Friday, November 30, 2012

VIOLA DAVIS, THE CROTON ARBORETUM GAZETTE LETTER

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THE FOLLOWING LETTER APPEARED IN THIS WEEK’S GAZETTE; IT IS RE-PRINTED HERE WITH PERMISSION; from Karen Jescavage Bernard, Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum  

11/24/12 To the editor:
We note with great sadness the passing of long-time friend and Arboretum supporter Viola Davis. While development of the Arboretum was still limited to a few hiking trails, Viola was among the first to see its potential for Croton’s schools. Because of her focus on science education, she worked tirelessly to interest and involve school administrators and teachers in developing programs that would incorporate the Arboretum’s abundant resources for real time science and environmental research.
Given her impressive teaching career – Viola was recognized as a National Teacher of the Year – we were honored when she accepted an invitation to join our Board of Directors. She was a dynamic and inspirational member until health reasons forced her resignation. We continue to miss her guidance and advocacy greatly.
Our directors and members want to extend our sympathy to Viola’s family, and particularly to her grandsons, of whom she was passionately fond. The family has asked that donations in her memory be sent to the Arboretum, where we plan to plant trees as a living memorial. 
All contributions should be sent to: Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary Inc./P.O. Box 631/Croton-on-Hudson NY 10520. 

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You may also have an interest in:

FEED THE BIRDS IS SELLING REUSABLE BAGS TO HELP THE CROTON ARBORETUM--click on the link http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/09/feed-birds-selling-reusable-shopping.html

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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

Vintage Catalog time--great cover to the right for the 1908 Wannamaker's Christmas catalog; click on the link to see the whole catalog http://archive.org/stream/merrychristmaswa00john#page/n0/mode/2up

Nerlich & Co.--wonderful old photos in this 50th anniversary edition  http://archive.org/stream/nerlichfiftyanniv00nerluoft#page/2/mode/2up

1900-1901 Nerlich catalog--Toronto--the toy, trains, games, pages are amazing! http://archive.org/stream/fallandholiday00nerluoft#page/n5/mode/2up


Fun site: Candy Addict--and a story on the long gone Seven-Up Candy Bar  http://candyaddict.com/blog/2008/04/07/retro-candy-flashback-seven-up-bar/

You may also have an interest in seeing some photos from WWII, the Japanese surrender http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/2012-pearl-harbor-ceremony-to-be-held.html

2012 PEARL HARBOR CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN CROTON

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FROM THE VILLAGE: Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony--Croton’s Central Veterans Committee will be hosting the annual Pearl Harbor Day ceremony this year. It is held in Croton on a rotating schedule with the Town of Cortlandt and Village of Buchanan. The ceremony will be in the Community Room of the Municipal Building on Friday, December 7 at 5 pm. All are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Click on the photos below to see some Pearl Harbor ephemera and photos from private local collections, all rights reserved:

1943, private collection

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A BLAST FROM THE PAST: GOLDEN GLOW OF CHRISTMAS CONVENTION, RYE

Well folks, the last tree is finished, the putz village lit...and photos will start in the next few days...make sure to send us lots!

In the meantime, this very nice and very early made in Japan putz comes to you from our friend Barbara, all rights reserved, a blast from the past--CLICK ON THE PHOTO--and her notes and photos on the recent Golden Glow of Christmas Convention in Rye--click on the link: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/07/notes-from-recent-golden-glow-of.html

For more about Golden Glow: http://goldenglow.org/

FOR THE PUTZ HOUSE BUILDER & RESTORER: MULLIONS BY THE MILLIONS

all rights reserved pete oehmen
As many of you know, Pete Oehmen (yes, of coconut putz discovery fame, see http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/coconut-update-more.html) recently had a die made for the production of windows and such for those of who repair vintage and or make putz houses from scratch. Well the fun has begun, the famine is over--and Pete says that "door and window mullion replacements for both the cardboard putz houses and the composition houses are now available. We can even make these out of fancy custom papers for the modern Putz House builders." For more info, contact Peter directly at Oehmen@sbcglobal.net -- and Pete is working on a website--here's a test page--with more to come in the months ahead http://cardboardputzhouses.com/

AND FOR MADE IN THE USA PUTZ HOUSES WWW.LITTLEGLITTERHOUSES.COM 

CROTON BAIT & TACKLE, A LITTLE HISTORY & MORE, INA AND RICHARD FERRIS

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CROTON BAIT & TACKLE is one of the village’s oldest businesses. We came across this article from 1998 at the Historical Society the other day and just had to share; click on the photos. For more about Croton Bait & Tackle, click on the link:

http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/05/croton-bait-tackle-fishermans-paradise.html

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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

Another great ad (1948) from the days when cellophane was new and exciting! See more at http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157627878073291/with/4690485615/.

Leave it to Howard Lamey of www.littleglitterhouses.com to find a fabulous video that shows in very simple terms--how to make a feather tree for Christmas. It's probably too late to make one for the season but next year for sure! Click on the link


To the reader who was looking for a quick "post office" for this year's putz village, a very generous scan from... http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2011/06/kelloggs-uk-paper-village-sheet-2-pt-3.html

A friend is doing a mid-century modern PINK aluminum Christmas tree this year and has been beaten out on vintage sputnik ornaments every time on EBAY; she did find this alternative and sent along the link  http://www.cb2.com/shop-holiday/holiday/sputnik-silver-ornament/f8144

Monday, November 26, 2012

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

Check out this American Skyline building by Elgo, courtesy of Tom H. He says it is the only American Skyline set he has ever seen or had--and though it isn't as big as it should be (no doubt pieces missing), you can still make something similar to what was intended.  These would have been compatible with the "O" gauge scale for model railroads.  It is a dense white acetate type plastic and although it hasn't warped, it has shrunk very slightly but can still be assembled. Click on the photos. This would make a fabulous putz!

And from Toys and Stuff, the M5 Skyline Scarsdale home http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/11/skyline-m5-scarsdale-home.html

Silvercrow Creations has added LOTS of new Christmas/Winter items; click on the link; keep scrolling down the page; they even have vintage lametta tinsel http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/accessoriesframes.asp?main=christmas.htm

OUTSTANDING vintage Macy's Thanksgiving parade photos--1930's through 1960's; KEEP SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE ONCE YOU CLICK ON THE LINK http://42ndblackwatch1881.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-an-archive/

A CROTON CHRISTMAS 1973, PART TWO

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BY SPECIAL REQUEST, "A CROTON CHRISTMAS 1973", Part Two. Click on the photos below. As always, this would not be possible without the excellent newspaper archives maintained by The Croton Historical Society. Click on the photos. You can see Part One here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-croton-christmas-1973-part-one.html 


 
 

THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS...PART 2

1950's
If you haven't guessed by now, we here at Everything Croton are mad for just about anything vintage -- especially vintage Christmas and holidays in general, not to mention the 1940's a.k.a. The War Years--and the 1950's too. We also love finding like-minded sites that share our passions. So here's an end of the year wrap-up of only some of our favorites, some local, some not, that we think are definitely worth your time:

--We’ve talked about TOYS N’ STUFF A.K.A. TOYCONNECT before but the Christmas postings there are wonderful, especially…

MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS PAST – wonderful photos, etc. http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2011/12/memories-of-christmas-past.html

--And for toy and train collectors, wouldn’t these make a great gift http://www.toyandtrainguides.com/ 


--SALLY EDELSTEIN COLLAGE - A very interesting site http://www.sallyedelsteincollage.com/ 

--THE SPOOK HILL CHRONICLES http://halloweentrains.com/spook_hill_chronicles/spook_hill_chronicles_intro.htm

SEE PART 1 OF THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS HERE: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/these-are-few-of-our-favorite.html

SOME PHOTOS FROM THE 2012 CROTON LIONS CHRISTMAS TREE SALE OPENING

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Some photos from the 2012 Lions Christmas Tree Sale--which started officially yesterday. With help from the local scouts, members of the junior varsity, Croton teams, and others, the truck was unloaded in no time. Click on the photos. For more about the Lions, visit http://www.crotonlions.org/Home.html  You may also have an interest in http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/photos-croton-lions-club-wine-tasting.html


Friday, November 23, 2012

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

NEW PUTZ HOUSE, CUSTOM, FROM HOWARD LAMEY; click on the photos below, 10" X 9" base, 6 inches tall WWW.LITTLEGLITTERHOUSES.COM

Hey everyone—remember VAC-U-FORM - http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardmiller/2245141828/

Instructions—and products—for making BLUMCHEN’S ADVENT ANGELS – USING THEIR SPUN GLASS TAILS OR CREPE PAPER FOR THE SKIRTS. Click on the link and keep scrolling down the page; these are VERY easy! http://www.blumchen.com/hh_craft_2011a_advent_angel_ornaments.html

From the EverythingCroton Christmas Test Kitchen:
MINT HOT CHOCOLATE from Dunkin Donuts: awesome
GLADE FOOD SCENTED CANDLES: Pecan Pie and Red Velvet Cake: awesome

PHOTO ALL RIGHTS RESERVED HOWARD LAMEY

PHOTO ALL RIGHTS RESERVED HOWARD LAMEY

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A CROTON CHRISTMAS 1973, PART ONE

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BY SPECIAL REQUEST, "A CROTON CHRISTMAS 1973", Part One. Click on the photos. As always, this would not be possible without the excellent newspaper archives maintained by The Croton Historical Society.

You may also have an interest in: A CROTON CHRISTMAS 1958-1978 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157627770614519/ and A CROTON CHRISTMAS 1930-50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157627810031344/with/6213428585 

By the way, the annual Croton Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale begins this Sunday in the Shoprite parking lot. The sale is featured here for 1973 as well.

HEADLESS ORANGE TURKEY STALKS HARMON

Not really...we just wanted your attention...but check this out. For the last few days, a local pumpkin carving artisan has been whittling away at the giant "pumpkin" (actually it's a gourd) in front of Croton's Umami. We were very curious about what was going on and took this snap yesterday! Click on the photo.

Umami Cafe, in the Heart of Harmon...http://www.umamicafe.com/directions.htm


You may also have an interest in http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/10/giant-pumpkin-springs-up-in-harmon.html


HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

PHOTOS, CROTON LIONS CLUB WINE TASTING 11/16/12

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On November 16th, the Croton Lions Club held their second annual wine tasting at Tenampa, hosted by Cortlandt Wine & Spirits (2017 Albany Post Rd., 271-6614). Here are a few photos from this very successful fundraising event, all rights reserved Croton Lions Club. Click on the link http://www.flickr.com/photos/28029712@N05/sets/72157632070750674/ 

GEORGE SMALLS HAS PASSED AWAY

EverythingCroton has been asked to post the following: Former Croton resident George Smalls, who retired to Las Vegas some years ago, has passed away at the age of 93. Mr. Smalls was a member of the Croton Lions Club and a former Superintendent of Parks at Croton Point. He was also a member of the Asbury Methodist Church. There will be a memorial service at Asbury on January 12, 2013 at 2 pm. Details will follow.

THE NOVEMBER 2012 AJNA ARTS MARKET; PHILIP TAYLOR HAND BLOWN GLASS

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We’re happy to report that The AJNA Wellness Center’s first monthly arts market last Saturday was a success. Philip Taylor Hand Blown Glass was there (click on the photo). This guy does beautiful work.You can contact PHILIP TAYLOR HAND BLOWN GLASS at taylor_pg@msn.com

JOURNAL NEWS OBITUARY FOR VIOLA DAVIS 1922-2012

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JOURNAL NEWS OBITUARY FOR VIOLA DAVIS 1922-2012
Viola Davis, who taught fifth grade for more than 20 years in the Croton-Harmon Schools, died at age 90 on November 17. She was married to Lester Davis, a social worker and educator who died in 1976, and was mother of Seth and Nina. She was a graduate of Hunter and Lehman Colleges and did further study at Columbia's Teachers College. She was widely admired as an innovative, compassionate and inspiring educator.

Viola is survived by her son Seth Davis, and daughter-in-law Elisa, of Croton, her daughter Nina Davis-Millis and son-in-law Christopher Millis, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, her grandsons Mark Davis of Staten Island, New York, Kevin Davis of Croton, and Simon Davis-Millis of Cambridge, and her sister Hadassa Wisch, of Rockland, Maine.

Memorial contributions should be sent to either The Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc., P.O. Box 631, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520, or to the Bennett Conservatory of Music, 18 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. A memorial service will be held in the spring. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lohud/obituary.aspx?n=viola-davis&pid=161141121&fhid=4011#fbLoggedOut

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A 1973 THANKSGIVING EDITORIAL

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We end our series "A Croton Thanksgiving 1973" with an interesting editorial from the Croton-Cortlandt News, 11/22. With thanks as always to The Croton Historical Society. Click on the image below.


2012: OH CHRISTMAS TREE, OH CHRISTMAS TREE...AT CROTON COUNTRY GARDENS...& SANTA CLAUS TOO

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JUST A REMINDER THAT CHRISTMAS TREES GO ON SALE AT CROTON COUNTRY GARDENS THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING...

And stay tuned for the dates when Santa Claus makes his annual stop-overs at the shop. As you can see from last year, Cookie is on very good terms with St. Nick. Click on the photo and stay tuned for more.

CROTON COUNTRY GARDENS, 1360 ALBANY POST RD., 271-5129 

You may also have an interest in  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/vintage-inspired-christmas-lanterns-at.html

UPDATED: SANTA CLAUS ARRIVAL DATES - DEC. 8TH & 9TH; DEC. 15TH & 16TH

THE NOVEMBER AJNA ARTS MARKET: DANCING SPIRITS HERBS

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We’re happy to report that The AJNA Wellness Center’s first monthly arts market last Saturday was a success. For those who asked about the “herb lady”, the name is DANCING SPIRITS HERBS; contact info: Cmpierson8@gmail.com  Click on the photo and stay tuned for more from the market. 

THE AJNA WELLNESS CENTER, in the heart of the historic Upper Village http://www.theajnawellnesscenter.com/

Monday, November 19, 2012

LEST WE FORGET: WOODY THE WOODPECKER'S BIRTHDAY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER--& A SERIOUSTOYZ WINTER AUCTION REMINDER

From a past auction at Croton's own Serioustoyz.com
Lisa reminded us today that Woody the Woodpecker made his screen debut on November 25th, 1940 in a cartoon called Knock Knock. So we pulled out one of the great animation cells that were offered in a previous sale at Croton's own SeriousToyz to mark the occasion. (Click on the photo, all rights reserved)

And don't forget the WINTER AUCTION IS COMING AT SERIOUSTOYZ.com

Sunday, November 18, 2012

THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS...PART 1

If you haven't guessed by now, we here at EverythingCroton are mad for just about anything vintage--especially vintage Christmas and holidays in general, not to mention the 1940's a.k.a. The War Years--and the 1950's too. We also love finding like-minded sites that share our passions. 

So here's an end of the year wrap-up of only some of our favorites, some local, some not, that we think are definitely worth your time:

-MY VINTAGE VOGUE, a celebration of classic fashion and photography--there's some fantastic imagery here: http://myvintagevogue.com/

-FAMILY CHRISTMAS ONLINE; there's so many great things here; the site was conceived to help your family have a meaningful Christmas, even if your life is going in 30 directions. A growing library of ideas, songs, traditions, and much more. The section on "Christmas decorations" is worth the trip alone: http://www.familychristmasonline.com/

-OLD CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS.COM; the title says it all; what a history! http://www.oldchristmastreelights.com/

-SATURDAY FINDS; this site kind of defies description--vintage, crafting, inspiration; worth spending some time at http://www.saturdayfinds.blogspot.com/

-SWEET PAPRIKA; Food, glorious, food, a local Croton site written by one is enamored of all things culinary; fabulous recipes, great photos and more. Lots of neat holiday recipes too. http://sweetpaprika.wordpress.com/

-POSTSCRIPTS; online magazine offering a pastiche of articles on current affairs, history, technics, opinion, writing, advice, humor and trivia written by Croton's own Robert Scott http://www.notorc.blogspot.com/

-CARDBOARD CHRISTMAS.COM; yes we love vintage Christmas, but especially cardboard putz houses! http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/

-TOYS & STUFF; need we say more! http://www.toyconnect.blogspot.com/

-VIEWLINER, a tour of Americana http://www.viewlinerltd.blogspot.com/

-PAPA TED'S PLACE; THE definitive history of cardboard Christmas houses a.k.a. putz, made in Japan or otherwise; this is the archived edition http://cardboardchristmas.com/papateds/

-ONE OF OUR FAVORITE ETSY SHOPS--vintage Christmas--and more--and the stock is always changing: MADs LUCKY 13 http://www.etsy.com/shop/madslucky13