Community Connections: Baldwinsville

by Kathleen Carney, Commissary

On the 2007 Erie Canal Journey, we were befriended along the way by Gus, a gregarious gentleman from Baldwinsville, who met us at various locks along the way to give us outrageous baked goodies sent by his partner, Mickie. We thought of Gus as we neared Baldwinsville and wondered if we’d see him again. And, I confess, we also wondered if he’d be delivering one of Mickie’s very sweet, very delicious blueberry cobbler-sort-of-thingies that we all loved so much three years ago

Gus in Baldwinsville

Gus in Baldwinsville (photo: Erick Tichonuk)

The answer to all of the above—as you might have guessed—was yes! Gus greeted us at Baldwinsville with a still-warm blueberry cobbler and the offer to help us in any way he could. The next day, he delivered a new treat: “Chocolate Chip Bubble Muffins”—mmmm, good. He drove our Ship’s Carpenter, Kerry, to a hardware store to pick up some supplies, and on the way back to the boat, detoured to a local farm market to buy a couple of dozen ears of fresh sweet corn for the crew. Next, he took Barb and me to the supermarket and dashed through the aisles of what was to us a maze, but to him a familiar store, to find the items on our list.

Gus sent us off on our last morning in Baldwinsville with TWO blueberry cobblers. We never did see the Mysterious Mickie on this trip, but we saluted her with a blast from the Churchill’s horn as we passed her house on the river. And we salute you, too, Gus. Thank you for being such a good friend!

Kathleen Carney


About Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a private non-profit museum located on the shores of Lake Champlain, just seven miles from Vergennes, Vermont. Our mission since our opening in 1985 is to share the rich history and archaeology of Lake Champlain and its surrounding region. We accomplish that through exhibits, education programs, special events, on-water activities, replica vessels, nautical archaeology research, and so much more. Learn more & get involved by visiting our website:
This entry was posted in Schooner Lois McClure and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Community Connections: Baldwinsville

  1. Ev Larsen says:

    Gus looks surpisingly slender and fit. Is he immune to the side effects of Chocolate Chip Bubble Muffins? I know I’m not!

  2. Pingback: Notes from the Captain’s Log: Part Two | Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s