Crazy Hat Bingo - 2011

The High Falls Civic Association Annual Crazy Hat Bingo Party 2011

The High Falls Civic Association packed the Marbletown Community Center in Stone Ridge on March 26th, for their annual Crazy Hat Bingo fund raiser. Players from all over the Hudson Valley came to town to play bingo, share a great dinner and vie for an array of locally donated prizes for their crazy hat creations.

group shot - 2011 bingo games - hat contest

photo of bill mBill Merchant, event chair and HFCA treasurer said “We are proud to say we spent all of our money for this event in High Falls and Stone Ridge except for the bio-degradable plates, cups, utensils and napkins, which no one local currently seems to stock. All refuse was composted or re-cycled where ever possible. All the leftover food and beverages were donated to the Queen's Galley soup kitchen in Kingston. We want to encourage everyone to buy local and to recycle in every way they can. We promise all our donors we won't ask them for any other donations this year, though we are always happy to accept them. My personal thanks to the many attendees who stayed and made the break down and clean up at the night's end finish so quickly.” Jamie McGlothlin donated the use of her Snap Shot Studio for attendees to take pictures of themselves.

The Hat Contest was judged by photo of hat judgesthree local art educators, Jill Obrig from Rondout Valley Middle School, Arlene Holmes from Plattekill Elementary School and Beverly Bennett from Rondout Valley High School. Bill Goeren of High Falls won a scarf from Liza Jane Norman and one of the dozen bottles of wine from Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits for the Most Stylish hat, an inverted basket-cage with Peeps candy chicks. Jennifer and Michael Tumminia of Accord won a butterfly pillow from Green Cottage and a bottle of wine for their Most Humorous depiction of a deer caught in the headlights. High Fallonians Eve and Ezra Waltmaurer were awarded a gift bag from Victoria Gardens and a bottle of wine for their Most Environmentally Friendly his and hers shopping chapeaus made entirely of duct tape, hers converting to a shopping bag and his with a money compartment in its bill. A large framed painting by contemporary California artist Mary Tempeste, donated by Jamie Midgley Studios, was awarded to Margie LaFera and Jill LaFera-Poppel because their two hat depiction of their home town's business center was judged the Best High Falls Themed. The Judge's Choice was perennial winner Colleen Bicknese's cardboard hat sculpture “Longing for Spring”, which won her a nested set of five antique bowls from Dead Relatives Antiques and a bottle of wine. The pair of dinner passes from the Mohonk Mountain House was the prize for the Best Couple, Jamie Niblock and John Krenek of High Falls, with a flamboyant pair of peacock hats and matching ponchos.

There was a buffet dinner from the High Falls Café, the Northern Spy, Hopheads and Bogey's Pub at Stone Dock Golf Course. Potluck dessert and and the hat judging were held during the break mid way through the games.

Nine bingo games were played during the course of the evening. The first game was basic bingo won by Johanna Leary of Rhinebeck, who was given a gift certificate from Linger Apothecary and Lounge. The second game was also basic bingo, won by Terry Foerster of High Falls, who got a collectible cookie jar from Dead Relatives Antiques and one of the bottles of wine from Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits. A beautiful glass votive candle holder from Green Cottage and bottle of wine was the prize for one of the two winners of the four corners game, Andy Curtis of High Falls. The other winner was Rob Miller of Walden, who got a gift certificate from the Egg's Nest and a gift bag from Victoria Gardens. The game of postage stamp was won by High Falls' Sue Paterson, who took home a great set of boxed soaps from High Falls Mercantile and a bottle of wine. The last round of basic bingo had two winners, John Currie of Stone Ridge, who got one of Liza's scarves and a bottle of wine, and Ali Palmatier of Kingston. She won two candles from the Green Cottage and a gift certificate from the Alternative Baker. The game of picture frame also had two winners. Eric Hartelius of Kerhonkson took home a framed art photograph from Kelly Merchant Photography. Judy Dorman of High Falls was awarded another one of Liza's scarves and a bottle of wine.

The final bingo game was devised especially for Crazy Hat bingo. The winning pattern is the town's initials where the right leg of the 'H' is also the upright of the 'F'. There were four prizes left so the game played out until there were four winners. Merry Oakley won an Egg's Nest gift certificate and a bottle of wine. Lauren Tully of High Falls got a gift certificate from Nectar and a bottle of wine. Penny Switlik of High Falls won a Liza scarf and an Egg's Nest gift certificate. And finally Solveig Reilly of Kerhonkson got a gift certificate from Spruce and one from the Egg's Nest.

John Currie, photographer, took many pictures at this event and was kind enough to share this link with us... Bingo Photos by John Currie