April in Albany

It is so very pretty here in the mountains of New York State. The trees and the grass are all that early-early yellow green of spring, and many of them are in bloom. Pollen season – and the bugs – haven’t arrived yet so all we are dealing with is mud and those strange orange cones that seem to pop up and then disappear on our roadways.

Cinco De Mayo is May 5 th! Cinco de Mayo is a day we celebrate the culture and customs of Mexico. The day itself is the anniversary of an important battle Mexico fought with France to secure their freedom. Although it is not an official holiday in Mexico, many American cities honor the day as a symbolic representation of Mexican pride and as a representation of a culture that blends both Mexican and American roots.

Talk, talk, talk: The Schenectady County Historical Society at 32 Washington Avenue in the Stockade section of Schenectady, NY is having a special exhibit May 10 – June 28. They are showing the best of their extensive collection of quilts. Dating primarily from the nineteenth century, these pieces reflect the zenith of quilt making in America. They have asked me to present a talk on May 10th on dating antique quilts and one on the 17th on repair and restoration. If you decide to attend, bring your quilts and I will incorporate them into the talk! For more information, call (518) 374-0263.

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