September 10 – Happy Birthday Donna Purnomo


Whenever I hear the maiden name of today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant, the first memory that flashes in my mind is of her as a teenager, dressed in this full body dog costume playing the role of Nana, the Darling family’s irascible pet dog in Bert Derose’s 1969 AHS Drama Department’s production of Peter Pan. Donna Metallo was a key member of that late 1960’s early ’70s ensemble of outstanding young thespians who helped DeRose put together his most memorable string of hits on the famous Wilbur Lynch auditorium stage.

I remember Donna had this wonderful singing voice and a very funny and outgoing personality that made her a pleasure to be around and a joy to share the stage with. When she graduated from Lynch in 1970, she had decided to pursue music as a career and she went on to earn degrees in Music, Theater and Education at Long Island University.

Fast forward to today and you will find Amsterdam’s Donna Metallo has become Albany’s Donna Purnomo, the co-owner of Yono’s, one of the Capital Region’s most popular and critically acclaimed dining spots…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam-born restauranteur in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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