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

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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

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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!

At the Eric Sloane Museum Saturday

September 27, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on At the Eric Sloane Museum Saturday
          Great day on Saturday! John Pennings demonstrated cedar wood shingle splitting throughout the day and we gave many tours of the Noah Blake cabin. In the photo, John can be seen working away as he explains the process to Radames Ramos. Radames, or “Rad”, is an interesting young man and an accomplished blacksmith.
The other two photos are of the newly built Noah Blake outhouse, which with the help of Chris and John, was placed in the location upon which the original outhouse stood.

Thank You To Our New Friends in Eric Sloane

September 4, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Thank You To Our New Friends in Eric Sloane

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:

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

Peter Brooks a new friend

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Will Kies of The Oaklawn Foundation

William and Karen Kovacs

James, Elizabeth, and Edith Mauch

James and Rebecca Mauch, parents of founder James Mauch.

Daniel and Linda Palmer

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.

Rich, Intelisano, and Katz

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.

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

Ted and Jeanne Storb

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

Thank You!

We 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):

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 Hipster

Dwight Keeney

William and Karen Kovacs

Hattie Mauch

Bruce Perry

Clayton Preston

Scott Sheldon

George Stickels

Barbara Thorland

Gayle Waterman

Dayna Wenzel

Kurt Zitzmann

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

noah blake window

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

noah blake sleds

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.

 

 

Donations in excess of $2,500 will be noted on a commemorative plaque.  The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum would welcome a corporate sponsor who would appreciate becoming linked to this important project.

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

eric sloane in front of flag

 

We’re getting ready for the October 14th Harvest Party at the Eric Sloane Museum

September 2, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on We’re getting ready for the October 14th Harvest Party at the Eric Sloane Museum

If you have yet to RSVP for the October 14th Harvest Party to be held on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum of Kent, Connecticut, we’d love to have you join us.  Your $10 per person admission entitles you to our complimentary dinner, free admission to the Eric Sloane Museum, and an informative tour of the Noah Blake cabin to learn about our efforts.

Also, enjoy local craft beer by Kent Falls Brewing, a bonfire, enter to win one of over 100 books by Eric Sloane, bid on our silent auction of Eric Sloane items including signed books, prints, and an original pen and ink drawing, and browse a number of Eric Sloane paintings available for sale, all to benefit the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum’s Noah Blake Cabin Restoration Fund. To RSVP for this event and for more information, please call (860-927-3849) or visit www.noahblakecabin.org.

Eric Sloane Harvest Party on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum

August 17, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane Harvest Party on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum

On October 14, 2017, the Friends of the Eric Sloane  Museum are  throwing a Harvest Party to raise money for the Noah Blake Cabin Restoration Fund…

…and you are invited!

4-6 p.m. at the Eric   Sloane Museum

Kent, CT

*$10 admission per person as a donation * Dinner is on us * Local Craft Beers courtesy of Kent Falls Brewing Company * Free Admission to the Museum * Bonfire * Silent Auction including works by  Sloane * Original works of art for sale by Eric   Sloane *   Special tours of    the  Cabin * Historic displays related to building in America, c. 1805 *   Door prizes

You won’t want to miss this event!

Call 860-927-3849 for information.

Your invitation to the Harvest Party at the Eric Sloane Museum

August 16, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Your invitation to the Harvest Party at the Eric Sloane Museum

We would love to have you join us on October 14th from 4-6 p.m. for our harvest party.  Click the invitation link below and plan on joining us in October.

Harvest Party 2017 email invitation