Friday, March 02, 2007

Regular Greenery

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT Friday (3/2). Deanna Kirk trio, with Peter Einhorn and Lou Pappas, from 8:30 pm. at Stella’s Lounge, Catskill Point. Saturday (3/3). Lex Grey & Co. present nostalgic down & dirty ditties, from 9 pm. at Stella’s. --Gilbert & Sullivan Players of New York City perform selections from “The Mikado” at Catskill Mountain Foundation movie theater, in Hunter, from 8 pm. (518-263-2063 x202; Sunday (3/4). Bard Conservatorium of Music students perform Beethoven, Bach, Paganini & Mendelsohn pieces at Beattie-Powers House, Prospect Avenue, Catskill, from 2 pm. --Beethoven’s Wig (=musicians, in case you wonder) perform(s) at CMF movie theater from 3:30 pm. WEEKDAY EDIFICATION Thursday (3/8). “Business Outlook for Greene County” illuminated by Industrial Development Agency ramrod Sandy Mathes. Sponsored by the Business & Professional Women but open to the public, at the Quarry Steak House, from 6:30 pm. For information: Joan Young, 943-4992.

FOUND. A workman’s derby hat. Pre-tied cravats. Black stockings, made on site more than a century ago. New York Fashion Bazaar of February 1888, advertising Lydia E. Pinkham’s vegetable compound as well as, with engraved illustrations, ladies’ “toilets” (=ensembles; outfits). These items emerged recently from the walls of the former Oren’s Furniture warehouse during renovation. So did copies of The Atlantic Monthly of 1872, of Frank Leslies’s Lady’s Journal (1873; “devoted to fashion and choice literature”), of Spelman’s Fancy Good Graphic, of The YMCA Watchman and The Christian Advocate and Presbyterian Home Missionary (1882, addressed to Miss P. Lynes), of Dr D. Jayne’s Medical Almanac (1911; “for gratuitous distribution”), and of The New York and Chicago School Journal of 1892, with advertisements for a Philosophical, Electrical and Chemical Apparatus from Queen & Co, for Horsford’s Acid Phosphate for Dyspepsia, and for what Dr Stephens of Lebanan, Ohio, promised as a cure within 20 days of the opium/morphine habit. In 1939, Silver Screen magazine sold for 10 cents a copy, while rival Hollywood Screen Life cost a nickel. A cover story in the latter featured Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, stars of “Wuthering Heights.” During that year, while the big metropolitan newspapers focused on European warfare, The Catskill Daily Mail, in keeping with its “mission” to “guard, serve and inspire the mighty future of Catskill, Greene County and the Hudson Valley,” concentrated on local events. In mid-June, Catskill hosted the Hudson Valley Firemen’s Convention, with headquarters at the Saulpaugh Hotel and greetings from Village President Arthur Haysom, Honorary Chairman Seth Cole, and Fire Chief Watson Brandow. High School seniors published a first yearbook, The Rip Van Winkle. The Hudson River Night Line, idle for the previous 18 months, resumed operations with a steamer accommodating 2600 passengers. The venerable Salisbury Manor in Leeds was available for sale. Local taxpayers’ share of the Catskill schools budget came to $66,282. Claude Mossman of Tannersville advertised for help locating his missing Great Dane and Irish Setter. Among advertisers were Day & Holt, the Catskill Savings Bank, W.W. Henderson memorials, Millspaugh funerals, Tanners National Bank.

STRUNG OUT? Since the start of 2007, as reported in The Daily Mail, GreeneLand has acquired three new music equipment shops. To Mountain Top Music in Tannersville have been added, still more recently, Chris Kovacs’ Guitar Source and Rick Perrine’s Sound Sync Music, both in Coxsackie.

DUSTUP. Rumor has it that ashes recently appeared mysteriously on aisles at the new Wal-Mart. They were scattered there, says Ms Rumor, by a local pastor who heeded the request of a lately deceased congregant. She had asked to be cremated, and to have her ashes scattered around WalMart; “Then I’ll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week.”

GYM RAT A: “I want to get stronger than any of my daughter’s boy friends.” GYM RAT B: “I want to get stronger than my girl friend’s boy friends.”

GEEZER’S PRAYER: Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

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