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Batavia Celebrates Classic Ice-Skating Scene


SO BACK IN 1958, READERS OF THE SATURDAY EVENING POST SAW THIS COVER, LOTS OF SKATERS FROLICKING ON PICTURE PERFECT ICE, AND HERE’S A CLOSER LOOK AT THAT PAINTING. THE PLACE WAS SUBURBAN BATAVIA. FAST FORWARD 60 YEARS AND NOW THE TOWN IS ABOUT TO RECREATE THIS SCENE. CBS2’S VINCE GERASOLE TAKES US THERE. Reporter: BATAVIA SKATING POND HAS BEEN FROZEN IN TIME FOR 60 YEARS. PEOPLE STILL TALK ABOUT IT. Reporter: PROOF SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE HANGS IN THE DEEPER MUSEUM STEPS AWAY. A 60-YEAR-OLD PAINTING CALLED FOX RIVER ICE SKATING. I WAS IN THE MUSEUM EARLIER AND SOMEBODY CAME IN AND SAID I THINK THAT THAT WAS MY MOTHER. Reporter: WHAT MADE THE PAINTING A STANDOUT, THE FACT IT PLACED LITTLE OLD BATAVIA SMACK ON THE COVER OF THE INTERNATIONALLY READ SATURDAY EVENING POST. IT WAS JANUARY OF 1958. BATAVIA IS A VERY SMALL TOWN BACK THEN AND OF COURSE THE SATURDAY EVENING POST WAS A HUGE WEEKLY MAGAZINE. Reporter: TO HELP YOUNGER FOLKS UNDERSTAND, IT’S LIKE SAYING YOUR INSTAGRAM POST OF BATAVIA WAS LIKED A MILLION TIMES. WITHOUT QUESTION IT WAS THE TALK OF THE TOWN. IT WAS IN THE NEWSPAPERS, ALL THE COFFEE SHOPS WERE FULL OF CONVERSATION ABOUT IT. Reporter: ARTIST JOHN FAULTER WHO PAINTED FOR THE MAGAZINE LIVED IN NEW YORK CITY BUT OFTEN VISITED HIS SISTER IN BATAVIA AND THE WINTER SKATERS CAUGHT HIS EYE. BUZZ OVER THE COVER HAD THE MAGAZINE SELLING OUT IMMEDIATELY. BIRK JOHNSON AND HE HAD A NEWSSTAND. HE WAS CALLING ALL THE OTHER DRUGSTORES IN THE AREA TO SEE IF ANYBODY HAD ANY EXTRA COPIES OF THIS MAGAZINE. Reporter: THE TOWN IS NOW INVITING EVERYONE TO THE POND FOR AN ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL TOMORROW TO RECREATE THE SCENE THAT STILL BRINGS BACK SO MANY WARM MEMORIES. IN BATAVIA, VINCE GERASOLE, CBS2 NEWS. IT’S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE BECAUSE THAT’S A LOT OF SHOVELING YOU HAVE TO DO OF ALL THAT SNOW TO GET IT WHERE YOU CAN SKATE ON IT. RIGHT. THAT ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

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