Baked Seafood Casserole

From The Ladies of Hyde Hall, Recipes from Anne Clarke Logan’s collection.

1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1 lb. canned crab meat (Wakefield) or tuna
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion, chopped
½ lb. shrimp
1 cup mayonnaise
½ teaspoon pepper


Mix all ingredients.  Sprinkle one cup fresh buttered breadcrumbs over top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or longer for larger quantity.  Serves 6-8.  

Contributed by Polly Clarke Paton

Hyde Hall to Host Tourism Industry Brochure Exchange – May 17, 2017


Email by 5pm, Friday, May 12. Include your business name and names of those attending.
NOTE: If you have already registered, Thank You!

On Wednesday, May 17th, the Regional Tourism Industry will gather at Hyde Hall in Springfield, NY for the Annual Regional Tourism Industry Brochure Exchange.

Starting at 5:00 PM, Tourism Industry members including accommodation providers, restaurants, attractions and museums will check-in, park their cars, open their trunks, share printed promotional material.  Registered attendees will enter through the main entrance of Glimmerglass State Park and proceed to Hyde Hall.

“This is the best free networking opportunity for restaurants, attractions and hotels to gather area information for distribution at their properties,” says Bill Michaels, owner of the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard.  “I attend annually to distribute printed brochures and meet fellow industry members.”

Tourism businesses and organizations from Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie and Chenango Counties are invited to participate in the exchange.  Attendees are encourage to bring displays to further showcase their properties at the exchange.

“This annual event is a wonderful, invigorating way to kick off the tourism season, exchange tourism brochures with partners throughout the region and – just as importantly – network with tourism colleagues – to further promote one another during the 2017 season,” says Deb Taylor, Director, Cooperstown & Otsego County Tourism Program.

Following the event a reception will be held in the Hyde Hall visitor’s center and tours of the Hall will be provided.  Pre-registration is required through or by calling 607-547-5098 ext. 6.

This Tourism Marketing event is sponsored by Erie Canal Cruises, Hyde Hall and the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard and supported though the Central New York Tourism Region, County Tourism Programs and Chambers of Commerce.

This tourism industry marketing and networking opportunity is free!  Interested members of the media are also welcome and encouraged to register. See you there!

FAQ’s about a Brochure Exchange!

Q: What is a brochure exchange?
A: A brochure exchange is an opportunity for area tourism business to exchange, collect and distribute their printed promotional materials among each other and learn more about what products, programming and promotions are schedule for the busy summer season.

Q: How do we do it?
A: Participants gather at Hyde Hall, open their trunks, and share their brochures, menus, maps and MORE!  Many exchangers create a “mini showcase” of their business such as menu samplings, complimentary tickets, wine & beer tastings & give-aways.  Be creative and have fun in creating your displays!

Q: Who comes?
A: Lodging Providers, Attractions, Chambers & Restaurants from throughout the Central NY Region.

Q: Is this only for managers or owners?
A: Definitely NOT!  This is a valuable tool to educate and inform your front-line people about all the opportunities available for your guests or clients to enjoy during their visit.

Q: I don’t have a brochure?
A: You don’t need a brochure.  This is a chance for properties to collect information to share with their guests or clients to make their visit more enjoyable.

Q: I don’t distribute other organization’s brochures!
A: Doesn’t matter!  It is still an opportunity for you to meet your fellow tourism industry members and promote your operation and network!

Q: What’s in it for me?
A: FREE Marketing Distribution, FREE Networking Opportunities, FREE Business Development Opportunities, FREE venue to show off your business, FREE snacks and drinks, oh, and plenty of FREE PARKING!

Place: Hyde Hall Historic Mansion, Cooperstown, NY 13326. (Please enter via the Glimmerglass State Park Entrance)
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Rain or Shine
Time: 5:00 PM Brochure Exchange followed by a ground floor tour of the Historic Mansion, Wine, Cheese, and a Light Buffet. Registration is required.


Cream Cheese Chicken

From The Ladies of Hyde Hall, Recipes from Anne Logan, Her Family and Friends

2 packages “Good Seasons” italian dressing

1 8 oz package cream cheese with onions and chives

4 boneless chicken breasts or 8 chicken breast tenders

1 can cream of celery soup

¼ cup butter


Melt the butter in a large skillet.  Dip the chicken in the dry dressing mix, coating both sides.  Rub it in a little and shake off excess.  Remember, it is quite salty, so take care not to use too much!  Brown the chicken in the butter, then place in a baking dish in one layer.  Dilute the cream of celery soup with about ½ can of water and combine with cream cheese.  Pour over the chicken.  Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes, until tender.  


“I found this recipe at a church holiday bazaar.  I tried it a couple of times for small dinner parties.  It is really very good, although I have altered the recipe a bit.”    Anne Clarke Logan

Another Clarke Family Residence in NY

From Hyde Hall Facebook Archives, 2010

Hyde Hall isn’t the first of the Clarke family residences built in upstate New York. In Fort Plain, for instance, once stood Clarke Hall, the summer residence of George Clarke, acting royal governor of New York, and his wife, the former Anne Hyde, daughter of a royal governor of North Carolina. They were the paternal grandparents of the builder of Hyde Hall and had Clarke Hall built around 1738 overlooking Otsquago Creek, close to the Mohawk River.

A history of Fort Plain describes the house as being of “considerable pretension,” adding it was “two stories, with a hall passing through the center and large square rooms on either side. The second floor was reached by a broad stairway, with white oak bannisters and easy steps of the same material.

The house had a frontage of nearly 40 feet and its walls were built of a slaty stone taken from the bed of the neighboring Otsquago.”

Clarke’s wife died in 1740, and he apparently sold Clarke Hall shortly before returning to England in 1745. Eventually the house was torn down by a later owner, though its foundations, cellar, and cellar fireplace are now part of the Fayant house, shown here.


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