Pastries sell like hotcakes at Indian Rock Schoolhouse

A scrumptious selection of donated pastries was ready for purchase at the traditional bake sale to benefit the restored 1858 Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Saturday, May 25, held at Ritchie’s Deli on Route 22. Service with a smile was provided by Annette Culligan, schoolhouse board secretary, at left, and Nancy Nowak, schoolhouse board president.

Leila Hawken

Pastries sell like hotcakes at Indian Rock Schoolhouse

AMENIA — Residents turned out at Ritchie’s Deli to buy pastries at the annual fundraising bake sale to benefit the Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Saturday, May 25.

Business was brisk. Baked goods were donated by friends of the 1858 schoolhouse and displayed to good advantage by volunteers from the schoolhouse. Annette Culligan, secretary of the schoolhouse’s board, teamed up with Nancy Nowak, board president, to see that the pastries found their way to good homes.

The historic one-room schoolhouse, located along Mygatt Road, not far from Ritchie’s Deli, was in active use until 1927. The Webutuck Country Schoolhouse Association was formed in 2001 to restore the historic school that was subsequently renamed Indian Rock Schoolhouse.

Culligan praised the volunteers who continue to offer time and effort to help with the schoolhouse mission and programs, and most recently, those who donated baked items to be sold.

The next schoolhouse event is scheduled for Friday, May 31, when Webutuck Elementary School students from Grades 2 and 3, will visit to experience what a one-room school day was like in the 19th and early 20thcenturies. There will also be activities including planting things and period games to round out the experience.

Also in the planning stages is the annual Community Day at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse to be held in October.

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