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  • The Bottle MuseThe Bottle MuseThe Bottle MuseThe Bottle MuseThe Bottle Muse76 Milton AvenueBallston Spa, NY 12020 Winter 2011- 2012& Annual ReportThe Bottle MuseThe Bottle MuseThe Bottle MuseThe Bottle MuseThe Bottle Muse

    PRESERVING THE HISTORY OF OUR NATIONS FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY

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    To enjoy newsletter in full color, please visit www.nationalbottlemuseum.org

    Dedication of the Jan Rutland Artists Space at the NBM ............................. 2 & 3Dedication of the Jan Rutland Artists Space at the NBM ............................. 2 & 3Dedication of the Jan Rutland Artists Space at the NBM ............................. 2 & 3Dedication of the Jan Rutland Artists Space at the NBM ............................. 2 & 3Dedication of the Jan Rutland Artists Space at the NBM ............................. 2 & 3Why 12-year-old Nicholas Wrobleski digs bottle collecting .......................... 4 & 5Why 12-year-old Nicholas Wrobleski digs bottle collecting .......................... 4 & 5Why 12-year-old Nicholas Wrobleski digs bottle collecting .......................... 4 & 5Why 12-year-old Nicholas Wrobleski digs bottle collecting .......................... 4 & 5Why 12-year-old Nicholas Wrobleski digs bottle collecting .......................... 4 & 5Gary Moeller celebrates 15 years at National Bottle Museum .................... 6, 7 & 8Gary Moeller celebrates 15 years at National Bottle Museum .................... 6, 7 & 8Gary Moeller celebrates 15 years at National Bottle Museum .................... 6, 7 & 8Gary Moeller celebrates 15 years at National Bottle Museum .................... 6, 7 & 8Gary Moeller celebrates 15 years at National Bottle Museum .................... 6, 7 & 8Dr. Carl Waldrons Music in a Bottle notes & Roy Topkas dig ...................9 & 10Dr. Carl Waldrons Music in a Bottle notes & Roy Topkas dig ...................9 & 10Dr. Carl Waldrons Music in a Bottle notes & Roy Topkas dig ...................9 & 10Dr. Carl Waldrons Music in a Bottle notes & Roy Topkas dig ...................9 & 10Dr. Carl Waldrons Music in a Bottle notes & Roy Topkas dig ...................9 & 10

    Childrens bookillustrator JodyWheeler drawsyoung readers

    & budding artiststo bottle museum

    Childrens book illustrator Jody Wheeler poses with members of the Crouth family on December 4.Another photo by Rodney Wheeler can be found on the back cover of this edition with additionalimages and a video scheduled to be posted in the near future on www.nationalbottlemuseum.org.

    Co-sponsored by the Anastos Media Group, The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, The BallstonSpa Lions Club, Legacies Unlimited US, Price Choppers Golub Foundation and Stewarts, the uplifting program also offeredcomplimentary refreshments, coupons for free ice cream cones and door prizes designed to inspire budding artists and authors.The event doubled as the Opening Reception for the captivating exhibit which will remain on display until February 3.

    It is hoped that students, parents, educators and others residing within commuting distance of the museum will takeadvantage of this golden opportunity to view creations by one of the nations most popular childrens book illustrators.

    The invitation to exhibit samples of my illustrations in my hometown means so much to me, says Ms. Wheeler, whooften draws upon memories of her upstate New York childhood when painting images to accompany stories for young readers.

    At last count Ms. Wheeler had some 75 titles in her portfolio, ranging from fiction titles for young readers to nonfictiontitles for middle readers as well as keepsake memory books, activity books, calendars, greeting cards and many other products.

    Included are illustrations that introduced such characters as E.T., The Extraterrestrial and collaborations that havebreathed new life into characters in remakes of such titles as Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline, Don Freemans Corduroy the Bearand those in some of Laura Ingalls Wilders Little House books specifically the Farmer Boy books about the early days ofLauras husband Almanzo Wilder in Malone, NY. Ms. Wheeler has most recently completed illustrations for An Old-FashionedThanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott and The First Noel (both from Ideals Publishing) as well as a book based on characterscreated by the late Ezra Jack Keats titled Roberto Walks Home.

    To learn more, kindly visit www.wheelerillustration.com or www.zazzle.com/wheelart or call 518.885.7589.

    Youngsters and their familieswere recently treated to an unforgettableafternoon with childrens bookillustrator Jody Wheeler in the JanRutland Artists Space at the NationalBottle Museum. A highlight of the freeDecember 4 enrichment program wasthe reading by Ms. Wheeler of a copyof The Night Before Christmas that shehad illustrated for Ideals Publishing.

  • Dedication of the Jan RutlandArtists Spaceat the NationalBottle Museum~~~~~~~~~~~October 26, 2011~~~~~~~~~~~

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    Dedication Ceremony& 80th birthday party

    Photos by Ann Hauprich

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  • After weeks of preparation, the doors of the National Bottle Museum opened on the evening of Wednesday,October 26, 2011 to welcome those wishing to be present for the dedication of The Jan Rutland ArtistsSpace at the National Bottle Museum. Among those greeted by President Evelyn Kramer were BallstonSpa Mayor John Romano (seen at far left of facing page with Artists Space Director Fred Neudoerffer)and beloved childrens book illustrator Jody Wheeler (in red plaid jacket). Highlights of the special event-- which took place on the one-year anniversary of the passing of longtime Executive Director Jan Rutland-- included inspiring and insightful speeches about Jans life and legacy by Mayor Romano and NBMCollection Manager Gary Moeller -- seen at far left flanked NBM Second Vice-President Michael L.Noonan and his wife Maeve. Others who shared fond memories of Jan with fellow guests includedcomposer-pianist Cole Broderick and Delores Taisey of the Medbery Inn & Spa (above). Not wanting the80th birthday of NBM Acting Director Larry Rutland to pass without recognition, Bottle Muse EditorAnn Hauprich and internationally-acclaimed glassblower Sally Prasch communicated long distance tocreate gifts with a common theme for Larry. With guidance from the now late professional cake decoratorPatty Rutland (in pink sweater opposite), Ann co-created a birthday cake shaped like a wine bottle withan edible a label inscribed with the words: L.R. Vintage 1931. Thanks to photographs of the making ofthe 80th birthday cake that were donated by Patty, Ann was able to email images to Sally so that shecould craft a one-of-a-kind glass keepsake shaped like a wine bottle that boasted a matching message.The icing on the cake was the presentation to Larry of a card signed by all in attendance at his SMILEstone.Photos on the opposite page include pastels of a young Jan and Larry Rutland that were painted by Larryand a photograph that Ann Hauprich took a decade ago of Jan holding an antique uranium glass bottle.

    A night to remember & to celebrate

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  • He may only be 12, but Nicholas Wrobleski isalready an experienced bottle collector who owns about350 antique glass pieces including a rare Civil Warera USA Hospital Department bottle that he recentlyreceived as an extra special Christmas gift.

    Nick, who resides in a ca. 1840-1860 farmhousein Killingly, Connecticut, credits his late father whowas an avid dump and privy digger as well as acollector of New England beer bottles, beer cans andbreweriana with inspiring him to take up the hobbyduring his early elementary school years.

    Now a Grade 7 student at Killingly IntermediateSchool, Nick ranks history as his favorite subjectbecause I find it interesting to learn how people livedin the past.

    His ability to retain facts paid off earlier this year whenNick was awarded a membership in The Museum of ConnecticutGlass in Coventry, CT, after he won a contest that requiredparticipants to answer questions about glass and bottles. The personwith the best score won a free membership. Acing the quiz waseasy for Nick who regards antique bottles as an important part ofhistory and describes bottle collecting as a fun, enjoyable, andinteresting hobby.

    Not surprisingly, Nick chose The Pairpoint Glassworkson Cape Cod as the setting for his 12th birthday party during theDecember 2011 school break. Founded in 1837, Pairpoint isAmericas oldest glassworks, making the recent excursion there anunforgettable one for Nick and his friends. While he was there hewas able to see an original mold of a bottle from the CoventryConnecticut Glass Works which is currently on loan from TheMuseum of Connecticut Glass. He also was able to actually blow aglass bubble with the help of their staff.

    Accompanying Nicks mom and the youths on theiradventure were Nicks paternal grandparents, Dot and MiltWrobleski. It was also the Wrobleskis who searched high and lowto locate the Civil War bottle their grandson unwrapped on Christmasmorning, and who traveled with Nick to the National Bottle Museumin Ballston Spa over the 2011 Labor Day weekend.

    When I visited the museum, I thought it was great thatthe people were willing to answer all of our questions, recalledNick. They were very helpful and the experience helped me tolearn more about bottles.

    Why 12-year-oldNicholas Wrobleskidigs bottle hunting

    and collectingStory by Bottle Muse Editor Ann Hauprich

    This demijohn -- which came with an equally impressive case -- is afavorite piece in Nick Wrobleskis collecti