Celebration

Meet Laura Elmendorf


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The Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course has been local news for the past few months. A new Common Council with a supermajority vote and a Mayor used to getting her own way have stalled contracts for both the golf pro and the concessionaire at MUNI.

Laura Elmendorf is the concessionaire without a contract who has successfully run the restaurant and bar at the golf course.  Still negotiating her contract, Laura is busy planning for this year’s events.  Although the concession used to be open on weekends during the winter, this year it is closed because a contract was never negotiated or signed last year.

As a board member of the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation, this blogger had the opportunity to meet and talk with Laura while planning a fundraiser to be held at MUNI in June. Every year the Foundation is tasked with raising money, organizing and presenting Riverlink Concerts to the public free of charge. Laura is very pleasant, knowledgeable and personable. She seems much wiser than her years. My visit to MUNI was to get a better idea of the layout and space. The AWF fundraiser will be announced as soon as we have a firm commitment, that being easier said then done.  Laura was ready with menu choices, reasonable prices and suggestions. The venue was larger than I imagined and the views were gorgeous, even in the winter!

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I sincerely hope the responsible parties take care of these contracts soon before scheduling opportunities are lost.

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WPHO 2013 Holiday Celebration


The World Peace and Health Organization presented their 2013 Holiday Celebration at the Goddess of Mercy Temple on 58 Grove Street in Amsterdam, New York on Saturday afternoon. It was a celebration of the Winter Solstice and Christmas bending and blending cultural barriers. There was a large representation from our local Native American tribes who shared their cultural traditions along with drumming and flute music. A local duo played their original metal composition on guitar and drums and a traditional Chinese song was sung in English by a Chinese native and in Chinese by an American. The Chinese Buddhists presented both song and a variety of costumed dance. Food and refreshments were served. It was a very colorful, festive celebration of the end of 2013.

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The Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park


A formal acknowledgement of accomplishment celebrating the conceptualization, design and implementation of Riverlink Park, is what the email invitation described. On Wednesday, August 20, 2013, at 11am, elected officials and representatives from local organizations celebrated the fruition of 30 years of planning and development resulting in Amsterdam, New York’s beautiful Riverlink Park.

Like proud parents seeing their child off to college, Congressman Paul Tonko and Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane were beaming with smiles as they talked about the hard work involved in turning a brownfield contamination into the Jewel of the Mohawk River. Phase one and two of the park development are complete and soon phase three construction will begin. The third phase is the much debated curved pedestrian walkway that will span the Mohawk River as a park lined with benches, plantings, trees and pictographs describing the history of Amsterdam.

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Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours


The second of the Riverlink Park Concerts spotlights Low ‘n Lonesome as the opening band with Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours as the featured band. Low ‘n Lonesome (Rob Adkins and Phil Drum) played some of the finest old-time Blues and Ragtime to be heard anywhere.

Nephew of country icon Ernest Tubb, Lucky’s style is reminiscent to the raw, original country and honky-tonk styles of the earliest Nashville artists. After touring as opening act for Dwight Yoakam, Ray Price, and Hank III, Tubb & the Modern Day Troubadours showcase their strong traditional influences that have run in the family for years.

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Rock on Amsterdam…Rock on!


The Audiostars kicked off Amsterdam’s 2013 Riverlink Park Concert Series to a delightful crowd of faithful concertgoers. The band consists of J Yager on vocals and guitar, Matt Pirog on lead guitar, Chad Ploss on drums and vocals and Bobbie Van Detta on Bass and vocals. They played high energy classic rock that pleased the crowd of about 400 who were very eager to dance!

Riverlink Park looked great despite local flooding that prevented the docks from being installed. During the concert, visible debris continued to float down the Mohawk River. People were not bothered by the minor distractions and seemed happy to enjoy the outdoor event with no threat of rain! It was a great night.

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Sanford Stud Farm Open House


The festivities continued Saturday, June 15, 2013, when the Friends of Sanford Stud Farm held their annual open house event. There were merchandise, craft, food and informational booths set up in and around the Broodmare barn. The stables featured two Percheron mares.Just outside the barn, there was a blacksmith demonstrating his craft. There was an inflatable slide for the kids and the best car show I have ever seen in this area. This event was huge! The weather was sunny and just perfect. People were itching to get outside after the seemingly never-ending rainstorms and were generally in a very good mood.

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Has Spring Fling lost its bling?


Amsterdam, New York’s 3rd Annual Spring Fling street festival was held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 10am to 4pm. Although opinions in the local newspaper praised the event as highly successful, it seemed rather lackluster and well… boring. I don’t know if it was me coming down from the celebration of Buddha’s birthday, beautifully orchestrated by the World Peace and Health Organization, or if there was just a general feeling of apathy at Spring Fling. There didn’t seem to be as many people or vendors as last year’s event. The motorcycles were not there this year and it seemed as though vendors were packing up and leaving early. It certainly didn’t help that Main Street was torn up due to the downtown rerouting and resurfacing project. One vendor I spoke with stated that people were not buying like they were last year.

For a fair comparison, I took photos about 2pm for the past two years and photographed from the same place. The photos do not lie.

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The rest of the images are from the 2013 Spring Fling Festival

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I thought the Police K9 was going for Sno Kone Joe!


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Buddha’s Birthday 2013


East Asian cultures celebrate the birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, on the 8th day of the 4th month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The birth of the Supreme Buddha is thought to be 563 BCE and marks the beginning of Buddhist tradition.

In Amsterdam, New York, the World Peace and Health Organization celebrated Buddha’s Birthday on May 17, 2013, at the Goddess of Mercy Temple, The Five Buddha Temple and the Supreme Western Shrine Temple. This blogger was graciously given the opportunity to photograph the lavish and detailed ceremony and performances from the vantage point of the balcony at the Goddess of Mercy Temple. The photos, equally lavish and detailed, may take a while to load, though they are well worth the wait. The ceremony began with a procession of Buddhist Monks singing and chanting as they encircled the interior of the temple. This was followed by greetings to and a message of religious harmony and peace given by Holy Buddhist Master Ziguang Shang Shi. There was also song, dance, Tai Chi, opera, Chinese lions, an American Marine/Buddhist monk singing in Chinese and two Mormon missionaries singing Mormon hymns. After the conclusion of the Goddess of Mercy ceremony, the celebrants were invited to the Five Buddha Temple where they participated in the symbolic bathing of the Buddha.

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Kentucky Derby Party


The Annual Kentucky Derby Party sponsored by Friends of Sanford Stud Farm, was held in Amsterdam, New York on Saturday, May 4, 2013.  The free event started with a tour of the former Sanford Stud Farm Broodmare Barn, where visitors viewed Kentucky Derby Memorabilia from Amsterdam’s 2 Derby Winners-1916(George Smith) & 1929(Clyde Van Dusen).

The event continued at the Recovery Room Sports Grill where attendees were given a chance to pick the Kentucky Derby winner before the live viewing on the large screen televisions. There was also a hat contest where prices were awarded for the most original and prettiest hats. Fifteen percent of the attendees food and beverage bill went to the Friends of Sanford Stud Farm  preservation efforts.

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Amsterdam Celebrates Mardi Gras!


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The Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation proudly hosted a Mardi Gras Dance Party fundraiser at the Creative Connections Arts Center last night. With a crowd of dedicated Riverlink Park Concert fans in attendance,the turnout was fantastic. This was the major fundraiser for the Waterfront Foundation who bring free concerts to Amsterdam every Saturday during the months of July and August. Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys brought the house down with Zydeco music that kept the dance floor full the entire night. Café Nola’s Creole creations even got the OK from the native Louisianans in the band.

The Art Center was transformed to a Mardi Gras inspired showcase. Special thanks go to Emily Gavry who painted the huge Bourbon Street mural that made the room come alive and to Marie Gavry who created the bead and mask centerpieces that graced each table and inflated balloons Saturday morning. Thanks to Evan Gavry who set up the audio equipment, partly owned by Evan with some rentals, and provided audio mixing the entire night. Thanks also to the City of Amsterdam for providing use of the Creative Connections Arts Center.

The Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation Board members responsible for organizing, promoting and running this fundraiser are Paul Gavry, Denise and Robert Terry, Jerry Skrocki and Dave Blaze.

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