Heritage Handicraft Felt Embroidery Valentine Workshop

For Immediate Release

Date: January 21, 2015                         

Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Re: Heritage Handicraft Felt Embroidery Valentine Workshop for children and adults on Saturday, February 7 at Madison County Historical Society, please call to reserve your space.

Felt embroidered heart created by Pamela Vogan Lynch.
Felt embroidered heart created by Pamela Vogan Lynch.

In the tradition of Valentine’s Day, the Madison County Historical Society will be having a Heritage Handicraft Felt embroidery Valentine Workshop for adults and children aged 10 years and up from 10 am- 12:30 pm on Saturday,  February 7.  Victorian women spent much of their time and effort on all sorts of decorative projects from crocheting, to knitting, to tatting, to embroidering. They displayed their handmade crafts in their homes, as well as on handkerchiefs and clothing, often giving them away to loved ones as a token of their love and affection.

Join instructor, Pamela Vogan Lynch to learn felt embroidery techniques while creating a heart craft for Valentine’s Day.  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. Join us for the workshop to be held at the historical society from 10 am- 12:30 pm to create an embroidered heart craft to give to your loved one or to cherish as your very own keepsake.  All materials will be provided.  In true Victorian fashion, cookies and tea will be served.   Reservations are required as space is limited to 12. The workshop is $12 for members and $14 for nonmembers. 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.

Make-your-own Holiday Heritage Handicraft Victorian Ornament Workshop

For Immediate Release

Date: November 12, 2014                         

Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Re: Make-your-own Holiday Heritage Handicraft Victorian Ornament workshop for children and adults on Saturday, December 6 at Madison County Historical Society, please call to reserve your space by November 26th.

Photo of ornaments
Make-your-own Holiday Heritage Handicraft Victorian Ornament workshop for children and adults on Saturday, December 6th at Madison County Historical Society, please call to reserve your space by November 26th.

Get into the holiday spirit by registering for the Madison County Historical Society’s make-your-own Holiday Heritage Handicraft Victorian Ornament workshop on Saturday, December 6th  from 10 am- 12 pm at the historical society. There are two workshops, one for children between the ages of 7-9 and the other for adults. Enjoy creating lasting memories by making your very own handmade Victorian style ornaments. The adult workshop is $25 and the children’s workshop is $10. Ribbons, Victorian “scrap,” colored embossed paper, tinsel, colored paper, cotton batting and other supplies will be available to use. Reservations are required for both workshops as space is limited to 12 per workshop. Pamela Vogan Lynch, a professional artist and retired Director of Art for the Oneida City School District will be the instructor for the adult craft workshop.

Holiday refreshments will be offered. The deadline to register is November 26th. For more information please contact MCHS at 315-363-4136, 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.

Annual Victorian Christmas Open House December 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: November 19, 2014

CONTACT: SYDNEY LOFTUS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE: MADISON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE DECEMBER 7 from 1-4 pm

St. Pat's Choir
St. Pat’s Select Choir under the direction of Amanda Yeoman will be performing at this year’s Madison County Historical Society’s Christmas Open House on December 7th from 1-4 pm.

The Madison County Historical Society will hold its Victorian Christmas Open House on December 7th from 1 to 4 pm at Cottage Lawn, headquarters of the society, on 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.

Entertainment throughout the afternoon will be provided by the St. Pat’s Select Choir under the direction of Amanda Yeoman who will perform from 1:00-1:30 pm. Kevin Bailey will return to perform holiday favorites from 1:35- 2:05 pm. Durhamville Elementary School 2nd Grade Chorus under the direction of Stephanie Gwilt will perform from 2:10- 2:30 pm. Build a Christmas tree with cookies with professional chef, Marlene Parlow, owner of Cakes and Other Goodies of Oneida.  She will demonstrate and discuss how to pull this sweet edible centerpiece together from 2:35-3:20 pm. Suzuki Violin Studio of Oneida and Hamilton under the direction of Iryna Juravich will be returning to close the afternoon with their performance from 3:20-3:50pm.

Come visit the society’s latest temporary exhibit, “Medicine over the years” that highlights the period of 1800- 1950s and Madison County medical professionals, hospitals and medical services during the open house. The Peterboro Area Museum, Town of Madison Historical Society and Jill Stratton have loaned a variety of objects and images from their own collections for the exhibition.

Check out our gift shop for that special holiday gift and to purchase raffle tickets for gift baskets, our super 50/50 raffle and to win a handcrafted Windsor style chair. All drawings will be held at the end of the event.

Come join us on Sunday, December 7th 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 435 Main Street, Oneida, NY 13421, email: history@mchs1900.org, or visit our website at www.mchs1900.org, and like us on Facebook at Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY.

Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner and Program

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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.