The landmark Colgate Inn is undergoing a long-overdue renovation. Improvements include a new outdoor seating area, an upgrade and relocation of the kitchen facilities to create more space for banquets and meetings, and expanded parking. Work began in June and will continue through the summer of 2011. To read more and see an architect’s rendering, visit www.colgate.edu/about/capitalprojects/colgateinn.
In June, the fourth-annual Skyway Festival of music, food, and arts and crafts was held at the Eaton Street ballpark to benefit Hamilton Central School’s music programs. Hostess Meredith Leland Getchonis teamed up with the Earlville Opera House, the Oddfellows, and other Hamilton groups to bring “bluegrass, baseball, BBQ, and belly dancers.” The festival was created in memory of Getchonis’s late husband, Craig, a well-known Hamilton musician, former Colgate Bookstore employee, and son of former mayor Charlie Getchonis.
(photo by Andrew Daddio)
Hamilton-based band Same Blood Folk (with Brendan O’Connor ’09 on drums and band manager Sean Nevison ’03), has been hitting the road lately. In June, the group brought their eclectic mix of Americana, soul, and bluegrass to the Saratoga ArtsFest (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), a four-day celebration featuring music, dance, visual art, film, theater, and literary art. The group also shared the stage with The Felice Brothers (whose track “Whiskey In My Whiskey” was featured on the first season of True Blood on HBO) at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 24.
A new local hook was added this year to Slater Brothers Entertainment’s Hamilton Film Festival in August: a special competition and screening of short films made in upstate New York. The festival was founded by Grant Slater ’91 and his brothers Wade and Todd (sons of the late Colgate men’s hockey coach Terry Slater), to support their hometown and enhance the careers of filmmakers. Events included short, student-made, feature-length, and documentary film showings as well as panel discussions, an Awareness Walk to benefit the Hamilton Food Cupboard, and a special screening at the Palace Theater to benefit the Hamilton Central School Athletic Department.
— Avi Israel ’10