By LEVI PASCHER
Fulton County Express

GLOVERSVILLE – The third floor of Schine Memorial Hall has been transformed to celebrate the Christmas holiday and display the progress that has been made in the building’s lengthy restoration.
Schine investor Trina Zimmerman has been spending her time over the past several weeks transforming rooms on the third floor with themed Christmas trees and quilts. Many of the antique quilts are on loan from the Fulton County Museum.
“Almost every quilt in this exhibit is an antique,” she said. “Some are from the 1900s while others date back to the 1850s.”
She said she will be creating four different themed rooms including a star quilt and tree room, teacup tree and pink quilt room, a red quilt and ribbon themed tree, and an adirondack quilt and themed tree.
Zimmerman said local glove maker Daniel Storto will also be organizing a photo gallery on historic glove making and creating a glove inspired Christmas tree of his own for the exhibit.
“I love making quilts and I love decorating trees, so I decided to combine the two and use the space here on the third floor to display our progress and celebrate the holidays,” Zimmerman said.
She said wreaths, cards, and museum items will be available for sale during the holiday event.
“Schine on Exhibit-Tree & Quilts-Then and Now” will take place on the third floor of the Schine building, 40 North Main Street, Gloversville.
The event will feature a free will donation to benefit Fulton County Museum and will take place on Friday night, from 4 to 8 p.m. The display will also be available to those interested on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Zimmerman said anyone unable to make the weekend viewing could also visit by scheduling an appointment at 725-2044.
“We are trying to generate interest in downtown Gloversville,” Zimmerman said.
Schine Project Manager Karen Smith said the effort to restore the historic building started in November 2011 and since that time 94 shares out of the 100 available have been sold. She said this holiday event presents the opportunity for those in the community to witness the progress and consider buying one of the remaining shares.
“The exhibit isn’t even done and it already looks absolutely gorgeous,” Smith said. “This is an opportunity to showcase our building to potential tenants and investors.”
The cost to invest in the project is $5,000 per share.
The ultimate goal of the “Schine On Gloversville” campaign is to earn $500,000 dollars for the complete restoration, Smith said.
For more information about investing in the project, call Ron Zimmerman at 773-3350.