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October 04, 2012

Celebration Roast for Susan Perkins

From 6:00PM to 8:00PM

We would like to invite you to a very special “Celebration Roast for Susan Perkins,” executive director of the Herkimer County Historical Society, for her 30 years of service – to be held at the Knights Inn in Little Falls.

The evening will feature a buffet dinner, with Susan’s favorite dishes selected, followed by an entertaining roast celebration. Joseph Cirillo, the Society’s current president, and former summer employee at the Society, has taken on the task of Roastmaster. Joining him to roast Susan will be James Greiner, Herkimer County historian and history teacher at West Canada Valley High School; Sylvia Rowan, Herkimer County Clerk and long-time Board member and co-chairwoman of the Society’s Celebrity Breakfast; John Scarano, executive director of the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce and entertaining head server at the Celebrity Server Breakfast; Jane Spellman, retired director of the Herkimer County Historical Society (1973-1995); and Jeff Steele, vice-president of the Herkimer County Historical Society and long-time volunteer.

Tickets for the Roast are $25.00/person and are requested to be purchased in advance by stopping in at the Historical Society, 406 N. Main St., Herkimer or by mailing in a check to their address at 400 N. Main St., Herkimer.

A commemorative booklet is also being done for that evening in honor of Susan that will be given to the dinner guests that evening. For information on how you can sponsor an ad for the booklet sharing a special message for Susan, please visit the Society’s website at or call (315)866-6413 weekdays.

Susan began volunteering for the Herkimer County Historical Society in 1977 and became a full-time employee in 1982 as Registrar responsible for cataloging and intake of the Society’s vast collection. She soon proved herself invaluable and became Administrative Assistant in 1985 overseeing the volunteer staff, educational activities, cataloging collections, assisting with the Capital Campaign construction project and the 1991 Herkimer County 200th Anniversary Celebration, and installing exhibits. At the end of 1995, when former director Jane Spellman retired, Susan took over the job of administrative director.

In addition to her work as director at the Society, Susan is the town of Manheim historian, secretary for the Friends of Historic Herkimer County to save the old 1834 Herkimer County Jail, and is a member of many local and regional historical organizations.

Susan has spent many years helping people discover their family roots and appreciate the interesting local history we have here in Herkimer County. The Society hopes everyone can join them in paying tribute to her efforts in sharing an evening of food and laughter.

The Lexington Gala

From 6:00PM to 9:00PM

The Lexington Foundation, dedicated to providing support to Lexington’s programs and services for children and adults who are disabled and their families, has announced that it will hold the event at 127 E. State Street, Gloversville. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour, and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. Black tie dress is requested. The theme of the event is “A Celebration of the Arts” and will benefit the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts.

The Lexington Gala will be held at Lexington’s 127 E. State Street building in Gloversville, NY. “Don’t let the site fool you,” said Wally Hart, Lexington’s Division Director for Business and Community Development, “the old ‘Bishop Burke’ building will be transformed into a unique space that will scintillate your eyes and your palate.” “The space will be filled with artistic flair, and will be a true testament to the vision of Paul Nigra, the namesake of the new Center for Creative Arts.” Nigra was Lexington’s Executive Director for 42 years who passed away in March of 2012 of complications from ALS.

The Lexington Gala will feature a lively silent auction, a cocktail hour with hot and cold hors d’ouevres served butler style and by buffet, a served dinner featuring beef tenderloin, Chilean sea bass, chicken bistro and butternut squash ravioli, a dessert buffet, fine wines and a full bar will be available. FLAME, Lexington’s internationally-known soft rock band, will provide the evening’s music for listening and dancing pleasure. Tickets are $100 per person.

During the Gala, Lexington will present the 2012 Lexington Awards to a “Community Partner of the Year” a “Community Volunteer of the Year” a “Business Partner of the Year” and employee awards to direct support staff, administrative staff and leadership. The evening will be capped off with a special announcement about the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts.

Call (518) 736-3909 or email for information on sponsorships, to RSVP or for additional details. Event information is also available at The Lexington Foundation Office is located at 465 N. Perry Street, Johnstown, NY.

Proceeds from the Gala will support the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts which will offer enrichment in music, painting, pottery, photography, culinary, theatre and other artistic endeavors for all members of the community. A music studio that would be open to the community will offer opportunities to learn and perform with FLAME’s guidance will be a key component of the Paul Nigra Center. Partnerships with artistic groups are also being considered to provide similar opportunities in Art. The Lexington Foundation is undertaking the fundraising necessary to complete the Paul Nigra Center and to develop the full array of programming under consideration.