B’ville man brings Havens back to the garden

— Over his 45-year career Havens released nearly 30 albums and was perhaps best known for his covers of Beatles songs such as “Lady Madonna” and “Here Comes the Sun.”

Havens, who had a history of kidney problems, died of a heart attack on April 22, in Jersey City, N.J. He was 72.

“For me, there simply was no sweeter man and no greater interpretive song stylist than Richie anywhere on the planet and anywhere in the history of this music,” Malfitano said, “and I will fondly treasure every minute I spent with this giant, on stage and off.”

Willow Museum makeover

The village’s Willow Museum, the two-building facility adjacent to the Gleason Mansion at 314 Second St., is being repainted white (by AJM Painting) and door thresholds have been repaired (by my pal, the multi-talented Joe Romano).

The museum operated by the Historical Association of Greater Liverpool includes a small willow shed and a steamer house, all celebrating the village’s vibrant willow-weaving industry, circa 1850-1929. The willow shed was once owned by the Hurst family on Oswego Street before being relocated to its present location in the early 1990s. In fact, nonagenerian Ken Hurst himself often staffs the museum. It’s open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through August. For info, dial 457-7091.

Gull goal

At the July 15 meeting of the Liverpool Village Board meeting, restaurateur John Gormel told the trustees that he’ll open the Barking Gull in September.

“Without a doubt,” he added.

For the past decade, the Gull, on the basin block at 116 S. Willow St., has been hosting private parties, but Gormel hopes to finally open it to the public this fall when it will specialize in gourmet wood-fired pizza.

John and his family own The Retreat, the Cobblestone, the Gull and the Dips & Dogs ice-cream stand, all right here in the village.

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