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December 2012 No. 11 Vol. 2 A special warm welcome to all our visitors for

December 2012

No. 11

Vol. 2

A special warm welcome to all our visitors for the Village’s 3 rd Annual Victorian Holiday Celebration on December 1 st ! We all hope you will find great gifts in our special shops and enjoy a special look at our visit to the past.

Below is a schedule of some of the events to enjoy:

8:00 - 12:00 Breakfast at the Firehouse 9:30 Our new Post Master will stamp your cards and letters with a special commemorative stamp. 10:00 – 10:30 The pla cing of a Ch ristmas Wreath at the Veteran’s Memorial in front of the school.

10:00 – 2:00 10:00 – 5:00

11:00 – 3:00 Photos with Santa for $1 0, proceeds to benefit Schoharie

Author Cindy West at The American Hotel. Holiday themed Farmer’s Market at the Roseboro Hotel.

County Community Action Program.

10:30 – 11:00 11:00 – 11:15

11:00 – 12:00 Join our Town Historian , Nancy Pfau, and Architectural Historian, Mitchell Owens, at the grand salon of the Stone Mansion

Bloody Mary Toast to Queen Victoria at the American Hotel .

Dance performance at the Roseboro.

for a Victorian tea and presentation about Sharon Springs in the Victorian Era. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through Beek man 1802.

12:00 – 12:15 Encore performance of Dance. 12:30 – 12:45 The Mistletoe Mustache performance on the porch of the Roseboro.

1:30 – 1:45 2:00 – 3:00

musher in Alaska at Studio North. 2:00 – 3:30 Christmas carols & stories at The American.

Encore performance of Mistletoe Mustache . Local author, Jack Singer, tells of his adventures as a dog


3:00 – 4:00 Encore Tea and talk at the Stone Mansion -- $25.

3:30 – 4:30 4:00 – 5:00

House. Tickets $10. Model Walking Victorian Style. Victorian Costume Parade and

Contest at 204 Main Bar & Bistro. 6:00 – 7:00 Lighting of the Community Tree, caroling and FREE hot chocolate or hot cider. 7:00 – 8:00 Encore performance of classic guitar at the New York House.


Studio North will teach Victorian Era Dance .

Classical guitarist, Harry Pelligrin perform at the New York

Details can be found at

New Store Graces the Village

New Village residents, Chris and Roger Sto ut - Hazard are opening a new shop next door to 204 Main Bar & Bistro, do stop in and check out the latest addition to our wonderful village shops. You may recognize Roger Hazard from A&E’s Sell This House! Chris Stout is the lead designer of their new furn iture, DECADES! See it here in Sharon Springs!

new furn iture, DECADES! See it here in Sharon Springs! Stop by during the Victorian Celebration

Stop by during the Victorian Celebration for mulled cider & cookies Elderberry Herb Farm will be here with their organic teas, herbs& gift ideas. Couture designer Daniel Storto has made a special line of children’s gloves – they are made from wool sweaters and are simply wonderful!! Discounts on art, jewelry and Sharon Springs vintage postcards, photos, cards as well as big discounts on Durkin photographs. Also for sale: 2’7”x20’ Hall runner , 12x 18’2” Bedjar Rug - excellent condition OPEN: Thursday - Monday 10-4 or by chance 518 284-2402



By Sandra Manko

In 1938 - 1939, Edgar Handy built the second rope tow in the United States at Sharon Springs. (The first was built in Woodstock VT.) The 1,000 foot ski tow operated daily for skiers who enjoyed the many trails of one- half to one mile in length, located only 300 yards from the Village. Transportation was available or guests could ski- walk from the hotel to the main slopes. Excellent skiing facilities were available for novices and experts. The more adventurous could attempt Suicide Hill. Due to peculiar climatic conditions at Sharon Springs, snow was often plentiful here at times when the slopes of the surrounding countryside were quite barren. Sharon Springs, originally known only as a summer retreat, was promoted by the White Sulphur Company as a year- round resort in 1940. The ski tow closed down in the 1950s.

round resort in 194 0. The ski tow closed down in the 1950s. Advertisement to “Ski

Advertisement to “Ski at Sharon Springs” in window, ca. 1940. Photo courtesy of

to “Ski at Sharon Springs” in window, ca. 1940. Photo courtesy of Ca. 1940 Photo courtesy

Ca. 1940 Photo courtesy of Sharon Historical Society


Bathe your Winter Blues Away with Herbs By Julie Herzog, Elderberry Herb Farm

Herbal bath teas, soaks, steams and saunas have been used for hundreds, even thousands of years in many cultures around the world therapeutically and for pleasure. In Ancient Greece many enjoyed restorative steam baths. Water was poured onto hot rocks in the center of a room, and often branches or leaves of fragrant bushes and trees such as juniper, fir and bay laurel were added. Herbal baths in Ancient China were used to promote health, and were recorded as early as the Zhou Dynasty (1100 - 221 BC). Herbal steam baths and saunas have been used as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine to open skin pores, expel pathogens, and for injury rehabilitation. Different herbs are selected according to the ailment, for prevention, and for health conservation. Ancient Ayurvedic texts talk about therapeutic herbal baths for cleansing, skin disorders, aches & pains, relaxing, balancing, mental clarity and purification. Ayurvedic steam baths were (and still a re) enjoyed by many. The leaves, flowers and roots of herbal medicinal plants are simmered in water to generate medicated herbal vapors. Men and women bathe in the steam, taking the therapeutic properties of the plants through their skin. Herbal baths have been a regular method of treatment in Europe, where the medicinal and therapeutic components of the herbs are extracted into the bath water and absorbed through the skin. Today, you can enjoy the pleasures and benefits of an herbal bath. Simply put a few spoonfuls of fragrant or therapeutic herbs into a small square of cheesecloth, a muslin sac or tea ball. Tie the bag to the faucet under the hot running water, throw it in the tub, or make a concentrated herbal tea from it with very hot water and add the tea to the bath. Here are a few herbs to consider when crafting your own herbal bath, listed with some of their historical uses and therapeutic qualities:

Chamomile – anti- inflammatory, antispasmodic, calming and relaxing

Lavender sedative, antispasmodic, antidepressant

Passionflower – calming, helps with nerve pain

Oats & Oatstraw soothing to the skin, anti- inflammatory, nervine

Jasmine flowers – anti- depressant, fragrant

Ginger – warming, stimulating & increases blood circulation, detoxif ying, pain o relieving

Orange & Citrus – invigorations & stimulating. Wakes up the mind!

Eucalyptus clears the sinuses, aches & pains

Rosemary – colds & flu, clears the sinuses, stimulating, good for sore muscles

Golden rod – muscle pain, back pain, arthritis

Whether it’s difficulty sleeping, aches & pains, or frazzled nerves, there is an herbal blend to help you relax, warm up, and soak your troubles away.


The New York House- A Time to Thank Everyone

As we enter the Holiday season, Kelly and I would like to thank the people of Sharon Springs for their helpfulness. We could not ask for a more welcoming populace and fellow businesses than we have here in Sharon Springs. The American Hotel, 204 Main, Black Pearl, Beekman 1802 and Glimmerglass Opera are specifically some of the businesses that customers have said referr ed them to us. Local people I knew growing up here have stopped over to check us out and refer their relatives. Without all of you, we would not have been as successful as we have been. When we began this journey, a lot of people (mostly our parents and occasionally ourselves) said we were crazy. Now as we look back at the last two years, there is not one thing we would have changed. The many guests from around the world as well as th e local associations that we have gotten involved with have made this a very enjoyable venture. We have a very vibrant and friendly village that we are proud to be a part of. Our festivals and music events are the envy of many of the neighboring towns an d villages. As for festivals, the Victorian Christmas Celebration has become our favorite event of the year. I don’t know if it’s the holiday spirit or the beauty of it or the fact that it is a little less hectic for us. The house comes alive with Chris tmas decorations and the village takes on the look of a Norman Rockwell painting. White snow puts a nice clean cover over the dormant vegetation and just adds a quiet blanket to the village. It’s wonderful to see the streets lined with beautiful, Victorian costumes and all the various holiday activities that go on throughout the day. Again, Kelly and I are sincerely happy to be a part of this community and appreciate everyone’s assistance in getting us going.


Black Cat open 7 days a week for the holidays, 9:30-3 weekdays, 8-3 weekends (closed only Christmas Day -- we'll even be open New Years' Day.) Featuring our Drunken Blonde Fruitcakes, Real Sugar Plums, Fig-Balsamic Drizzle, and many more delectable gifts for the holidays. We ship priority mail anywhere in the US. We'll be at the Cooperstown Farmer's Market on Saturday December 1 and again Saturday December 22.


Think Dance for the Holidays! Visit our Fully Stocked Dancewear Boutique at Studio North. We carry a large assortment of gifts for the dancer in your life! Stop In December 1st for Complimentary Hot Cider & Victorian Day Activities:

Student Dance Performance @ 11am and Noon (Roseboro Porch) Book Signing and Alaskan Adventure Slide Show by local author Jack Singer @ 2pm Victorian Dance Lessons @ 3:30pm Special Edition "Sharon Springs" Fleece Jackets will be available. Store Hours on Dec. 1st - 8:30 am - 5pm


My Schoharie County Murders and Funky Stuff is ready to print (just waiting for the bindings). The book encompasses murders etc. from 1726 (before Schohary was Schoharie) -1974. The stories i found for Sharon were:

1819 - John VanAlstine/VanAlstyne murders Sheriff Huddleston in



- Jeremiah Slingerland murders his wife in Sharon.


– The Lawyer Sisters Take Poison Together in Sharon Springs.


- Norman Vrooman shoots and kills his wife in Sharon Springs.


- Clark Ryder, Sharon Springs express agent held for murder of

Peter Dempsky

1922 - McKinley Pollack, crazed by love, threatens life of Margaret

Decker in Sharon Springs.

1927 - Body of George Diamond found on Cherry Valley Turnpike at

Sharon Hill.

1927 - Herschel Miller lives when hit by 20,000 volt electric wire in

Sharon Hill



Hi Nancy and Chatter friends, I came upon a quote by Thomas Jefferson in an old book. "I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man's milk and restorative cordial." I thought we could include a recipe

for a Ruby Cordial.


1/2 cups whole, fresh cranberries


cups vodka


cups sugar


orange juice bottle

quart size decorative glass bottles Crush cranberries in a bowl with a metal spoon. Add vodka and sugar. Pour into juice bottle and let sit for about a month. Stir every 10 days to dissolve sugar. Pour into decorative bottles, straining out cranberries. With its bright red color this is a festive gift to bring to friends at Christmastime. Tie the bottlenecks with wide green ribbons and a sprig of holly or juniper.

(Recipe is from a book by Barbara Milo Ohrbach.)

Austin Jetton’s Chocolates Will be Available

I am making truffles for Victorian Festival Weekend in Sharon Springs NY next weekend Dec 1st!! I will have candied orange peel dipped in tempered dark chocolate, coconut caramel, enrobed with dark chocolate, peppermint cane ganache truffles, some milk chocolate, and some white chocolate. Also come with your orders for shipping for Christmas. I will have my pen and pad! Happy Holidays everyone!!



8 A very special thank you [Victorian style!] to all the contributors: Sandra Manko, Town Supervisor

A very special thank you [Victorian style!] to all the contributors: Sandra Manko, Town Supervisor and avid historian whose books are available at Cobbler & Co. ; Julie Herzog for her tips on overcoming the winter aches and pains, her herbal products can b e found at Village Hall Gallery ; Karen, Rosie, Austin, Bruce and Kelly, Leila, and Betty – this edition would not be possible without you! Thanks also to Race Printing in Cobleskill who have been printing the hard copies throughout our “run” – great place for all your printing needs! Warm Holiday wishes to all who are reading these pages. May your days be filled with the beauty of the season. Here’s to cookies, mistletoe, wreaths of greenery, lights shining in the windows, evenings by the fire surrounded by good friends, and Peace on Earth and, while I’m wishing: a Ban on Fracking [why not try for it all ! ] A few other special events nearby:

December 8 th – Candlelight at The Farmer’s Museum December 1 st and 2 nd – Cherry Valley Christmas December 7 th – Miracle on Main Street, Middleburgh