Marisa Westervelt, an eighth-grader at Cobleskill Middle School, smiles during the Regional Spelling Bee at Proctors in Schenectady on April 2, 1990. When Westervelt spelled “pharmaceutical,” she was tops in the 103-member field.
Elizabeth Rudolph was in Colonial costume and character for April 1990.
Rudolph, a member of the Sons and Daughters for Liberty Militia, used a giant cauldron to cook stew. She was showing fourth-graders from Charlton Heights Elementary School how women in long dresses and short caps made dinner during the 1700s.
The kids got their chances to get Colonial later in the day. They churned butter, made candles, tanned leather and wove fabrics.
Other people were into more modern diversions 24 years ago this month.