Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association
Box 554, Schoharie, NY 12157
Phone: 518-295-7505 www.SchoharieHeritage.org
Dear SCHA members and prospective members:
It's time once again for our annual membership drive. We first want to thank all of you who have contributed in 2016, whether monetarily or in hard labor or both. The efforts of your strong membership have allowed us to keep our 1743 Palatine House Museum open, keep the Creamery Building up and running, reinvigorate the Schoharie Valley Railroad Museum, and make some necessary repairs to our buildings on Depot Lane. Your efforts aided in the fundraising activities of the two Antique Shows and the holiday Craft Show that are so important as sources for working revenue.
Our director of the Schoharie Valley Railroad Museum, Andrew Muller, has been creative and enthusiastic with all of his dreams for the museum. New additions are being made to continue with our RR story. The boxcar has been moved away from the Freight Building to avoid rain damage to our Passenger/Combine Car. The boxcar and the fountain are scheduled to be painted this summer. We are pleased to announce that SCHA received two grants from NY Rising as reimbursement for damages from the flood. It took three years, mountains of paperwork, and the perseverance of John Wilkinson, but we finally got the award! Now the work begins with the able assistance of Nick Hanu from Middleburgh, Andrew Muller and John Wilkinson. Anyone wishing to help, just stop down and we'll find you a job! Group tours are always welcomed with advanced notice—the kids love this place!
The l743 Palatine House Museum has been welcoming more and more visitors through the creative energies of Sue and Brian deBruijn. Their understanding of the way the house was used has led to many improvements at the site. Their programs for visitors are captivating and their ongoing research is uncovering more and more to share. The Cooperstown Graduate Program of Museum Studies remains active in their evaluation of the site for which we are very grateful. We welcome school groups, private parties, and need volunteers for the season interested in being docents, gardeners, researchers, etc. Special events are always welcomed—picnics, meetings, school tours, special craft events—just let us hear from you! Call the phone number above for your prescheduled events.
As our goal for 2017 is to increase the museums' profiles and educational programs, we would like to ask our members to consider a potential gift to keep this positive momentum going. Consider upgrading your membership or send a gift. We are in constant search of artifacts for each of our museums as well. Should you have something in your collection that may be pertinent for either, or if you would like help researching anything, we would be happy to talk to you about it.
Our Creamery Building on Depot Lane has been host to many events and private parties through the year. (It is available for rent!) It's the home of the Depot Lane Singers and has been for almost 40 years. They rehearse on Tuesday night under the direction of Mitch Haverly. 7:30 pm January 17 is the start for the 2017 season—come and see what they are all about. If you love to sing, you'll love singing with them! There are no auditions.
The Creamery Building is also the location for the 42nd Holiday Craft Show in November. The crafters spend hours making their wares to sell at this very popular three-day event. If you are a crafter, give us a call and we'll try to get you in. Or if you would like to be a volunteer in the kitchen or a greeter at the desk or a decorator before we open, we'd love your help!
July and August are the months for our Children's Summer Performing Arts Program directed by Lillian Spina-Caza. This program has been a special place for our young artists since 2002. Plans are nearly complete for the 2017 program. The kids will act, play instruments, sing and touch base with their artistic souls. Contact the office for further details on this year's programs.
Our calendar of events is enclosed. There will be other events added as the year goes by, but this is the printed “start” for 2017. We are open for business year round and would love to encourage any creative ideas for events that would add to our Schoharie community. This organization is yours and we have increased our production of fun events each and every year because of you! Give yourselves a big pat on the back and stick with it! Together we can move mountains!!!
Become a member (see attached sheet), or continue your membership, and let's work together to make 2017 another productive and fun-filled year for Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association. Whatever you can do is wonderful.
If you could send your tax deductible membership donation to us by May 1st we would be most appreciative.
March 18 & 19, 2017 - 41st Antiques in Schoharie Spring Show. At the Schoharie Central School, Schoharie, 10 am- 5 pm on Saturday and 11am - 4pm on Sunday. More than 100 dealers. Admission $7.00. Manager - Ruth Anne Wilkinson 518-231-7241.
May 5 - Depot Lane Singers Concert at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Duanesburg 7:30 pm, admission $7
May 6 - Depot Lane Singers Concert at the Schoharie Central School at 7:30 pm, admission $7
Memorial Day - Opening Day at the 1743 Palatine Museum. 102 Warner Hill Rd, Schoharie. Open Saturday – Sunday 12-5pm until Columbus Day. See us on Face Book.
Memorial Day – Opening Day at the Schoharie Valley Railroad Museum, Depot Lane, Schoharie . Open Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm until Columbus Day.
July through August 2017 Classes and show dates to be announced
SCHA presents: 16th Annual Summer Youth Cultural & Performing Arts Program at Depot Lane Theater
September 16 & 17 - The 41st Antiques in Schoharie Fall Show. At the Schoharie Valley Railroad Complex on Depot Lane in Schoharie, 10 am- 5 pm on Saturday and 11am - 4pm on Sunday. More than 100 dealers- inside, outside, and under the tents- are expected. Lunch with soup and sandwiches made to order will also be served, and there will be homemade pies, cakes, brownies, and cookies.
Admission $6.00. Manager - Ruth Anne Wilkinson 518-231-7241.
November 17 - 10:am-7pm. Saturday, November 18 - 9 am-7 pm. Sunday, November 19 - 9 am-4 pm. THE 40TH ANNUAL Holiday Craft Show. Over forty craft persons and exhibitors will be displaying their wares on two floors of the festively holiday decorated rooms and a Country Kitchen at the Depot Lane Museum Complex in Schoharie. Free admission.
December 1 - Depot Lane Singers Concert at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Duanesburg 7:30 pm, admission $7
December 2 – Depot Lane Singers Holiday Concert – at the Schoharie Central School 7:30 pm, admission $7