Lynda and Ash Kellogg with their daughters Karen, left, and Diane, center.
We would like to thank all our friends and TOW Bar family who stopped by to help celebrate Ash’s 85th birthday on Friday, December 18th. What a surprise it was!
The outpouring of love and well wishes was overwhelming and humbling…it’s something we will never forget.
As Jeff Craig said when he came through the back door, “Where else can you walk into a crowded room and know everyone by name?!”
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you all.
Ash, Lynda, Diane, Dale, Karen, Becky, John, Diana, Ashley, Dan and Nicole
/Four generations of Winters: Front: Alysia Miller, Madelyn Crawford, Maren Winter, Eve Winter. 2nd row: Lachlan Crawford, Sarah Traynor Crawford and baby Cora Mae Crawford, Kenny Devera, Nancy Winter Traynor, Ida Winter. 3rd row: Andrew Traynor, Cindy Miller Traynor, Larry Traynor, Jessica Traynor. Back row: Rob Winter, Jennifer Winter and Virginia Winter.
by Marianne Christy
The Twitchell Inn was abuzz with activity on Sunday, August 30 as close to 200 family and friends of Ida Winter stopped by to honor her in celebration of her 90th birthday.
Born August 11, 1925 to Gertrude Estelle Oakley and Danforth R. Ainsworth, Ida is a lifelong resident of the Big Moose area.
She grew up in Big Moose Station where her parents operated Ainsworth Camp. She attended a one-room school house in Big Moose prior to attending and graduating from Town of Webb High School. Continue reading
Gerda and Kristine Photo by Michele deCamp
Artist Gerda Wikander turned 101 on July 13 and celebrated the occasion at a dinner at Van Auken’s Inne with her daughter Kristine and friends.
Gerda has been a summer resident of Eagle Bay for 63 years, though she has been visiting the area for 98 years.
An award-winning painter, a retrospective of her work, A Blessed Journey, was on exhbit at VIEW in the summer of 2013.
Her history with the arts center dates back to 1952 as a participant in its first Central Adirondack Art Show.
She is currently working on a painting for VIEW’s annual Plein Air Paint Out that will be held September 3 to 5.
On behalf of the other 90-year birthday folk, while wishing we could have celebrated the BIG 90 together… after all, it is a numeral to be respected for, at the least, our endurance… Continue reading
by Loretta Lepkowski
Like Sky Woman, she pirouetted down to settle in this semi-wilderness in the land of mountains and waters to spread her seeds gathered from the tree of life and knowledge.
Mirnie began tending the young children of the community in kinder-garden fostering their growth while Hank, her husband, managed the Old Forge Hardware Store that offered everything from books to pots and pans, house paint, fishing rods and fix-it tools. Continue reading
By Marianne Christy
Loretta Lepkowski reads her tribute to Mirnie. Photo by Gary Lee
It was party time at VIEW on Wednesday, March 11 as friends, family, fellow artists, and past and present arts center staff gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of Mirnie Kashiwa.
The event took place in Gould Hall where guests visited with Mirnie and enjoyed lunch. Prior to blowing out candles on the two birthday cakes, VIEW’s Executive Director Jennifer Potter-Hayes offered her best wishes on behalf of the arts center.
Artist Roger Hyndman presented Mirnie an original etching of a mountain lion, a depiction of a lioness sculpted from a fallen century-old yellow birch tree in Mirnie’s back yard which she named Ah-Nah.
The name Ah-Nah, translated as “mother” in Algonquin, was chosen by Mirnie because of its connotations of nurturance and tenacity and how it emulates the qualities of the arts center in Old Forge.
As she said in the past, “To me, this parallels those qualities in the Arts Guild and its endeavor over the last years to make a ‘home’ for Nature’s inspiration to expressiveness and to adaptability of design in the arts and sciences.”
A final tribute was presented by artist/writer Loretta Lepkowski: an essay that provided a loving overview of Mirnie’s pioneering contributions to the arts and pre-school education in the Central Adirondacks.
All were invited to a birthday party at Lakeside Terrace Apartments in Old Forge to celebrate with five women residents who are in their nineties.
Brenda Carmer, clockwise from left, Alice Achter, Marilyn Gaebler, Char Pylman (standing), Lorraine Sienka (hidden), Peg Morgan, Dorothy Walker, Liza Maio, Toni Albanese and Jean Gaudin Photo by Gina Greco
The party was held on Wednesday, October 29 at 2 p.m.
The five birthday girls were Brenda Carmer, 90, Jean Gaudin, 90, Toni Albanese, 90, Liza Maio, 92, and Alice Achter, 96. Continue reading