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The Mohawk Valley Collective 2015 Summer Music Series

MAY 16TH-4.30-01Join us for the first event of our 2015 Summer Music Series!

The Mohawk Valley Collective is a non-profit dedicated to the restoration and adaptive reuse of two of our area’s historic architectural gems: Unity Hall (the former Universalist Church in Fort Plain) and the former West Hill School in Canajoharie. In addition to our preservation efforts we also host arts and cultural events in Montgomery County, including our 2nd Annual Summer Music Series.

We are proud to present our first show of the 2015 series Saturday, May 16th. Join us for an evening of great Country, Blues and Folk music featuring (in line-up order):

Pat Ruddy (Troy, NY)
Folk Rock

City of the Sun (NY, NY)
Indie folk

The Rusty Doves (Utica, NY)
Americana, Swing

Ramblin Andy (Brooklyn, NY)
Country Blues

American Honey Band (Upstate NY)

$7.50 advanced/ $10 at the door
Buy tickets here:
All proceeds go to future event programming and building preservation efforts!

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Mother’s Day at Arkell Musuem

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Arkell Museum open Noon -5:00 PM

Free Museum Admission All Day For Mothers and Grandmothers!

See what is Now on View at the Museum!

Canajoharie Library Spring Used Book Sale

flowersSaturday April 18 – Sunday April 19

Huge variety of books for all ages! Bargain prices!

• Cookbooks
• Children’s chapter books
• Children’s picture books
• Adult & Young Adult fiction
• Nature & Science
• Biographies, Health, History
• Hundreds of music CD’s
• VHS tapes     BUY 1/GET 1

** Vintage books **
**Premium coffee table books**
**Selection of Native American books**
VHS Player  *  DVD Player *  2 sets of 2-way radios

Donations of gently used items are always welcome.
Drop off any time when the library is open.
(Please, no textbooks, encyclopedias or condensed books)

Cupcake Wars at the Canajoharie Library

cupcake-warsThe Canajoharie Library is holding its third annual Cupcake Wars on Friday April 24th from 6-8pm. Baskets are on display at the library. Purchase your tickets early.

From the Ground Up – March 2015

Click image to download the PDF

Click image to download the PDF

Attached is a PDF of the March 2015 issue of “From The Ground Up” Magazine.

We’ve continued to receive wonderful feedback about the magazine, and we’re now closing in on 300 subscribers! If you know of anyone else that would like to receivethe magazine, let me know. All I need is their emails. We’re trying to have 500 subscribers by the end of the year.

We have a new feature in the business section on the last four pages of the magazine. Kim has made it possible for readers to click on the gold headers to access each websiteor Facebook page, whenever possible.

Please let us know if you are having any problems with the links or if you have any otherquestions about them. We’ll try to answer them as best as we can. Each computer or tabletis different in regards to switching back and forth between the magazine’s PDF file and awebsite, so it may take a little trial and error to figure that out.

Three articles this month also have website links on the bottom of the page. Just look for the web address and click on it if you’d like to access the website.

Another new feature this month is “Book Club,” which has information on books written by local author-historians. If there is a book you would like to have highlighted in that section for a future issue, just let me know.

I would also like to mention that Fulton County has been added to my coverage area, bringing the number of counties up to six!

Thanks again to my readers for your fantastic support. It makes all of the work on this magazine well worth it!

Chris & Kim Altmann
“From The Ground Up” Magazine
Luna Lake Graphic Design
Hot Spots Maps, Inc.

East Meredith, NY
Delaware County

Catskill Puppets on Opening Day at the Arkell Museum

arkell-puppetsArkell Museum Family Opening Day Celebration
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Galleries Open Noon – 5:00 PM

  • 12:00 – 4:30 PM: Art and Gallery Activities
  • 1:30 – 2:15 PM: Catskill Puppet Theater will perform “The Lion’s Whiskers”

Free Admission!

Visit their website for more information

We are connected to our Facebook page!

Great news! You will now be able to see all the news & events articles that are posted to the website on our Facebook fan page.

Annual Membership Drive

Click here to download the membership form PDF

The Chamber of Commerce is now conducting the annual membership drive. We hope to see the past memberships renewed and invite new businesses and individuals to join. The Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber promotes and fosters business in the two villages. Each member helps strengthen our communities and our local economy by supporting projects that foster community pride and raise awareness of what can be accomplished when we work together for the betterment of our community.

The Chamber of Commerce is proud of the 2014 projects:

  • New brackets created by Frank Snyder for the hanging basket project on the White Bridge
  • Annual flowers that enhance the lampposts in the village
  • New flags on the Mohawk River Bridge
  • Support both financially and with volunteers the Erie Canal Bicycle Tour that brought over 600 people from 30 states and 5 countries
  • Provide electrical hook-ups for the waterfront that encourages boaters to spend time locally and shop and dine here
  • Sponsored Elves’ Night Out on the first Friday in December that included the payment for the horse and carriage rides and Santa
  • Contributed monetarily to several local organizations including, Music on Main Street, Upstate Chapel, Canajoharie High School Music Department, the Youth Center and the summer reading program at the Canajoharie Library
  • Contribution to Palatine Bridge new lamppost holiday decorations
  • Payment to our webmaster for web updates, website hosting and email blasts

The Chamber of Commerce is anticipating the 2015 goals to be essentially the above causes that have fostered pride in the community.

  • We plan to continue the village beautification efforts
  • We look forward to working with other civic organizations for the betterment of the community

This summary reflects our behind the scenes efforts. New ideas are always appreciated.

Yours truly,

James Sancho
Membership Chairperson

The Glimmerglass Festival To Hold Chorus Auditions

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.  – The Glimmerglass Festival will hold auditions for adult choristers for the 2015 summer festival on February 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and February 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at The Glimmerglass Festival’s rehearsal hall at 4152 US Highway 20, Warren, New York.

The company is casting four female and four male adult chorus members, as well as one non-singing, non-speaking role in Verdi’s Macbeth, which is directed by Anne Bogart and conducted by Joseph Colaneri. Two sopranos, two mezzo-sopranos, three tenors and one baritone will be cast.

Singers should prepare two songs, one in a foreign language, to be performed with piano accompaniment. Arias or art songs are preferred. Please bring a copy of sheet music for the provided accompanist, as well as a headshot and resume.

Rehearsals for Verdi’s Macbeth begin Monday, June 1, 2015, and performances will take place July 11, 17, 21, 26, 31, August 8, 13, 15, 17 and 22 in The Glimmerglass Festival’s Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York. Music and staging rehearsal dates will be available at the auditions.

Those interested in scheduling an audition should call Amy Taylor at (607) 547-0700 ext. 203 to set up an appointment. For more information regarding auditions, visit or e-mail Gail Luna at

The Glimmerglass Festival presents four new productions of opera and musical theater every summer in Cooperstown, New York. The 2015 Festival runs July 10 through August 23 and celebrates the company’s 40th anniversary with new productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Verdi’s Macbeth, Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica and Bernstein’s Candide.

Brittany Lesavoy

Director of Public Relations
(607) 547-0700 ext. 206

Hair Of The Dog: Irish Celebration Dinner Theatre Rock Concert at The Broadalbin Hotel

Continue The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with The Capital Region’s internationally renowned IRISH ROCK BAND, HAIR OF THE DOG, at The Historic Broadalbin Hotel on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 7PM to 10PM. Come on in out of the cold; enjoy Irish dinner specials and drinks by the fireplace; and experience the finest tastes and sounds of Ireland. Sing, dance, and Meet n’ Greet with the band for autographs. Press Agent Lisa Gandia will be present to take FREE photos of fans with the band. Some fan photos may be displayed on the band’s Facebook! Hair Of The Dog’s CD’s, shirts, and hats will also be available for purchase, so take advantage of this special opportunity to get Hair Of The Dog’s memorabilia signed by the entire band! The members are Rick Bedrosian on bass and vocals, Larry Packer on fiddle, Eric Finn on electric guitar, mandolin, violin and vocals, Brian Gibney on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Joe Morizio on drums.

Hair Of The Dog released ten wildly popular CDs such as “At The Parting Glass,” “Let It Flow,” “Donegal,” and “Liam Left The Lights On Again.” The band was mentioned in Billboard Magazine as one of Irish Music’s biggest sellers. Their song “One Sunday Morning” was featured on the 2003 Colleen Records compilation CD “Songs of Irish Freedom Vol. 3.” In 2005 they appeared on “One Child At Time,” a charity compilation. They have performed in clubs and concert venues in many American cities including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Port St. Lucie, Danbury, Hartford, New York, and Buffalo. They regularly headline or co-headline at Celtic Festivals such as The Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival, The Great American Irish Festival, and The East Durham Irish Festival. Now you can experience Hair Of The Dog right here in Fulton County! Tickets for their upcoming Irish Celebration Dinner Theatre Rock Concert are only $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets and dinner reservations, contact David Thompson at The Broadalbin Hotel: 518-883-5414. The Broadalbin Hotel, 59 West Main Street, Broadalbin, NY 12025, is open at 4PM on Wednesday and Thursday, 11AM on Friday and Saturday, 8AM to 12PM on Sunday, and closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information about the band, visit . To book Hair Of The Dog for your next event, contact Lisa Gandia at 518-844-5453 or

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