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Franklin Furnace Interns of All Time Party

This November 29th, 2020, Franklin Furnace invited all its interns and volunteers since its 1976 founding to the event of the century! Interns across all different eras of the Furnace came to the Market restaurant, owned by friend of the Furnace Chin Chin and her partner, to partake in an audacious amount of food and drink. The plethora of dumplings, edamame, pickles, and kimchi was heartily devoured by our interns and the leftovers were greedily pillaged and hoarded into takeout boxes at the end of the night, a testament to the quality of the fare. We also drank delicious Amorotti wine all the way from Italy, donated by previous intern Gaetano Carboni who crushed the grapes with his own bare feet (it's organic and artisanal - ). As to the festivities, current intern Destiny Daniel gave out free makeovers (Harley’s nose never looked so small and his eyelashes never so LUXURIOUS), and everyone was decked out in matching Martha hats, painstakingly crafted by summe…
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This collection of a decade of boxes of sweets was saved by Harley J. Spiller, Deputy Director of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. It started when Franklin Furnace moved to its second headquarters at 45 John Street in Manhattan’s Fi-Di in 1999 (before the financial district was christened FiDi by eager realtors).  When later that year fellow staffer Tiffany Ludwig returned from vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina carrying a gift of a pound of salt water taffy for the office, the box seemed too cool to discard. Even though the candies were gone, Spiller, as is his wont, saved it.  It was, after all “Full of Sea Breeze and Sunshine.”

Salt Water Taffy became a traditional gift for staff returning from vacation and Tiffany and Rachel B. Knowles, intern cum staffer, brought several more over the years, including White Marlin brand from Chincoteague (with its label pasted over the original location), one that memorializes NC lighthouses at Cape Lookout, Oak Island, Currituck, Bodie …