At the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Hamilton County, New York is Auger Falls (Latitude 43,4673 Longitude -74,2465). Just north of the intersection of Routes 30 and 8 near Wells you will find a dirt road with 2 parking areas. Trails are marked by DEC and there is a sign in log at the falls end of the trail. A short walk through a wooded area takes you to a lookout over the falls. A walk along the waterway yields fantastic views of Adirondack scenery. A FujiFilm X-T1 camera was used to create these images.
The Farmers’ Markets in Amsterdam New York offer a variety of unique, quality products. Located both on Main and Church Streets, these markets supply fresh locally grown produce as well as handcrafted items.
2015 marks the 139th year of the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair, running from August 1st through August 8th on South Grand Street in Cobleskill, New York. The following photos were taken on opening day with a FujiFilm X-T1 mirrorless camera.
One of the best places to visit in New York State during the summer is the Saratoga Race Course. It is a time honored tradition for many and recently for me through photography and the not-for-profit organization, the Friends of Sanford Stud Farm. FSSF was established to preserve the thoroughbred racing legacy of the Sanford family, whose local Amsterdam farm Hurricana, bred, trained and raced thoroughbred horses for competition at Saratoga. Although most of the original farm is now commercial space, the group would like to save the remaining buildings to create a park where tourists could stop and learn about our rich history in thoroughbred racing.
I first photographed the Saratoga Race Course in the ’80s and several times last season, including the newly established Sanford Exhibit at the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Breakfast at the track is a great way to see the thoroughbreds warm up without the crowds and the cost of admission. Trackside parking for breakfast opens at 6:45am and although you pay the parking fee ($12 weekdays, $15 weekends), the money is refunded if you exit the parking area by 10am.
The following photos were taken Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the 101st running of the Sanford Stakes. The trophy was presented by Landine (Sanford) Manigault and her son Pierre to horse #11 Uncle Vinny, trainer T. Pletcher, jockey J. Velasquez .
The #4 horse, Magna Light actually came in 1st place was was knocked down to 3rd after a formal complaint and controversial technical disqualification. Sanford descendant Landine Manigault felt badly for the owners and trainers of the disqualified Magna Light and asked me to take a photo with one of Magna Light’s owners to signify their win anyway.
On Tuesday I wrote about the Drums Along the Mohawk Outdoor Drama that will take place the first two weekends in August at Gelston Castle Estate in upstate New York. Last evening I was invited by Producer Kyle Jenks to photograph a few of the actors in costume. The rehearsals take place at the United Methodist Church on Golf Course Road in Amsterdam. Pastor Carl Chamberlin has graciously opened the doors of his church to the cast as well as other community groups interested in the Arts.
The costumes really brought the drama to life and the grounds of the United Methodist Church are very similar to those of the Gelston Castle Estate where the drama will be performed in August. As the actors put on their costumes, they immediately became the characters from the novel.
The City of Amsterdam, New York is rich with history and wouldn’t exist if it were not for the life sustaining waters of the Mohawk River that flows through it. The history of the Mohawk Valley is the basis of many Revolutionary War stories. One of the best is Drums Along the Mohawk written by Walter D. Edmonds in 1936. The story describes the journey of a young couple, Gilbert and Lana Martin, trying to exist and raise a family in the Mohawk Valley among the horrific battles between the British soldiers, American soldiers and the Seneca Indians.
Local Director Kyle Jenks has taken this story and produced an adaptation featuring local actors in the beautiful outdoor setting of Gelston Castle Estate, 980 Robinson Road, Mohawk, New York. The period piece will take place the first two weekends in August with a performance both on Saturday and Sunday starting at 5pm. Each two act performance is two hours long with a brief intermission between each act. Details about tickets and directions can be found on the production’s website. You can also find them on Facebook.
As a precursor to the full production, there will be a portrayal of the wedding of lead characters Gilbert and Lana Martin (played by Dave De Fazio and Ness Stark) on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Palatine Church in Palatine Bridge, NY, followed by a reception at the Nellis Tavern in St Johnsville, NY.
Although the story is fiction, it is based on actual events that took place in our area. This event should please both our local history buffs and lovers of theater. Combined with the beauty of the Mohawk Valley, this outdoor drama has all the elements to make for an enjoyable event.