Cottage Lawn Farmers’ Market  May 16 – Sept. 5

Click on the poster to learn more about the weekly market,  the themed weeks, and summer concerts at the market!




Craft Days September 9 & 10


Madison County Historical Society will host its 53rd Annual Craft Days at the society, on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am-5 pm and on Sunday, September 10 from 10 am- 4 pm. Admission is $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Purchase a weekend pass for $6 and join us both days! Crafters will be demonstrating their artistry twice each day from 11 am- 12 pm and 1pm- 2 pm.

Craft Days is an outdoor craft show, featuring juried crafters, artisans of edible treats, food vendors, music, and NYS wineries. Craft Days is a craft show for artists to create and sell their original, handmade work. We have a wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative works including fabric, glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, metal, glass, floral, drawings, paintings, jewelry photography, soap, skin care products, leather, and wood. Come see what all the buzz is about when Showtime-CNY’s Ultimate Cover/Party Band since the 90’s performs on Sept.9 from 1-3 pm. Showtime’s performance is made possible from the generous support from The Gorman Foundation. Double Chase returns to perform their contemporary and classic country songs on Sept.10 from 1-3 pm. New this year is our kid activity tent on the side yard- a special area designated for the scheduled kid activities to take place.  One of the planned kid activities is a free interactive program for your kids by the Utica Zoo mobile on Saturday from 11 am- 1pm. On Sunday from 11 am- 1 pm under the kid’s tent is a free magic show by CNY Magic Shows.  On Saturday and Sunday under the kid’s tent from 10 – 11 am; and again from 1-4pm kids can partake in the free martial arts demonstration by Owens Martial Arts and free face painting by the Girl Scouts Unit 230 of Oneida.  There will also be free house tours of Cottage Lawn and storytelling by the Oneida Public Library ongoing all weekend.

New York State Designer Blacksmiths will be on grounds by the agricultural barn demonstrating the craft and art of blacksmithing all weekend. The Oneida Rail Trail will be back both days with their popular free children’s craft activity of creating a colorful walking stick on the side yard near the gazebo.

No animals or smoking are permitted on the grounds. Come join us for a fun, family friendly event at the Madison County Historical Society. Click on the poster image above for more information.

Madison County Hop Fest  September 15-17 


The Madison County Hop Fest surpasses all of the other fests out there because it is the only one of its kind that can proudly declare that it celebrates over 200 years of hop heritage that began right here in Madison County! It was right here in Madison County that James Coolidge from New England planted the 1st commercial hop yard on acres of farmland in Bouckville. It was also right here in Madison County where James Coolidge was the first to transport hops to the New York City market in 1816. Thus, establishing a commercial agricultural connection between the hop fields of CNY and the agricultural commodity marketplace. (Cultural Resource Survey of Hop Heritage Sites in Madison County. Nell Ziegler, 2007. Survey funded by Preserve New York, a grant program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts.)  Many Madison County farmers followed in Coolidge’s footsteps turning over their fields into commercial hop yards as did the farmers from neighboring counties- Montgomery, Schoharie, Chenango, Otsego, Herkimer and Oneida. The Madison County Hop Fest is a signature event for Madison County and New York State for that matter, as there are no other fests that can make the historic claim that New York State’s Hop Heritage began in their county.

The Madison County Hop Fest celebrates the past, present and prosperous future of the hop industry in Madison County and throughout New York State. At the 22nd Annual Madison County Hop Fest we will have: programs about hop culture in NYS; home brewing demonstrations; exhibits on the history of hops; exhibitor booths from hop suppliers, hop farmers, beer clubs; paired beer dinner; Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing; sampling of craft beer; crowning of Hop King or Queen. Tickets are required for all beer sampling and are on sale now!

More details on Madison County Hop Fest Weekend 2017 will be provided as we get closer to the event. Click on the poster image above for more information.

 September 15- Paired Beer Dinner at Good Nature Farm Brewery

September 16- on-site at the Madison County Historical Society, 435 Main Street, Oneida.  10 am– 5:30 pm.  Free admission to attend presentations, exhibitors, and vendor booths.

Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing- (12:00-2:00) Tickets:$25 advance/ $30 at the door. Participating restaurants and caterers-Creekside Inn, Colgate Inn, Good Nature Farm Brewery; Empire Farm Brewery, Hipstir  Cafe, Napoleon’s Cafe, No. 10 Tavern,  Poolville Country Store! Participants receive a 5 oz.  glass.

Craft Beer Sampling: over 30 craft breweries participating-(2:30-5:30) Tickets-$30 advance/ $35 at the door. Participants receive a 5 oz.  glass.

September 17-Join us on a journey for a behind the scenes tour of hop houses, hop yards, hop related sites, and craft breweries. Lunch will be at Empire Farm Brewery.Dot Willsey 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. 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.