Out at the Red Barn Preserve we are enjoying the cool rainy weather with trails that are beautiful. Seems like the cattails this year have extra energy and have shot up high above the wetlands and ponds. Walking along the boardwalks is like taking a path thru the jungle. The bugs seem to be under control and it is a great time to hike the trails.
The Farm house renovation continues. We recently stripped off the roof and are working to install a new metal deck roof that should keep us dry for another 30 years. We also removed the first floor bedroom addition that Lorraine Bogardus had built to help her husband Allan out when he had an accident and was told to avoid climbing stairs. The HVAC contractor has installed ductwork and will soon put in the new furnace. Thanks to some talented volunteers we have finished wiring the house. We hope to install the kitchen appliances and center island before winter arrives.
The Red Barn is getting some badly needed upgrades. We recently replaced the siding along the south end of the Barn’s lean-to. We are looking to do some repairs to the roof in the same area before the end of September. Not far from the Barn along the yellow trail we will be installing an observation platform to enable hikers to have a great view of the Blue Heron Rookery and ponds.
The summer concert series came to an end on August 26th with a performance by Sweet Adelines. The Museum’s concert team worked very hard this year to bring 9 concerts to Morristown. Our attendance averaged close to 100 people per event. Thank you Morristown for supporting us with your attendance – it means NY State will fund us for another year
Julie Pratt – an artist associated with the Remington Art Museum -conducted a drawing class entitled “Drawing in Nature” at the Red Barn Preserve on August 27th. Eight local artists participated in the class. It was not too difficult for the artists to find great scenery to draw.
We have scheduled a Volunteer Day for September 28th at the Preserve. Looking forward to seeing a lot of friends and museum family members to help us clean up the trails and to do light maintenance on some of the farm buildings. Our ambitious goal is to stake out another hiking trail. Dr Jessica Rogers from SUNY Potsdam will bring students from the university to participate in this one day work program.
Our deadline to participate in the Memorial Brick program is September 30th. For the cost of $60- a person can get a customized brick to have placed in the sidewalk at the entrance to the Museum. The message can range from cheerful greetings, to serious memories of loved ones. Stop by the museum to pick up a form or call and leave a message on our recorder.
We are soon to roll out a beautiful long sleeve T shirt this fall. The one-of-a-kind colorful graphics and soft to the touch shirt comes in sizes XS to XL. The cost is $29. XXL will cost $32. This is a quality, unisex, relaxed fit shirt.
Special thanks go out to members of the community for donations to our organization. Rick and Carolyn Johnson have donated a painting. Herb Holmes provided a wonderful drawing of Morristown’s ferry boat. Kent and Annette Stobel donated the beautiful flowers out front of our Main Street location. Clara Warren continues to provide amazing window displays out front If you have something to donate – please reach out to a museum trustee or stop by. Our criteria for accepting items is that the items must be donated with “no strings” attached and they must relate to Morristown.
The Museum is extremely grateful to our many volunteers. If you would like to volunteer –please reach out to a trustee or leave a message on our phone and we will get back to you.
September 15, 2019