It's time for our weekly Cure Porch on Wheels retrospective! In many ways, the Cure Porch on Wheels began with this photo. In the fall of 2010, Historic Saranac Lake staff heard about a project by Bryony Graham at Salem Artworks. Bryony had built a model of a Victorian porch on a trailer and traveled rural upstate NY. In 2011 Executive Director Amy Catania (pictured above) had the opportunity to visit Salem Artworks and learn more about the Bryony's traveling porch. And so began the idea for what would become the Cure Porch on Wheels.
Drawing on the American cultural tradition of the front porch as a public and private community space, we wanted to create an intimate venue where residents and tourists alike could celebrate arts and heritage. But this venue wouldn't be just any porch! We wanted to create a model of one of Saranac Lake's defining architectural features and symbols of local history, the cure porch.
We’re approaching the one year birthday of the Cure Porch on Wheels' first outing! Looking back, it’s amazing how far this little mobile museum has come. The dream for the Cure Porch on Wheels started way back in 2010. The original plan was to build the Porch on a flatbed truck. Over the next few weeks we’ll be doing a little retrospective on how the Porch came to be. Today we have an early design sketch and one of the first design mock-ups of the Cure Porch on Wheels!
For the finale of our Live from the Porch program we’re excited to feature the Adirondack Barbershop Coalition, the ABC! Members Rick Burdt, Jessica Deeb, Diane Loeber, and Rich Loeber are performing Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka. The encore is Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby by Les Applegate. Thank you ABC! View the whole series here.
Welcome to our penultimate Live from the Porch performance! Today we’re featuring Peter Crowley. Peter is performing a personal favorite of his, Lights of the City. This rendition of the gospel song is closest to one written by soul singer and songwriter Ray Lewis. Tune in next Tuesday for the final performance in our Live from the Porch series! View the whole series here.
Welcome to another Live from the Porch concert! Today we’re featuring HSL tour guide and former intern, Connor Celeste! Connor is performing an Adirondack folk song, The Ballad of Blue Mountain Lake. It’s a classic lumber camp song which tells the story of Bill Mitchel and the lumberjacks of Township Nineteen. View the whole series here.
Welcome to another Story Saturday! Today's story is from this March, when the Fish and Game Club hosted their 36th annual Colby Classic Fishing Derby. We brought the Cure Porch on Wheels to the shores of Lake Colby and interviewed local fishermen to help document this Adirondack tradition.
Charlie Jessie, who has helped with all 36 derbies, was the one who put the first ever tagged fish into Lake Colby. A few hours later we interviewed Alyssa and her father, Henry. Alyssa (11 years old) had just caught an 8.5 lb northern pike, and Henry shared that his father was the one who caught the first tagged trout in Lake Colby!
Welcome back to another concert on Live from the Porch! Today we’re featuring Tyler Dezago and Isabella Padron. Tyler and Isabella are performing a rendition of the traditional tune “Prettiest Girl” arranged by 10 String Symphony. View the whole series here.
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We're posting all the latest news, videos, and stories from Historic Saranac Lake's oral history project and Cure Porch on Wheels here. Stay tuned for Talking Points on Sunday, Live from the Porch on Tuesday and Saturdays, and other weekly offerings!