An Egg-citing Display at the Schoharie Easter Egg Museum

Monday, April 15, 2019
Whoever warned us not to put all your eggs in one basket must not have known Mildred Vroman.  Mildred's eggs would never fit in one basket, in fact, they barely fit in one building!  Lucky for us, they do fit and we got to enjoy them - all 5000 of them - this weekend at the Schoharie Easter Egg Museum. 

Mildred Vroman was in her first year of employment as librarian of the Schoharie Free Library in 1950 when she and her friend, Elizabeth Warren, fell in love with the children's book, An Easter Tree, by Katherine Milhous.  In 1953, Mildred and Elizabeth spent their spare time in Vroman's basement decorating 500 Easter eggs.  The women displayed their eggs on a piece of poplar branch at the library each year until 1963, by which time the collection had grown to 1000 eggs.  Mildred retired from her position as librarian in 1984 but her passion for decorating eggs never waned. 

Mildred's Easter Egg exhibit went dormant for a time, but she brought it back in 1995.  Eventually, when Mildred turned 91, she had a museum built on her property on Covered Bridge Lane.  She ran the annual exhibit for several years until her passing in 2012 at the age of 103.  In 2013, Mr. & Mrs.  Heyman purchased the property, museum and all, and soon realized they had also acquired Mildred's collection of eggs.  The Heymans have continued Mildred's annual tradition of opening the exhibit during the Easter season, but hope to one day have the collection moved to a different location.  Proceeds from the exhibit's admission fee ($5.00 per adult and $2.00 per child) will go to the Schoharie Free Library.    To read more about the exhibit and all the work the Heyman's have done to preserve Mildred's collection, check out this fascinating article from the Daily Gazette:

Among Mildred's collection, you can enjoy a variety of themes and scenes including Disney characters, religious scenes, nursery rhyme characters, circus animals and clowns, presidents and so much more.   Mildred and Elizabeth used many types of eggs including duck eggs, goose eggs, ostrich eggs but never chicken eggs because they were too fragile.  Each egg had to be pricked with a needle on the top and bottom, and the egg blown out.  Whew....I'm out of breath just thinking about that.  Then began the process of painting, dressing and arranging scene after scene, egg after egg.....

With 5000 eggs on display, you can imagine I didn't photograph them all.  However, I did capture more than I can include here.  I plan to share my entire collection of photos (still a small portion of the 5000) on my Life As I See It Facebook page later this week.  For now, enjoy a short collection from our visit.  You'll really enjoy this more on a laptop or desktop computer where you can really see all the details.

One of my favorite quotes (and inspirations) is, "We all die.  The goal isn't to live forever.  The goal is to create something that will".   I think Mildred and her friend, Elizabeth, did just that.  In the simple, yet painstaking, process of embracing with their passion - a simple inspiration from a children's book, Mildred and Elizabeth created a collection of ornate and beautiful pieces that have (and will) bring joy to generations.  We may not be inspired to paint (or decorate) Easter eggs, but what might we create that will remain long after we're gone?  The exhibit continues this weekend, Friday and Saturday, 10:00-5:00 and Sunday, 12:00-5:00.   You won't be disappointed.  Stay tuned to my Facebook page for many more photos later Tuesday....  In case you missed my previous post, keep scrolling and check out the 60's exhibit, Wheels of Change, at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.  Thanks for stopping by!  Come back soon to Life As I See It.

Wheels of Change - Cars and Culture of the Sixties at the Saratoga Automobile Museum

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Wheels of Change could describe almost anything in today's world, but it most perfectly describes the current exhibit on display at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

Like so many of the places my blogging has taken me, places close to home that I'd never visited...not once in my life, the Saratoga Automobile Museum joins a long list of treasures that I've missed.  A recent piece on the local news alerted me to this exhibit, Wheels of Change, and I knew immediately I had to feature it in the blog.  I'm not a car enthusiast, but I did grow up in the 60's and this colorful exhibit showcases the cars and culture of the 1960's.  Not only that, one of the cars on display is a 1963 Plymouth Rambler.  My dad had a red Rambler in the mid 60's, so I felt drawn to revisiting that decade of my very long ago.

"The 1960's were one of the most tumultuous and divisive decades in world history, marked by the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, political assassinations and the emerging generation gap.  In stark contrast to the 1950's, the auto industry also saw dramatic changes.  Styling, safety, size and so much more evolved.  Come and Explore Wheels of Change: Cars & Culture of the 1960's" .....from the Saratoga Automobile Museum website.
1963 Buick Riviera

1963 Rambler American 330

1966 Volkswagon Microbus and 1962 Corvair Monza Wagon
1963 Corvette Split Window

This baby reminded me of John's '77 Corvette, the same color

1966 Jaguar E-type, series and 1967 Austin Healy 3000MK BJ-8

1960 Plymouth XNR Concept

1972 Lamborghini
Each car had a descriptive placard for the true car aficionados.  For the rest of us, just the sight of these colorful beauties and a trip down memory lane was enough.  The Wheels of Change exhibit will be at the museum until October 27, 2019.

Ongoing exhibits include East of Detroit which provides a detailed look at the auto industry in New York State as well as a look back in time at the innovations of different New Yorkers in their quest to create the car of their dreams.

This 1928 Franklin Airman Series, 12 Sport Sedan was formerly owned by Charles Lindbergh.

Race car fans will also enjoy the 'Racing in New York' exhibit....full of cool race cars, jackets, memorabilia and the New York State Stock Car Hall of Fame.

I've given you a big preview here, but there's more, much more to see and explore. The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located in the Saratoga State Park in the Saratoga Bottling Plant....a gorgeous structure built in 1934.  The museum opened to the public in 2002.  It's mission is this, "to preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts."  The museum is open from Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm.  During August, it is open seven days a week.  Adult admission is $8.50, Seniors and Students with I.D. - $6.00,  Active Military - $6.00, Kids 6-16 - $4.00, Under 6 is free.....all a very fair and worthwhile price.  Whether you're a true-blue car enthusiast or just want to show your kids what cars 'used' to look like in the old days, this is a great way to spend an hour.  Avid enthusiasts may linger longer, but a great experience can be had without walking a mile or boring your clan (wife).  I say it again, as I've said so many times before about the great venues in our great state....what took me so long to discover this treasure?  For more information on the museum: and
Me & Mom and our '64 Rambler

If you enjoyed this post and want to read more about old autos, check out my earlier post featuring the Hemmings Motor News museum where John's old bike (1950's) is on display.  How Old Is Old Enough to Be an Antique? Just Ask The Folks at Hemmings Motor News

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