On October 10, 2012 a group of hardy volunteers from Hannaford's Supermarket in Wappingers came out to Bannerman's Island in the pouring rain. They worked to clear a section of overgrown bushes and to plant some new flowers in their place. Everyone left the island mud covered but happy with a job well done. The Bannerman Castle Trust thanks each and every one of you.
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In addition to the regular crew of Wednesday volunteers (Donna Blakemore, Thom Johnson, Karen Schaak, Barbara Baker, Linda Scott and Wes Gottlock) 25 volunteers from IBM came out to Bannerman Island today.
They worked on clearing trails, making the Wee Bay trail a lot easier to use, weeding and watering the gardens and putting caps on the stairway posts. We thank them for all the hard work they put in. It is amazing what was
accomplished in a single day!
Last week a group of volunteers including Arthur Chuisano, John Pearson, Jesse Anderson, Chris Crisci, Roger A. DeVries, Barbara Bopp, and Eddy Erler did an amazing job lugging wood and other supplies atop Bannerman's Island. The supplies were used by Arthur to create a brand new observation deck overlooking the Tower on the island.
Roger A. DeVries of Far View Contracting created trail markers (pictured above) to aid visitors on the island during our new self-guided tours. These tours allow visitors to bring their own picnic lunch, enjoy a little music, and see the island at their own pace. To the left - Roger is shown attaching a trail marker to a tree.
On July 8, 2012 an audience of lucky people was treated to a concert version of Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat on Bannerman's Island. The concert was produced by Claudia Cummings and the Opera Company of the Highlands. The show was narrated by John Moultrie. The lead singers were: Shira Renee Thomas (Magnolia), Vira Slywotzky (Julie), Chantelle Grant (Queenie), Matthew Singer (Gaylord Ravenal), and Marvin Lowe (Joe). The show was additionally backed up by a chorus. There will be a repeat performance tonight.
Yesterday over 55 people enjoyed a delicious barbeque prepared by Loughrans Restaurant of Salisbury Mills and hosted by the Bannerman Castle Trust. Musical entertainment was provided by Classy Duets with Rachel Grasso on Clarinet and Kimberly Zaleski on Flute.
Jane Campbell Bannerman. The granddaughter-in-law of the builder of Bannerman Island is celebrating her 102nd Birthday on March 15th. Jane is a retired interior designer and accomplished artist with a degree from Parsens School of Design. Jane spend many weekends with her late husband Charles S. Bannerman on Bannerman Island in the family residence. Jane Bannerman recalls the first time she painted the castle: “It was sometime in the early 1930’s, I had painted a picture of a small tower on the island with a cart in front of it. I was so excited that I finished my little gem, I ran to show it to my fiancée, Charlie. I said to him, “So Charlie, what do you think of my painting?, and he burst out laughing. I asked him “what is so funny about my painting?” “and he replied”, “ You painted the men’s latrine!”. “I was so upset, I would not paint the castle again until 1993, when I helped Neil Caplan form the Bannerman Castle Trust. Jane is one of the founding members of The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. and a member of the BCT Advisory Board. “ I so happy that The Bannerman Castle Trust has just stabilized the residence.” “ Now we need your help to stabilize the Castle!” To celebrate Jane’s milestone birthday, Jane is asking you to send a donation in her honor to The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. to help stabilize the main iconic castle structures on Bannerman Island. Your tax deductible donation will help with the emergency stabilization of the Castle buildings on Bannerman Island. Without your help, we will lose more of the iconic structures. Your birthday wish will be sent to Jane to celebrate her 102 years, and will help us perform the Phase One Stabilization of the main castle structures. Your names will be listed in our 2012 Hudson Valley Journal. Help us Save Bannerman Island. Please send your Birthday wish and donation to The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc., PO Box 843, Glenham, NY 12527-0843, or call Neil Caplan at 845-831-6346