Saturday, March 31, 2018
BY SPECIAL REQUEST, KATHLEEN BELLER, THE CROTON CONNECTION...
Click on the Summer 2007 edition of THE CROTON HISTORIAN (the quarterly newsletter of The Croton Historical Society) for a quick bio of the actress.
Known best for her performance in PROMISES IN THE DARK with Marsha Mason (directed by Jerome Hellman, 1979) for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Beller also starred for two seasons in the television series DYNASTY.
Click on the US Magazine cover. More info here.
SPEAKING OF DYNASTY, YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY THIS POST HERE
BY SPECIAL REQUEST, AN INDEX TO THE EVERYTHING CROTON SERIES..."THE CROTON CONNECTION"...THRU 2017, PART ONE--STAY TUNED FOR PART TWO:
--ACTOR PETER STRAUSS, CROTON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--ERIC KNIGHT, THE CROTON CONNECTION, LASSIE; more here and HERE
--FILM, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, HAROLD RUSSELL, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE, HAROLD GRAY, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--FOLK SINGER WOODY GUTHRIE, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--ACTRESS LENORE ULRIC, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here and here
--PRIZEFIGHTER JACK DEMPSEY, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--CANDID CAMERA's ALLEN FUNT, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--OSCAR LEVANT, PIANIST, COMPOSER, ACTOR, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--FLOYD DELL, HESSIAN HILLS SCHOOL, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--SINGER ALAN LOMAX, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--MAX EASTMAN AND CHARLIE CHAPLIN, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--MEXICAN MURAL ARTIST DIEGO RIVERA, HESSIAN HILLS SCHOOL, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--FRED GWYNNE, THE MUNSTERS(!), THE CROTON CONNECTION; BENNETT CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, Croton Shakespeare Festival; more here
--KATHARINE HEPBURN, CROTON RIVER PLAYHOUSE, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--ACTOR HOWARD DA SILVA, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
--SILENT SCREEN MATINEE IDOL FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN, CLIFFORD HARMON, THE CROTON CONNECTION; more here
UPDATED: SEE PART TWO OF THE INDEX HERE
Friday, March 30, 2018
Congratulations to Holy Name of Mary's Father Nelson--who became a citizen on March 22nd at the White Plains courthouse.
Your editor first became acquainted with Father Nelson through his work with the Spanish Ministry (click on the photo). Many parishioners also have high praise for his WELLSPRINGS lecture series at Holy Name.
FOR MORE ABOUT HOLY NAME OF MARY, visit holynameofmary.org
We love making interesting finds about Croton's history...here's the latest....
For quite some time, we've been coming across items in various newspapers (from the Daily News and Tarrytown Daily Record to cite just two examples) about Croton Point Beach Dancing and Music by The Georgia Syncopators. (Click on the photo.) The ads are mainly from the spring and summer of 1922.
Intirgued, we set out to discover more about THE GEORGIA SYNCOPATORS. Imagine our surprise to discover that this was one of the aliases used for DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS ORCHESTRA!!!! Read more here
So was Duke Ellington ever at Croton Point? We like to think so...but will continue to search!
YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY:
--THE TOP 3 ARTICLES ABOUT CROTON POINT FOR 2013 AT EVERYTHING CROTON; click here
MORE FROM THE ORIGINAL RECYCLERS--Croton in World War II...Scrap metal and paper drives, The American Legion, Croton Lions, Fred Niles etc. Courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Click on the images below.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
A NOTICE FROM TEMPLE ISRAEL: After an extensive search and selection process, we are thrilled to announce that Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman has accepted the invitation to serve as our cantor at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester beginning on July 1, 2018. For additional info, contact tinw.org
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
1942 ZERO MOSTEL, THE CROTON CONNECTION: MOSTEL TO CELEBRATE WILLIAM GROPPER BIRTHDAY, HARMON PLAYHOUSE
MORE COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 1942 ZERO MOSTEL, THE CROTON CONNECTION: MOSTEL TO CELEBRATE WILLIAM GROPPER BIRTHDAY, FAMOUS ARTIST, HARMON PLAYHOUSE--CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW.
FOR MORE ABOUT CROTON'S WILLIAM GROPPER and other Croton artists of the day, click on the link http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/02/1940-croton-artists-to-exhibit-at.html
TWO REQUESTS your editor and the elves were able to answer at last:
1) A reader asked about a ceramic shop that closed shortly after her arrival in Croton--but couldn't remember the name--we believe it was PICK PRODUCTS (click on the 1983 ad ABOVE courtesy of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY). It was owned by Paul and Mary (nee Villani) Picciano, one of the original founders of THE CONCORDIA BAND and a member of Chemical Engine Company.
2) We also had a request for anything on THE BRICK SHIRTHOUSE (the latter was two words not one)--click on the ad, also from 1983 and also courtesy of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY; there's not much out there--we were able to locate this from a Galveston 1989 paper: "Dec 20, 1989 - That ploy seems to work for one of Baron's favorite businesses, The Brick Shirt House in Croton-on- Hudson, N.Y. Originally it was named because it moved into a red brick building and we sold T-shirts," said owner Henry Haase"
Many thanks as always to the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY; more info here
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of The Croton Historical Society, AND BY SPECIAL REQUEST--MORE OF THE TIGER CUB, DECEMBER 1945 prepared and edited by the students of Croton Harmon High School. Click on the images below.
YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE TIGER CUB, APRIL 1945; click here
As promised, more of the great Lou Brennan, courtesy of the outstanding archives at THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Click on the photos below. See and read more here
Become a member of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY TODAY; download the membership form here
For more about the Louis A. Brennan, Lower Hudson Chapter, NYS Archaeological Association, visit their website at http://www.lablhc.org/
Monday, March 26, 2018
At Everything Croton, we try to answer all requests--here's an old one--a request for "anything on the old UNITED CIGAR STORE on Riverside before the highway". Click on the images below, courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of The Croton Historical Society.
FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW: United Cigar Stores was a chain of cigar stores in the United States that in its first quarter-century grew to nearly 3,000 shops. It eventually became part of the corporation that bought Marvel Comics and its parent company Magazine Management from their founder in 1968. Read more here.
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY A LOOK BACK AT WINKLER'S; more here
Sunday, March 25, 2018
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, THE FAIRPORT HERALD, 1888, THE CROTON CONNECTION & MORE
A fascinating article from THE FAIRPORT HERALD, 1888, featuring Dr. Underhill, those luscious grapes, the Croton River, Pierre Van Cortlandt, the Manor house, the now long-gone shad population, Major Andre, assorted members of the Teller family, and their recollections of GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON etc.. Click on the images for HOURS WITH THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE REVOLUTION
Saturday, March 24, 2018
As many of you know, NANCE'S COFFEE/THE COHENS closed in September of 2017 when the MTA gave the contract for the space to another bidder. This, despite well over thirteen hundred petition signatures--and the intercession of many local political figures--among them, then Mayor Dr. Greg Schmidt, candidate for county legislator Bob Outhouse, Senator Terrence Murphy, etal.
By way of a quick history, the New York Central Railroad leased the coffee stand to the Marafito family in 1966. The family had been diligently serving the riding public from then until last year. When Theresa Fiorentino perished on the railroad tracks in 2008, the community of Croton grieved as we had lost one of our own.
Sean Cohen has placed an update on the petition site:
Mar 24, 2018 — We want to thank each and every one of our supporters in this battle we fought. It is more important for us to move forward and keep other legacies and dreams alive for Terry. Unfortunately the Marafito Family lost their bid and had to leave the beloved train station after 51 years. But Linda (Marafito) Odubayo Thompson has rewritten Terry's memoir. READ MORE HERE
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One of the first churches your editor heard about when arriving in Croton was the large and very imposing Holy Name of Mary on Grand Street in the historic Upper Village.
That's because your editor has always been a fan of both French and American Art Deco style, and a friend insisted that I just had to check out the only "Art Deco Mary" statue she had ever seen.
The statue graces a niche in the stone facade high above the main entrance.
The church she said, was quite beautiful, with traditional painted statuary and stained glass windows of high quality, but....the exterior statue of Mary above the entrance was pure art deco--in line and form--especially the eyes, costuming and head piece.
to take your telephoto lens she added.
And your editor did. And she was right. Again, click on the photos to see this most unusual Blessed Virgin.
p.s. As it turns out--and thanks to the volunteers at The Croton Historical Society, your editor learned that the church was completed, dedicated and opened in 1929. You can read more about that by clicking here.
So the next time you're passing Holy Name of Mary, look up...for a very serene yet thoroughly "moderne" rendition of the Blessed Virgin....and no, we don't know who the artist was. Stay tuned....
YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY A LOOK AT ONLY SOME OF THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS AT HOLY NAME here
And of course for Easter fans, just a small portion of the 2016 village from Matthew Und. Love the "design-lines" on the roofing of the two putz houses. CLICK ON THE PHOTOS AND ENJOY.
We continue to receive so many requests for help in finding patterns/templates to make your own cardboard putz houses--once again you are being sent to the BEST place around--with hundreds of patterns and templates (not for commercial purposes) conveniently located in one place--and of course some of the best advice at Cardboard Christmas Dot Com - Click on the link: https://bit.ly/LeAUdF
ALWAYS WORTH ANOTHER LOOK: VINTAGE JAYLINE TINPLATE BUILDING, SUBURBAN STATION, with working bell http://bit.ly/1N0AnL2
Our friends at European Film Star Postcards are always on the hunt for some rare and interesting postcards--and have come up with some beauties! Click on the link for more from 2016 http://bit.ly/23QLnPo
LUCY'S SPRING PUTZ HOUSES & PROJECTS HERE
FABULOUS PUTZ HOUSE REPRO BY PUTZINVT HERE
REMEMBERING THE OUTER LIMITS--and The Twilight Zone and more too--includes a fab collection of vintage trading cards--go HERE
AND IF YOU LOVE TRAINS, this is the place to go https://bigindoortrains.com/
AND HERE'S A WONDERFUL FIND--TRAIN TIME: 'Mother's Nightmare' Marx No. 400 Wind-Up Engine with Baking Soda 'Smoke' and Bell