Winter in Ballston Spa
as never “scene” before
memories of Christmas tree lightings in Wiswall Park, holiday excursions to
Brookside Museum and midnight Masses at St. Mary’s Church inspired Mary Hauprich
Reilly to create some of the snow-covered scenes that now grace a line of
greeting cards and mugs. (Click on image at left to view some holiday greeting
card and mug samples.)
Mary, who graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1981, would later accompany
her own little ones to post letters to Santa in the mailbox that once stood in
the park that honors early village leader Irving Wiswall. Participation in
culturally enriching events at Brookside -- with enthusiastic encouragement from
her mother, who was then a Malta Avenue School teacher -- was another important
part of Mary’s youth.
The youngest of the 10 children of Audrey and Donald Hauprich also treasures
recollections of hearing her parents’ voices singing carols in the St. Mary’s
choir during long ago Christmas Eve services.
Mary’s panoramic scene of St. Mary’s (which includes the convent, rectory and
school as well as the church) and her whimsical Wiswall Park rendition are
additionally showcased within the covers of
Mornings with Morley, a tribute to
the legacy of Maurice “Christopher” Morley by Mary’s author sister, Ann Hauprich
As part of the 2018 heritage preservation project, Mary created a YouTube video
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iucwf3x0-mI) devoted to the late Ballston Spa
History Consultant who endeared himself to generations of villagers as its
old-fashioned wooden toy-maker. In the decades prior to his 2011 passing at age
89, Morley had donated countless volunteer hours to Brookside, bringing history
to life for children of all ages through captivating demonstrations of the
educational play things he had individually carved and painted.
In addition to scenes celebrating Brookside, St. Mary’s and Wiswall Park, the
collection of cards and mugs created by Mary include nostalgic views of The
Chocolate Factory, The Medbery Inn, The Old Iron Spring and Village Hall in
By special arrangement with proprietor Sean O’Brien, a portion of the proceeds
from the sale of St. Mary’s cards and mugs sold at O’Brien Pharmacy
this holiday season will be donated to St. Mary’s Church. And, as always, each
purchase from the
Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum Gift Shoppe
(http://www.brooksidemuseum.org/gift-shop/) helps to support educational
programs for thousands of regional children. Mary’s cards and mugs will be available
at both O'Brien Pharmacy and Brookside Museum while supplies
last during the 2018 holiday shopping season.
to view a PDF regarding card and mug designs available at O'Brien Pharmacy and HERE to learn more about those available at Brookside.