Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner and Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director
Date: October 3, 2014

RE: Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner and Program is Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Historic Sales Office of Oneida Limited located at 181 Kenwood Avenue in Oneida. The dinner and program are open to MCHS membership and the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required by October 23.

Historic Sales Office of Oneida Limited  c1940
The Historic Sales Office of Oneida Limited located at 181 Kenwood Avenue in Oneida will be the setting for the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner and Program on Sunday, October 26. The dinner and program are open to MCHS membership and the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required by October 23.

The Madison County Historical Society cordially invites all of its members and the public to the society’s Annual Dinner and Program on Sunday, October 26 at the Historic Sales Office of Oneida Limited located at 181 Kenwood Avenue in Oneida. This is an opportunity to see the 98,000 square foot building, designed by Syracuse Architect, Albert Brockway, “who created the 1926 building as a visual monument to the ideals of Oneida Community, Limited, a company dedicated to the highest quality in both silverware and worker relations”. (Anthony Wonderely, Curator of Collections and Interpretation at the Oneida Community Mansion House).

The event commences at 3:00 pm with our featured speaker, Anthony Wonderley, Curator of Collections and Interpretation at the Oneida Community Mansion House, whose presentation on the Historic Sales Office of Oneida Limited surveys the historic background, construction, and life of the building in photographs selected from the archives of the Oneida Community Mansion House. Anthony Wonderley has a Ph. D. from Cornell University and is the Curator of Collections and Interpretation at the Oneida Community Mansion House, the museum of the utopian Oneida Community and the progressive company it became. He is a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow, a Fellow of the New York State Archaeological Association, and long-time member of the Madison County Historical Society. Mr. Wonderley has published two university-press books on Native American mythology and many scholarly articles on New York history, Iroquois archaeology, and the Oneida Community.

At 3:30 pm tours of the 98,000 square foot Historic Sales Office of Oneida Limited will be led by Kip Hicks, Executive Director of the Industrial Development Agency, who recently purchased the building with his brothers and is in the process of turning the building into a multi-use facility for business and residents.

The cocktail reception and cash bar service will be offered at 3:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres of fried meatballs and bruschetta with tomato tapenade. The buffet dinner at 4:30 pm, catered by Micieli’s Catering of Canastota, will be served in the building’s blue room, the former sales showroom of Oneida Limited. The buffet menu includes: tender field greens dressed in balsamic vinaigrette, Dunn’s Bakery rolls and butter, pork roulade- a pork loin stuffed with apple and cranberry stuffing, chicken riggies, caramelized Brussel sprouts with bacon crackles and New York State Apples, whipped potato and hot gravy. Two desserts will be provided by Cakes and Other Goodies of Oneida -a chocolate cake layered with chocolate almond mousse and local New York State Apples nestled in a flaky pie crust served a la mode. Floribunda Designs of Oneida has so kindly offered to adorn the tables with floral centerpieces for the event.

Tickets to the dinner are $28 for MCHS members and $30 for nonmembers. Tables of 6 are available. Seating is limited and reservations are required by October 23.

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 50th Annual Craft Days. Tickets for the raffle items are $1 each or 6 for $5. The winning tickets will be drawn at the Annual Dinner; 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.

Reservations for the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner and Program on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the Historic Sales Office of Oneida Limited located at 181 Kenwood Avenue in Oneida must be made by October 23. Seating is limited. The afternoon commences at 3:00 pm with Anthony Wonderley’s presentation on the Historic Sales Office of Oneida Limited. At 3:30 pm tours of the 98,000 square foot Historic Sales Office of Oneida Limited will be led by Kip Hicks. The cocktail reception and cash bar service will be offered at 3:30. The buffet dinner is at 4:30 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.

50th Annual Craft Days September 6 & 7, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Date: August 28, 2014

Re: Madison County Historical Society’s 50th Annual Craft Days September 6 & 7, 2014. Come see demonstrating crafters, purchase handmade items, visit with the Beekman Boys(Sunday only 1-2:30) and more!

Carol Milliman Estes
Carol Milliman-Estes of Milliman’s Candy Kettle who has been participating in the show since 1975 will be one of the demonstrating edible artisans at this year’s 50th Annual Craft Days on September 6 (10 am- 5 pm) & September 7 (10 am- 4 pm).

Did you know that on June 11, 1976 that the New York State Legislature declared Oneida Craft Capital USA? This designation was given because of the Madison County Historical Society’s commitment to the preservation of traditional crafts through exhibition of agricultural implements and tools once used for home crafts and cottage industries. Craft Days at that time was in its 12th year and had many skilled craftsmen and women whom demonstrated their artistry in the fields of shingle making, blacksmithing, pottery, quilting, spinning, woodworking and soap making. Visitors were even able to purchase the crafters handmade items.  Today we carry on that tradition of recruiting talented crafters emphasizing that they demonstrate their craft and sell only items made by themselves.

We are so proud to carry on the tradition here at the Madison County Historical Society and hope you will come out to the 50th Annual Craft Days on September 6 & 7 and join us for one of the longest running Craft Shows in the region!

In its 50th year the weekend event features 96 juried crafters and 7 food vendors.  We have so many talented craft artisans at the show that visitors will be lots of beautiful handmade items to choose from to purchase.  Watch as some crafters demonstrate their artistry twice each day at 11 am- 12 pm and again from 1pm- 2:00 pm, so stop and chat with them about their skilled artistry. Our talented artisans in this year’s show are from all over New York State and Pennsylvania  and will be selling and displaying their  decorative paintings, fiber arts, floral, glass fused creations, jewelry, painting and drawings, photography, candles,  skin care products, soap, pottery, woodworking, mixed media, pet products, fudge, honey, an array of maple products and jams and jellies and more!

For those looking for shopping break treat, check out our food vendors: Promotions Plus Roasted Nuts of Saratoga Springs who will be serving hot roasted nuts; David Kowalczik’s  Pop’s KettleKorn of Whitesboro will be popping kettle corn all weekend long; R & V Concessions of Rome will be serving a variety of grill items; Bailey’s Restaurant of Oneida will be serving Jamaican food; Gypsy Girl Wood Fire Pizza and Catering of Sherrill will be making her artisan wood fire pizza; Pastry Pantry of Endwell will have his assortment of pastries; and of course all events need ice cream, so please stop by Carvel of Dewitt’s booth for your favorite ice cream novelty.

Musical entertainment will be provided from 1 pm.—3 p.m. each day by two returning groups. On Saturday, Double Chase, led by mother and son, Thelma and Matt Chase will play their appealing folk melodies. On Sunday, a small group of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association known as “The Thistle and the Rose” will present old time Scots-Irish music.

There will be also free children’s activities all weekend. On Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 the society will have 19th century games for children between the ages of 9-12. On Saturday and Sunday from 12-2, artist and Oneida High school art teacher, Heather Cigeroglu along with her Oneida High School Art Club students will be doing face painting. Visitors can also tour the society’s headquarters, Cottage Lawn, an 1849 Gothic Revival Cottage, during the event between 12 – 2 p.m. both days.

Early American Industries will be demonstrating throughout the weekend using early American wooden tools. They also hope the public brings in their old tools that they will help them identify.

For one day only on Sunday, September 7 from 1:00- 2:30 pm the Beekman Boys (Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge) will be appearing for a book signing. Beekman related merchandise will also be available for sale. The Beekman Boys are well known for their signature brand of beauty, home and food products that are available at national retail stores and as authors of a series of cookbooks and stars of their very own cooking show on the Cooking Channel.

The 50th Annual Craft Days is on Saturday, September 6, 10 am5 pm and on Sunday, September 7, 10 am- 4 pm at the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida. The admission is $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free. The society is once again offering a weekend pass for $6.  There is a free park and ride shuttle at the Glenwood Plaza on route 46 in Oneida.

No animals are permitted on the grounds, and there is no smoking.  For more information, please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or visit us at www.mchs1900.org.  Like Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY and Craft Days on Facebook.

The Taste of Hops: food and beer pairing and Beer Sampling at Hop Fest

Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: August 28, 2014

CONTACT:  Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

RE: The Taste of Hops: food and beer pairing and Beer Sampling at Hop Fest on September 13, 2014. Get your advance tickets now!

Madison Bistro
Madison Bistro of Wampsville will be returning to this year’s Taste of Hops on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm.

The 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest presented by the Madison County Historical Society is September 12-13. Come see what everyone else has been experiencing at the Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing like no other right here in Madison County at the annual Madison County Hop Fest.  The Taste of Hops matches an area restaurants and/or caterer with a craft brewery to create an appetizer using beer as one of the ingredients. The Taste of Hops: food and beer pairing will be held on Saturday, September 13 at the Madison County Historical Society (435 Main Street in Oneida) from 12-2 pm. The Colgate Inn of Hamilton is serving “Spaghetti and Meatballs” Beer-B-Q glazed pork belly meatballs topped with a cilantro and citrus gremolata with roasted and spiced spaghetti squash pairing their dish with Ommegang’s Witte.  TheHamilton Inn of Hamilton is serving a Milk Stout Chocolate Cake with a Foie Gras and Peanut butter crème anglaise and crispy bacon pairing with Southern Tier 2x Milk Stout.  Kenwood and Vine of Oneida is serving “Beer Baked Chicken on Butternut Squash Bread with pickled plum and shaved fennel. Paired with Rogue 7 Hop IPA. Madison Bistro of Wampsville is serving“Hop Picker Popper” Croquette Italiano – Italian Sausage and Cheese breaded and fried with Chipotle Ale BBQ Sauce pairing with Erie Canal Brewing’s Muleskinner.  No. 10 Tavern of Hamilton is serving is serving Crawfish Etouffee over rice pairing with Bayou Teche Biere LA-Biere Noire. The Ridge Golf Club and Tavern of Chittenango is serving “Hop’in Pigs”-thick-cut applewood smoked bacon with Erie Canal Brewing’s Muleskinner-maple glaze and cracked black pepper pairing  with Erie Canal Brewing’s Muleskinner. Ye Olde Landmark Tavern of Bouckville is serving Buttermilk fried shrimp with jalepano grits, smoked tomato vinaigrette and corn salsa pairing with Brooklyn Pilsner. Cakes and other Goodies of Oneida is servingTourtière, a French Canadian holiday pie, using Drover Hill Farms beef and pork rolled into a flaky pastry accompanied with a homemade beer catsup, fennel celery salad dressed with lemony vinaigrette shaved parmesan and roasted pine nuts.

Tickets are limited- only 150 will be sold. Advance Taste of Hops tickets are $20 and $25 at the door.

Join us after under the craft beer sampling tent from 2:30-5:30 that same day for beer samplings from over 30 styles of craft beer. Come enjoy offerings from: Bayou Teche Biere,  Bell’s Brewing, Binghamton Brewing, Brooklyn, Crispin’,Dog Fish,Empire Brewery, Erie Canal Brewing, Good Nature Farm Brewery and Tap Room, Goose Island, Harpoon, Henneberg Brewing, Lagunitas Magic Hat, Middle Ages Brewing, Saranac, Sierra Nevada, Strong Bow, Southern Tier- more to be added!

For more information about the 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 435 Main Street in Oneida, 315-363-4136, www.madisonhopfest.org, email Sydney at sydney@mchs1900.org, or visit 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 and Beer sampling. 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! Please do not bring children, strollers, or pets to the event. Tickets will be available for designated drivers (who must be 21 years of age) at the entrance of the beer-sampling tent. Advance Beer Sampling tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. Buy them ahead at the following locations: at MCHS, Empire Brewing  Co., Erie Canal Brewing in Canastota, Good Nature Farm Brewery  in Hamilton, Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill, Middle Ages Brewing in Syracuse and Canastota Hometown Specialties  in Canastota, or at www.madisonhopfest.org.

Paired Beer Dinner at Kenwood and Vine

Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Date: August 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RE: Madison County Hop Fest Paired Beer Dinner at Kenwood and Vine. Tickets for the dinner are $55. Reservations required by Sept.5

 

braised boar with cilantro lime and jalapeño
The braised boar with cilantro lime and jalapeño is on the menu at Kenwood and Vine. Madison County Hop Fest’sPaired Beer Dinner at Kenwood and Vine is on September 12.

Hop Fest Weekend begins on Friday, Sept. 12 at 6 pm with a five course Paired Beer Dinner at the Kenwood and Vine located at 170 Kenwood Ave in Oneida.  Tickets for the dinner are $55. Reservations required by September 5. Kenwood and Vine’s paired beer dinner takes your palate on a journey through the history of beer through each course. The first course begins with the earliest known region where beer was brewed with barley. The grilled artichoke with roasted garlic aioli and lemon gremolata pairs perfectly with Rogue 7 Hop IPA, which has lemony notes to compliment the flavor and encompasses the celebration of hops that the Annual Madison County Hop Fest represents. From here we move on to the second course which steps back to a time when beer was brewed in Egypt and served with beans and bread and in certain regions with fish.  The Smoked Fish with fava bean tagine, flat bread and pickled onions paired with Dog Fish’s Midas Touch is a perfect match. The Midas Touch using saffron as a buttering agent, made with honey, barley and Muscat Grapes, shows a beginning before hops were used in the brewing process.  The third course moves into the introduction of hops to a recipe which dates back to the Middle Ages though the earliest mention of hops is in German text.  For the third course a pairing of house made sausage and pierogi dish, finished with fresh sage, with the beauty of the Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.  Weihenstephaner, as the oldest brewery in the world, initially violated the Reinheitsgebot (the German brewing law) by producing Hefeweizens.  The fourth course moves on to a time when hops began spreading around the world, from England to Japan. This course takes a classic Japanese dish of Char Siu glazed pork with congee and fresh vegetables and accompanies it by an English Stout, Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.  The bold flavors on the menu show the impact of hops on the world and the extent of their use worldwide. Finally, the fifth course concludes the journey back to Madison County with local apples.  An apple and goat cheese tart with candied walnuts made with New York’s delicious fall bounty and a crisp local cider, Heritage Hops from Harvest Moon Cidery, that uses hops as a flavoring agent to give their cider a nice floral aroma and crisp bitterness.  Come experience a culinary journey at the Madison County Hop Fest’s Paired Beer Dinner on September 12.

Tickets for the dinner are $55 and must be purchased by September 5.  For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit our new Hop Fest website –www.madisonhopfest.org. Tickets can also be purchased at Kenwood and Vine, or by mailing a check made payable to the Madison County Historical Society, 435 Main Street, Oneida, NY 13421.   Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Madison County Historical Society. Like Hop Fest on Facebook.

Hop Fest is September 12-13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: August 22, 2014

CONTACT:  Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

RE: Hop Fest is September 12-13, 2014. Join the Madison County Historical Society as we celebrate over 200 years of hop heritage in Madison County.

 

Hop Fest
Participants at last year’s Taste of Hops:a food and beer pairing. This year’s Hop Fest is September 12-13, 2014.

The 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest presented by the Madison County Historical Society is September 12-13. The Madison County Historical Society is pleased to celebrate over 200 years of hop heritage in Madison County. Madison County’s own resident, James Coolidge, introduced commercial hop growing to New York State in 1808 by bringing a rootstock from New England. His success enticed area farmers who took up planting acres of hops.  The hop industry in New York State exploded in 1828 with eleven counties raising hops. Madison, Oneida, and Otsego Counties raised the most- nearly 80% in the nation by 1880.   The Madison County Hop Fest celebrates the past, present and prosperous future of the hop industry.

Hop Fest Weekend starts at the Kenwood and Vine located at 170 Kenwood Ave in Oneida for the Hop Fest’s Paired Beer Dinner on Friday, September 12 at 6 pm. The five course meal will be paired with a variety of craft beers.  Tickets for the dinner are $55. Reservations required by September 5 and seating is limited.

On Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 am, on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society, come join us for programs throughout the day from guest speakers. Don Cazentre, Food & Drink writer for syracuse.com and The Post-Standard and new author (11 am) will do a presentation and book signing on his new book, 2nd edition of New York Breweries. Steve Miller, NYS Hop Specialist from Cornell Cooperative Extension and crowned Madison County Hop King in 2013 (11 am) will share his research on the commercial hop industry in Oneida and Madison Counties. Al Bullard, Hop Historian andcrowned Madison County Hop King in 2005 (2:45 pm) will examine specialized farm implements used in the hop trade and highlight structures in the landscape that may have been buildings used in the 19th and 20th century hop industry.This year’s Hop King will be crowned at 2 pm.  Stop in the Hop Shop for some hop-related items, silver jewelry by Norm Dann and hop plants. Throughout the afternoon purchase your raffle tickets to win great beer related merchandise. Visit with the American Home Brewers Association, BIER, UNYHA, Clark Hollow Hops all day. Stop by the North East Hop Alliance, Foothill Hops, Clark Hollow Hops tent to learn about hop growing. Check out the Great Lakes Brewing News booth for beer related merchandise and to subscribe to their publication and visit with the Syracuse Women of Craft Beer to learn all about their organization. From 12-2 pm– under the Taste of Hops Tent sample the finest fare from the following: Cakes and Other Goodies, Colgate Inn, Hamilton Inn, Kenwood and Vine, Madison Bistro, No. 10 Tavern, The Ridge Golf Club and Tavern, and Ye Olde Landmark Tavern. Advance Tickets $20/$25 at the door. From 2:30- 5:30– under the Craft Beer Sampling Tent enjoy some great craft beers from: Bayou Teche Biere, Bell’s Brewing, Binghamton Brewing, Brooklyn, Dog Fish, Empire Brewing, Erie Canal Brewing, Harpoon, Strong Bow, Crispin,Good Nature Farm Brewery and Tap Room, Goose Island, Henneberg Brewing, Lagunitas, Magic Hat, Middle Ages, Sackets Harbor, Saranac,Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing, Southern Tier and more to be added!  Brewery Representatives will be on hand to answer all your beer questions. Advance tickets $25/$30 at the door. Tickets available at MCHS, Empire Brewing  Co., Erie Canal Brewing in Canastota, Good Nature Farm Brewery  in Hamilton, Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill, Middle Ages Brewing in Syracuse and Canastota Hometown Specialties  in Canastota, or at www.madisonhopfest.org.

Proceeds from the Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society. 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. We appreciate your support in our efforts to share New York State’s hop culture. Looking forward to seeing you all at the 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest!

For more information about the 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 435 Main Street in Oneida, 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735 or www.madisonhopfest.org, email Sydney at sydney@mchs1900.org, or visit Hop Fest on Facebook. There is no admission to attend the Hop Fest. Admission is charged for the Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops and Craft Beer Sampling.  Check out the new Hop Fest website where you will find discounts on tickets being offered. 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! Please do not bring children, strollers, or pets to the event. Tickets will be available for designated drivers (who must be 21 years of age) at the entrance of the craft beer sampling tent. Norm Dann of Peterboro is selling hop plants again on behalf of the Madison County Historical Society’s Hop Fest.  Please call Norm Dann at 315.380.9389 to purchase your $5 hop plant before September.