Archive for October, 2017

Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum Harvest Party

October 24, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum Harvest Party

Two of our board members rising to the occasion – Kent’s own Selectman Bruce Adams (left), and our newest acquisition to the board, John Pennings.  These two gentlemen worked very hard throughout the afternoon and early evening of October the 14th to serve guests some delicious food hot off the grill.  Thank you Bruce and John!

Eric Sloane’s Voice!

October 23, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane’s Voice!

The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum worked with Barb Russ, museum curator, to pull sound from a deteriorated recording disc.  It turned out that the disc contained a portion of an interview that Eric Sloane gave on the Mary Margaret McBride show in 1955.  Here is a few minutes of Eric Sloane speaking, the only recording of the man of which I am aware.  Enjoy!

Thank you to our friends of Eric Sloane

October 23, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Thank you to our friends of Eric Sloane

Thank you for answering our call to help support the Noah Blake Cabin Restoration Fund

         For a list of ways you can support the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum in their efforts to rebuild the Noah Blake cabin, please see the bottom of this page.

We thank the following people for their generous financial support for our Noah Blake Cabin Restoration Fund. Without your support, we would not be able to save the Noah Blake cabin. With our gratitude for:

William and Catherine Bachrach

Jeff Bischoff  Vice President of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

Nick Bischoff, brother of Jeff.

Peter Brooks, a new friend

Charlie Burroughs A long time friend of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

Joseph C. Busch

James and George Ann Carter

The Cherniske Family  Long time friends and supporters of the Eric Sloane Museum and the Friends.  Darrell & Melissa and son Aiden are nearly always in attendance at various events and they have been so helpful to us in so many ways.

Carl and Josephine Dill. Carl was the force behind the gorgeous stone wall fire pit and gathering area.

Robin Dill (Robin owns Kent’s House of Books and has been a steadfast supporter of the Friends group for years) and a sponsor member.

Paul Feinstein

Carol Fenner, in memory of her husband Robert Fenner.  Bob was a great admirer of Eric Sloane and worked tirelessly on several projects related to commemorating Eric, one of the most significant being  the Eric Sloane Commemoratives Committee.  Bob organized and ran the committee, with the stated purpose of working to ensure that Eric Sloane was honored on a United States postage stamp.  Bob was of critical help during the formation of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, and his wisdom was sought on many occasions.  Specifically, Bob was instrumental in assisting with the onerous task of filing for 501c3 non-profit status with the IRS.  Bob shared with Friends founder James Mauch copies of his work related to forming the Eric Sloane Commemoratives Committee so that the Friends group would have a model from which to work for their own application.  It can be stated that it is doubtful that the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum would have ever achieved non-profit status without Bob’s help.  We’ll all miss his insight, wisdom, and guidance.

Anne Gallagher, Chef extraordinaire, who provided her talents to the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum during our dedication of the traditional New England dry laid stone wall,  Chef Anne became a member, supporter, and friend.

Arthur C. Hastings and Nancy Stewart

Marylyn Hendricks

Nancy and Sam Hipsher, who included a very nice letter with their donation.  Nancy and Sam bought, disassembled, moved, and repaired two antique barns for use on their historic property.  Sam sounds to me like a kindred spirit of Eric Sloane, judging by Nancy’s description of his talent and dedication to the restoration of their property.  Nancy wrote “We wish you good luck on your Noah Blake cabin rebuilding in 2018 and look forward to hearing more about your project as you proceed.  Eric Sloane would surely have appreciated your efforts as they represent the best of community and neighborly spirit.”  Thank you, Nancy and Sam.

The Kent Falls Brewing Company

Peter and Carol Kern, long time supporters who knew Eric Sloane.

Will Kies of The Oaklawn Foundation

William and Karen Kovacs

John T. Longley

Joseph and Rosmini Mato

James, Elizabeth, and Edith Mauch

James and Rebecca Mauch, parents of founder James Mauch.

Stan Morse, who renders excellent pen and ink drawings very reminiscent of the work of Eric Sloane.

Daniel and Linda Palmer

Geoffrey S. Paul, with our gratitude.

John Pawloski

Ruth Pearl of Nobrook Farm

Bruce H. Perry, who has graciously offered some early American tools from his collection to help outfit the cabin.

Clayton Preston, talented artist and supporter, who has shown his art at our annual show since it’s inception.

Radames Ramos, a very talented and largely self-taught blacksmith. If you have a chance to meet Rad at one of our events, he is a very interesting person. We’ll have some pictures soon of his work.

Rich, Intelisano, and Katz

Geoff Paul

Michael Salvino, who has stood with us for many years.

David and Allison Shelby

Scott Sheldon  A familiar name and face to collectors of Eric Sloane.  Scott has generously donated many books to be used as door prizes during the October 14th Harvest Party

Paul and Joanne Schulthiess

Charmaine Thacker-Sloane Eric Sloane’s daughter and a steadfast supporter of the Eric Sloane Museum and the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

Roger and Marsha Smith

George A. Stickels

Harold and Marie Stewart, our friends from the other side of the country, who has supported us generously for many years.

Ted and Jeanne Storb

Mary Ann VanValkenburg

Gayle Waterman

Bill Welnitz

Dayna Wenzel, another talented artist who joins us annually for our art exhibit and sale.  You can see her art here.

Mark Werkema and Ann Rivers

Thank You!

We also thank the following people for their membership in the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum since the announcement that our organization will be renovating the Noah Blake cabin:

Sponsor Level ($100 annually):

Robin Dill

David and Allison Shelby

Harold Stewart

Family Level ($50 annually):

The Cherniske Family

Alice and Richard Mandel

Daniel and Linda Palmer

Paul and Joanne Schultheiss

Ted and Jeanne Storb

Susan and Robert Vincent

Individual Membership ($35 annually):

Peter Brooks

Anne Gallagher

Nancy Hipsher

Dwight Keeney

William and Karen Kovacs

Hattie Mauch

Bruce Perry

Clayton Preston

Scott Sheldon

George Stickels

Barbara Thorland

Gayle Waterman

Dayna Wenzel

Kurt Zitzmann

Volunteer Level:

Spencer Parrish

Thank You!

We welcome your support at any level to help us to rebuild the Noah Blake Cabin.  When sending your donation, tell us your story of your connection to Eric Sloane, the museum he founded, and the Noah Blake cabin.  Send it to wil@weatherhillfarm.com.   We’ll publish your story on our website, www.noahblakecabin.org.

Box of Blacksmith-made iron nails- $20.00

Antique bottle (for Noah’s window) – $25.00

Shutter or door hardware – $35.00

Bundle of wooden shingles – $50.00

Section of exact-match siding – $75.00

Adzed wooden beam – $100.00

Sawn Lumber fund – $150.00

Period Accessories Fund – $Custom.  We welcome donations of period accessories to compliment the Noah Blake cabin restoration.  We are a 501c3 organization.  Please contact us for more information.

www.friendsoftheericsloanemuseum.org 

Or send your donation to:

Lia Brassord, Treasurer

Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum

72 Amity Place

Amherst, MA  01002

Thank you for your support

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!