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Noel Dries, 82, Stalwart In Hyde Hall’s Revival

IN MEMORIAM

Noel Dries, 82, Stalwart

In Hyde Hall’s Revival

Noel Dries, right, with Jim Weeks after they were named co-grand marshals of the 103rd Springfield Fourth of July Parade in 2019. (AllOTSEGO.com file photo)

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Noel Dries, who played an important role in the overall establishment and maintenance of Hyde Hall, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, Feb. 8, 2021. A life-long resident of Cary Mede, Town of Springfield, he was 82.

A teacher, historian, and tireless researcher and well-loved Springfield resident, he was born May 30, 1938, at what was then a tiny Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

He was the only child of Frank Lawrence Dries, Jr., and the former Ruth Margaret Kelly. His mother’s family went back several generations in Springfield, while his father, who was from Brooklyn, came to the Springfield area during the Depression and worked at Cary Mede as a groundskeeper.

In Thriller, Frankenstein Born At Hyde Hall
Horror Flick Available On Shudder.com

In Thriller, Frankenstein

Born At Hyde Hall

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Star Alix Wilton Regan in a particularly horrifying moment in “A Nightmare Wakes,” filmed at Hyde Hall.

A Shudder original, “A Nightmare Wakes,” premieres Feb. 4 on the horror-thriller-supernatural streaming platform.

The short was filmed at the Hyde Hall National Landmark on Otsego Lake by Wild Obscura, a “by/for/about women” producer.

Directed and written by Nora Unkel, the 90-minute film follows author Mary Shelley “as she creates her masterpiece (Frankenstein), she gives birth to a monster,” the IMDb page reads.

Shudder describes itself as “a subscription service for the horror, thriller and suspense genres.”

Alix Wilton Regan stars in the film as Shelley alongside Giullian Yao Gioiello, Philippe Bowgen and a host of Cooperstown talent.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Carved Pumpkins On Display 10-25-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

Carved Pumpkins On Display

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PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7 p.m. See artistically carved/decorated pumpkins for this Halloween season. Wear a mask, social distance, be safe. There will be no indoor gathering this year. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Early Voting open. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Visit www.otsegocounty.com/departments/board_of_elections/index.php for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Stream 3 Plays Online Featuring Local Performers 10-24-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Stream 3 Plays Online

Featuring Local Performers

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STREAMING – Theater returns with ‘An Evening of Lanford Wilson’ featuring 3 plays performed by local actors. ‘Days Ahead,’ with Gary Stevens, ‘A Poster of the Cosmos’ with Steve Dillon, & ‘The Moonshot Tape’ with Brooke Tallman-Birkett. Cost, $10 for 2-day steaming access. Presented by Stuff of Dreams Productions. 607-432-5407 or visit www.foothillspac.org

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Early Voting begins. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Visit www.otsegocounty.com/departments/board_of_elections/index.php for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Road Rally Scavenger Hunt With Oneonta Rotary Club 10-18-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18

Road Rally Scavenger Hunt

With Oneonta Rotary Club

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FUNDRAISER – 1 – 4:30 p.m. Bring a friend and enjoy the Oneonta Rotary Clubs first ever Road Rally Scavenger Hunt. Follow clues, answer riddles, stop to take pictures of scenic Otsego County. Come in costume or decorate your car to be eligible for a Spirit Award. Cars must cross finish line by 4:30 to be eligible for prizes. Food available after the hunt. Cost, $25/adult aged 18+. Quality Inn, 5206 St. Hwy. 23, Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/oneontarotary for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Cider Pressing Demonstration 10-17-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

Cider Pressing Demonstration

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CIDER PRESSING – 2 p.m. Learn how to make real apple cider at demonstration of old fashioned cider press. Continues till apples are gone. Also find, apple cider donuts, homemade icecream. Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream & More!, 5212 St. Hwy. 28 S., Oneonta. 607-434-0148 or visit www.facebook.com/Polar-Bear-Homemade-Ice-Cream-More-538187663021144/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Fall Foliage Run To Support Relay For Life 10-10-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Fall Foliage Run To

Support Relay For Life

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RELAY FOR LIFE – 11 a.m. Join Fall Foliage Run with the American Legion Riders in memory of Robin Enck, Rider & Army Veteran who lost his life to cancer this year. Ride to support American Cancer Society in the search for a cure. Registration begins 9:45 a.m. Cost, $15/participant. American Legions, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-0494 or visit www.facebook.com/alrpost259

Hyde Hall Among Historic Homes Featured In D’Imperio’s New Book

Hyde Hall ‘Most Opulent’

Of Chuck’s Historic Homes

“Big Chuck” D’Imperio hands a freshly signed copy of his latest book, “Open House: 35 Historic Upstate New York Homes,” to Joanne Spina, Worcester, following his Sunday Series talk at the Swart Wilcox House Museum earlier this afternoon in Oneonta. “The most magnificent home in my book is Hyde Hall,” said D’Imperio, WZOZ personality, “It is the most opulent in scale for that time in America.” He went on to recount many a tale from his travels collecting the best stories from each of the homes featured in the new book. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Museums, Hyde Hall Announce Openings

Museums, Hyde Hall

Announce Openings

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Fenimore Art Museum Assistant Curator James Matson Photoshopped a mask onto “Picking Flowers” (1840) by Samuel Miller.

COOPERSTOWN – These days, even art plays it safe in the face of COVID-19.

To enforce mask wearing when The Fenimore Art Museum opens on Friday, July 3, Assistant Curator James Matson Photoshopped masks over several pieces from the museum’s collection, including “Laura Hall” (1808) by James Brown, and “Picking Flowers” (1840) by Samuel Miller.

“We took the artwork and utilized it for our signage,” said Todd Kenyon, communications director.

Following the announcement of the opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday, June 28, The Farmers’ Museum, Fenimore Art Museum and Hyde Hall announced they would start their seasons: Hyde Hall on Wednesday, July 1; The Farmers’ and Fenimore on Friday, July 3.

“It’s been a long winter,” said Kenyon. “Everyone wants to come back, but they want to do it safely.”

Though the Fenimore postponed headlining exhibits “Keith Haring: Radiant Vision,” “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams”, and “The World of Jan Brett” until 2020, the museum has lowered its prices to $10 for adults. “We’re hoping reduced pricing balances it out,” said Kenyon.

In the Clark Gallery, “Prismatic Beauty: American People and American Art” is on display, and
“Blue Gardens: Photographs by Gross and Daley” and

“Elegant Line/Powerful Shape: Elements of Native American Art” are also opening. Though tickets can be purchased at the door, the museum is limited to 150 visitors at a time, with strict limitations on how many can be in each gallery. “In the Clark and Thaw galleries, there can be 30 people at a time,” said Kenyon. “But smaller galleries, like the Cooper Room, have a maximum of six people.”

There is also one-way signage throughout the museum.

At The Farmers’ Museum, the entirety of the Historic Village has been closed, with only the main barn and the children’s barnyard open. “We will have interpreters in front of the Blacksmith’s shop, Pharmacy, Bump Tavern and Lippitt Homestead,” he said. “You just can’t go inside.”

With these limitations, Kenyon said, prices have been reduced to $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12, and under 6 free. “Even without these buildings open, we have a beautiful setting for people to come in,” he said.

Additionally, some virtual programming, including performances from the Glimmerglobe Theatre, will continue throughout the summer on the museums’ website and Facebook page.

At Hyde Hall, Executive Director Jonathan Maney used the closure to finish a series of renovations to the house, including restoring the maple stair hall in the West Wing, replacing the plaster in the third-floor billiards room, slipcovers for the high-back sofas and the ongoing restoration of the water closet, the first flush toilet west of the Hudson.

“Hyde Hall has more to offer than ever before,” said Maney. “Explore history with us and see fascinating things that you cannot find anywhere else. We are excited to share this beautiful New York treasure!”

Tickets are available by reservation only, with a maximum of six guests per tour, and masks must be worn throughout the tour.

“This is what we do,” said Kenyon. “But we want to do it safely.”

Hyde Hall Reopening July 1

Hyde Hall Reopens July 1

Hyde Hall will open for visitors on Wednesday.

COOPERSTOWN – With by-reservation tours, enhanced safety measures and reduced contact, Hyde Hall has announced that they will be open for tours on Wednesday, July 1.

“Hyde Hall has more to offer than ever before,” says Jonathan Maney, Executive Director. “Explore history with us and see fascinating things that you cannot find anywhere else. We are excited to share this beautiful New York treasure!”

Andrew M. Blum, 89; Man Of Many Friends

IN APPRECIATION

Andrew M. Blum, 89;

Man Of Many Friends

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Andy Blum

COOPERSTOWN – A mentor to young people, Andy Blum invited Cooperstown’s Jacob Russell to lunch at The Brook, the exclusive social club on East 54th Street.

Henry Kissinger walked in. “I thought, ‘Wow, Henry Kissinger’,” said Jacob.

The room was filled with Wall Street bigwigs, including Tom Hill, the Blackstone vice chairman.

“They didn’t go up to Kissinger to kiss his ring,” said Russell.  “They went up to Andy to kiss HIS ring.”

Andrew M. Blum, 89; Banker On Wall Street Led Hyde Hall Revival

IN MEMORIAM

Andrew M. Blum, 89;

Banker On Wall Street

Led Hyde Hall Revival

Andy Blum and his wife Flis were inseparable for a half-century.

COOPERSTOWN – Andrew M. Blum, 89, died on May 18, 2020, at his home in New York City, with his loving wife of 47 years, Felicia, at his side.

He is survived by three children: Marcia Compton, Olivia Brown and Drew Blum, all of Hillsborough, North Carolina, eight grandchildren, and three great -grandchildren. He also had two stepchildren: Edwin Stebbins and Richard Stebbins.

He attended Hobart College in Geneva, and was in the Naval Reserve, 1949-69.

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