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References & Testimonials
July 20, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723
The Legend of Major Duncan Campbell, “Ticonderoga” July 1758
A Spirited Re-Telling of New York’s First World-Famous Ghost Story, 7/24
TROY, N.Y. (7/21/14) — The Scottish spirits will haunt and flow in Brown’s Malt Room this Thursday night.
On July 24, at 6 p.m., Troy storyteller Duncan Crary will spin a candle-lit account of the legend of Major Duncan Campbell of the Black Watch, a Scottish highlander who met his eerie fate during the failed British attack on Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) in upstate New York, July 1758.
According to legend, a ghost foretold of the major’s death many years prior at his home in Inverawe, Scotland.
“Robert Louis Stevenson made the story of Major Duncan Campbell world famous in his 1887 poem, ‘Ticonderoga,’” said Crary. “But it was already well-known in these parts, and in the west of Scotland, for more than a century before that.”
The evening will also feature:
- Soothing tunes on the Scottish small pipes (what Crary calls “indoor bagpipes”), played by Alex Bartholomew of New Paltz;
- A free tasting of single malt scotches, by West Highland distiller Jura;
- Fine Scottish small plates prepared in-house.
Scotch Egg – $8
Roast Cornish Hen with Scottish Black Pudding – $14
Venison Pasties – $10
Traditional Scottish Gladloch Sausage – $12
Smoked Scottish King Salmon – $13
Bread & Cheese: Scratch made bread with a selection of Windsor Red, Cahill Irish Porter, Cypress Grove Midnight Moon cheeses – $13
(Sorry, no haggis).
Admission and Scotch samples are free. The Malt Room opens at 5 p.m. Music will begin at 6 p.m. Crary will tell the story shortly after, when the crowd is ready.
The Malt Room is located at 425 River Street in downtown Troy (in the basement of Revolution Hall). The entrance is in the rear, immediately north of the Brown’s Brewing Co. taproom deck.
A WEE BIT OF HISTORY
From the West Highlands to the Adirondacks
Major Duncan Campbell was a real figure in both Scottish and North American history. Laird of the Scottish House of Inverawe, he served as an officer in the 42nd (Highland) Regiment — a famously fierce military unit in Scotland, known as the dreaded “Black Watch.”
In 1756, the Black Watch was dispatched to North America, by the British crown, to fight in the French and Indian War. In the spring of 1758, Major Duncan Campbell and the Black Watch marched north from Albany to attack the French-controlled Fort Carillon (later named Fort Ticonderoga) on Lake Champlain.
There, the battle that ensued on July 8 was the bloodiest and most dramatic of the war, with more than 3,000 total casualties estimated by historians. The Black Watch suffered the heaviest of all military units on either side, but the mounting deaths of their comrades only fueled their fury on the front lines.
About half of the 1,000 Black Watch soldiers in action that day were killed, and many more were wounded — including Major Duncan Campbell who died 9 days later. He was buried in a relative’s plot at Fort Edward. Later, Campbell’s remains were moved to Union Cemetery between Hudson Falls and Fort Edward, where they are now located in the Jane McCrea lot.
One year after the battle, the British finally captured Fort Carillon and renamed it “Ticonderoga,” an anglicized Iroquois word meaning “it is at the junction of two waterways.”
NOW, A WEE BIT OF LEGEND
Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
“No ghost story is more widely known or better authenticated than that of Duncan Campbell of Inverawe,” writes Frederick B. Richards in his circa 1910 publication, “The Black Watch at Ticonderoga and Major Duncan Campbell of Inverawe.”
The widely circulated legend of Major Duncan Campbell says a desperate man came knocking wildly on the doors of the house of Inverawe one night. He had blood on his hands and kilt, and begged for sanctuary — a sacred oath of protection granted in the Highlands of Scotland.
Duncan vowed to shelter the man and swore on his dirk, a traditional and ceremonial dagger worn by Highland Scots.
Soon after, a group of men arrived at Inverawe to inform Duncan Campbell that a highwayman had murdered his cousin, Donald Campbell. The men had last seen the murderer heading that way. But Duncan had already given his word that he would shelter the very same bandit, and so he concealed him from the gang.
Twice, the ghost of Donald Campbell visited Duncan Campbell, and twice demanded that his death be avenged by his kin. But Duncan kept his oath, and on the third visit the apparition warned him: “Farewell Inverawe. Farewell till we meet again at TICONDEROGA.”
At the time, neither Duncan nor any highland Scots he consulted had ever heard the strange word. From that day forth, it haunted and perplexed him — “Ticonderoga” — until many years later on the march north from Albany, New York to the French-controlled Fort Carillon. The British were joined during that campaign by their Iroquois — or Haudenosaunee — allies, whose name for that place was tekontaró:ken, which sounded very much like “Ticonderoga.”
Sure enough, on the eve of battle the ghost of Donald Campbell visited the tent of a terrified Major Duncan Campbell to give one last word that Duncan would soon pay for his betrayal.
The following day, as the battle raged in North America and the brave Black Watch soldiers were cut down by the French, it is said in Scotland that the clouds over the House of Inverawe took the form of the soldiers and re-enacted the futile assault … until the blow was delivered that would end the life of Major Duncan Campbell.
“An old sailor friend of mine in Glasgow, Scotland once told me to ‘Never let the facts get in the way of a good story,’” Crary said. “I’ll give a proper history of the old Major and the Black Watch, but I won’t be letting those pesky facts get in the way of this ripping good yarn, either.”
STEVENSON: THE LEGEND GROWS
The renowned Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson contracted tuberculosis in the late 19th century and headed to the Adirondacks of New York State to take the cure at the famous Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake. It’s there he first heard the tale of Major Duncan Campbell from the locals who knew it well. In December of 1887, Stevenson published the tale in Scribner’s Magazine as the poem: “Ticonderoga a Legend of the West Highlands.” It was an instant and global success.
“Stevenson made a few mistakes in his account — most notably, he named his character ‘Duncan Cameron,’” said Crary. “Sure, there were Camerons on the battle pitch that day, but this ghostly tale belongs to none other than Duncan Campbell of Inverawe, Major of the Black Watch.”
This Thursday night, Crary will spin his own version of the tale, building upon Stevenson’s poem, historical accounts and his own family’s contributions. One element Crary will give more prominence to is the role of the Mohawk allies of the British and their special relationship to the Scots Highlanders they fought alongside.
Crary’s full name is Duncan Campbell Crary. And while Duncan Campbell is one of the most common Scottish names, his parents named him after Major Duncan Campbell in particular. The family’s Scottish ancestors, both Crary and Campbell, settled upstate New York during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
“What is a Scotsman without his word? Aye, but what is a Highlander without his kin and clan to count on?” Crary asked. “This is the predicament our hero found himself in, with no way out.”
To download high-resolution publicity images, including an event poster, a recent photograph of Major Duncan Campbell’s grave and an image from Stevenson’s 1887 poem in Scribner’s magazine, visit:
ABOUT THE MALT ROOM
Brown’s basement Malt Room bar is a refined space offering 3 cask conditioned ales from its copper top bar as well as nearly 40 single malt scotches, 20 small batch bourbons and a variety of well crafted proper cocktails. A menu of light tapas changes weekly. Located beneath Brown’s Revolution Hall, the Malt Room is open Wednesday through Saturday from 5 pm until close.
For information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/brownsmaltroom
ABOUT DUNCAN CRARY
Duncan Crary is an author, storyteller, podcaster and events organizer in Troy, New York. He wandered the empty nesses of Scotland, alone, when his worldview was still forming. His website is: http://DuncanCrary.com
July 8, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Annmarie Lanesey, email@example.com
“Rebate Hero” Website Helps Shoppers Track and Redeem $ Billions
Software Co. Brings Rebates into the Internet Age with New Web-Based Platform
TROY, N.Y. (07/8/14) — Rebates offer deep discounts to shoppers, but $500 million rebate dollars go unredeemed annually.
RebateHero.com, the first website of its kind, helps consumers take full advantage of the billions in rebates offered by retailers and manufacturers each year. The site allows visitors to search the largest collection of rebate forms on the web in seconds and can even help shoppers save money after they’ve already made a purchase.
“Rebates usually offer much bigger savings than coupons, but it’s more difficult to redeem those savings because they require more steps. A lot of people forget to send in the paperwork,” said Annmarie Lanesey, founder of RebateHero.com. “We’re making rebates almost as easy as coupons.”
The online rebate clearinghouse features a powerful search function that allows shoppers to search for everyday and big-ticket, brand name items from a broad range of retailers and manufacturers. It includes convenient tracking tools that send email reminders for rebate deadlines, to make sure consumers never forget to submit their rebate and remember to include all the required documentation.
Where possible, RebateHero.com consolidates the necessary paperwork or points the user to an online submission process (when available) to minimize the effort needed to redeem the rebate. RebateHero.com can be accessed from desktop, tablet, or mobile devices, and will be releasing a native iOS and Android app very soon.
“People are already used to searching online for coupons,” said Lanesey. “But until RebateHero.com, rebates hadn’t caught up with the Internet age. We’re doing for rebates what the web did for coupons.”
The company also uses Twitter, facebook and email to alert users of special rebate deals, sometimes “free-with-rebate” items. RebateHero.com currently has more than 10,000 rebates in their system.
Retailers and manufacturers can sign on as partners with RebateHero.com to feed their rebates to users.
MORE STATS ON REBATES
For more statistics on rebates, see:
“How Mail-In Rebates Rip You Off”
By Bobbi Dempsey, Investopedia
“Rebate Madness – How to Avoid the Rebate Trap”
By Stephanie Moore, Consumer Affairs
ABOUT REBATE HERO
RebateHero.com is a product of Turbo Penny, LLC, based in Troy, N.Y. The web-based platform was designed for RebateHero.com by Greane Tree Technology, also based in Troy, N.Y.
Lanesey is both co-founder and president of Greane Tree Technology and Turbo Penny, LLC. When Greane Tree hired new software developers requiring training, Lanesey said it made sense to hire them to work on the RebateHero.com project.
Lanesey said she got the idea to create an online rebate tool during the recession in 2008 as a public service for those struggling to make ends meet financially. But her work at Greane Tree took priority and so the project remained on the backburner.
When Greane Tree hired new software developers who required training, she realized it would be an ideal project to train them to code in Ruby on Rails. So she hired her own company to build the project.
“I needed to train my new staff members at Greane Tree on a real project, and I always wanted to complete RebateHero.com,” Lanesey said. “I always hire the best software developers to work at Greane Tree, so it made sense to hire Greane Tree to develop RebateHero.com.”
To download high resolution images of the RebateHero.com logo, a screenshot and other related images, visit: https://www.rebatehero.com/press-kit
Contact: Annmarie Lanesey, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 7, 2014
For Immediate Release
Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723
Daisy Baker’s Will Not Re-Open in Former Troy Location
A Message from Former Restaurant Management
TROY, N.Y. (07/07/14) — The management of Daisy Baker’s said Monday the beloved downtown Troy restaurant will not be reopening to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. As of Friday, the business has moved out of its 33 Second Street building.
“We regretfully announce that we will not be reopening,” said Jared Horton, managing partner of Daisy Baker’s, in a prepared statement. “We have been unable to reach an agreement with the building’s new owner, Bonacio Construction.”
In the early morning hours of Dec. 19, 2013, Daisy Baker’s was forced to close after a broken pipe above the kitchen caused a devastating loss. Horton had hoped to reopen quickly, but the building was in foreclosure at the time, as its then-owner Sandy Horowitz was undergoing a prolonged bankruptcy. Credit union SEFCU then purchased the four-story Romanesque building at 33 Second St. at auction with intent to find a developer capable of preserve its historic value.
In May, Sonny Bonacio was the winning bidder for the building.
Horton, who does not wish to be interviewed by the media, prepared the following statement for the press:
STATEMENT RE: DAISY BAKER’S
“More than six months after a burst water pipe caused significant damage to our kitchen, and after watching the building change ownership twice, we regretfully announce that we will not be reopening Daisy Baker’s at its historic home at 33 Second Street, in downtown Troy.
“My business partner and I have been unable to reach an agreement with the building’s new owner, Bonacio Construction. There were some restrictions in the proposed lease that we felt would not be sustainable for our business over the long term.
“While Bonacio proposed helping us with the kitchen repairs, the rent increase combined with restrictions to our hours of operation were too much to overcome. The Bonacio team tried their best to help us reopen, but we simply could not offer them the type of establishment that they are looking for.
“I know better than anyone what this business is capable of, and it would not be prudent of me to put this business, my partner, and our employees in a position where I had doubts of the long term success.
“I thank all of our loyal patrons, for their continued support, and our employees, for all of the hard work that gave us over the years. I also thank our insurance agent, company, and adjuster, for their help through this difficult time.
“Ultimately, it was the lack of action by building ownership/management at the time of the Dec. 19 2013 flood that put us in this position, not the current building ownership. It’s a shame that Daisy’s won’t be open for it’s 40 year anniversary this year. Daisy Baker’s opened in 1974 and we had a quite a celebration planned.”
Jared Horton, Managing Partner
July 7, 2014
Horton’s business partner, Bruce Fleshman added the following remarks:
“It was an unfortunate set of circumstances that lead to Daisy’s closing,” Fleshman said. “Business was good. It was the building’s legal woes that put us in this position. We had nobody to turn to when our flood occurred. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this for the past three years, and am grateful to all of the patrons who supported us.”
HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER FOR OUT-OF-WORK STAFF
On Monday Dec. 23, 2013, the Troy community rallied at a fundraiser to support the Daisy Baker’s staff left out-of-work by the forced closure of the restaurant.
Troy booster Duncan Crary helped publicize the shoulder-to-shoulder event held at Bacchus Wood Fired, a restaurant located beneath Daisy Baker’s at 33 Second Street.
“We have a lot of wonderful gathering spots in this city, but Daisy Baker’s was the queen of ‘Third Places’ in Troy,” said Crary. “It was a true ‘living room,’ where Trojans of all walks would gather to interchange their news of the day. And I know I’m not alone when I say, I will miss that camaraderie most of all.”
For a press release, issued by Crary, regarding the December fundraiser for the staff of Daisy Baker’s, click here.
ABOUT DAISY BAKER’S
Daisy Baker’s, is located on the first floor of 33 Second Street. It was in operation from 1974 until 1988. In 1999, Jim Scully purchased 33 Second Street and reopened a fully restored and improved Daisy Baker’s in 2000. Jared Horton, tended bar at Daisy’s for nine years before taking over operations from Scully as Managing Partner.
The New York Times praised the grand old barroom at Daisy Baker’s in a 2008 Day Trip Piece titled “Where the Finest Antiques Can’t be Bought.”
WILL DAISY’S EVER RE-OPEN ELSEWHERE?
Horton says he purchased the rights to the name “Daisy Baker’s,” the restaurant phone number and website from Scully.
Though he has no immediate plans, Horton said he would consider the possibility of re-opening Daisy Baker’s elsewhere if a space suitable to the restaurant’s brand, style and needs became available.
Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723, DCC@DuncanCrary.com