Elizabeth Rudolph was in Colonial costume and character for April 1990.
Rudolph, a member of the Sons and Daughters for Liberty Militia, used a giant cauldron to cook stew. She was showing fourth-graders from Charlton Heights Elementary School how women in long dresses and short caps made dinner during the 1700s.
The kids got their chances to get Colonial later in the day. They churned butter, made candles, tanned leather and wove fabrics.
Other people were into more modern diversions 24 years ago this month.
Beer fans visited the annual Capital District Beer Can and Breweriana Extravaganza at Schenectady’s IUE Hall. Auto fans checked out fast cars — including the Batmobile from the 1989 Batman movie — at the World on Wheels Custom Car Show at Albany’s Knickerbocker Arena. The show was one of the first events held at the new auditorium.
JoAnn Buchas, on staff for the American Cancer Society, was on parade duty on April 24. She dressed as a giant vegetable in the Great American Food Fight Against Cancer. The parade reminded people about proper nutrition.
In addition to the Charlton Heights gang, school kids were showing off their skills. At Scotia-Glenville High School, seniors planted a new blue spruce to replace an evergreen that had been cut down by vandals. Stillwater students acted in a school play. And Marisa Westervelt of Cobleskill topped 102 other verb and noun scholars who participated in the 12th annual Regional Spelling Bee at Proctors in Schenectady.
Westervelt had the last word — “pharmaceutical” — and won a trip to the National Spelling Bee in Washington later that spring.
“This is great, just great,” Westervelt said, after her three-hour trial in alphabet soup.