•50 Years Ago - August, 1959•

Lavish parade in Queen Village

Sixteen equestrian groups, representing local dude ranches, riding academies, pony farms, Sheriffs' Mounted Patrol and many individuals, rode in the Kiwanis Club's annual Mile-of-Pennies affair, Aug. 12, 1959 in Warrensburg. Warren County has 23 dude ranches and is the dude ranch center of the Eastern states. Storytown (now Great Escape) had its own fabulous float in the parade. Roy Randall and Gilbert Potter were co-chairmen of the event. Mary Muratori and the Kiwanis wives' committee decorated the parade route which presented a gala appearance to the town.

The procession started from Ashland Park (now Mark Bruce ball field and park) on Hudson St. The Country Gentlemen, directed by Bob Lloyd, serenaded spectators from the bandstand in Floyd Bennett Park throughout the affair while the Warrensburg High School Band rode on a truck in the parade. After the procession band director Kenneth Niles conducted the group in a concert at the bandstand.

Famed area chef berates hot dogs

Famous gourmet chef Walter Braemer presides over the vast kitchens of the Jolly Roger Restaurant on Canada St., overlooking the waters of Lake George. He says that "boring hot dogs" are only fit for carnivores even if they are devoured by millions of Americans, but fortunately there are enough people who want good food and he is devoted to their service. He also admits to a prejudice against hamburgers and people who have so many cocktails before dinner that their dulled palate can not appreciate the excellence of his fine cooking.

Braemer has seven children. He is an artist in his profession and has 75 employees at the Jolly Roger working under him, including maitre d' Jean Jourdan. "Hot dogs," he says, "Phooey."

Artist Jack Binder of Warrensburg has recently painted a large picture of the Jolly Roger Restaurant dining room with Lake George seen through the floor-to-ceiling picture windows. The painting is truly a work of art. Owners of the establishment claim they have the most beautiful dining room in the North Country and there are few who disagree with them. (Note - The Jolly Roger was once on the shore of Lake George in the middle of the village, but is no longer on that site as the building was moved. Does anyone know what ever become of the painting?)

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