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April 2019
Hedge Clippings: the latest from Blue Mountain Lake
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In this issue: Syrup Season, Meet Kathy and C.J., Job Opening, Hedges History, Featured Photo, Reservations, Suggestion Box

Maple Syrup is Coming!

We heard your requests, and have arranged to make your fluffy pancakes, waffles, and French Toast even better with real maple syrup from Red Fox Maple.  This Lake Placid-based business is owned and operated by Randy and Sibyl Quayle.  Not only do they make great tasting syrup, but proceeds benefit the Shipman Youth Center. Its mission is to provide a safe place for young people to mature in a stable environment.  Kids at the center help to gather the sap to be delivered for production at the nearby Cornell Uihlein Maple Research Forest sugarhouse.  This is a real community effort!

Gift-sized jugs and bottles of the syrup will also be available for sale at the Crow’s Nest Shop in the office building so you can take a new Hedges memory home to enjoy.   

Staff Profiles will be featured in each Hedge Clippings

Kathy Hutchins

The office staff members serve as the "welcome wagon".  They arrange room reservations, set dinner seating, manage check-in and check-out, and attend to many of the details that are so important to the guest experience.

Kathy Hutchins has a long association with the Central Adirondacks and The Hedges.  She moved north from Bushkill, PA on April 13th 51 years ago when her parents accepted a position managing Rainbow Lake Lodge in Indian Lake.
Kathy first worked at The Hedges in the roles of housekeeper and wait staff during the VanYprens' first few years of ownership.  She then became an at-home mom before working at several local businesses, including 27 years for a nonprofit home health care agency.  She returned to The Hedges in 2015 as a member of the office staff.  When asked about how things have changed from her first stint to now, Kathy responded, "Not much, except the dinners."

In her leisure time, Kathy enjoys knitting and quilting.  She and her husband Meade enjoy spending time with their two daughters and four grandchildren (one lives in North Carolina, and the other lives a bit closer in North Creek).


C.J. Simmons

C.J. Simmons of Long Lake is Caretaker year round for The Hedges.  Pat Benton discovered him 2 ½ years ago when she needed a painter for Stone and Main lodges. She recognized his background (including hospitality and culinary studies at Schenectady County Community College) and hired him for additional work including line cook when needed.

He fell in love with The Hedges and shared the famous quote: “If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.” C.J. really enjoys taking care of the facilities and grounds, and getting to know the great people on staff and those who come as guests.

A native of Cape Cod and an Army veteran, he first came to  Indian Lake and Lake Durant with his grandfather. C.J. has two adult daughters who live in CT and VT.                      
Help Wanted!

The Hedges is currently searching for an Assistant General Manager. Terrific staff members have come through personal connections and word of mouth over the years. If you know possible candidates, please refer them to the job postings on our web site.
Hedges History with Hallie Bond

A curator at the Adirondack Museum for 27 years and author of "Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks", Hallie Bond offers local history weekly at The Hedges. She filled us in about the dinner place mats -- originally drawn in 1933 by Hugh H. Chrisp. He created fish portraits for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) watershed survey conducted from 1926 through 1939. Chrisp was known for working from live specimens. Hallie imagines that the man pictured at an easel with a large fish in a frame is a self-portrait.

The map was originally published by Salamander Press in Utica with a blank cartouche which now says "The Hedges." It must have been a venture Chrisp or Salamander thought they could sell to other businesses on Blue Mountain Lake.  The map was revised around 1966 to add, among other things, the steamboat Tuscarora and the Adirondack Museum. 

Featured Photos

A reader of Hedge Clippings suggested a monthly historical photo be featured.  Here's another vintage postcard (circa 1915-1930) from Don Chester's collection. 
Reservations Available   
The Hedges opens for the season on Friday, May 24 with all 30 family-friendly and adult lodging options, cooked-to-order breakfasts and four-course dinners, and numerous recreation and relaxation opportunities. Through June 16, spring rates are charged. Inquire about availability for lodging, or for breakfast or dinner, by calling 518-352-7325 or 
 Your Input is Valued!

The Hedges appreciates feedback from guests. Jamie Thomas crafted a beautiful wooden Suggestion Box for the Dining Room last season, but you can send an email to 
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