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Category: Upstate NY

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Trip To New York City: On the Train

Trip To New York City: On the Train

I pulled away from the plaster dust from out home remodeling project, and took a short business trip to Manhattan. I hadn’t been to the city in 22 years, since I was a young drama student in the 1980s. And New York is just as fabulous and exciting as it was then. This is the […]

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Central Leatherstocking Region Name Changed to "Central New York": My Opinion

Central Leatherstocking Region Name Changed to “Central New York”: My Opinion

It’s official. The unifying regional name for Oneida, Madison, Chenango, Broome, Otsego, Schoharie, and Montgomery counties– Central Leatherstocking region– has been changed by the New York Legislature to “Central New York.” Sure, Central New York is more efficient, more economical, more utilitarian, but this is what makes the changeover sad. Who knew what “leatherstocking” referred […]

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Salt Glaze Ceramic Pottery at Fountain Elms, Utica, NY

Salt Glaze Ceramic Pottery at Fountain Elms, Utica, NY

In visiting the lovely Fountain Elms Historic Site in Utica, NY, recently, I noticed a very large room filled with displays of salt glaze ceramic pottery. I paused to look around and take a closer look. I believe my mother used to own some pottery like this when I was a kid; it’s very heavy […]

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Tea Parties, Declarations, and Flags

Tea Parties, Declarations, and Flags

Guess where we went yesterday? We went to Fort Stanwix in Rome, to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence read aloud, and give our huzzahs to Liberty. What a fabulous time! We also got to sign our names on a copy, and “…for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on […]

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