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Natalie Wrubleski

With Music, Good Cheer Mel’s At 22 Marks Fifth


With Music, Good Cheer

Mel’s At 22 Marks Fifth

Surrounded by family, friends and patrons, Brian Wrubleski and his family at this hour this evening the fifth anniversary of Mel’s at 22, which quickly established a place in Cooperstown’s restaurant and social scene.  Brian is flanked his daughters, Alex Gauther, right, and Natalie Wrubleski, and joined by his in-laws, Richard and Dorothy Dabrowski, visiting from Webster, Mass.  The Dabrowskis are parents of Brian’s wife Maryellen, the restaurant’s namesake, who passed away in 2013.  (Jim Kevlin/
Cooperstown Gallery Features Works By Young Local Artists

Cooperstown Gallery Features

Works By Young Local Artists

James Matson – assisted by Natalie Wrubleski – has opened the Henry March Gallery at 183 Main St. in the former Paterno Bros. baseball store, featuring works by young local artists, such as Brendon Hall, photo at right.  Other artists now displaying their works include Devin Gaviria, John Aborn and Nate Katz, as well as Matson himself, who was raised in Cooperstown and is studying for a master’s degree at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies.   “On these walls, we can see the conflict between our rural environment and the much larger, crowded world we experience through an iPhone’s screen,” Matson says on  “We can see popular media and televised imagery, layered on top of a knowledge of the natural world.”   The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.  (Parker Fish/


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