"We made lemonade." That was Village Trustee Steve Krulick's response when asked to appraise the Village of Ellenville's contribution to the Town of Wawarsing's bicentennial celebration this past Sunday, August 27.
The weather that had threatened the previous day's Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry and Huckleberry Festival came through on its promise and sent a torrent of rain on the day's events, which included slide shows detailing the Village's past, a walking tour of Maple Avenue, a plaque dedication for the George Deyo House and a series of brief presentations and discussions about Ellenville's future.
The indoor events drew healthy crowds as the Ellenville Library's community room was filled for Mr. Krulick's presentation on the Sun-Ray Tunnel and former Ellenville teacher Paul Ross' presentation about the history of the Delaware and Hudson Canal.
Between the presentations, the library dedicated a plaque that christened the museum the Terwilliger House and commemorated the fact that George Deyo built the house in 1895. Several people gathered in the museum's rooms and around its corners so they could get a glimpse of former librarian Marion Dumond, current librarian Pam Stocking and library board member Debbie Stack as they spoke about the history of the house and the inspiration of Katharine T. Terwilliger. Ms. Terwilliger served as the Town historian for many years and published three books about the area including Napanoch: Land Overflowed By Water, Wawarsing: Where The Streams Wind and An Old House Sampler: Some Old Houses In The Town Of Wawarsing (which she co-wrote with Marion Dumond).
After their presentation, the assembled group made its way onto the porch where Kathleen "Pete" Barnard unveiled the plaque to a round of applause. In addition, several members of the Deyo family were in attendance.
Local restaurants also got into the act as they offered sample dishes to allow everyone a "Taste of Ellenville".
The day concluded with a program emceed by WELV's Dennis Warner that looked forward to Ellenville's future and included remarks by Village Manager Elliott Auerbach on the arts initiative, Mayor Jeffrey Kaplan on the new village hall, Brendan Burke on the future of the Shadowland, and Phillis Rubin on the renovation of the Hunt Memorial Building. Deputy Mayor Ray Younger and his wife, Denise, wowed the crowd with their a capella renditions of two songs, "The Prayer" and "Amazing Grace".
The program, which was moved into the Hunt Memorial Building due to the inclement weather, began with a performance by the High Strung Community Orchestra and concluded with a display by the Ellenville School District's drum line.
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