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!
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 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.
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.