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IPAGE 3I

SportsAntiques.com's written

coverage of the

2009 

National Sports 

Collectors Convention

Cleveland Ohio 

July 29th - August 2nd

 

 

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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY BOATHOUSE 

ADJACENT TO ANTIQUEFEST

 

Another neat feature I stumbled onto was the Syracuse University boathouse. As mentioned earlier there was a section in the back area of the show next to a remarkably peaceful tributary of some kind about 25 yards wide. As I wandered thru the dealers in that back area I looked out past one of the dealers tents that backed up to the water. On the other side of the tributary I saw what looked like a crew team boathouse. All a sudden I realized it was the Syracuse University boathouse. Being a rowing memorabilia collector I toured some of the boathouses on Philadelphia's Boathouse row during my pre-con road trip for the 2007 National. It would have been nice to tour the Syracuse boathouse and see all their trophies, but I didn't know anyone there and wouldn't have been comfortable cold calling. First time I've ever come across a boathouse at an antiques show.

 

Syracuse Antiques Exchange
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I left the show and made my way to what I understood to be the best antiques mall in Syracuse, the Syracuse Antiques Exchange...pretty original and important sounding name. Sort of an interesting 4 or 5 story affair, but fell pretty much in the category of the show...which wasn't much...of course all it takes is one find. I asked around about the Madison Bouckville area and was told it wasn't worth the 35 minute drive. The Madison Bouckville antique market is renowned but it wasn't open when I was there. Nevertheless, I figured I had the rest of the day to explore around before heading to the Rhinebeck Show the following day, so I drove thru just to see the area. They were right, the stores there weren't much, but that's OK, I had a good time looking around. 

 

PHOTOS OF THE MADISON BOUCKVILLE STORES AND AREAS
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of the Madison Bouckville area

 

I did however get one good perk out of the trip. The last store I hit, I asked where was a good place to eat. I'd been hoping to find a good mom and pop independently owned restaurant. They told me about the Solsville Hotel. It was about a couple mile drive out in the middle of no where it seemed. But I struck gold...it was exactly the kind of place I'd been hoping to find...just down home cook'n. The special that night was beer battered fried fish. I got it with garlic mashed potatoes, and the great soup and salad bar. I think the whole dinner beverage and all came to like$15.00 or $16.00...One of those places ya just can't beat, great food, great prices. I was one of their happiest customers.

 

DINNER AT THE HOTEL SOLSVILLE

SOLSVILLE NEW YORK

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Soup and salad bar

Friday special 

beer battered fish 

with garlic mash potatoes

 

 

But all good things come with a price...I headed for my next hotel in Hyde Park, next to Rhinebeck..and within a half hour I was falling asleep at the wheel from a full stomach. I took a turn off the highway and found a fairly safe looking place to take a nap before driving on. I hardly knew where I was, just that I was way out in the country. As I got out of my car to get into the back seat I saw I had pulled along a huge lake. It was very quiet and deserted and a group of geese were tranquilly paddling out into the lake...It seemed kind of odd that it was so deserted, but I heard latter there are a lot of lakes in that area.

 

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