Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Story of Jon Cring

On a given day, you never know what's going to happen.
Chris got a call last week from a man named Jon Cring. He is an independent movie producer from Tennessee, recently located to Albany, who is working on a short film. Apparently, he was shooting a scene in a local strip hotel and he needed some props for the shoot.
He met Chris at Fort Plain Antiques early Saturday morning, before the filming, to borrow some weird stuff. I say he came to the right place!

Director Jon Cring, searching high and low in the store for funky stuff
(He didn't have to go very far!)

I looked him up on the net in doing research for this blog post, and found this article about his ongoing project on The Gainesville Sun site...
"In the days of multi-million dollar movie budgets, the members of the Extra/Ordinary Film Project challenged themselves and stretched the boundaries of typical film production — completing 12 feature-length films in 20 months while maintaining a shoestring budget for each one."
I am assuming that this flick he is filming is one of the 12 films.
So Jon and his wife Tracy came thru the store like a storm. We figured he had a certain "look" he was trying to achieve, and in a whirlwind they grabbed a group of crazy items and left to go shoot at Palatine Motel. We didn't know what to think!

Jon and Tracy Cring, posing with their loot

The whole escapade got me curious to find out exactly what would be done with such a strange array of props. I headed over to Palatine to see what was going on.
At the motel, I knew it was going to be kind of insane. Inside of one of the motel rooms, the mayhem ensued. Outside the room, locals dressed in outrageous costumes and mulled about waiting to be called for the shoot.

Jon Crings' minions, scurrying to create the "set"

Local extra hopefuls dressed in costume and stormed the door

I was quite amused at what they ended up doing with the props. I didn't stick around to see what the filming was about, cuz there was a lot of confusion. Besides, I am sure that Jon needed to gather his wits about him in order to direct this crazy scene.

A wall of wallpaper, crooked paintings, and a teletubby!

The next day, Jon called us and we met him at Fort Plain Antiques so he could return the props. All went well, according to him.
We were glad to loan our unusual wares to these folks. It's not every day that we get to help promote culture in the Mohawk Valley. I can't wait to see the flick. I am sure it is absurdity at it's best!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Putting it all together

It' s already been such a busy year. Moving into the new store has taken all available energy and fortitude. The massive amount of merchandise that needed to be unpacked has dwindled and Chris is finally sleeping at night again. It was a serious job moving all these treasures across town and then setting them up in that special way that he has.
Considering that the shelving and displays have to be set up before the boxes can get unpacked, and then the boxes themselves...it's quite the task.

Mr. Rooster keeps watch

Coal stove in the corner glowing with warmth
There's a nice glow in this new place, especially downstairs near the beefy coal stove. I love that thing and the heat it gives off. Chris and I were worried about the ability to heat this new massive space, but this stove does do the job. The temps this winter have been pretty moderate, tho and we are thankful. Every warm day is another dollar in heating saved!

On the way upstairs looking into the linen room
Chris put some panels in the ceiling of the linen room to help keep the heat in the lower part of the tower. Since there are 4 stories, there's a lot of room for the heat to just suck up and blow away. This lowered ceiling seems to really help, because now it's warm and toasty upstairs, perfect for pausing and fingering thru piles of luscious lacey linens.

Looking thru to the back of the shop
Keeping busy is the name of the game, and there's no lack of things to do. Chris is busy trying to finish setting up the new place, knowing full well that spring is right around the corner. That's when he will get super busy and these other indoor tasks have to take a back seat.

This weekend Fort Plain Antiques travels to Shenendehowa High School for the So. Saratoga County Woman's Club 34th Annual Antique Show & Sale. He has done this show ever since I met him and I have tagged along. It's a great show, with so much to look at. More info about this show can be found here. See ya on Sunday!

So. Saratoga Cnty Woman's Club 34th Annual Antique Show & Sale Sunday
Feb 7 10:00a to 4:00p at Shenendehowa High School East, Clifton Park, NY

The Southern Saratoga County Womans Club's 34th Annual Antique Show & Sale, Sun. Feb 7, 10am-4pm, Shenendehowa HS East on Rte 146, Clifton Park, 2 mi. west of Northway Exit 9. Admission $3, children under 12 free. Appraisal of small items for $3 each from 12-3. Refreshments available. Funds raised used for Hunger projects and scholarships.