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Woodrow Wilson served as the president of Princeton University and as the 34th governor of New Jersey before winning the 1912 presidential election, but is actually a native of Staunton, Virginia.
"Watching the Wheels" featuring Jill and John Turpin
We hope you all enjoy our first Black River Jam featuring Jill and John Turpin. The Turpin’s have been a mainstay on the Americana music scene for over 20 years, as members and co-founders of Hub Hollow. We have been big fans since featuring them in an article in our Winter 2013 issue and are excited to finally be able to bring their voices from the printed page to our readers ears! For their first Black River Jam, Jill and John cover John Lennon’s “Watching the Wheels,” which was released posthumously in 1981, after Lennon’s tragic death.
“By the time we recorded this epic John Lennon song in late April, 2020, we had all been locked down for quite some time, and really felt like we were just watching the wheels go 'round and 'round,” John Turpin told us. “In spite of the awful toll that the pandemic has taken, this song helped to remind us that there are always silver linings. For us, having the time to work up songs like this together was one of them!”
Each Christmas Eve, a sign mysteriously appears at the Crossroads in Pottersville – “You’re Now In Bedford Falls,” and as Julie Snyder, who co-hosted this year’s annual “It’s a Wonderful Life” celebration noted, “for one day each year we get the distinct honor of living in Bedford Falls.” A nod to the “Pottersville” in Frank Capra’s classic holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart, the reference was the inspiration for the creation of a celebration in the village, honoring those who show a dedication to service in the community.
“At the top of my list of what I love about our town, small in size, but big in heart, is the amazing people and great traditions that we have,” said Julie Snyder. “A couple weeks ago, I began thinking if ever there was a year that we needed this award, it was 2020.”
So, together with co-host Lisa Stafford, the “It’s a Wonderful Life Celebration,” was reformatted for a safe, socially-distanced event held at the main hall of Life Camp, where a roaring blaze in the big fireplace welcomed a small gathering to honor Lorilee Debiasse and Renee Trambert, past presidents and members of the Pottersville Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary, who have a combined 30 years of community service between them. Together this “dynamic duo,” has helped raise thousands of dollars in support of the PVFC and have selflessly dedicated untold hours of service organizing and working tirelessly at fire company fundraisers, including the three-day annual Antique Show & Country dining event.
“Throughout the years, they have been a fixture of anything and everything Pottersville,” said Julie Snyder. “We are lucky to be the beneficiaries of their dedication and hard work.”
Recreating an iconic scene from the movie, Lisa Stafford presented them each with a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread – “bread, so you may never know hunger. Salt, that your life may always have flavor and wine, so that joy and prosperity will be with you forever.”
“I want to thank you. I love this community and I love being a part of it,” said Lorilee Debiasse. “It really is everything to me.”
Renee Trambert, an RN, MPH, CN-BN at Morristown Medical Center added, “I feel like with my patients and all the despair in the world, you do feel sad at times with what’s going on in the world. And all of you…you just made it all so worthwhile … This is such a bright spot in our lives, especially during this pandemic. What a beautiful gathering. Thank you one and all for coming. You’ve made my year!”
After the applause and hoots and hollers from loved ones and some of the special people in their lives subsided, Lisa Stafford ended the celebration as the movie itself ended, with a quote from Clarence, the angel “…No Man is a Failure Who Has Friends,” as the song “Auld Lang Syne” played in the background.
Lisa Stafford, Lorilee Debiasse, Julie Snyder, and Renee Trambert
If the thought of a lump of coal isn’t enough to induce good behavior in your kids at Christmas time, then maybe you need a fur-clad, masked man with a switch – who is not afraid it use it.
Entire volumes have been dedicated to the drinks, cocktails and concoctions of the late Georgian and early Victorian eras, when Charles Dickens introduced us to the nearly bygone Christmases of old England.
The market at Metropolitan Seafood was closed, as it always is on Monday, when we slipped through the front door on a drizzly mid-morning, and locked it behind us.
We do tend to connect gingerbread with Christmas but people have been eating gingerbread since the time of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863) had several gingerbread and ginger cake recipes in her cookbook at historic Macculloch Hall in Morristown, NJ. Get the Recipe Here
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