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Paintings by Ray Loper on display

07 Jul 19
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Millerton artist Ray Loper’s paintings of historic barns are on display in the Irondale Schoolhouse. The oil-on-canvas pieces are available for purchase, with 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting the schoolhouse.

The following is Ray’s description of his work:

“During the earliest years of the formation of this country, the rural areas were predominantly composed of small hamlets and self-sufficient family dairy farms. Dutchess County was no exception. Since every farm needed a barn to house their animals and equipment, the end result was hundreds of barns dotting the landscape, each having its design—and for want of another word, personality. Unfortunately, with all the changes in the area today from agriculture to residential developments and industry, the old barns have become obsolete, causing ‘the dilemma of the old barns,’ costing thousands to maintain and thousands to dismantle. They are being left to decay.

“For this reason I am preserving them on canvas to the best of my ability before they disappear and are lost forever. My painting ‘The Old and the New’ to me is an illustration of the futility of updating because unfortunately in all probability the new will suffer the same fate, only the time frame will be different.

Schoolhouse celebrates National Children’s Day

13 Jun 19
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Originally published in the June 13, 2019 edition of The Millerton News

By Darryl Gangloff

The weather was perfect for the Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse’s National Children’s Day on Sunday, June 9, at the historic one-room Irondale Schoolhouse in Millerton.

Children decorated their bicycles and participated in a parade on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Gift certificates to Oblong Books & Music were awarded for the best-decorated bicycles. Riley and Parker Whalen earned first prize, Sierra Watson earned second and Iris Wood earned third.

Jonathan Grusauskas of the Music Cellar entertained the crowd with songs, Rhiannon Leo-Jameson of the NorthEast-Millerton Library read stories, Stewart’s Shops provided free ice cream, and everyone enjoyed games outside the schoolhouse.

Photo courtesy the Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse: Sierra Watson, left, and Jane Wood participated in the bicycle parade during the Irondale Schoolhouse’s National Children’s Day.

Irondale Schoolhouse kicks off 2019 season

30 May 19
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Originally published in the May 30, 2019 edition of The Millerton News

By Kaitlin Lyle

MILLERTON — With a steady stream of local residents and weekend visitors, Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse Board President Ralph Fedele invited everyone to celebrate the opening of the Irondale Schoolhouse for the 2019 season on Saturday, May 25. Community members of all ages came out to explore the historic one-room schoolhouse while the sight of the rope leading up to the school bell prompted visiting children to pause in the doorway and ring the bell. 

Bee Bee the Clown kept the youngsters and their families entertained with a medley of magic tricks and balloon animals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Under a tent next to the schoolhouse, Sunday in the Country Food Drive offered sliders and hot dogs fresh off the grill for lunch while Harney & Sons provided berry tea as a refreshing drink. Paintings by Millerton artist Ray Loper were on display in the schoolhouse with 20% of the sales from the art show benefiting the schoolhouse. 

With the sound of the bell signaling the beginning of a new season for the schoolhouse, the community was in good spirits throughout the day. The Irondale Schoolhouse will now be open on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo by Kaitlin Lyle: Amelia Hertel, 4, watched with fascination as Bee Bee the Clown fashioned an animal out of balloons just for her.

Seasons Greetings from the Board & Construction Committee

16 Nov 14
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Thanks to Townscape, the Irondale Schoolhouse is decked out for the Holiday Season.
Conceived by Jeanne Vanecko and installed by John Crawford, David Shapiro & Donald Najdek.
Thank you for a job well done.

Millerton gathers for Irondale Schoolhouse dedication ceremony

18 Oct 14
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By: Gabriel Napoleon

Members of the public, as well as representatives from the village, town and state governments, gathered at 16 Main St. on Saturday, Oct. 18, for the Irondale Schoolhouse dedication ceremony.

The Board of the Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse, led by Ralph Fedele, center, was joined by members of Millerton, North East and state governments to cut the ribbon at the building’s dedication ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 10. New York State Assembly member Didi Barrett (D-106), second in from the left, held the ribbon for North East Supervisor John Merwin with schoolhouse board member Cathy Fenn, second in from the right. Photo by Gabriel Napoleon

Read the full story in this week’s Millerton News or online at

Photo by Gabriel Napoleon. 


Interior Completion

24 Sep 14
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Schoolhouse interior will be completely plastered and painted by end of next week. The stone perimeter will be started on Sept 17th.

Welcome to the Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse

21 Sep 14
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This historic 1858 one-room schoolhouse served the Ogdensville (Irondale) community until 1930.

Open Late May thru Mid Oct. | Friday   12 -4 | Sat/Sun 10 – 4