ARROWHEAD PARK HOTELS HISTORY PROGRAM AT HISTORIC WOODS INN, Aug. 11

The owners of The Woods Inn will host the Inlet Historical Society’s Thursday August 11 program, 7 p.m. at the Pavilion adjacent to the historic Victorian era hotel building, The Woods Inn.

Following a brief Society Board meeting at 4:00 p.m., the Society at 5:00 p.m. will hold its Annual Membership Meeting during which attendees will be provided the current status of the Society, its plans for the future and other Society business will take place.

Attendees will also be provided with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Woods Inn staff during a “meet and greet” period following the membership meeting.  The Society thanks the Hamilton County Bicentennial Outreach History Fund for funding a portion of this event. The Woods Inn will also offer a cash bar at this time. Bicentennial Outreach History Fund

Shortly after 6:30 p.m., the Society will present a history of the Arrowhead hotels that formerly operated at today’s Arrowhead Park provided by Charles Herr. The history will include numerous images and information about Fred Hess’s Hess Inn and the ownerships of the Arrowhead Hotel by William Moshier, Albert C. Boshart and Charles O’Hara. The program will cover hotel fires as well as the rebuilding of the Arrowhead as the New Arrowhead that existed until its destruction in 1971.

It will be shown how the owners of these hotels played important roles in the birth of the Town of Inlet and its development as a village center, culminating in the creation of today’s Arrowhead Park.

All of the events will occur in the recently constructed Pavilion adjacent to the hotel building. Members of the public are invited.

Inlet Historical Society Expresses Thanks for Support

As we begin a new membership year, the Inlet Historical Society wants to acknowledge all who have generously contributed to our efforts in preserving and presenting the history of the Town of Inlet and the surrounding region during the 2015 year recently ended. We invite all to join the individuals and organizations listed below and help support our efforts. Please find our membership form at the Inlet Tourism Office or at www.inlethistoricalsociety.org to view the support options available .

Below, we have listed our friends and neighbors who have responded generously and hope readers will consider joining them in supporting our efforts. We apologize for any unintended omissions below.

The Society wishes to give special thanks to the following members and organizations who support us as Sustaining Members, the highest membership category, and for their additional contributions: Rick & Elaine Alesia, Barney & Jamie Baxter, Bernard & Regina Beck, Ken & Julie Biehn, Jerry & Terri Britton, Ace Hardware Inlet c/o Becky Cleaveland, Burkhard-Evans, Inc. c/o Sarah E. Frey , Kay & Daniel Carmichael, Susan & Tim Christy, Nelson’s Cottages c/o Ken & Linda Nelson, Stiefvaters Cottages c/o Carolyn Stacks, Brad Damon, Andrew & Beth Dungey DBA Brynilsen/s Viking Village, Adirondack Fairway c/o Margie & Bruce O’Hara, Bill & Lynn Faro, Charles Herr, Marsha Herr, John &.Linda Herr, Christine & James Holt, Waddie & Judith Kalil,  John N Kalil, Dr. Paul & Jacklyn Burth Kolwaite, Cherie Landl Deer Meadows Motel and Cottages, Raymond & Maryellen Letterman, Richard & Yvonne Lutz, Dennis & Barbara McDermott, Joel & Bonnie Millikan, Read & Jane Moffett, Bill & Wendy Nolan, Scott & Kathy Perra, Charles & Hilary Porter, Harry & Grace Rissetto, Nicholas & Cynthia Rose, Tom & Lynn Rourke, Paul Ryan, Diane Doyle, Allison  & Bob Volkmann, Craig & Siobhan Wittlin, Timothy Page LLC, Brigitte Page, Peter & Elizabeth Rankin and Tom & Theresa Standing.

 

The Society thanks the following individuals who have supported us with their memberships and contributions: Eleanor Andrews, Peter Clark DBA Old Picture Postcard Collection, Paul Terry Derdzinski, Gerard Dupuis, Kim Egenhofer, Robert A. Fredricks, Lisa Gambacorta, Nancy Hadle, Letty Haynes, Michael Hess, Mary Johnson, Douglas Johnson, Mary Lee Kalil, James Kalil, Andrew Kalil, Anthony Kalil, Peter N. Kalil, Jr., Bill Landmesser, Mitch Lee, Winifred McCarley, Shirley Mearns, Bridget Murdock, Joanne Murdock, Sally W. Nolan, Marilyn Paul, Tom Prevost, Susan Scharf, Carol Searing, Barbara Thomas, Joanne Vogan, David Vogan, Eleanor Wabnitz, Nancy V. Webster and Bill Zullo.

 

The Society wishes to also thank the following households and institutions who supported us with their memberships and contributions: Ed Abounader AFGE Local 201, Richard  & Joan Baer, David & Susan Beck, George & Martha Blakeslee, Jeffrey Bonner, Melody Noel, James & Alice M. Bradfield, Tim & Jill Brownsell, Rolf & Jan Brynilsen, The Woods Inn c/o Charlie Frey, Bruce & Evelyn Caldwell, Ray & Janet Cardella, Margaret Chambers, Beverly Ischia, Paul & Reggie Chambers, Gerald Cole, Jeff & Carol Collier, Joseph D’Agostino, Jr., Ron Dearlove, Mary Anne & John Diamond, Heather & Tracy Dorgan, Mary & David Durfee, Robert & Jan Egenhofer, Bob & Sheila Emmert, Linda & Mitch Erion, Kenneth & Sherrill Ernst, Stan & Debra Ernst, Leo & Linda Fadel, Richard & Lorraine Fellows, Richard & Jani Flynn, John & Sarah Frey, George & Becky Spencer, John W. & Charlene Gilbert, David & Patricia Gloo, Michael & Mary Ellen Guerra, Leslie & Bill Gunnels, Robert & Ann Hall, Hank & Allison Hallowell, Bruce & Caroline Harter, Mary Jane Hasemeier, John & Rebecca Hasemeier, Margaret Haynes White House B & B, Walter M. & Annette Higley, Ellen S. Hildenbrand Savage Camp, Nancy M. Jennings, Kerry & Anne Katlic, Kenneth & Elaine Zimmerman, Richard & Bobbi Sheaffer, John S. & Lynn Koelbl, Dick & Mary Jane Lasher, Ron & Mary Beth Laughery, James & Linda Leach, John Macbeth, Shirley Collier-MacBeth, Jack Majtan, William & Pamela McGarry, John J. & Kathleen McHugh, Art & Connie Milligan, Tim & Cheryl Morse, John & Janice Murphy, James & Mary N. Murphy, Gail Murray, Gary & Sharonlou Myers, Barbara & Raymond Norkus, Greg & Carolyn O’Hara, Richard  & Catherine Ralph, Paul Reagan Bear Camp, Nancy Reed, Charles Peele, Elizabeth M Reed, Eugene & Mary Renske,  Gail & Frank Richeson, Patrick & Linda Robinson, Greg & Toni Rudd, Lawson & Jerry Rutherford, Pete & Laurie Sala, Gary & Susan Schafran, William & Erin Schmerbeck, Dudley & Elizabeth Schneider, Donald & Kathy Schwanke, Tom & Arlyne Shannon, Ruth & Michael Shelton, Barbara Smithson, Sallie Murphy, Otto & Paula Spor, Louis & Mary Steigerwald, Dave & Sue Stoller, Roberto & Roxanne Tangredi, Dianne Thibado, Bernard & Brenda Thibado, Bridget & Richard Thresher, Douglas & Deborah Wasielewski, Barbara & E. Walter Wermuth. Robert C & Carol J Wheeler, Richard & Jean P. Williams, The Town of Webb Historical Association, Sokolosky LLC Peter Sokolosky.  Also, we thank the Limekiln Lake Association membership who renewed their support with a contribution to the Society.

The following contributed memorial donations to their family and friends in parnethesis: Susan Scharf (Richard Scharf), Barbara Smithson & Sallie Murphy (Richard Smithson), Kay & Daniel Carmichael (Peter Kalil), Dr. Paul & Jacklyn Burth Kolwaite (Earl Berth), Waddie & Judith Kalil (Peter H. Kalil), Bridget Murdock (Billy Murdock), Carol Searing (Robert T. Searing, Jr and Jon F. Searing), & William & Erin Schmerbeck (Lawrence and Selma Schmerbeck), Margaret Chambers Beverly Ischia (Alvin Chambers), Joanne Murdock (Evan E. Murdock), Harry & Grace Rissetto (Josephine Becker & Ray Becker), The Thibado Family(Charlie Thibado), Deborah Taylor Andrews (The Taylor Family).

In 2014, the Society added an additional higher 100 dollar category to encourage Inlet businesses to participate in the support of the Society. The following businesses responded quickly and generously and we should thank them with our patronage: Stiefvaters Cottages Carolyn Stacks, Waddie & Judith Kalil, Tom & Lynn Rourke and Paul Ryan & Diane Doyle.

In 2013, the Society initiated an annual “400 Club” project for the repair and upkeep of the Society’s building on the main street of the village. The Society thanks the following who responded generously to the Building Fund during the 2015 membership year: John Barone, Peter & Elizabeth Rankin, Andrew & Beth Dungey DBA Brynilsen/s Viking Village, Bob & Sheila Emmert, Adirondack Fairway Margie & Bruce O’Hara, David & Patricia Gloo, Hank & Allison Hallowell, Michael Hess, Cherie Landl Deer Meadows Motel and Cottages,  Richard & Catherine Ralph, Eugene & Mary Renske, Richard & Joan Baer, Dick & Mary Jane Lasher, Elizabeth M Reed, Ken & Julie Biehn, Burkhard-Evans, Inc. c/o Sarah E. Frey.

The Society also wants to thank Harry & Grace Rissetto who made a special donation for the purchase of a camcorder to record our programs.

The Society cannot exist without the participation and financial support of the above individuals, families and organizations. If you meet the above folks, please thank them for their support and consider joining them in supporting for the Inlet Historical Society [a Section 501 (c)(3) charitable organization] and its programs.  If you would like to volunteer your time this summer and help us with opening our building to residents and visitors, please contact Mitch Lee at the Inlet Tourism Office.

 

History of Inlet’s Gaiety Theater

At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9th at the Inlet Town Hall, the Inlet Historical Society will present a program by Charles Herr on the history of the Gaiety Theater Building on Inlet’s Main Street.

Herr will discuss the many uses of the building from its original purpose in 1925 as a multi-business professional building, then transformed to an entertainment venue for numerous Town organizations followed by decades as a popular movie theater under various types of building covers. In the past twenty years, the front portion has been an ice cream popular and presently is the popular Tamarack Café with Putterfingers miniature golf. Attendees will learn about its owners, the little known Jacob Routstone, the former Supervisor Clarence Lee, the Shulmans and others who succeeded and in some cases failed in longevity or profit, but always keeping it part of the Inlet community social life.

As usual, Herr will include in his presentation numerous images of the building and its times to illustrate his narrative. Members of the public are invited.

Also, please mark your calendar for the next evening, September 10, 5 to 8 p.m. for the second annual Society Spaghetti Dinner at Inlet’s Tamarack Café with all proceeds benefiting the Inlet Historical Society, contributed by Tamarack Café owners Megan and Brandon DiMartino. Funds received will assist with the monthly expenses maintaining the Society’s building.

WOODS INN HISTORY PROGRAM AT HISTORIC WOODS INN

The new owners of The Woods Inn will host of the Inlet Historical Society’s August 13 program, 7 p.m. at the new Pavilion built adjacent to the historic Victorian era hotel building, The Woods Inn.

Following a brief Society Board meeting at 5:00 p.m., the Society at 6:00 p.m. will hold its Annual Membership Meeting during which attendees will be provided the current status of the Society, its plans for the future and other Society business will occur. Attendees to this meeting will also be provided with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Woods Inn staff during a “meet and greet” period. The Woods Inn will also offer a cash bar at this time.

At 7:00 p.m., the Society will provide a history of the Woods Inn property presented by Charles Herr. The history will include numerous images and information about the hotel’s life as the third Hess Camp, the Wood Hotel and its rebirth as the Woods Inn. The story of the hotel began in the era of steamboats and long dresses, its owners contributed to the development of today’s Inlet business district and when the automobile forced a reinventing of the big hotel, the owners adapted to the different vacationer styles. The story will also provide not only the peaks but also the valleys of the Woods Inn history when, vacant for years, a couple from Pittsburgh with volunteers brought it back as a major part of Inlet’s continuing service to its visitors and a major contributor to the Inlet community.

It is rare that the Society can hold a program about a part of Inlet’s history that not only still exists, but continues to meet its original purpose and then some.

All of the events will occur in the recently constructed Pavilion adjacent to the hotel building. Members of the public are invited.

Historical Society Presents “Keith’s Diner Remembered”

On Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m., at the Inlet Town Hall, the Inlet Historical Society’s program will be a presentation by Charles Herr on the memorable Keith’s Diner and the before and after history of what occupied its location. Herr will provide attendees with a history of Inlet’s first theater, Inlet’s first diner (not Keith Baerman’s), the housing of the Inlet ambulance and naturally Inlet’s first caboose.   The story of this lot includes movies, destruction by fire, tragic deaths of owners and the long history of Keith Baerman and his operation of the “not for sale” Diner.

Part of the program will include photographs and postcard images of the location’s occupants and their businesses. It is anticipated that the most interesting part of the program will come from the first hand memories of former customers in attendance.

The program is open to the public and the Society invites members to take this opportunity to renew their membership if they haven’t already done so. The Society will also update the audience concerning its future plans and events.

Historical Society Presents History of Rocky Point Inn

On Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m., at the Inlet Town Hall, the Inlet Historical Society’s first program of the 2015 summer season will be a presentation by Charles Herr on the History of the popular Rocky Point Inn. For almost a century of its existence, the Inn was a popular Fourth Lake hotel catering to customers of all walks of life, including Errol Flynn and Mary Pickford.

Mr. Herr will provide history from the Inn’s birth and ownership by the Rocky Point Inn Company, its financial backing by Louisa Burrell and her notable husband David, and its long term stewardship by the Delmarsh Family. Part of the program will include photographs, menus and postcard images of the Inn’s property development from its heydays to the Inn building’s demise.

Attendees are also invited to share their memories of their stays at the Inn and its services.

The program is open to the public and the Society invites members to take this opportunity to renew their membership if they haven’t already done so. The Society will also update the audience concerning its future plans and events.

2015 Programs

The Inlet Historical Society has the following programs scheduled for the upcoming season. Additional events are planned and will be announced as soon as possible. As always, the public is invited to these events and presentations.

June 18: 7 p.m., Thursday, Rocky Point Inn, Inlet Town Hall

July 16: 7 p.m., Thursday, Keith’s Diner, Inlet Town Hall

July 18: 10 a.m., Saturday, Historical Walking Tour, beginning Inlet School ending at Society Building with refreshments.

July 25: 10 a.m – 4 p.m. Saturday, Inlet Classic Car Cruise & Show, Arrowhead Park.

Aug 13: 6 p.m., Thursday, Annual Membership Meeting, Public Meet & Greet Buffet with Cash Bar, Woods Inn
7 p.m., History of the Woods Inn

Aug. 15 10 a.m., Saturday, Historical Walking Tour, beginning Inlet School ending at Society Building with refreshments.

Sept. 9 7 p.m., Thursday, The Gaiety Theater Building, Inlet Town Hall

Sept. 10 5 p.m., Friday, Tamarack Café Benefit Dinner, 100% proceed to Society. Date subject to change.

Oct. 7 7 p.m., Wednesday, Moss Lake, Dr. Geof Longstaff, Inlet Town Hall

The Society Building will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 15 to August 29 this summer. But this will depend on the availability of docents. The Society asks that those interested in being docents can contact contact Mitch Lee at the Inlet Tourism Office, 315-357-5501. You do not need to be a member and it is a great opportunity for docents and visitors to learn about Inlet ‘s history.

Finally, the Society wants to remind members and the public that renewal dues and new membership dues may be sent to P.O. Box 473, Inlet NY 13360 or dropped off at the Inlet Tourism Office. The payment form can be downloaded from the Society website, http://www.inlethistoricalsociety.org or picked up at the Town Hall.

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