On February 8, 1690, according to a very believable
If a Canadian and Indian delegation had arrived at the Stockade yesterday (Saturday, February 6, 2016), for the first-ever event Celebrate the Snowman – Commemorating the 1690 Massacre – they would have found no snow (and no gate), and a somewhat miraculous, tiny “real” snowman near North Ferry Street on Union Street [see L]. If they headed past Lawrence the Indian, to the Mohawk River, they would have encountered a small “party” of hardy Stockadians alongside the silent Riverside Park canon, with their ragtag army of artificial snowmen. Although nature provided no snow, it did offer a beautiful glow from the setting sun. [See the Slideshow below.] The 2016 militia was led by Carol DeLaMater, Susan DuFour, and Susan Brink. Where they imbibed after their parkside event is unknown.
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The predicted lack of snow did not prevent, and actually stimulated, a stalwart effort over the past week to whip up some excitement for the Celebration of the Stockade Snowman. [E.g., see the February 2016 Stockade Spy; and coverage at Today’s Snowman (Feb. 3, 2016). And, at several Facebook pages, such as here and there.] Here’s a collage showing various snowless snowmen stationed around the Stockade to highlight the Celebration:
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. . above: [L] real, fake and shadow snowmen in front of 203 Union Street. [R] a Celebration scene at the Esplanade
. . above: couple celebrating Mardi Gras, too . .
This Slideshow has a couple dozen photos from the February 6 Snowman Celebration event, with most shots taken at Riverside Park. Special thanks goes to Sarah, Charlie and Sam Schneiderwind, who scouted out a cache of snow, brought it back to their home on Union Street, and provided the event with its sole “real” snowman.
The following collage is pretty much self-explanatory; thanks to the guest photographers for capturing Stuffy, whose smile belies the name I’ve given him.
Finally, here’s a second Slideshow, featuring the “fake/artificial/special/longer-lasting” snowmen scouting the neighborhood prior to Saturday’s event.
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