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Joshua Thomas
The PSS Antique Show at Arkell Museum Saturday was one of the most well attended annual events so far.

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Janet Clark, of Canajoharie, displayed this sign she originally purchased in Schoharie. "I'd never seen advertising for the library using one of their own paintings," she said of the painting contained in the ad, which is part of the museum's permanent collection.

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Dave and Bonnie Ferriss, owners of Antiques at 30B in Cambridge, and residents of Lake Luzurne, displayed and sold a variety of items Saturday.

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Jim Kerr, of Cavern View Antiques, of Howes Caves, appraises a piece of pottery for Ruth Hess, of Canajoharie.

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Hundreds attend antique show in support of 1747 Nellis Tavern

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Updated: 9:45 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- On Saturday, hundreds of attendees flocked to the Arkell Museum in support of the 1747 Nellis Tavern, during the Palatine Settlement Society's annual Antique Show aimed at raising funds for the tavern's ongoing restoration.

By all accounts, this event was a huge success. It was one of the most well attended events so far, with 313 people having passed through with plenty of time  left in the day and attendees still arriving, 93 having purchased a combination ticket allowing them to peruse the library's galleries.

Vendors, including ones that have attended for years and others who were selling items at the show for the first time, agreed that the day was successful for them as well, with everybody commenting on how many items they'd sold throughout the day.

"There's been a very good crowd and we've sold some things," commented Jim Kerr, of Cavern View Antiques, of Howes Caves, continuing of the show, "it's for a good cause, and people seem to be supporting it." 

In preparing for the show, Kerr said he brought a variety of moderately priced, visually interesting items, including a fast-selling blanket chest and silk spools produced in Gloversville.

Kerr, who displayed and sold items at the show for the first time, said he'd love to attend again in the future.

Ruth Hess, of Canajoharie, sold items at the show for the second year, stating that the experience had been "positive." As she lives in the village, displaying items at Brotherhood Antiques, the show was easy to get to and saved her travel money.

Aside from those perks, Hess said the show feels more personal than others. "You get to know vendors and your customers -- you get to know your neighbors and people from your town."

Hess, who recently retired from a Homeland Security position she maintained for 12 years, said that the event was actually up her alley in numerous regards. "I'm a big history buff," she said, explaining that her interest in the Nellis Tavern is what initially drew her to the show, which PSS Vice President Donna Reston asked her to attend.

Dave and Bonnie Ferriss, owners of Antiques at 30B in Cambridge, and residents of Lake Luzurne, said the hour drive is worth it, and they've been attending the event for the past four years, since it was moved from St. Johnsville to the Arkell Museum.

"We like doing this show," Bonnie commented, adding, "It's a good crowd, and we make sales and sometimes we buy something."

"And the food is great," added Dave. The food is annually prepared by PSS members, the profits also put toward the Nellis Tavern's ongoing restoration.

The Ferriss', antique dealers for over 30 years, had "a little bit of everything" for sale Saturday according to Bonnie, including, furniture, quilts and baskets.

"We're happy with this show," said Bonnie, with Dave noting of the day's massive attendance, "I think the weather helps a lot."

"People are so happy to be out," agreed Bonnie.

There is, as always, much work to be done at the Nellis Tavern. Currently, PSS is looking into interior basement foundation repair. A cob-job was done when the organization was formed, which is visually unappealing according to PSS Vice President Donna Reston, who said that a couple years ago, a mason volunteered to properly repair the foundation's exterior.

Inside the basement, a deteriorating center pillar must be rebuilt, which will involve numbering each stone, erecting a pillar for support, and dismantling and reassembling the entire thing.

"So much mortar has fallen out that you can look right through it," Reston commented of the pillar.

The PSS would also like to clean the entire basement, which is where the original cooking fireplace was located. There are remnants of plaster on walls of a room, so the PSS thinks families lived down there during the really cold portions of winter.

By the time the building was used as a tavern, an exterior kitchen had been constructed to the west of the still-standing structure.

Other work the PSS hopes to complete includes interior stenciling and re-clapboarding of the small red house outside the tavern.

The PSS has numerous fundraising events coming up in 2014, the first being the popular Rhubarb Festival, which will be held on June 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pie judging will take place at Noon. Musical entertainment, rhubarb treats and lunch will be provided.

Joshua Thomas - Jim Kerr, of Cavern View Antiques, of Howes Caves, displayed a variety of moderately priced, visually appealing items.

Joshua Thomas - Attendees browse one of the 25 vendors at Saturday's PSS Antique Show.

Joshua Thomas - Attendees browse one of the 25 vendors at Saturday's PSS Antique Show.

Joshua Thomas - Ruth Hess, of Canajoharie, displayed and sold a variety of Utica Club steins Saturday.

Joshua Thomas - The PSS Antique Show at Arkell Museum Saturday was one of the most well attended annual events so far.

Joshua Thomas - Palatine Settlement Society members in attendance at Saturday's antique show are, front, from left, Board Member Judi Mihal, President Mary Nellis Davis, and Treasurer Sandy Nellis Lane. Back row, from left, Board Member Ray Draus, Board Member Joan Draus, Secretary Ron Burch and Vice President Donna Reston.

     

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