Archive for October, 2017

Thank you to Liz Shapiro and Barb Russ of the Eric Sloane Museum

October 21, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Thank you to Liz Shapiro and Barb Russ of the Eric Sloane Museum
     Our special thanks to Barbara Russ and Liz Shapiro for making the October 14th Harvest Party possible. As many of you know, Barb is wonderful person that has dedicated much of her life to the Eric Sloane Museum. As usual, Barb worked tirelessly before, during, and after the event to help make it come to life. Thank you, Barb, for all that you do for us and for the Eric Sloane Museum!
      Liz Shapiro of DECD was also instrumental in making this event happen. She has been a pleasure to work with and the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum look forward to continuing to work with her in the future. Thanks, Liz!

Harvest Party Volunteers for Eric Sloane

October 21, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Harvest Party Volunteers for Eric Sloane

Can’t say enough about these fine people who showed up early to help set up for the October 14th harvest party at the Eric Sloane Museum! Team leader Darrell Cherniske was such a help. Here he is with his volunteers from the local Boy Scout troop – thank you so much Darrell and Aiden, as well as Melissa Roth Cherniske, who helped us to navigate the complexities of food service.

Eric Sloane October 14th Harvest Party at the Eric Sloane Museum

October 20, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane October 14th Harvest Party at the Eric Sloane Museum

Still trying to catch my breath after almost a week since returning from the fantastic Harvest Party at the Eric Sloane Museum!  I had a wonderful time catching up with a number of friends and supporters of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.  I spent some time with Scott Sheldon, who generously donated 60 Eric Sloane books to be used as door prizes.  Scott inspired me to kick in 40 books by Eric Sloane – between the two of us we managed to put a door prize in everyone’s hand!  Thanks, Scott!  Radames Ramos came and brought along some really wonderful pieces he made on his forge, including a great early door handle and latch.  I am going to try to put up some pictures of his craft in the next few days.  Clayton and Patricia Preston were on hand, and it is always a pleasure to see them both.  Mark Werkema and Ann Rivers flew in for the event and, although Mark and I have spoken by phone, it was great to connect with him in person.  Carolyn Russo came up from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and gave me a copy of her book entitled The Art of the Airport Tower.  Carolyn is a very talented photographer as well as an admirer of Eric Sloane.  I saw Spencer Parrish several times, but we failed to connect – sorry, Spencer!  Bruce and Christina Pennings and Simon and Lisa Pennings were on hand to cheer on John Pennings, who served as co-chef for the event.  I can’t say enough about Darrell, Melissa, and Aiden Cherniske – they came early, stayed late, and volunteered their socks off.  We would not have been able to pull of the harvest party without their efforts!

I was able to speak with our old friend Bob Coppola, and I was excited to meet Michael and Liz Tobin – though I think they took a few steps back when I blurted out that I was “liz’s #1 fan”, which came out in a way disturbingly similar to how Cathy Bates said the same line in Misery.  Seriously, though, aside from Michael, I think I am a contender for the #1 fan of Liz’s artwork.  I got to spend time with Josephine and Carl Dill and every time I see Carl, I have to tell him how much we appreciate his work on the stone wall gathering area at the museum because I think he is just awesome for how much blood, sweat, and dedication he poured forth into that effort.  Stan Morse, a great pen and ink artist, joined us, as did Mary Ann VanValkenberg.  I enjoyed talking Eric Sloane art with Linda Palmer, who also won one of my favorite Eric Sloane prints in the silent auction (way to go, Linda).  I saw Lynn and John Worthington – Lynn continues to be incredibly helpful in spreading the work about out various events as a journalist and in her position as President of the Kent Historical Society. I unfortunately managed only to wave hello to Joseph and Rosmini Mato, Maribeth and Richard Baldwin, Peter and Marie Ewanciw, Don Cramer, Lee Johnson, Marilyn Villaruel, John and Ellen Lind, Alexa and George Carey, and Marilyn Hendricks.  I was lucky enough to get re-acquianted with talented videographer and museum volunteer Michael Bird and I also noticed his name on our volunteer list, along with Richard Baldwin, Jim Borla, and Beth Mahaffey.

Inside the museum at the silent auction table, I was pleased to see John Lind, Cynthia Hoffman, Kim Walker, Candace Zeiner (who won a sled I made), Tom Lagasse, Bill Bachrach, Doug Neiner, and a number of others whom I have mentioned above.

I know I am forgetting a number of you and I apologize.  Thank you, everyone, for coming and making this a very wonderful evening in support of a very worthy cause – the Noah Blake Cabin Restoration Fund.

Eric Sloane and the October 14th Harvest Party

October 17, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane and the October 14th Harvest Party

I am still getting over what a fantastic evening we had on October 14th. Our harvest party to raise money for the Noah Blake Cabin Restoration Fund (see www.noahblakecabin.org) was a tremendous success. Nearly 125 friends joined us on a beautiful Kent evening to sample grill fare from celebrity chefs and board members Bruce Adams and John Pennings, grab a beer courtesy of Kent Falls Brewing Company, bid in the silent auction on anything from signed books by Eric Sloane to an original pen and ink, enjoy fresh apple pie or s’mores by the fire, and tour the Noah Blake cabin and museum. THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered, to everyone who came and enjoyed themselves, and to those who could not make it but sent us their best wishes and donations. Events like these remind all of us of what a special connection we share through the life and works of Eric Sloane, of the different ways he inspired our life and our work, and what an honor it is to be part of preserving and protecting his legacy.

Eric Sloane Books to be Donated to the October 14th Harvest Party

October 2, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane Books to be Donated to the October 14th Harvest Party

Are you one of those people who never win anything? I can’t guarantee it, but you’ll have a pretty good chance of winning a great door prize during the October the 14th Harvest Party to be held on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum in Kent. Long time supporter Scott Ginger Sheldon graciously donated at least 60 books by Eric Sloane to be given away as door prizes during the event. Jim Mauch is donating another 25 Eric Sloane books to the cause, bringing the total to 85 Eric Sloane books….a great opportunity to finally win something! Thank you, Scott!