CONFERENCES & SYMPOSIA
2003 New York Folklore Society Annual Conference
Annual Meeting of the New York Folklore Society
in cooperation with
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY)
October 24-26, 2003
Sackets Harbor, New York
Theme: Common Places, Uncommon Stories: Cultural Landmarking and Cultural Conservation in Upstate New York Communities
October 24–26, 2003
Sackets Harbor, New York
The 2003 Annual Fall Conference of the New York Folklore Society was presented this year in cooperation with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).
It was held October 24-26 in Sackets Harbor, New York, on the shores of Lake Ontario, a New York State Heritage Area Community, and entitled “Common Places, Uncommon
Stories: Cultural Landmarking and Cultural Conservation in Upstate New York
Conference participantshere, Steve Zeitlin, Amanda Dargan, and Mary Huffordtook a bus trip to sites designated by TAUNY as the North Country’s “very special places,” including the Crystal Restaurant in Watertown.
Sackets Harbor proved to be a lovely setting for the conference, and TAUNY was a gracious host. Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, the conference presentations were part of the councils Humanities Month and included architectural advocates Steve Zeitlin of City Lore on his program "Place Matters," Nancy Solomon of Long Island Traditions on her advocacy work with bay houses, Steve Engelhart of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, and Jane Busch, an independent architiectural historian.
Varick Chittenden moderated a panel discussion, "Common Places: Uncommon Stories," with [from left] Steve Zeitlin, City Lore; Steve Engelhart, Adirondack Architectural Heritage; Nancy Solomon, Long Island Traditions; and Jane Busch, architectural consultant.
After a morning of provocative presentations and discussion of issues of cultural landmarking, historic preservation, and cultural conservation, we loaded a tour bus for visits to several sites included in TAUNYs Register of “Very Special Places”the Crystal Lunch Room in Watertown, the Burrville Cider Mill, Marilleys General Store in Croghan, and Thousand Island Park. The days events concluded back at Sackets Harbor with a dinner at the 1812 Steak and Seafood House and a presentation by Mary Hufford of the University of Pennsylvania.
Crystal Restaurant (Watertown, NY), one of TAUNY’s Very Special Places, is a 1940s style restaurant, enclosed by rich wood paneling and original furnishings, with a menu which defies inflationary trends and offers classic diner fare. The Crystal is also noted for their “Tom and Jerry” holiday beverage.
Burrville Cider Mill (Watertown, NY), one of TAUNY’s Very Special Places, is one of the oldest buildings in Jefferson County, where the Steiner family continues the fall tradition of pressing cider and making cider doughnuts for thousands of weekly visitors.
E.M. Marilley, Co. Retail Store (Croghan, NY), one of TAUNY’s Very Special Places, is a general store which specializes in “nearly everything.” The store has been in the same location and under the same family ownership for 130 years.
Inside Marilleys General Store in Croghan, New York are [from front] Pamela Cooley, Brenda Verardi, Stan Ransom, and Makalé Faber.
Veronica Terrillion’s “Woman-Made” House and Garden (Indian River, NY), one of TAUNY’s Very Special Places, is a Concrete Sculpture Garden, Log House, and Total Personal Environment created by Veronica Terrillion [1908–2003], Self-taught Artist.
Vivekananda Cottage (Wellesley Island, Thousand Island Park, NY) one of TAUNY’s Very Special Places, is a Victorian cottage and grounds owned originally by Elizabeth Dutcher. The site marks a week-long visit in 1895 by the revered Hindu swami Vivekananda. The property was purchased by The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center in 1947 as a spiritual retreat.
Stanley Ransom, who serves as a board member for NYFS and TAUNY, performed music from the Lake Champlain region for conference participants.
Fred Higby of Black River, recipient of a TAUNY North Country Heritage Award in 2002, performed on the harmonica at the Societys fall conference.
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The New York Folklore Society’s programs are made possible in part with public funds from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.