The Sherburne Inn Hits The Airwaves
On Wednesday, May 1, a crew from Mohawk Valley Living took a tour through The Inn in preparation for a feature on SSIRP’s project. SSIRP board members met with producer Sharry Whitney and host Richard Enders, while a cameraman filmed interior and exterior shots of the building. Our own Rose Tenney, SSIRP Board Secretary, was interviewed for the piece which aired on Sunday, May 5, on WFXV 33, as well as WUTR.
Mohawk Valley Living is a weekly television show that explores the arts, entertainment, culture, and heritage of the greater Mohawk Valley region of New York State. It is broadcast 3 times a week on Utica’s NBC affiliate, WKTV. It is owned and produced by Lance and Sharry Whitney and is hosted by actor and playwright, Richard Enders.
Thank you to Mohawk Valley Living for covering “good news” news!
Breaking News! It’s Official!!
The Sherburne Inn is Ours!!!
As of Thursday, April 25, 2013, The Sherburne Inn Is Ours!!! Today
SSIRP closed on the purchase of The Inn, which will be brought back to
this remarkable community of people who have donated time, money, and
effort in saving it. Our next steps will be to move forward with
continued fundraising in Sherburne and in the surrounding communities,
and to reach out to corporations, family foundations, grants, and
individuals from around the country who have shown interest in this
project. We need help from everyone to restore and reopen this historic
property, and to make it better than it ever was before.
In the coming weeks SSIRP will call on volunteers and others, and will
begin the planning, restoration, and renovation process. We ask for
your patience as work kicks off.
This will be a long road, but the first huge step has been taken:
ownership of a building that means so much to this village, and to its
THANK YOU to everyone who has donated funds up to this point. It is not
an understatement to say that your contributions have enabled us to buy
the building. Without the donations received so far, purchase would not
have been possible. Please do what you can to donate time and services
– as well as funding — and share this post with all of your social
networking and other contacts. Our reach needs to be far and wide in
letting people know that historic buildings can be saved if citizens
band together to make it happen.
Our journey has begun. Join us!
To donate to Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, send your tax
deductible donation to:
Sherburne, NY 13460
OR click the “Contribute” link above to pay securely by credit card.
SSIRP’s efforts have caught the attention of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Please visit the link below to see our story, published on the Preservation Nation blog.
SSIRP is pleased to announce that we have received approval of our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. Our nonprofit status qualifies SSIRP to accept tax deductible contributions to the organization.
Our application, which was submitted in late January, was approved on February 27, 2013. We were advised by our financial consultants that approval could take from three to six months; SSIRP is delighted that the application was in fact approved in less than 30 days.
Donations received on or after SSIRP’s incorporation date of January 16 are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Our sincere thanks to those of you who have donated thus far, and thanks in advance to those whose future donations will help us turn the lights back on in downtown Sherburne!
SSIRP Reaches Goal, Moves Forward To Closing!
The Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) has reached its goal in raising the purchase price for acquiring The Sherburne Inn, and will now proceed to closing.
“We’re very grateful to owner Jim Webb for giving citizens of this community the opportunity to save and restore the building,” Kathleen Yasas, President of SSIRP, said. “Our goal from the beginning was to do the right thing for Sherburne in preserving Sherburne’s anchor corner. We realize hard work is ahead in raising funds for restoration and renovation. Our board members and volunteers are ready to roll up their sleeves and, with the help of the community and other patrons, feel confident we can turn the lights back on in downtown Sherburne.”
Plans for the restored Inn include a restaurant, two bars, guest rooms, and event space as well as other amenities such as a gift shop, fitness center, and bakery.
“The SSIRP board extends its heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who have offered to help and who have been contributing to this project since October, and especially to those who have donated funds to help us make this first important step,” Ms. Yasas said. “We look forward to working with the residents of Sherburne and our village leaders on this exciting community project.”
On Monday, February 25, Jim Webb said, “I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and I really look forward to seeing the Inn flourish again.” Mr. Webb added that he is happy to extend the first right of refusal on the adjacent former Big M property to SSIRP.
To donate to Saving The Inn, please make your check payable to Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project and mail to POB 1102, Sherburne, NY 13460, or pay by credit card on this site by clicking the “contribute” link.
Mark your calendars! Gilligan’s Island of Sherburne will be hosting a fundraiser for our Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) on Monday, March 4. Andy Lagoe of Gilligan’s reached out to SSIRP said he and brother Mike, owners of Gilligan’s, want to become part of this exciting community project.
When making dinner plans on Monday, March 4, please consider stopping by Gilligan’s between 4:00-8:00 p.m., and mention to your server that you’re in support of saving The Inn. Andy reports that Gilligan’s will donate 20% of any food purchased from 4-8, including ice cream, to SSIRP.
Thanks to Andy and Mike, who like so many others
in Sherburne know what small towns are all about!
The Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project was formed because we, the concerned citizens of Sherburne, believe in both the future of this historic building and of our community. We do not want to revisit the past; rather, we hope to preserve history while moving forward economically. This is what small towns are all about…neighbors coming together doing what they can in however small or large ways, and bringing about meaningful change that will affect the lifeblood of our village for generations.