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Joshua Thomas
A chamber-sponsored Oscars Gala was held at the Old Palatine School Sunday.

Joshua Thomas - Oscars flanked each side of the Old Palatine School's entryway.

Joshua Thomas
Attendees could bid on posters for many of the nominated films.

Joshua Thomas - Montgomery County Undersheriff Peter Vroman and wife, Canajoharie Town Clerk Laurie Vroman.

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Locals dress to impress at chamber Oscars Gala

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - Updated: 5:20 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

PALATINE BRIDGE - On Sunday evening, as the 2014 Oscars played on a large  television in the Old Palatine School, well-dressed locals shared conversation about their favorite films and dined on unique hors d'oeuvres created by five local chefs during the Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce's first Oscars Gala.

The Old Palatine School appeared grand even from the outside. Patterned lights shone along the edges of the building's walkway and cutouts of the famous golden Oscar statues flanking the doors of the old stone building, greeting the evening's guests. 

Upon entering the facility, attendees were invited to have their photos taken, grab a drink, bid on silent auction items, enjoy delicacies from the five local businesses competing for the title of "celebrity chef" or relax and watch the four-hour extravaganza in one of the facility's television rooms.

Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce President Dolores Jacksland, unable to attend the event as she's in Florida, was thrilled with the response, and noted that people should mark their calendars for next year's Oscar party, for which planning has already begun, as the committee responsible for this year's event has already honed in on the event's most and least successful features.

108 tickets were sold to the Oscars Gala, though Jacksland, as of Tuesday, was not sure how much money the chamber actually made, as expenses for the party were significant. She said, "whatever we happen to realize will go toward helping Palatine Bridge," as the chamber will donate toward the purchase of new light decorations to adorn village telephone poles. "They've been looking at snowflakes like they have in Nelliston," commented Jacksland of the decorations.

She said the adornment of each telephone pole in Palatine Bridge will likely be a three year project because of the expense.

She noted that if enough money was raised, the chamber will also put some toward the purchase of hanging baskets for the bridge connecting Canajoharie and Palatine Bridge.

Though Jacksland wasn't able to attend Sunday's event, she said that she heard great things from attendees. She commented. "People were able to show off their best apparel. Coming down the red carpet, women displayed their beautiful gowns and men looked handsome in their tuxedos."

One of the event's main coordinators, Jesse Quackenbush, she said, "was very diligent in making this one of the best events the chamber has ever sponsored."

In a room to the immediate left of the building's entrance were silent auction items, including posters from many of the Oscar nominated films of 2013, which were obtained by Quackenbush prior to the party. Along with the posters, Jacksland said there were items donated by various merchants. One item -- chocolate Oscar statues -- even allowed one lucky attendee to take home a sugary version of the evening's top prize.

Jacksland noted that she hopes the Old Palatine School may be utilized in the near future for more events, stating, "Other events might be forthcoming at the Old Palatine School," such as summer movies on the lawn.

An announcement of the evening's "celebrity chef" winner is forthcoming.

Joshua Thomas - From left, Doug Landon, Charles Tallent, James Carrey and Peter Vroman.

Joshua Thomas - Aaron Katovitch, of The Table at Fort Plain, and Caroline Chiuminato, of the Black Cat, Sharon Springs, serve guests Sunday.

Joshua Thomas - Attendees partake of the delicacies on display during Sunday's Oscars Gala.

Joshua Thomas - Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and James Sancho

Joshua Thomas Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and James Gallo

Joshua Thomas - David Hayes (left) was rooting for "Dallas Buyers Club" to win some awards, while Joe Slater rooted for "The Wolf of Wall Street".

Joshua Thomas - Partygoers gathered around a television in the Old Palatine School to watch the Oscars Sunday.

     

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