The Den in the News

Thank you Hudson Valley One/The New Paltz Times for the article about the Den from when we first opened. It focuses on what it was like to open up the teddy bear museum and run the brick-and-mortar business selling Steiff toys. Nan was interviewed as Steve was busy mowing the lawn when the reporter came, so we’ll be sure to feature his perspective next time. Click here to read it.

news article Den of Marbletown


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Here is an old article from the Daily Freeman back when we just opened the museum and we briefly operated also as a Bed and Breakfast. I still remember the moment I walked into the Port Ewen Diner, just down the road from where my parents live, and the exclaimed: “You made the front page of the paper!” We never did get around to framing the hard copy, but we did find the on-line version here. Thanks to Paula Ann Mitchell, the wonderful journalist who wrote this piece.

Daily Freeman News Article The Den

Dream Team for the Grand Opening: Thank You !!!

We feel so grateful to have had such an extraordinary team to help us get this venture off the ground. One of our favorite parts of this has been working with all of the folks listed here. Somehow, the right people showed up with the skills we needed and with great “can-do” spirits; this was truly magical for us.  We’ll miss the energy you all brought to the house during the wonderful and crazy days leading up to the opening. We loved working with you all.



Planning and Approval:
Accountant: Craig Sickler, Sickler, Torchia, Allen & Churchill
Architect: Kurt Sutherland, KWS Architecture
Code Enforcer: Ray VanKleeck
Lawyer: Sara McGinty, Sara McGinty Law
Previous owners of the Basten House: Rodney and Lourd Basten
Realtor: Laurel Sweeney, Prudential Nutshell Realty
Town of Marbletown Planning Board, Rich Lanzarone – chair
Town of Marbletown Zoning Board, Will Husta – chair

House, Structural:
Cistern Removal: Jurgen Beneke
Electrician: Frank Meli Electric
Electrician: Steve Schaefer
General Contractor: Myron Baker (+ Will)
Painting: Charlie Butterly, Linda Ferri, Louis Ferri, Kathryn Smith
Plaster Repair: Charlie Butterly
Plumbing/Bathroom Addition: EZ Does it Plumbing
Plumbing/Steam Heat: Eric Heinz

House, Interior:
Antique Light Restoration: Tom Blake
Curtains: Jack O’Connor, Dolores Ferri, Lisa Ferri
Custom Picture Framing: John Cox, Refab and Lora Shelley
Custom Furniture and Retail Shop Cabinetry: John Cox + Nate Wade, Refab
Diorama Boxes: Mike Dwyer
Hard Wood Floors: Joe Whitmore, Walk on Wood
Interior Design Consultant: Nico Accardi
Interior Painting: Charlie Butterly

House, Exterior:
Carpenter for Sign: Ron Parenti
Landscaping: Nancy Cobb
Paving: Nick DeLaura, Nick DeLaura Concrete
Septic Engineer: Peak Engineering
Septic: Ed Garland
Stone Wall: Ryan Hoffstatter
Storm Windows: Mike Dwyer
Tree Removal: Ubashant

The Den porch

Fall Exhibit Artists and Graphics:
Diorama Artist: Doreen Johnson, Doreen J Designs
Diorama Artist: Lisa Ferri
Diorama Artist: Lora Shelley
Diorama Artist: Nan Bress + RCS Fine Art
Diorama Artist: Nancy Ostrovsky
Diorama Subject: Wendy Hollender/Dina Falconi, Foraging and Feasting
Exterior Sign Design: Maria Reidelbach
Exterior Sign Painting: Rosanne Percivalle, 2D3D Design, Inc
Installation: RCS Fine Art
Interior Signs and Graphic Design: Maria Reidelbach
Logo Design: Chloe Annettes, Chloe Art and Design
Steiff Vintage Animal Paintings: Lora Shelley
Website Design: Chloe Annettes, Chloe Art and Design

Art Designer and Installation: Rebecca Shea, RCS Fine Art
Art Handler: Charlie Butterly, RCS Fine Art
Interactive Designer: Adam Samson
Intern: Andrew Morgan
Intern: Tisa Lowen
Steiff Archivist and Consulting: Rebekah Kaufman, “Steiffgal”
Steiff Collection Donation: Grace Bress
Steiff North America, Inc.
Steiff Rod Bear Loan: from the collection of the late Mary Couke
Steiff Studio Animals Loan: Sandy Sherman

Grand Opening:
Baker: Lisa Jones, Hudson Valley Food Matters
Event Decorations and Furniture: Tammy Baldwin Basten, Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals
Food: Emmanuel’s Marketplace
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Rondout Valley Business Association
New Business Profile: Blue Stone Press
Photography: Sean Kahlil, Sean Kahlil Photography


Plaster Repair the Den

The Den’s New Radio Jingle

We have a catchy new, toe-tapping tune to air on the radio! We spent a day in the recording studio, seeing the magic unfold for our first ever radio jingle. We think it’s really catchy and hope you do too!

John Cox of “John Jacob Jinglehiemer Hitz” composed the jingle and performed the upright bass and the vocals. Dean Jones of “No Parking Studio” was the sound engineer and performed the drums and the piano. Click the picture below to hear the radio ad, read below the break for the full story, photos and clips.

The Den Radio Jingle play crop



Before we arrived, Dean set down the piano track and then he set down the drum track, each timed for 1 minute.


Then John did the vocals – he’d sing the jingle and read the copy together in one take, using the early tracks on the headphones for his timing and pacing. Pretty amazing that his voice held up all day. Here is the live footage of take #6 of 14 total:

John sings jingle for the Den

Notice anything special about that microphone? Turns out this mic was used in Simon and Garfunkel’s Live Concert in Central Park – cool! In the background of this photo, below the record on the wall, is some foam core that was used to protect the Grammy that Dean won several years ago – he uses the foam for acoustics, but if you look closely you can recognize the little horn shape cut out from the iconic Grammy statue.

Dean used protools to cut and paste the best parts of each take and did his audio mixing by the time I brought back our take-out burgers from Market Market. Final steps – adding the upright bass and audio sweetening.

Many thanks to John and Dean! It is kind of a dream for us to have a radio jingle. We hope to hear you all humming it when you … come on down to the Den of Marbletown.




Our Sign

Maria Reidelbach The Den Sign

We just got back from a field trip to Maria Reidelbach’s studio to see the work that is being done on our hand-made sign. We’re thrilled with Maria’s design and Rosanne Percival’s painting (along with her assistant, Amelia). We wanted an old-fashioned, hand-painted sign that would age well under the elements. The results are better than we had even dreamed. Many thanks to you both!