MADISON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE ON DECEMBER 10 from 1-4 pm

Oneida High School Choir under the direction of Heather O’Connell will be returning to the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Victorian Christmas Open House on December 10.

The Madison County Historical Society will hold its Victorian Christmas Open House on December 10 from 1 to 4 pm at Cottage Lawn, headquarters of the society, located at 435 Main Street, Oneida.  This event is free and open to the public.  The period rooms will be festively decorated by Oneida area florist-Balloons and Blossoms and area garden clubs -Green Thumb Garden Club and Sherrill Garden Club.

Holiday music will ring throughout the house all afternoon. Holy Cross Academy Choir under the direction of Roselle Lynch will perform from 1:00-1:30 pm.  Oneida High School Select Choir under the direction of Heather O’Connell will perform from 1:30-2:00 pm.  The Whitelaw Ringers of Praise Ensemble will perform from 2:00- 2:30 pm under the director of Esther Jaquin. St. Pat’s Angels under the direction of Catherine Lare will perform from 2:30-3:00. Kevin Bailey will perform holiday classic from 3:00-3:30 pm.

Visit our gift shop for that special holiday gift such as membership to the historical society, Hop Fest shirts, paper dolls, and historical literature. Raffle tickets for the 50/50 raffle and gift baskets will be sold during the event. All drawings will be held at the end of the event.

Come join us on Sunday, December 10 from 1 -4 pm at the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Victorian Christmas Open House. The event is free and open to the public. Holiday refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact the Madison County Historical Society at (315) 363-4136 or (315) 361-9735, or email: history@mchs1900.org, or visit our website atwww.mchs1900.org, and like us on Facebook at Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY.

Dresden Scrap and Tinsel Ornament Workshop at  Madison County Historical Society on November 25 from 9 am- 12 pm

Dresden Scrap and Tinsel Ornament created by Pamela Vogan Lynch.

Come join us for Dresden Scrap and Tinsel Ornament Workshop for adults and children aged 9 years and up from 9:00 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, November 25.  Participants will be creating their very own Dresden scrap and Tinsel Ornaments using authentic Dresden scrap image, vintage reproductions, lace, ribbon, tinsel, trims and repurposed items to handcraft one or more ornaments. Participants are encouraged to bring any crafting materials they wish to include in their original designs.

Artist, Educator, Pamela Vogan Lynch will lead the workshop. Mrs. Lynch is a professional artist and retired Director of Art for the Oneida City School District with 35 years of experience in art education. The workshop will be held at the Madison County Historical Society on November 25 from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. The cost for the workshop is $16.The workshop is limited to 20 participants. For more information please contact MCHS at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or history@mchs1900.org. The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in Oneida.  The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County’s heritage. The historical society’s headquarters are housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places.

Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Luncheon and Program is Sunday, October 29 at Origlio’s Wagon Wheel Restaurant. The luncheon and program are open to MCHS membership and the public. Reservations are required by October 20.

The Madison County Historical Society cordially invites all of its members and the public to the society’s Annual Luncheon and Program on Sunday, October 29 at Origlio’s Wagon Wheel Restaurant located at 212 Main Street in Oneida from 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm.

Matt Urtz’s program, “Woman Suffrage in Madison County” will explain the roles local civic groups played supporting and fighting against Woman Suffrage as well as the impact these organizations had on statewide efforts to gain or stop Woman Suffrage. Madison County had pro and anti-suffrage organizations and both were led by prominent women in the county. This year is the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in New York State. Matt Urtz was appointed the Madison County Historian in April 2010. He also serves on the Cabinet of Freedom for the National Abolitionist Hall of Fame and Museum and as the First Vice-President and Regional Coordinator for the Association of Public Historians in New York State. Matt makes over thirty public and private speaking presentations a year on all things Madison County.
The luncheon menu to be served at 1:30 pm includes: chicken riggies, meatballs, sausage, salad, and tea and coffee. Tickets for the annual lunch and program are $18. Tables of 4 and 8 are available. Reservations are required by October 20. The Madison County Historical Society will be selling raffle tickets throughout the event. Prizes range from the many handmade craft items donated by the talented crafter artisans at this year’s 53rd Annual Craft Days. Tickets for the raffle items are $1 each or 6 for $5. The winning tickets will be drawn at the annual meeting; winner(s) need not to be present to win. All proceeds benefit restoration at the Madison County Historical Society. Other ongoing raffle tickets will also be sold throughout the event. The lunch starts at 1:30 pm. The program follows the luncheon at approximately 2:30 pm. Please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or history@mchs1900.org for more information, directions, or to make a reservation.

Madison County Hop Fest Weekend Sept. 15-17, 2017

Mike and Erin Curro and Christina and Jim Lacy all of Oneida enjoying the Taste of Hops at 2016 Madison County Hop Fest. This year’s 22ndAnnual Madison County Hop Fest Weekend is September 15-17, 2017.

The Madison County Hop Fest celebration is September 15-17, a time set aside to pay homage to the past, present and prosperous future of the hop industry.  On Friday, Sept. 15 is the five course Paired Beer Dinner at Good Nature Farm Brewery located at 1727 Route 12 B in Hamilton.  Each course will be paired with their signature craft beers. We start with a “Hoppy Hour” of Spent Grain and Local Honey Granola-Nut Clusters paired with Good Nature Blond Ale. For the first course 3 Oysters on the ½ with Pickled Leek and Raspberry Mignonette paired with Good Nature Blight Buster IPA- American. The second course is Frites with Garlic Sausages and Green Peppercorn Sauce paired with is 5 – (5 Year Anniversary Ale) New England Belgian Style IPA. The third course is   Grilled Sword Fish Medallion with Beet Puree and Pea Shoots paired with Non-Stop Hop Onslaught IPA- Session/Indian Session Ale. The fourth course is Wood Fired Ash Crusted Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with Chicory Greens, Hoppy Mustard and Coddled Egg paired with American Brown Ale. The fifth course is a Lemon Creme Fraiche Gelato with Warm Maple Syrup and Toasted Pepitas paired with Annie IPA- Imperial/Double. Tickets for the dinner are $65 and must be purchased by September 8.

The event continues on Saturday, September 16 on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society  at 10 am featuring: guest speakers presenting programs on hop culture along with hop experts sharing their knowledge on brewing and growing hops. Visitors will be greeted at the Madison County Hop Fest by the “HOPitality” Committee of the Madison County Hop Fest which will provide a “Hoppy Hello” with a small nosegay of hops.

Viewing of with the exhibit Bittersweet: The Story of Hop Culture in Central New York and the video When Hop was King in Central New York, funded by the New York Council on the Arts, features interviews with Keith Eisaman, whose family owned the last commercial hop farm in Madison County will be shown at:10:00 am2:303:30 and 4:30 pm inside the society’s agricultural Barn. Mr. Eisaman was exceedingly proud of being recognized as Hop King at the Fest for his knowledge of a lost agricultural era. Keith loved the Hop Fest and liked talking to visitors at the exhibit about hop farming with his family, but sadly he died two days before the 2005 Hop Fest. Al Bullard will host the exhibit much of the day and will have examples of his extensive tool collection on display. Bullard encourages persons to bring tools and other artifacts and documents to be identified and explained.

Matthew Urtz, Madison County Historian, will present, “Birth, Death, and Rebirth of the Hop Industry in Madison County” inside the society’s agricultural barn at 10:00 am. Mr. Urtz will provide a review of the 209 year history of hops in this county beginning with the introduction of commercial hop farming in 1808, the reasons for its decline in the late 19th C., and the growth of the industry since the Hop Fest began in 1996. Urtz will detail the related industries to hop farming such as foundries for plows and stoves, hauling cedar posts, selling twine in bulk, and how these commercial entities added cash to the county coffers. Wilber banks in Otsego and Ulster counties were founded by a hop grower who got rich during “the Golden Age” of hops.

Henry Drexler will present his program, “Hop House Images: Chenango, Madison and Oneida Counties” at 10:30 am inside the society’s agricultural barn.  Drexler is from Norwich NY in Chenango County and has traveled around the area for many years photographing and painting hop images. Drexler has an extensive hop collection and will be including his reconstruction of John Alden Haight’s slides and outline of early hop programs. Lately Henry has been studying 1875 NYS census records on farm descriptions to compare which towns in local counties were producing the most hops.

Al Bullard, collector of hop tools, consultant on hop exhibits, and crowned Madison County Hop King in 2002 will present his program, in respect to the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State. His program examines the important role of the Hop Farming Wife. The work of women and children was critical to successful 19th C. hop growing. Bullard’s 2015 publication Seasons, Tools, and Methods of Hop Growing in New York State’s Golden Age of Hops compiled his years of studying buildings, tools, and artifacts related to hop farming.  Bullard, the Seventh Hop King, will describe the work through the year on the hop farm focusing on the women’s work. Al Bullard, a retired social studies teacher, began studying hop culture in the Museum Management Graduate program in Cooperstown. Al has a passion for “all things hop,” has a large collection of hop tools, and has first-hand knowledge of hop houses in the state. Bullard, the 2002 Hop King, curated the hop exhibit (1998 – 2003) at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, and has conducted many hop tours. Bullard will have copies of his book to sell.

Sandra Bullard will present, Hop Time for Women! at 12:00 pm inside of the society’s agricultural barn. In 1998 Bullard’s collection of hop images, scrapbook memorabilia, poems, cartoons, and excerpts from a women’s diary was assembled into a spiral bound publication Hop Time which sold out of three printings. Bullard will focus on her ancestor Helen Haskin’s diary to relate the demanding role that women had in hop farming. Like most histories, the heritage of hops is described in terms of the male farmer’s work throughout the year. Little has been written and explored about the important duties of women during hops seasons. Bullard, a retired teacher, is the Town of Milford historian and a docent at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown. Bullard’s booklet Hop Time will be available for sale.

Stay for the Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing from 12- 2 where area restaurants/caterers create an appetizer/dessert using craft beer as one of the main ingredients and then pair said appetizer/dessert with a craft beer. Each year the restaurants/caterers partake in a friendly competition vying for a variety of titles at the Taste of Hops judged by the public who sample their exquisite fare. Attendees receive a complimentary 5 oz. glass. Participants must be 21+ years of age to sample the craft beer. Participating restaurants: Colgate Inn; Creekside Inn; Empire Farm Brewery; Good Nature Farm Brewery; HipStir Café; No. 10 Tavern; Napoleon’s Café; and Poolville Country Store.

At 1:30 Crowning of Hop King 2017 inside of Taste of Hops Tent. Come see the title of Hop King 2017 bestowed upon Rich Michaels, Quality and Innovation Manager for FX Matt Brewing Company of Utica for his work with hop and barley farmers and processors, higher education, tourism, and beer production and marketing teams to promote a culture of beer excellence in NYS.

At 2:00 pm Assemblyman Bill Magee, the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, the Sixth Hop Fest King, and continued supporter of the Madison County Historical Society’s efforts to preserve hop heritage, will make comments on how legislation has supported hop growing and brewing. Bill will also speculate on the future of the growing hop industry. Magee has recently announced legislation that he also authored which will allow farm cideries to sell their products to licensed wineries and celeries. In 2000 Magee asked MCHS to convene, in cooperation with Cornell University and Morrisville State College, a public meeting with brewers and growers. Out of this initial meeting eventually developed the Northeast Hop Alliance. Centenarian Mary Rose Duryea, who was crowned in 2003 as the first Hop Fest queen will share her memories as a hop picker, and of her family’s hop farming to supplement the income from their dairy farm – including profits during Prohibition. Dupree’s family is a sponsor of the Hop Fest.

Craft Beer Sampling of over 30 craft breweries from 2:30- 5:30. Tickets-$30 advance/ $35 at the door. Participants receive a 5 oz.  glass. Come enjoy craft beer and hard cider from: Copper Turret Brewery; Cortland Beer; Omega; Empire; Erie Canal Brewing;  Lenneberg; WT Brews;  Good Nature; Middle Ages; Saranac; Seneca St. Pub; New Belgium;  Binghamton; Southern Tier; Collective Arts; All gash; Well; Young; Firestone Walker; Millhouse Brewing; Schofferhofer; Troegs; Bronx; Down East; Spaten; Stone; Laugnitas;  Dog Fish;  Sierra Nevada; Brooklyn; Wachusett;  Harpoon; Switchback; Oskar Blues; Abita; Smutty Nose; Cider Creek;   Ithaca; 1911 Hop Cider; Adirondack; Browns; Founders;  Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Co.; Woodchuck Cider; Butternuts; Bells; and Six Point. Brewery Representatives will be on hand to answer all your beer questionsParticipants must be 21+ years of age to sample the craft beer. Advance Craft Beer Sampling tickets are $30 or $35 at the door. Buy them ahead at the following locations: Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill; MCHS; Empire Brewing Co. in Cazenovia; WT Brews in Baldwinsville; Copper Turret in Morrisville, or at www.madisoncountyhopfest.org.

Michael Tomlan PhD, professor and director of the Historic Preservation Program at Cornell University, will return to Hop Fest to talk about his research and travels of his acclaimed 1992 publication Tinged with Gold: Hop Culture in the United States at 3:00 pm inside of the    society’s agricultural barn. When Dr. Tomlan came to MCHS to present his hop research and to sign his book, the audience of older citizens overflowed the room. It became apparent that these people had come out of first-hand experience with hop growing and were eager to talk about hops – with or without Tomlan. It was clear that the rich memories in the hop yard would be soon gone as that generation lost members to aging. Tomlan’s work was recognized by his crowning as Hop King in 2000.

Carl Stearns, popular preservation architect, will present his illustrated talk, “The Evolution of the Central New York Hop House” at 4:00 pm inside of the society’s agricultural barn. Farmers showed ingenuity and resourcefulness in building their own hop houses. Stearns will explain the four main elements of a hop house, and the purpose of each of the components. Carl’s direct association with several hop houses, including his own, demonstrates his model of self-initiation preservation. Stearns work was recognized by his crowning as Hop King in 2000. Stearn’s presentation is an excellent preparation for persons who may be going on the Hop Heritage Tour on Sunday, September 17. Carl will be a guide on that tour. The public is encouraged to attend the hop heritage programs which are free. The Madison County Hop Fest is pleased that this project is supported by NY Humanities Action Grant.

Throughout the afternoon there will be brewing demonstrations by American Home Brewers Association, BIER Club, exhibits on the history of hops, raffle drawings of beer related merchandise, Hop Shop filled with Norm Dann’s hop plants and hop sterling jewelry, hop-related items. The following exhibitor booths and food vendor will be on site all afternoon-NeHA, Northern Eagle Hop Pelletizing Co., Glass Goat, Foothill Hops, and Jims’ Pitstop and Fast Foods.

The Madison County Hop Fest weekend event concludes with a Hop Heritage Tour on Sunday, September 17. During the tour we will visit 1867 English Limestone Oast House to study the architectural beauty of the structure. The last crop of hops grown on the farm was in 1911. Visitors will step inside the Oast House to see how hops were dried and pressed in this unique building. The tour will continue with a visit to Foothill Hops, a family-owned hop yard established in 2001 in Munnsville. Kate and Larry Fisher began growing hops in 2001, earning the distinction of the second commercial hop yard in New York State. Many acres and equipment inventions later, the Fishers are recognized authorities on hop growing, and are generous with their time and advice to others. The Fishers were instrumental in the incorporation of the Northeast Hop Alliance, and were the King and Queen of the Madison County Hop Fest in 2004. The next stop will be at the site of the first commercial hop yard in Bouckville with a visit to James Coolidge’s grave site as he is notably recognized for introducing commercial hop growing to NYS. There will be stops at two double pyramidal hop kilns to examine the layout of the kiln and the four hop processing rooms used during the 19th century. A stop at Morrisville State College to see a modern mechanical hop picker used today and to visit the Copper Turret to hear about the Brewing Institute Program offered at the college and to get a behind the scenes tour of the brewery that is slated to open to the public in October.  The tour will stop for lunch and brewery tour of Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia. Dot Willsey, hop heritage promoter, and Carl Stearns, preservation architect will guide the tour sharing Madison County’s proud hop heritage during the tour’s journey. Tickets for the tour are $30. Reservation required by September 8. Lunch will be at Empire Farm Brewery. Attendees receive a complimentary 5 oz. glass.  We ask that attendees dress accordingly. Close toed shoes are required to tour the breweries. The tour will start at 9 am at the Madison County Historical Society located at 435 Main Street in Oneida and ends there at 5 pm. The Hop Heritage Tour is made possible from the generous support from Humanities of New York and Hale Transportation Group.

There is no admission to attend the Hop Fest. There is an admission fee for the Craft Beer Sampling, Taste of Hops, Paired Beer Dinner, and Hop Heritage Tour. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit our website-madisoncountyhopfest.org. The tradition of promoting the art of craft brewing and the influence of the hop industry on New York State continues at the Madison County Hop Fest.  Proceeds from the Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society. We appreciate your support in our efforts to share New York State’s hop culture. The Madison County Hop Fest is made possible from the most generous support from The Gorman Foundation, Oneida Dental Group, Liberty Tabletop, Assemblyman Bill Magee, Community Bank, Foothill Hops, Humanities of New York, Hale Transportation Group, and the Oneida Daily Dispatch.

Buy your advance tickets now for the Taste of Hops: food and beer pairing and Craft Beer Sampling at the Madison County Hop Fest on September 16, 2017 at the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida.

Patrons enjoying last year’s Taste of Hops. This year’s Taste of Hops is Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm. Tickets are limited and on sale now.

The Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing at the Madison County Hop Fest, from 12-2 on September 16, pairs area restaurants with a craft brewery to create an appetizer using craft beer as one of the ingredients. This year we are pleased to have the eight restaurants participating.  Colgate Inn of Hamilton will be creating “Beer Bombs” a smoked sausage meatball seasoned with a house made hops salt wrapped in bacon IPA Dijon-honey mustard paired with Good Nature’s Blight Buster. No. 10 Tavern of Hamilton will be serving Critz farms braised pulled pork sliders slathered in beer mustard barbeque sauce served with a side of house made pickles and coleslaw paired with Critz Farm’s Honey Blond Ale.  Creekside Inn of Oneida, Empire Farm Brewery of Cazenovia, Good Nature Farm Brewery of Hamilton, Hipstir Café of Oneida, Napoleon’s Café of Oneida, and Poolville Country Store of Earlville are also participating.

Tickets are $25 advance or $30 at the door, if available as they are limited- only a 150 will be sold. Join us after the Taste of Hops for the craft beer sampling from 2:30-5:30 pm to sample craft beer from over 30 craft breweries. Come enjoy craft beer and hard cider from: Come enjoy craft beer and hard cider from: Copper Turret Brewery; Cortland Beer; Ommegang; Empire; Erie Canal Brewing; Henneberg; WT Brews; Good Nature; Middle Ages; Saranac; Seneca St. Pub; New Belgium; Binghamton; Southern Tier; Collective Arts; Allagash; Well; Young; Firestone Walker; Millhouse Brewing; Schofferhofer; Troegs; Bronx; Down East; Spaten; Stone; Laugnitas; Dog Fish; Sierra Nevada; Brooklyn; Wachusett; Harpoon; Switchback; Oskar Blues; Abita; Smutty Nose; Cider Creek; Ithaca; 1911 Hop Cider; Adirondack; Browns; Founders; Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Co.; Woodchuck Cider; Butternuts; Bells; and Six Point. Brewery Representatives will be on hand to answer all your beer questions. Participants must be 21+ years of age to sample the

craft beer. Advance Craft Beer Sampling tickets are $30 or $35 at the door. Buy them ahead at the following locations: Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill; MCHS; Empire Brewing Co. in Cazenovia; WT Brews in Baldwinsville; Copper Turret in Morrisville, or atwww.madisoncountyhopfest.org.

There are many activities planned for Hop Fest Weekend September 15-17. Please call the society at 315-363-4136, or visit our website- madisoncountyhopfest.org for more details. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or volunteering your time, please contact the society today! Like Madison County Hop Fest on Facebook. All proceeds from the Madison County Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society.   There is no admission to attend the Hop Fest. Admission is charged for the Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops, Craft Beer Sampling, and Hop Heritage Tour. Tickets will be available for designated drivers (who must be 21 years of age) at the entrance of the Craft Beer Sampling tent. No one under the age of 21 will be permitted to enter the events where beer is served. Proper ID is required for entrance to all areas where beer is served!