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The Heritage Treasures Trove Newsletter April 2015

HERITAGE TREASURES COLLECTORS CLUB

 

A Message from the Co-Presidents

NANCY MATTSON

 Hi Everyone,

            Happy Easter.

            First, I would like to say thank you to Donna Rella, Debbe Bush-Conte and Grace Werner for the wonderful make-n-takes. For those who did join us we made a tree with old light bulbs (or eggs for our Easter vignette), a polar bear and kites. If anyone has an idea they would like done as a make-n-take, please let Donna or me know about it, we would like to see everyone involved.

            The Spring “snow” kept many people away from our last meeting so we only had a mini charity auction. We raised $305 for a total of $670. We will have another mini auction at our April meeting.

            May, will be the display contest. Remember the size can’t be larger than 24”x24”, no height regulation, must include a hat and remember to have fun. I have started my display. I hope to have many entries this year. If you have a question, please let me know.

            If you plan on attending the California Gold gathering, September 11-13, 2015, don’t forget to make your hotel reservation and send in your gathering registration. There are two (2) tours planned – to see what they have planned visit their website: www.californiagoldgathering.com. Keep checking the website as it can be updated at anytime with new information.        

            The travel committee has been busy planning our annual trip to Lancaster. This year we have 32 people signed up. This is the largest group since we started. The dates for the trip are November 5-8, 2015. The hotel will be available Thursday to Saturday. Friday, November 6th will be The Dutch Apple Theatre for dinner and a show “The Church Basement Ladies Part 3”. Cost is $50 per person. Saturday November 7th will be dinner at Miller’s (hopefully) and the American Music Theatre for their Christmas show “Deck the Halls”. Cost is $36 per person. For more information see posting in newsletter.

Happy Collecting,

Nancy

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AL RELLA

 Hi Everyone,

            Hope everyone had a great Easter and is enjoying the beautiful spring weather!

            I would like to thank our make-and-take ladies for last month’s activities.  We made light bulb topiaries, kites and polar bears.  Everyone had lots of fun.  Thanks to Debbe, Grace and Donna.        

            I would like to thank everyone for their participation in our charity auction in February and March.  During today’s meeting we will be having the third part of our Autism Speaks auction. Please be as generous as you can with your donations.  All proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks!  Let’s succeed in making this auction even better than last year’s.  Our goal for this year is $800.  I know we can do it

            Our travel committee is working on our annual trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  It will be held the weekend of November 6-8 (Friday – Sunday).  We will be staying at the Country Inn of Lancaster (Our Place).  Our plans include going to the Dutch Apple dinner theatre to see the third part of The Church Basement Ladies.  We will also be seeing Deck the Halls at the American Music Theatre.         

            Please continue to support our sponsor, Ari’s Treasures.

             

Happy Collecting!

Al

  

A NOTE FROM ARI’S

 Hi Guys,

               No one is more anxious then I to receive, open up and play with all the new villages!  The GOOD NEWS is my delivery arrived on Wednesday!  I will sort out all of your orders and send out an email letting you know.  I have 4 of each building coming in, and 8 on most accessories, so if there is something else you would like, now is the time to reserve it.   Also, I have the Frozen palace, and the four figures that go with it. The piece is very sharp, especially lit up, and would work nicely in North Pole.

Hope to see you all soon!

 Jeff

 

ARE YOU IN THE KNOW?

            By Grace Werner

 

Woolworth’s, Christmas in the City, introduced 2005, retired 2008.  

Frank W. Woolworth learned the retail trade in Watertown, NY, where as a young man of seventeen he worked in a general store.  He worked there for six years and learned that overstock and out of season merchandise sold well after a markdown was taken.  He conceived a five cent store and borrowed money to purchase goods and opened a small shop on the street level of an office building in Utica, NY   on February 22, 1879. It failed within months and closed in 1880, but he was determined with his concept and with help from a family member he established a store in Lancaster, PA which was an immediate success.  In this store he expanded to ten cent items.  This store was profitable and a beautiful roof top garden was added to the building where social events were held   .  By 1881, Woolworth had two successful stores in Pennsylvania. He and his brother, Charles S. Woolworth, opened more five-and-ten-cents stores. His original employer was also made a partner and many family members were brought into the fold as partners and managers of the new stores.  The chain grew rapidly.  Window and counter displays were added to entice customers.  Woolworth himself relocated to Brooklyn where buying goods was localized and the best prices were to be had. Woolworth also designed the red signed store front    that became familiar to all across the country.  Later, Woolworth's introduced lunch counters to its retail stores.    You will notice on this 1950’s menu that there are no five or ten cent items. 

The company expanded and divided many times.  It established a stronghold in the United Kingdom as well in 1909. 

 In 1913, the company erected the beautiful Woolworth Building (called the Cathedral of Commerce) in New York City at a cost of $13.5 million paid in cash.   At the time, it was at 792 feet and the tallest skyscraper in the world until the Chrysler Building was constructed in 1930. In addition to its stunning white terracotta façade with subtle colored accents, the Woolworth Building won raves for its luxurious interior finishings, including a cathedral-like lobby with mosaics, sculpture and a gold-decked ceiling. Open to the public for years, the lobby was decorated with vivid caricatures of the frugal Woolworth counting his dimes.

On February 1, 1960, a Woolworth's store in Greensboro, N.C., became the setting for an important episode in the civil rights movement in America. Four African-American students entered a desegregated Woolworth’s and sat at its’ segregated lunch counter   where they were denied service and asked to leave.  They continued to sit.  Other students followed their example and on February 2 twenty-four students took part in a sit-in at Woolworth’s food counter. In the days that followed there were more sit-ins and ensuing disturbances. By February 7th, there were 54 sit-ins throughout the South in 15 cities in 9 states.  The protest was covered by the press and reported across the country.  That first sit-in is considered a landmark in the fight for civil rights.

As Woolworth's pursued expansion through specialty retailers, the department-store foundation of the company declined. By the 1970’s Woolworth’s was closing an average of fifteen stores a year.  In the 1980’s over four hundred stores were closed in an effort to restructure but stores continued to fail due to changes in the economy and style of merchandising and the onset of big box stores. On July 17, 1997 the original chain went out of business.  The corporate name was changed to Venator. In 2001, the company changed its name again to Foot Locker, reflecting its top-performing unit.

 

MEMBERSHIP

 Bob Bogart has designed an invitation flyer (see below) that he has forwarded to Jeff Aston to be included in the Ari’s Treasures online newsletter which will be released shortly.

If anyone has information of other local events (such as a church fair) where we would be able to distribute our flyers please let Bob, Roseann or Grace know.

 

TRAVEL COMMITEE

 November Travel Trip 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th

(Thursday,Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

 We will be staying at the Country Inn of Lancaster.  There are seventeen rooms being held for us.  Everyone will make their own reservations using the booking code #6947.  The price is $94.00 per night plus taxes.  This price is good from Thursday through Sunday morning.

 We will be going to the Dutch Apple Theater on Friday to see “Church Basement Ladies III”.  The price for the show is $50.00 pp due by the May meeting.

 On Saturday evening we will be going to see “Deck the Halls” at AMT.  Price will be $36.00 pp due by the Sept meeting.  I will try to make supper reservations at either Millers or Hershey’s before the show.  This you will individually pay on your own.

 

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

 

 

Spinach/Riccotta stuffed Mushrooms

               By Donna Rella

 1 15 oz. Container Riccotta

1 10 oz. Box chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed dry)

1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Salt & pepper to taste (more pepper than salt)

20-24 medium sized mushrooms (stems removed)

 Preheat oven to 425°.  In a bowl Mix all ingredients except mushrooms.

Stuff each mushroom with filling. Don't be afraid to overstuff!

Place mushrooms in a glass 13 × 9 inch pan.  Pour a little water in the

bottom of the pan (several tablespoons) .

 Bake mushrooms for 25-35 minutes

until they soften and filling gets brown & bubbly.

 Enjoy!

 

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

 

 Meeting Dates

 Meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at the Lake Ronkonkoma Beach Pavilion from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

May 16, 2015       

                                                             

 BIRTHDAYS

APRIL

         1 – Maria McKevitt

         3 – Al Rella

       10 – Ann Nardella

       25 – Steve LaMantia

 MAY

          7 – Bob Nardella

          8 – Nancy Mattson

          10 – Janet Richter

          14 – Don Mullins

          15 – Chris Mullins

          15 – John Gobler

          19 – Bob Illare

          27- Adam Fischer

          29 – Werner Wetzel

 

 

ANNIVERSARIES

 

APRIL

          4 – Al & Donna Rella

          18 – Frank & Peg Densing

 MAY

          8 – Scott & Sherry McKevitt

 

CLUB OFFICERS

 Co-Presidents:

 Nancy Mattson                  631-582-4193

 Al Rella                               516-249-9543

V.P. Scott McKevitt             516-558-7546

Treasurer Steve Mattson     631-582-4193

Secretary Grace Werner     631-586-1051

       


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WOOLWORTH'S                        UTICA
SKYSCRAPER                           VENATOR
FOOT LOCKER                         LANCASTER

 WATERTOWN                          CIVIL RIGHTS

 SIT-IN

  

March Meeting 

Make-n-take and Charity Auction

 

   

                1st day of Spring???                                      Light bulb tree

                                  

          Easter egg light bulb                                                   Polar Bear