Friday, June 14th, at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, in Utica, NY. The book, Breathing Life Into Stone: The Sculpture of Henry DiSpirito, is adapted from the text of my masters thesis on DiSpirito, and includes writings by DiSpirito’s daughters and Dr. Eugene Paul Nassar, as well as by DiSpirito himself. I am so excited that the project finally came together. I spent many hours with Henry’s three daughters, Delores, Theresa, and Loretta, while working on my thesis. They have such tremendous drive and passion, with regard to seeing to their father’s legacy, and making sure that his art is remembered. My own father, also an artist, had passed away right before I began meeting with them, and I was working on curating the first exhibition of his works after his passing. It was somehow soothing to spend time with three wonderful ladies, whose feelings about their Dad and his art were so in line with mine.
The event will take place from 5-7pm. More information is available on the calendar page for the event from the MWPAI’s website.
Visitors can also view the exhibition of DiSpirito’s work that is currently on display.
Next up, I will be showing my art at the New Kinderhook Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 15th, from 8:3-am-12:30pm. I will be featuring my vintage suitcase picnic baskets, but will also have some of my jewelry and scarves on hand.
The rest of the weekend holds family birthday parties, and celebrating my husband’s first Father’s Day… also very exciting, but I can’t invite you to those!
Beautiful fabrics donated by Quadrille on the tables, and ready for tonight’s fundraiser at my museum (Columbia County Historical Society).