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 The Huletts Current — News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

The Huletts Current

News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

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$2.45 Million Grant to Support Fort Ticonderoga’s Pavilion Restoration and Adaptive Reuse

December 20th, 2017 · Comments Off

The Pavilion, A Landmark American Country Home – William Ferris Pell built this summer home between 1826 and 1837. It represents an important shift in the architecture and history of the American country estate, situated far from a major urban area. By 1840, the home had become a hotel welcoming guests from across the United States to the iconic ruins of Ticonderoga. Plans are underway for the restoration and adaptive reuse of this National Historic Landmark.

Fort Ticonderoga has been awarded a $2.45 million grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Empire State Development (ESD) as part of their Arts & Cultural Facilities Improvement grant program. The grant award was announced at the 2017 New York State Regional Economic Development Council Award Ceremony in Albany, NY.

The Fort Ticonderoga Pavilion Restoration and Adaptive Re-use project will save a national treasure while expanding as a national cultural destination. The adaptive re-use project will include needed visitor amenities, conference center capacity, and new educational and exhibition space.

“Today we have the opportunity to bring new life and purpose to an American treasure. The 1826 National Historic Landmark, the Pavilion, is a major component of our plans to transform Ticonderoga into a national cultural destination,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “The restored Pavilion will offer Fort Ticonderoga a wide array of opportunities for guests who might prefer to focus on non-military aspects of the Ticonderoga experience – horticulture, agriculture, culinary, decorative arts, and the scenic beauty of the site. This will enhance the guest experience, extend guest’s length of stay, and expand Fort Ticonderoga’s educational impact.”

Among the plans for the restored Pavilion:

Dedicated exhibit space to tell the story of 200 years of preservation and restoration efforts across the site, and the rich decorative and fine arts collection.

Re-establish the Pavilion as a place for visitor welcome, offering new amenities including indoor and outdoor dining facilities, museum retail and restrooms. New space for programs, special events, conferences and meetings will offer opportunities for rental and food and beverage revenue. The Pavilion operations will also support Fort Ticonderoga’s new maritime program, including tours aboard the Carillon, a 60 ft. tour boat.

Create a teaching kitchen and new culinary programs that will connect Fort Ticonderoga’s gardens and produce with centuries of international history and hospitality and respond to a growing demand for culinary experiences and training. Students will also have the opportunity to dig deep into the site’s rich agricultural story and carry their experience into the teaching kitchen to learn about healthy eating in the past and today.

Expand the space available for museum collections and research by bringing key administrative staff to the center of operations by relocating offices currently housed at Fort Ticonderoga’s Thompson Pell Research Center to the second floor of the Pavilion.

The goal for the project is to raise $5.4 million to complete the project in time for a 2020 grand opening to mark the 200th anniversary of William Ferris Pell’s first efforts to preserve Ticonderoga for future generations.

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Saturday Quote

December 16th, 2017 · Comments Off

“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.”

Anne Frank

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Gift Idea: Water & Light – S.R. Stoddards Lake George

December 13th, 2017 · Comments Off

The cover of Water & Light, a new book of Seneca Ray Stoddard’s photos of Lake George. (Available in hard cover or soft cover.)

The Chapman Historical Museum is offering for sale a wonderful new book comprised of the best Seneca Ray Stoddard photos from its collection. Stoddard, who photographed Lake George in the 1870′s to 1890′s, captured fantastic views of the lake’s hotels, islands and dramatic shorelines.

With an introduction by historian Joseph A. Cutshall-King, the book contains 150 inspiring and original photos of Lake George and its surroundings. It can be purchased from the Chapman Museum online store.

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Pictures from the 2017 Dresden Christmas Party

December 12th, 2017 · Comments Off

Town Supervisor, George Gang (left), with Supervisor Elect, Paul Ferguson (center), and his wife, Jean Ferguson (right) at this year’s Dresden Christmas party.

The town of Dresden put on another great party this year. Door prizes included a prize for a girl and a prize for a boy, poinsettias, gift cards from the Historic Grounds Restaurant, coffee mugs, maple syrup, and small fruit cakes for the adults.

Town Councilman, John Barber, Jr., has played Santa for many years. Jack Eggleston, the Town Justice, has read “Twas the Night Before Christmas…” for many years also. Many thanks to Linda Barber and Sue Foster Ives for buying the refreshments and presents, setting up and getting everything ready.

This year was a blast!!! It was a very happy party with lots of comradely, Laurie Brunelle always put out the decorations. A few years ago some volunteers made the Gingerbread House. Miraculously, it has stayed together all this time.

Here are some pictures from the fun afternoon.

John and Julie Barber’s son, John, stands with some of the donated refreshments.

Bill and Rita Huntington’s grandson, Collin, played some holiday music on the keyboard.

Many people came and enjoyed the day.

Supervisor George Gang called the winners of the door prizes.

Santa Claus gave out gifts to some very happy children.

Town Justice, Jack Eggleston with Santa Claus (played by Town Councilman John Barber, Jr.) and Town Supervisor Elect, Paul Ferguson.

Many thanks to those who worked so hard and donated so much to make the holiday bright!

(Many thanks also to Sue Foster Ives for the photos.)

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Saturday December 9: Dresden Christmas Party

December 7th, 2017 · Comments Off

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Pictures from the 2017 Huletts Christmas Party

December 6th, 2017 · Comments Off

The Huletts firehouse was decorated beautifully for the annual holiday party.

Santa and the Christmas Spirit, once again, were present at the Huletts Landing firehouse this past Saturday evening as it was magically transformed into a marvelously decorated “Currier & Ives” holiday setting.

The 2017 Christmas party set a new all-time record for attendance and the friends and neighbors present were treated to a delightful evening of food, beverages, delicious desserts and entertaining music. The main entree offerings, which were catered by the Fair Haven Inn, were outstanding and plentiful.

Chief Jay Vander Plaat and his merry bunch of “North Pole” working elves were richly applauded for all their efforts in planning this splendid evening of activity that was enjoyed by all.

Many thanks to all of the supporting sponsors for their donations of attractive prizes, gift certificates and services that comprised the contents of some thirty “Baskets of Cheer” that were raffled off during the course of the evening. As a result, the funds raised through that effort fully covered the expenses of the event, with no additional cost to the Fire Company.

Chief Vander Plaat expressed the Company’s appreciation for the generous support that has always been received from the Huletts Landing community and extended best wishes to all for a very happy and healthy holiday season.

Here are several photos that capture the many happy scenes of “Christmas good cheer and Camaraderie” on display during this evening of friendship and entertainment.

Many thanks to Dave Richards for emailing in the photos.

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Bits of Everything

December 3rd, 2017 · Comments Off

Post Star: Washington County Supervisors Approve Budget
The Post Star reports on the 2.06% increase in next year’s county budget.

Time: 8-Year-Old Steering Car During Crash Is Seriously Injured, Police Say
Time has a sad story out of Whitehall.

Video: Local 2018 Olmypic profile – Lake Placid to Pyeongchang – Tim Burke – Biathlon athlete

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Saturday December 2: Huletts Christmas Party

November 27th, 2017 · Comments Off

On Saturday, December 2nd at 5:00 p.m., the Huletts Volunteer Fire Department will host the annual Christmas party in the Huletts Landing firehouse.

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An Aerial View on ‘Black Friday’

November 24th, 2017 · Comments Off

An aerial view of Huletts, taken on Thanksgiving day, November 23, 2017. (Click to see full-scale.)

While you are hopefully enjoying “Black Friday”, preferably from in front of a computer screen, here is an aerial view of the Landing, taken from above Burgess Island. (Many thanks to Liam Ballantyne for the photo.)

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2017 · Comments Off

I wanted to offer you and yours my best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving, and a deeply felt thank you for all you do for Huletts Landing.

Hopefully, your day will be filled with love, fun, and lots of good food. May you all enjoy a happy and blessed day of rest and gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving.

“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.”
~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

A statue of William Bradford, a Mayflower “Pilgrim” and Governor of the Plymouth Colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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A Good Old Fashioned Dance-Off

November 21st, 2017 · Comments Off

Before you get in the car for that long Thanksgiving ride, here’s a choreographed dance-off that will keep you attention.

Which group was the best? Watch the moves again!!

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Rep. Elise Stefanik: Fox News ‘Power Player’ of the Week

November 19th, 2017 · Comments Off

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Dresden 2018 Town Budget Posted

November 19th, 2017 · Comments Off

The 2018 town budget for Dresden has been posted on the town website. It is large download encompassing many pages, but the opening letter on page 2 and the summary on page 3 highlight the most important parts.

In brief, there is a 11.38% increase in the town-wide budget for 2018 and an increase of 3.188 % in the tax levy. The fire protection budget stays the same. Page 13, lists the salaries of all town officials.

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October Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

November 17th, 2017 · Comments Off

The minutes from the October 2017 Dresden Town Board meeting were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.

October Minutes

The November minutes will not be approved until December and so on.

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