David Maydole

In 1845, David Maydole, invented a “adze eye” hammer and began producing them out of his small shop in Norwich. The unique design keep the striking head firmly attached to the handle and kept the two parts from separating. The hammer was an immediate sensation with workers and Maydole began taking orders from across the state. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn5D2wPhbG0

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Links:
Path Through History
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Chenango County Historical Society

Photos Courtesy of:
Chenango County Historical Society
Library of Congress

Singer-songwriter Matt Nakoa rocks out this weekend in Norwich

Singer-songwriter and Chenango County native Matt Nakoa and his band returns to the area this weekend for two concerts. Matt talked with Crystal Sarakas about performing with legends like Patty Larkin and Tom Rush, and embracing his rock roots for this weekend’s shows. Matt Nakoa performs Friday, April 8th in Hawley, PA, then on Saturday in Norwich, NY. Visit his website for more information.  

Norwich, NY | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph is a shot of South Broad Street in Norwich, New York, circa 1900. Norwich is nestled in the Chenango River valley, and the first settlers arrived in the area during the late 1700s. In 1793, the town of Norwich was formed from parts of Union, in Broome County, and Jericho, now known as Bainbridge. Norwich became a city in 1914. Today, Norwich is home to a number of different attractions including the Northeast Classic Car Museum, the Chenango Arts Council, and the Chenango County Historical Society.

A choreographic cocktail party comes to Norwich

Ballets with a Twist presents Cocktail Hour in Norwich. Artistic Director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus talks about this show of short dances, each inspired by a cocktail.  Some are humorous, some are thoughtful, and they have original music by composer Stephen Gaboury.  “Cocktail Hour, harks back to a time when entertainment was an engaging, vibrant social experience. Inspired by the likes of Busby Berkeley and Lucille Ball and infused with the exotic flavor of legendary Hollywood haunts Trader Vic’s and Coconut Grove, this pop-infused production brings timeless American spirits to life, launching the Mai Tai, Martini, Manhattan and more off the menu and onto the stage.” http://wskg.org/audio/ballettwistmix.mp3


Photo by Nico Malvaldi via Ballets with a Twist

The Madrigal Choir goes on the road

Bruce Borton, Artistic Director of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, talks about their upcoming concert, From Stage & Screen, music from opera and operetta and the Broadway stage, Academy Award-winning songs, and Disney classics.  For this concert the choir will perform their Saturday evening concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Norwich, and their Sunday afternoon concert at United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton. http://www.wskg.org/audio/stagescreen.mp3


Photo courtesy Marta Wlusek via Flickr

Colorscape Chenango returns to Norwich

The Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival returns to Norwich with crafts of all kinds, and lots of live music.  Among the groups are favorites the Slambovians and Salsa Libre. http://wskg.org/audio/colorscape15mix.mp3


Photo courtesy Colorscape Chenango

Norwich 'Idol' Kaitlyn Jackson

WSKG goes into the home of local singer songwriter Kaitlyn Jackson in Norwich, NY, from where she shares her experience in the cultural phenomenon and TV show “American Idol”, season 13.  Kaitlyn was only 15-years-old when she won a “dream ticket” to Hollywood, Disney World’s American Idol Experience at Hollywood Studios.  She describes the moment as an experience she would not trade for the world. Kaitlyn has opened for major country artists such as Kristian Bush, Cole Swindell, Daryle Singletary, Joe Nichols, Jamie O’Neal, Ty Herndon, Josh Gracin, Bryan White, Andy Griggs, Mark Wills, Jeff Bates, & Trent Willmon. Kaitlyn has also opened for Pop artists such as Melinda Doolittle and The Veronicas.