Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Show Still Goes On!

Coming to the Town Hall Theatre in Bainbridge is like meeting with an old friend for an intimate conversation. The wood floors creak as you walk up the stairs to the auditorium on the second floor. On a performance night, the smell of popcorn is in the air, and the scuffle of chairs sliding under tables blends with the sound of lively conversations as friends greet each other before the performance. Laughter and sing-a-longs and suprising harmonies of blended voices echo through the dramatic acoustics of this rare proscenium theatre.

 

You don’t just watch a performance here, you experience it.

 

The Town Hall Theatre is a unique 1910 vintage theatre on the second and third floors of the Main Street Town Hall building, and has been carefully and patiently restored to its original look. The theatre itself is something to experience – 250 seats, an upper balcony, beautiful restored tin ceiling, and tall columns that frame the wooden stage.It was converted into the Avon Theatre in 1938, becoming a full time movie theatre, but was closed in the 1950s. Its salvation from neglect began in 1976 when a newly-formed all-volunteer group, the Jericho Arts Council, was formed to restore the theatre. Restoration was completed at the end of 2009. Now the Jericho Arts Council is the steward of the Town Hall Theatre, and the group hosts a range of performances in the theatre.

 

From September to May, the Jericho Arts Council  presents an eclectic range of quality, family-friendly programming for all ages. Musical programs include everything from folk to big band to doo-wop, and everything in between.  Their Town Hall Opry series is renowned for bringing to Bainbridge the best in bluegrass music from all over the […]

Another man’s treasure

If the mere thought of finding one-of-a-kind treasures makes you smile with excitement, Bainbridge is the place to satisfy your craving. Poke around the five different antique shops in Bainbridge to see what treasures you find! Bainbridge has been around for over 200 years, and just imagine the early American antiques that are circulating in local buildings and households that may land in these shops!

 

The newest antique store is Sincerely Abraham which occupies the 1830 Truman House. Owner Lisa Graney invites people to come and experience her unique establishment. Lisa purchased the property in 2013 and opened the shop a short time later. It is now open by appointment.

 

Take an easy drive to visit all the shops in one swing to do a local antique shopping circuit. Each shop is unique and worth visiting. The Iroquois Antiques and Collectibles is a multi-dealer experience in what used to be the local feed mill along the railroad tracks in town. A large area of the building is filled with dealers, and good buys are spilling out onto the front porch. Another multi-dealer shop is Old Hickory Antiques on the north edge of town. It is an easy-to-navigate single floor building housing a variety of dealers. Nearby and across Route 7, the vintage items at Harmonie Hall Antiques are displayed in a historic carriage house, one building of the several on the estate, including a house that dates to 1800.

 

Near the center of town, there is some additional antiquing to be done. At Sincerely Abraham, the 1830 Truman House has been filled with antiques that originated at the house, once owned by the village apothecary. Each room in the house is unique and attractively displayed with Truman House […]

Stories in Stone

For a tombstone tourist, the cemeteries of Bainbridge are a wonderful day’s outing. Six featured cemeteries are easily accessible and great windows to the history of a small Upstate N.Y. town. They are also a source of inspiration and entertainment, an architecture lesson, and a place to relax outdoors in a peaceful setting.

 

These cemeteries allow you to see the final resting places of pioneering Bainbridge residents beneath tombstone art that reflects the heritage of those who were buried there. Bainbridge’s cemeteries are quiet places of reflection, dotted with fine greenery and interesting statuary, and they invite visitors to stroll and read about those who have called Bainbridge home over the last 200 years.

 

Each of these six featured cemeteries in the Town of Bainbridge has its own personality, and together they provide pieces of the history of Bainbridge. For instance, the Bennetsville Cemetery (map) includes stones from the pioneers of that part of Bainbridge like the Bennetts and the Corbins. Ornamental statuary is scattered among the simpler stones that date from the early 1800s. To access the site, park in the pull off nearby on Corbin Road.

 

On the other end of town in West Bainbridge, the rural setting of West Bainbridge Cemetery (map) has been used to bury those who lived nearby for 200 years. The oldest stone dates to 1815, though it did not originate at the cemetery but was moved there from a nearby farm. The cemetery was most active before 1920, though recent burials have taken place as well. Family names on the stones are a roll call of some of the significant Bainbridge settlers: Herrick, Ireland, Lyon, Bush, Ingersoll, Searles and Loomis. Flags mark a number of veteran graves, covering the […]

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