What’s been going on at the Roseboro since the Victorian Holiday Festival? Well, work continues on the foundation and footings of the building. Ron Kleinberger has been busy putting in new concrete footing to replace the old whiskey barrels that had been holding it up. Once the footings are in place, then Ron will slowly start to jack up the building. It has to be done very slowly and only about a 1/2″ a day. He is working on the lobby and dining room first. The Ballroom wing and the Holland House (along Main Street) will be next. Gary has been doing some interior work, but I have pulled him off to do some work at the farm. We did get the new sign up a week ago. It looks great!
Our plan is to have the restaurant done and open by the first part of April. We will be remodeling the restrooms and painting the lobby and dining room in the next few months. A lot of work ahead!
Gary surprised me by hanging up our new sign. It will look beautiful once we paint the hotel and do the trim in the matching burgundy color this spring. The gold “R” with the wings will be used on the menus, embroidered on the guest room towels, on our dining room glassware and much more. It should look quite classy!
Happy Holidays from Ron Ketelsen at the Roseboro in Sharon Springs, NY!
Well, no one could ever have guessed the changes that would transpire in my life in 2014! What an amazing year! I went from being a Human Resource Consultant in Silicon Valley to a gentleman farmer and a hotelier in Sharon Springs, New York. It all began last December, when I took a trip to Sharon Springs to visit some friends. Sharon Springs is a very small village – 45 minutes northwest of Albany. The historic village of Sharon Springs has a whopping population of 578 people.
It all began when I attended the Victorian Holiday Celebration in early December of last year and fell in love with this unique village. During my visit, I discovered that a massive historic hotel called the Roseboro was for sale. Most people would look at it as a money-pit. I looked at it as a huge opportunity and bought it!
Today, I became a real farmer – well, sort of! Laurel Russell Shaver, Jay Lavery, John Hall, and I participated in an animal rescue. A nearby neighbor had to give up all of their animals. They had 16 horses, two alpacas, a llama, tons of sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks and geese.
And here is the winner of the Victorian Holiday Festival Costume Contest for best Children’s Contest. Isn’t he just adorable!