Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS CUB SCOUT PACK 28, RAISES FUNDS FOR AFGHAN YOUTH

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CONGRATULATIONS CUB SCOUT PACK 28! They raised $454 for soccer balls for Afghan Youth at a recent coin drive at Croton's Shoprite. The money benefits a youth sports initiative sponsored by US Army Delta Company, 403rd in Afghanistan. Read more about it on page 7 of THE GAZETTE, 7/26/12-August 1, 2012.

HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH RECEIVES GRANT

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ROBERT MARCHANT - HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH RECEIVES GRANT – 7/30/12  - St. Augustine’s Church in Croton will receive $4,000 from a historical preservation group. The announcement: “You don’t have to be religious to understand that religious institutions contain some of our finest art and architecture. Many also provide vital social service programs and cultural activities that make significant contributions to their communities. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church was pledged a $4,000 Sacred Sites grant towards façade masonry restoration foundation and drainage upgrades to stop further brick deterioration and structural movement caused by water damage,” said Peg Breen, President of The New York Landmarks Conservancy. READ THE REST HERE: http://yorktown.lohudblogs.com/2012/07/30/grant-for-croton-church/

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PHOTOS FROM ST. A’S 2012 JUNE FESTIVAL HERE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157630016261638/

WISH YOU WERE HERE: A CROTON POSTCARD, ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/wish-you-were-here-croton-postcard-part.html

and  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/st-augustines-episcopal-church-another.html

Monday, July 30, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

--We love finding vintage scrapbooks at tag sales--this one belonged to a little girl who lived in Newark, is dated 1961, and somehow ended up in Westchester! We've been meaning to scan it for a long time but for now--the cover--the wonderful Wizard of Oz! Click on the photo.

--If done a bit more “elegantly”, that is using nicer papers perhaps--these could make a nice addition to a Christmas village http://warmhotchocolate.com/2011/12/12/fringed-paper-tree-village/

--Though not cardboard, a very elegant little village http://dwellings-theheartofyourhome.blogspot.com/2011/12/vintage-christmas.html

--A page full of vintage Christmas decorations but it was the chalkware Santa that really caught our eye http://vintagegoodness.blogspot.com/2010/11/vintage-christmas-goodness-on-ebay.html


--The coolest diner! We see “lakie”/faux tinplate possibilities here! "Today we have a nice diner from Banning Enterprises, Ltd.  It's a container that the is marketed as a notions box (a box to store sewing stuff and miscellany) and is a hybrid tin & plastic construct." Read more here:

Saturday, July 28, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

Ever since we came across that 1959 Ben-Hur playset, we've been hunting down other playsets from that era. Jennifer theorizes that at least some Christmas putz village builders were born from playing with these little toy worlds. Somehow that theory seems right! Here are some more from the 1959 Sears Christmas Wishbook. Click on the photos.



Really interesting site—Antiques Navigator—check it out—it’s a search aggregator http://www.antiquesnavigator.com/index.php

For the girls—1970’s commercial—Hasbro Charlie’s Angels dolls http://archive.org/details/dmbb24132

Very clever – using temporary tattoos to color Easter eggs http://pinterest.com/pin/146507794097986878/
Ok Marge—you dared us to find one of these—a new cardboard fireplace http://www.partycheap.com/Cardstock_Brick_Fireplace_Stand_Up_p/22030.htm


Merry Christmas vintage honeycomb bells—has a vintage look http://www.partycheap.com/Merry_Christmas_Tissue_Bells_p/22670.htm


PHOTO, TODAY'S CROTON TEEN THEATRE PRODUCTION OF MACBETH

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A photo from today's Croton Teen Theatre production of Macbeth in Vasallo Park--ending with a standing ovation! Click on the photo.

You may also have an interest in "Croton Memories: The 1973 Shakespeare Festival"; click on the link:  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/06/croton-memories-2012-1973-shakespeare.html

Thursday, July 26, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

We present a page from the Wards 1944 Christmas catalog; playsuits styled like service uniforms--reflecting Christmas in wartime...click on the photos below.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

UPDATED LINK: MAN DROWNS IN CROTON RIVER/MAYO'S LANDING

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Man drowns in Croton River, Journal News 7/23/12--NOTE: LINK ONLY GOOD FOR ABOUT 2-3 WEEKS

Highlights ONLY:
--Croton-on-Hudson Police Chief Anthony Tramaglini said the victim (CARLOS CHOLCO) was about 38 years old…2nd Assistant Fire Chief Matt Mansfield said the man was found on the water’s edge when rescue personnel arrived after running about a half-mile to get to the scene. The man was taken on a Croton police boat to Mayo's Landing.
--The incident happened close to the site of another drowning in which Dr. Peter Engel, 53, a psychiatrist from Cross River, died Aug. 28, 2011, after he and four fellow boaters were thrown from a raft into the rushing river in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. 

LINK TO ARTICLE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

1959 Sears Wishbook-courtesy www.wishbookweb.com
Every now and then you come across a toy from the 50's that seems so strange at first, you find yourself smiling--such is the case with this entry from the 1959 Sears Christmas Wishbook---a playset of over 130 pieces, complete with slave market, amphitheater, chariot race, etc.--THE ULTIMATE NON-CHRISTMAS PUTZ, LOL--from the the movie Ben-Hur!  Yes, yes, we DO want it! Click on the photo. 

See more from the playset and other Ben Hur ephemera here https://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157648616118524/

An interesting blog—a page full of Halloween putz—Keep scrolling down the page once you get there http://verymerryvintagestyle.blogspot.com/2011/09/halloween-glitter-houses-cute-scary.html


Toy and Train Publishing Co. is a now offering MARX TRAINS, the MOVIE An introductory video to early Marx trains on DVD. by Barb Jones, narrated by Jim Tucker http://www.toyandtrainguides.com/

Monday, July 23, 2012

A THANK YOU FROM THE CROTON ARBORETUM

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A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE CROTON ARBORETUM:  Thanks to the generosity and hard work of six local homeowners, the board and residents of the Ossining Campwoods Grounds, our tireless tour organizers, docents and other volunteers, the Croton Arboretum’s 16th Annual Garden Tour and Plant Sale was a big success. We raised $3,300 in much-need funds to maintain the 20+ acres of wetlands and woods at the Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum. Thanks also to everyone who bought tickets to see the beautiful gardens. We hope to see you again next year.

Karen Jescavage-Bernard
President
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Photo links from the tour by Marc Cheshire and Ken Sargeant:


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

Loved this charming Christmas Black & White Scotch ad from 1941 featuring of course--the black and white terriers! Click on the photo.

In our endless pursuit of honeycomb, Sara found this really unique hot air balloon! http://www.shindigz.com/party/Tissue-Hot-Air-Balloon.cfm

Amazing level of detail - We've thoroughly enjoyed these visits courtesy of Ed Berg -  This is the last installment of the Nürnberg Verkehrsmuseum (Nuremburg Transportation Museum) and features the really nice Märklin HO scale train layout. Enjoy! http://tiny.cc/mvynhw

A very fancy 1930’s made in Japan mercury glass garland http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/rv.fcgi?itemKey=3923962696

Bayberry Cove has updated their Christmas page—7 pages of new—and sale—items; some things are quite expensive—others not so—some very unique http://bayberrycove.com/winter.html

These acrylic ice-blue chunks or tablescatters are very effective in a bed of faux snow http://www.save-on-crafts.com/iceblueice.html

Christmas outlet at CollectionsEtc.—admittedly there’s a lot of well, tacky Christmas here, but now and then you come across something nice! http://www.collectionsetc.com/Products/Clearance/Christmas-Outlet/category.aspx/_/N-dmn55k

How to make your own iced branches http://www.save-on-crafts.com/icedbranches.html

Atomic era Corning coffee set--quite something  http://www.flickr.com/photos/66507640@N05/7200647994/in/photostream

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

MORE EVERTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

All rights reserved Antoinette Stockenberg
Another one of our favorite scenes--THIS ONE from the 2010 vintage Christmas putz mantle of Antoinette Stockenberg. Click on the photo, then see more at http://tiny.cc/ecgmhw 

Howard Lamey’s first Lackie style putz house project – see the photos, a work in progress at the Cardboard Christmas forums - click on the link http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=190

Check out these wonderful retro-inspired Halloween images—they come in “fat quarters” so you can make your own tea towels, etc. http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/14174

Worth a second look - Unusual mid-century made in Japan NOEL Christmas pixies http://www.flickr.com/photos/inmyjammiesintx/7403260704/in/pool-flickrchristmas


Check out this retro-inspired Halloween themed fabric http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/13974

Some putzing inspiration – 100 Small Houses of the Thirties – on sale http://store.doverpublications.com/0486441318.html

1948 instructions for assembling and operating Lionel Trains continues, pages 25-30 http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/07/1948-instructions-for-assembling-and_17.html

Sir Lampsalot—home of the best kerosene lamp catalog reproductions; a very interesting site http://www.sirlampsalot.com/

Fun way to make a tiny perfect bow using a fork http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU2Hboc2s5k&feature=related

Monday, July 16, 2012

ANOTHER REASON TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY: SHOPRITE & TOWER OF HOPE

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EverythingCroton feels passionately about supporting local businesses that support local causes. Time and time again, Croton's Shoprite gives back to the community. They are currently collecting donations for Tower of Hope, founded by former Croton resident, Cathy Carilli. Their mission is to empower people who are living with a disability or a chronic illness to live more independently by providing them with specially trained service dogs.  Their primary focus is on providing these amazing animals to wounded veterans - those that have suffered great physical or mental trauma defending our freedom. You can read more about the organization here: http://www.thetowerofhope.org/ Please donate whatever you can.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE FINDS, WEBSITES, ETC.

To the right, a vintage pink gown, late 1950's; the tag pinned to the box said: Vivian's dress, the Christmas Cotillion at Rye. How could we resist! Click on the photo.

Oh are you going to have fun here! The Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access digital archive dedicated to the study and preservation of one of the twentieth century's most influential literary & artistic forms: the all-fiction pulpwood magazine. The Project also provides information on the history of this important but long neglected medium, along with biographies of pulp authors, artists, and their publishers. http://www.pulpmags.org/default.htm

Little people and things for your putz villages; the mother lode—click on the link—then take your time and scroll down the pages—there are SO MANY tiny figures here—putz sized, plastic, bisque, vintage, elves, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, dancers, villagers, you’ll be astonished! When you get there, type in little people and little things

Some building inspiration—courtesy of Route 66 postcards http://viewlinerltd.blogspot.com/2012/07/us-highway-66.html

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

FOR TRAIN LOVERS ONLY, PART EIGHT

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We’ve launched a new series here at Everything Croton—FOR TRAIN LOVERS ONLY…model trains, vintage, antique, toys, real-life trains, etc.

Our EIGHTH INSTALLMENT OF FOR TRAIN LOVERS ONLY comes courtesy of this series’ growing base of local (and some not so local!) fans. It’s another potpourri of various train ephemera we know you’ll enjoy but first…courtesy of The Croton Historical Society: if you ever have an opportunity to review the Society’s collection of New York Central RR calendars, you’ll get to see some wonderful color illustrations of trains and train stations gone by. We hope to scan some of these in the near future but for now, click on the photo above to see a cover from the 1989 NY Central calendar. Moving along:


1897 SOUVENIR OF THE “OVERLAND LIMITED TRAIN”; UNION PACIFIC RR – fabulous train illustrations; gorgeous interior illustrations as well http://archive.org/stream/souveniroftheove00unio#page/n3/mode/2up

1888 THE GOLDEN GATE SPECIAL—THE FINEST TRAIN IN THE WORLD—also some nice illustrations - The Golden Gate special. Union Pacific railway. Southern Pacific company. Pullman's palace car company. Between Council Bluffs or Omaha and San Francisco. A Pullman vestibuled train (Google eBook) http://books.google.com/books?id=SUEKAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false 

TRAIN TIME—OUTSTANDING PHOTOS from the Nürnberg Verkehrsmuseum, part 3. Enjoy! http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/07/train-time-nurnberg-verkehrsmuseum-pt-3_11.html 

To see PART ONE OF FOR TRAIN LOVERS ONLY, a collection of wonderful old railroad postcards courtesy of the Sol Gluck collection at the Croton Historical Society, click http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-train-lovers-only-part-one.html

To see PART TWO, the 1948 20th Century Limited brochure scan, also courtesy of the Society, click: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-train-lovers-only-part-two.html

To see PART THREE, a miscellaneous collection of stock certificates, ads, the Tanfield Railway out of Durham, UK, and more, click: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-train-lovers-only-part-three.html

To see PART FOUR,  the 1895 Travelers Official Guide of the Railway and Steam Navigation Lines in the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of the Croton-on-Hudson Historical Society, click: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/for-train-lovers-only-part-four.html

To see PART FIVE, a potpourri of items: the interior of the Harmon station 1953 at Christmas, Hudson River Railroad ephemera, a 1944 diesel, Pulmanettes, a toy train, Santa Fe RR postcards http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/for-train-lovers-only-part-five.html

To see PART SIX, a potpourri of items: NORMAN ROCKWELL’s A Night on a Troop Train with the Paratroopers; a pre WWII Lionel Train Layout video; lots of Lionel Train eye candy; A HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF TRAINS AT THE NIXON LIBRARY; an Alco Locomotive Works ad from the January 1937 issue of 'Railway Age' magazine featuring the Milwaukee Road Hiawatha locomotive; Model Trains and Schlitz, 1949 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/for-train-lovers-only-part-six.html

To see PART SEVEN,  a potpourri: -- 1940 ad for the 1940 Sears Scoop toy train;  a neat little B&W travel brochure from the Milwaukee Road, "Notes Along The Trail of The Olympian Hiawatha", courtesy of ToyConnect, mid to late 50’s; and Atomic train! 1960 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/for-train-lovers-only-part-seven.html

ELCA MALARIA CAMPAIGN, OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH

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For most of us a mosquito bite is not much more than a minor nuisance—an itchy bump on our skin that goes away after a while. But for millions of people around the world this is not the case! Mosquitoes can transmit malaria, which most often is life-threatening! Almost 800,000 people die of malaria each year—that’s nearly 2,200 deaths every day! Nearly 90% of those deaths occur in Africa where malaria is a leading cause of death after HIV/AIDS...Many malaria victims are pregnant women and children. In Africa malaria claims the life of a child every 45 seconds! The good news is that this statistic can be changed! Malaria is completely preventable and treatable!

Click on the two-part scan below to see what Our Saviour Evangelical Lutheran Church (56 CLEVELAND DRIVE, CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY 10520) is doing to help—and how you can help too.


SUMMER REFLECTIONS AT THE DUCK POND - JULY 2012

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There once was a time in recent years when you saw nothing reflected on the surface of the village Duck Pond--not the sky--not the trees or the clouds--just a never-ending sea of foul-smelling green soup, infested with mosquitoes, and devoid of most other life. 

Today, thanks to the hard-work and research of the volunteer committee, we're proud to say that the Duck Pond is again clean, clear, and home to turtles, muskrats, and fish. Click on the photo.

You may also have an interest in: 
AN ARTICLE ON THE DUCK POND FROM 1973: CROTON’S DUCK POND THEN & NOW http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-post_27.html

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

THE CROTON YACHT CLUB 1973

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AUGUST 2, 1973 - TRAGEDY AVERTED - Croton Cortlandt News - CLICK ON THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE COURTESY OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Sunday, July 8, 2012

ERNEST BORGNINE DEAD AT 95

Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine passed away today at age 95. CNN: Film and television actor Ernest Borgnine, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a lovelorn butcher in 1955's "Marty," has died at age 95, his manager said Sunday. The thick-set, gap-toothed Borgnine built a reputation for playing heavies in early films like "From Here to Eternity" and "Bad Day at Black Rock." But he turned that reputation on its head as the shy, homely title character in "Marty," taking home the Oscar for best actor -- one of four awards the film claimed. 

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/08/showbiz/obit-borgnine/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

Click on the photo courtesy of The Croton Historical Society newspaper archives—advertising Borgnine in the role of “Marty”—when it played at the “Starlite” Drive-In (note: the correct spelling was Starlight) here in Croton.


You may also have an interest in THE STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN, parts 1 & 2 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/croton-memories-starlight-drive-in_15.html AND http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/more-croton-memories-more-on-starlight.html