Annual Craft Days September 6 & 7

For Immediate Release        Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Date: August 22, 2014

Re: Madison County Historical Society’s 50th Annual Craft Days September 6 & 7, 2014.

Craft Days Scott Van DykeThe 50th Annual Craft Days is on Saturday, September 6, 10 am-5 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. Come purchase beautiful handmade products created by each of the talented craft artisans at the show.  Watch as some crafters demonstrate their artistry twice each day at 11 am- 12 pm and again from 1pm- 2:00 pm. There is an array of talented artisans in this year’s show hailing from all over New York State and Pennsylvania selling and displaying their exquisite decorative paintings, fiber arts, floral, glass fused creations, jewelry, painting and drawings, photography, candles,  skin care products, soap, pottery, woodworking, mixed media, pet products and more! There are so many talented artisans participating at Craft Days along with our newly juried in artisans this year, so there is definitely something for everyone.

Of course there will be an array of delicious foods to tempt visitors from pastries, fudge, kettle corn, wood fired pizza, cinnamon roasted nuts, ice cream, honey, an array of maple products and jams and jellies.

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 19thcentury games set-up in tent 1 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.

As always visitors are sure to find a special handmade item, a delectable treat, and great live music and fun activities all in one location at the 50th Annual Craft Days at the Madison County Historical Society. Admission is $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Purchase a weekend pass for $6 and join us both days! No animals or smoking are permitted on the grounds.

For more information, please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or visit us atwww.mchs1900.org.  Like Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY and Craft Days on Facebook.

Caption: Scott Van Dyke of Oriskany will be one of the demonstrating woodworking artisans at this year’s 50th Annual Craft Days on September 6 (10 am- 5 pm) & September 7 (10 am- 4 pm).

Discounted Hop Fest Tickets through August 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 21, 2014

CONTACT:  Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

RE: Special discounted tickets for the Madison County Hop Fest are available now through August 15.

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(L to R) Ye Olde Landmark Tavern’s Chef Andrew Hengst and William Shoemaker will be returning to Hop Fest’s Taste of Hops on September 13, 2014.

The 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest presented by the Madison County Historical Society is September 12-13. Now is the time to purchase your tickets early. Purchase both a Taste of Hops: food and beer pairing and a Beer sampling ticket by August 15 for only $40. You can also save even more cash by purchasing an all-inclusive ticket that includes the Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops and Beer Sampling for $95. Take advantage of these discounted tickets that must be purchased online at madisonhopfest.org or at the Madison County Historical Society at 435 Main Street in Oneida. Tickets for the Paired Beer Dinner at Kenwood and Vine are available at the restaurant and online.

The Taste of Hops: food and beer pairing will be held on September 13 at the Madison County Historical Society from 12-2 pm. This year’s culinary creations and beer pairings are from 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. Tickets are limited- only 150 will be sold. Under the craft beer sampling tent on September 13 from 2:30-5:30 will be beer samplings from over 30 styles of craft beer to whet your palette. Come enjoy offerings from:Bayou Teche Biere,  Bell’s Brewing, Binghamton Brewing, Brooklyn, Dog Fish, Empire Brewery, Erie Canal Brewing, Good Nature Brewing, Goose Island, Henneberg Brewing, Lagunitas Magic Hat, Middle Ages Brewing, Sackets Harbor, Saranac, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing, 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. These discounts are around for a limited time, so buy them before it is too late. Tickets must be purchased online at madisonhopfest.org, or at the Madison County Historical Society at 435 Main Street in Oneida.

 

Donation Auction Fundraiser

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Items to be auctioned off at the Madison County Historical Society’s upcoming Donation Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, July 12 at The Gorman Foundation Community Center.

The Madison County Historical Society’s Donation Auction Fundraiser is Saturday, July 12. The  preview is at 5 pm with the auction following at 6 pm. Auction items have been coming in and there are many wonderful items from furniture, antiques, art and decorative objects. Thompson Appliances and Furniture has donated a brand new Sharp LED-LCD 32” TV. The society will  still accept donations, so please contact us to make last minute arrangements. All items accepted for the auction are tax deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax receipt forms will be furnished when item(s) are received. Auctioneer Bradley Markowski will conduct the auction. There is no buyer’s premium.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Madison County Historical Society’s Restoration Fund. Restoration of an 1850 Gothic Revival period home is an ongoing process. So donate an item and bid high at the society’s fun fundraiser on Saturday, July 12 at the Gorman Foundation Community Center, 1081 Northside Shopping Center in Oneida. The preview is at 5 pm with the auction following at 6 pm. Food will also be available at the auction.The Madison County Historical Society is very grateful to the Gorman Foundation for allowing the historical society to hold our Donation Auction Fundraiser in their building.

For more information about the auction, please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 435 Main Street, Oneida, NY 13421. Call us at 315.363.4136, or 315.361.9735, or email us at sydney@mchs1900.org, or visit www.mchs1900.org.The New York State Board of Regents granted a charter to the Madison County Historical Society on March 29, 1900.The Madison County Historical Society’s mission is 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 the county’s heritage for the people of Madison County and those studying the county’s heritage.  The society’s headquarters, Cottage Lawn, located in Oneida, is an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa designed by prominent architect Alexander Jackson Davis. Cottage Lawn is preserved and operated as a historic museum.

Have you thought about growing your own hops?

Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Date: June 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RE: Have you thought about growing your own hops? If so, then now is the time to buy some hop plants.

Norm Dann with hop plants
Norm Dann at his home in Peterboro standing near the Hop Plants that he grows every year for the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Hop Fest.

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. Take advantage of picking up your hop plant during your visit at Civil War Weekend in Peterboro on June14-15.

Buy your plants early and then join the Madison County Historical Society in September for the 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest. Hop Fest weekend begins Friday, September 12 with a paired beer dinner at Kenwood and Vine in Oneida. The event continues on Saturday, September 13 on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society featuring: guest speakers presenting programs on hop culture along with hop experts sharing their knowledge on brewing and growing hops.  Stay for the Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing from 12- 2 to taste some of the finest appetizers prepared by 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. Then partake in the beer sampling from 2:30-5:30 pm to sample some of your favorite craft breweries and new ones to add to your list.

Advance sale tickets for all Hop Fest weekend activities will be available online at the society’s website- madisonhopfest.org and at participating locations soon. Watch for special discounted tickets on our website.  There is no admission to attend the Hop Fest. There is an admission fee for the beer sampling, Taste of Hops and Paired Beer Dinner.

For more information on the Hop Fest, please contact MCHS at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or www.madisonhopfest.org. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or volunteering your time, please contact the society! Like Hop Fest on Facebook. To purchase hop plants now, please contact Norm Dann at 315.380.9389. All proceeds from the sale of hop plants go to the Madison County Historical Society. Combine your love of history, beer and food at the 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest.

House Tours and Heritage Handicraft Workshop

For Immediate Release       

Date: May 30, 2014

Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Re: Madison County Historical Society will offer house tours and Heritage Handicraft Workshop during the Past Through History Weekend on Saturday, June 14 from 10 am- 2 pm.

During the Path Through History Weekend on Saturday, June 14 from 10 am- 2pm the historical society will host a Heritage Handicraft Workshop, Tussie- Mussie. Popularized in Victorian times, the term Tussie-Mussie comes from the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901), when the small bouquets became a popular fashion accessory. All materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of favorite family photos, meaningful quotes, and any miscellaneous embellishments, such as buttons, fabric scraps, charms, or costume jewelry they may wish to incorporate in the design for a more personal creation. Pamela Vogan Lynch, a professional artist and retired Director of Art for the Oneida City School District will be the instructor.

The workshop is open to adults and children 10 years of age and up. The cost of the workshop is $10 for adults and $5 for children. We encourage you to call ahead to reserve your space. We will also be offering free guided tours of the historical society and viewing of the latest temporary exhibit “Medicine over the years, 1800s- 1950s.For more information please contact the society at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or sydney@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. Like Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY on Facebook.

In conjunction with Path Through History Weekends, I LOVE NEW YORK’s social media channels will be highlighting various themes with photos, videos, event itineraries and more. Follow I LOVE NEW YORK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or use #ISPYNY to join the journey down New York’s Path Through History. Path Through History highlights historically and culturally significant sites and events throughout New York State. The program, introduced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, builds on New York’s already robust heritage tourism attractions. The initiative is currently focused on 13 themes including: Arts & Culture, Natural History, U.S. Presidents, Women’s Rights, Canals & Transportation, Civil Rights, Colonial History, Immigration, Innovation & Commerce, The Revolution, Native Americans, Sports History and the War of 1812. Important heritage sites and events across the state were selected with input from leading historians. For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com/Summer/Themes/Path-Through-History.aspx.