BRUNCH IS SERVED

Big crowd turns out for Oak­wood chapel event

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan lhal­li­gan@dig­i­tal­first­media.com @Lau­renTheRecord on Twit­ter

TROY, N.Y. » Daf­fodils were not in bloom for this year’s an­nual Daf­fodil Brunch, but the event still drew a sold­out crowd of reg­u­lars and new­com­ers alike.

The gath­er­ing, now in its 17th year, was held in two ses­sions on Sun­day at the Troy’s Oak­wood Ceme­tery.

Brunch was served in the ceme­tery’s his­toric 19th-cen­tury Gard­ner Earl Chapel, where about 200 at­ten­dees en­joyed a hearty buf­fet meal in a unique and or­nate set­ting. Orig­i­nal Tif­fany win­dows, mar­ble mo­saics and rich oak ar­chi­tec­ture were all part of the at­mos­phere at the chapel and cre­ma­to­rium, an of­fi­cial his­toric na­tional land­mark within the ceme­tery grounds.

The ceme­tery, also on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places, is one of the old­est in the coun­try and and serves as the fi­nal rest­ing point for many of the city’s founders in­clud­ing Un­cle Sam Wil­son, Emma Wil­lard, Rus­sell Sage, Abra­ham Lans­ing and Ja­cob Van­der­hey­den.

Along with giv­ing people a rea­son to visit the old ceme­tery, the yearly spring­time brunch is a chance for the pub­lic to get a glimpse inside the chapel.

Without any ad­ver­tis­ing ef­forts, the Daf­fodil Brunch is a sold out suc­cess each year, rain or shine. For

many lo­cals it’s a tra­di­tion to at­tend ev­ery April, but there are al­ways some first­timers too.

Dave and Anne Marie Koschnick of Cohoes at­tended the Daf­fodil Brunch for their first time on Sun­day. “We’ve al­ways wanted to come,” Anne Marie said. The cou­ple has been to the ceme­tery be­fore, but never inside the chapel.

“It’s im­pres­sive,” said Dave, a local photographer.

The Koschnicks also de­cided to par­tic­i­pate on Sun­day to sup­port the Friends of Oak­wood Ceme­tery and sup­port that cause of help­ing to pre­serve his­tory, they said.

The Daf­fodil Brunch, a com­pletely vol­un­teer­driven ef­fort, is also a fundraiser for the non-profit ceme­tery. “It’s all vol­un­teers,” said Thomas Maggs, pres­i­dent of the Oak­wood Ceme­tery Board of Trustees.

Maggs said the event is about fel­low­ship and wel­com­ing spring. Although this year, he noted, “The daf­fodils are way be­hind.”

Toni Craft, a board mem­ber with the Friends of Oak­wood Ceme­tery said, “Spring wouldn’t cooper- ate with us this year. The daf­fodils are up, but there’s no blooms.”

Within the next few weeks, the planted daffo- dils are ex­pected to open up and add to the el­e­gance of the Oak­wood Ceme­tery grounds.

“So many people drive by here and don’t re­al­ize the beauty that’s in it,” Craft said, invit­ing all to come and visit the site this sea­son.

More in­for­ma­tion on Oak­wood Ceme­tery and its up­com­ing events is avail­able on­line at www.oak­wood­ceme­tery.org.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — LHAL­LI­GAN@DIG­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Ham is carved and served at the an­nual Daf­fodil Brunch held Sun­day in the Gard­ner Earl Chapel at Oak­wood Ceme­tery in Troy.

The elab­o­rate Gard­ner Earl Chapel is the set­ting for the an­nual Daf­fodil Brunch at Oak­wood Ceme­tery in Troy.

Thomas Maggs, pres­i­dent of the Oak­wood Ceme­tery Board of Trustees, wel­comes guests at the an­nual Daf­fodil Brunch held Sun­day in the Gard­ner Earl Chapel at Oak­wood Ceme­tery in Troy.

The Sober fam­ily en­joys their meal at the an­nual Daf­fodil Brunch held Sun­day in the Gard­ner Earl Chapel at Oak­wood Ceme­tery in Troy.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — LHAL­LI­GAN@DIG­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

The an­nual Daf­fodil Brunch was held on a gray Sun­day in the Gard­ner Earl Chapel at Oak­wood Ceme­tery in Troy.

Vol­un­teers work in the kitchen dur­ing the an­nual Daf­fodil Brunch held Sun­day in the Gard­ner Earl Chapel at Oak­wood Ceme­tery in Troy.

Event-go­ers eat at the an­nual Daf­fodil Brunch held Sun­day in the Gard­ner Earl Chapel at Oak­wood Ceme­tery in Troy.

Be­cause real flow­ers hadn’t yet bloomed, fake daf­fodils dec­o­rated the ta­bles at the an­nual Daf­fodil Brunch held Sun­day in the Gard­ner Earl Chapel at Oak­wood Ceme­tery in Troy.

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