On Sunday, May 21, the High Falls Conservancy presented its documentary film “When Hollywood Came to High Falls – The Filming of Splendor in the Grass” at the High Falls Fire Department, in the very same room where weekly films were shown in the past. High Falls residents who were present during the filming in 1960/61 shared their memories. Megan Sperry, a film documentarian and Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz interviewed each resident and produced a short film of those interviews.
Over 75 people attended the event. The program included a reading by David Gonzalez, renowned story teller, musician and playwright, of part of a William Wordsworth poem that was included in the film. Showing of the film was followed by a presentation of an award to each person in the film. They are: Beverly Yachmann; Bill Davenport; Deb Baney; Dick Davenport; Grace Terwilliger; Jeannine and Martin Tully; John Novi; Mary Garlick; Michael Lynch; Otto Scherrieble; Rik Rydant; and Robert Andersen.
Popcorn, candy, and soft drinks were enjoyed by all, supplied by Taylor Equipment Rental and Hannaford Supermarket. Special thanks go to the High Falls Fire Department for providing the space for our event, and to our Conservancy volunteers Grace Moone; Patsy Dorbandt; Rob King; Sarah Draney; Sue Paterson.