Buttons and Baubles: Victorian Heritage Handicraft Workshop

For Immediate Release
Date: October 18, 2016
Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Re: Buttons and Baubles: Victorian Heritage Handicraft Workshop on Sunday, November 6 at Madison County Historical Society, please call to reserve your space. Registration required by October 28.

Buttons and baubles photo
Button and Bauble tree created by Pamela Vogan Lynch.

Come join us for Buttons and Baubles: Victorian Fancywork workshop for adults and children aged 9 years and up from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm on Sunday, November 6.  Participants will be creating a framed Holiday tree or wreath fashioned from old buttons, costume jewelry, and other found object ephemera. Materials will be provided, however participants are encouraged to bring special items out of their own button jars, costume jewelry and/or bead collections to personalize their work.

Artist, Educator, Pamela Vogan Lynch will lead the workshop. 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. The workshop will be held at the Madison County Historical Society on November 6 from 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm. The cost for the workshop is $14. Registration is required by October 28. 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.

Join us for A Celebration of Needle Arts Exhibit

For Immediate Release
Date: October 3, 2016
Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Re: Join us for A Celebration of Needle Arts Exhibit Opening and Program on October 16

This quilt, called, “Round the World” is from the Madison County Historical Society’s collection and will be on display for A Celebration of Needle Arts Exhibit Opening and Program on October 16 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm.
This quilt, called, “Round the World” is from the Madison County Historical Society’s collection and will be on display for A Celebration of Needle Arts Exhibit Opening and Program on October 16 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm.

Join us for “A Celebration of Needle Arts Exhibit Opening and Program” on October 16.  Jo Anne Seccurra, a member of the Thread Bears Quilters’ Guild of Sherrill will open the exhibit with her presentation, “A Sampling of Quilts” from 1:30 pm- 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church located on 116 West Grove Street in Oneida. Following the program, from 2:00- 3:00 pm, the public is invited to the Madison County Historical Society, located across the street from the church, for the exhibit opening.

A Celebration of Needle Arts Exhibit showcases many quilts, embroidery, cross stitch, beaded work, and samplers from the Madison County Historical Society’s collection. Also on display will be prayer quilts on loan from the First United Methodist Church in Oneida and a sampling of quilts on loan from the Thread Bears Quilters’ Guild of Sherrill. This event is free and open to the public. The public is encouraged to bring in family quilts for review. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition is on view from October 16 through February 1, 2017. For more information, please contact MCHS at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or email us at history@mchs1900.org.

Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Brunch and Program

For Immediate Release
Date: October 3, 2016
Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Re: Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Brunch and Program is Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Rusty Rail’s Restaurant on Route 5 in Canastota. The brunch and program are open to MCHS membership and the public. Reservations are required by October 19.

Joe DiGorgio is the guest speaker at the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Brunch Meeting and Program on October 23, 2016 at the Rusty Rail.
Joe DiGorgio is the guest speaker at the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Brunch Meeting and Program on October 23, 2016 at the Rusty Rail.

The Madison County Historical Society cordially invites all of its members and the public to the society’s Annual Brunch Meeting and Program on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Rusty Rail’s Restaurant on Route 5 in Canastota from 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm. The brunch and program are open to MCHS members and the public.

Our afternoon guest speaker, Joe DiGiorgio, President of Canastota Canal Town Museum will present, “Canastota’s Lift Bridge and the many stories around it,” His program will highlight the fascinating history behind the lift bridge that was in operation until 1927. Mr. DiGiorgio has served on various committees and organizations, including Greater Lenox Ambulance Corps and served as the Village of Canastota Historian for several years. As President of the Canastota Canal Town Museum, he oversees the operations of the museum and its exhibits.

The brunch buffet menu to be served at 1:30 pm includes: scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, french toast, danishes, fruit, home fries, pasta with broccoli, baked chicken, orange juice, coffee, and tea. Tickets for the annual brunch meeting and program are $15. Tables of 4 and 8 are available. Reservations are required by October 19.

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 52nd Annual Craft Days. Tickets for the raffle items are $1 each or 6 for $5. The winning tickets will be drawn at the annual meeting; 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 Brunch Meeting and Program on Sunday, October 23, 2016 are required by October 19. The brunch starts at 1:30 pm. The program follows the buffet meal at approximately 2:30 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.

Craft Days, September 10 & 11, 2016

For Immediate Release
Date: August 30, 2016
Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Re: Craft Days, September 10 & 11, 2016

Johnathan Woodward of Clinton Pottery will be one of the demonstrating crafters at this year’s 52nd Annual Craft Days on September 10 (10 am- 5 pm) & September 11 (10 am- 4 pm).
Johnathan Woodward of Clinton Pottery will be one of the demonstrating crafters at this year’s 52nd Annual Craft Days on September 10 (10 am- 5 pm) & September 11 (10 am- 4 pm).

Autumn is upon us in a matter of weeks and the timing is perfect for enjoying an outdoor craft show, featuring juried crafters, artisans of edible treats, food vendors, and NYS wineries at the Madison County Historical Society’s 52nd Annual Craft Days on Saturday, September 10 (10 am- 5pm) and Sunday, September 11(10 am- 4 pm). Craft Days offers fantastic fall shopping as well as exciting activities such as tours of Cottage Lawn,  live music, kid’s activities, gourmet specialty foods and craft demonstrations. Crafters will be demonstrating their artistry twice each day from 11 am- 12 pm and 1pm- 2 pm. Admission is $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

Craft Days is a craft show for individual artists to create, demonstrate, and sell their original, handmade work.  We have a wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative 2-D and 3-D works including fabric, glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, metal, glass, floral, drawings, paintings, photography, leather, and wood. The craft artisans are encouraged to demonstrate their craft, “showing how it’s done” as best as they can within their booth space. They are eager to share their creative processes with the public, so attendees are encouraged to ask them questions about their work and enjoy their live art demonstrations.  Crafters are selected for the show through a jurying process. We have added food vendors, entertainment, artisans of edible treats, free children’s activities, and winery sampling to the event- all of which makes for a family fun weekend.

There will be plenty of food at Craft Days from Promotions Plus Roasted Nuts of Saratoga Springs; Pops’ Kettle Korn of Whitesboro; R & V Concessions of Rome; Gypsy Girl Wood Fire Pizza and Catering of Sherrill; Coneheads Carribean Ice cream of Canastota; Variety Fare Catering of Brookfield; CreamCycle Ice Cream of Hamilton; Let’s Roll Gourmet Egg Rolls of Oswego; and The Cremeria of Sherrill.  We have four New York State wineries participating from: Lakeland Winery of Syracuse; Victorianbourg Wine Estate of Wilson, NY; Thousand Islands Winery of Alexandria Bay, NY; and Stone Age Winery of Liverpool, NY.

There will be free children’s activities throughout the weekend. Oneida Rail Trail will be back both days with their popular free children’s craft activity of creating a colorful walking stick. 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. On Saturday from 10 am- 1pm stop by the YMCA of Oneida’s booth for a free activity for kids.

We have a full line up of live entertainment planned throughout the weekend. Musical performances from the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association known as “The Thistle and the Rose” will perform their old time Scottish -Irish music on Saturday from 1-3 pm. On Sunday, Double Chase, led by mother and son, Thelma and Matt Chase will play their appealing folk melodies from 1-3 pm. Double Chase will perform a 9/11 tribute song to remember those whose lives were lost that tragic day and the impact it has had on our country today. Sage Carolla, of Oneida will be performing on Saturday and Sunday from 11:50-12:20.  Storytelling by the Oneida Public Library will be both days.

There will be artists raffles, so be sure to purchase your tickets to win some fantastic handmade craft items. No animals are permitted on the grounds, and there is no smoking.  For more information and full list of participating crafters, please visit Craft Days on Face book, or call the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735. Join us for a great family weekend at the Madison County Historical Society’s  52nd Annual Craft Days on Saturday, September 10, 10 am-5 pm and on Sunday, September 11, 10 am- 4 pm. Admission is $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

Brewery Hop Tour, September 18, 2016. Reservations by Sept. 9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 29, 2016
CONTACT:  Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

RE: Brewery Hop Tour, September 18, 2016. Buy your tickets for a behind the scenes tour of craft breweries, craft beer sampling, stop at a hop yard, and a visit to a historic hop house.  Reservations required by Sept. 9.

Brewery Hop Tour
The Brewery Hop Tour is one of the many exciting activities happening during the Madison County Hop Fest Weekend that starts Friday, September 16 with a paired beer dinner, followed by Hop Fest on Sept. 17 on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida.

The weekend event concludes with a Brewery Hop Tour on Sunday, September 18. During the tour we will visit four craft breweries for a first-time behind the scenes tour of two of these breweries and enjoy samples of some of the finest craft beer.  Our first brewery stop is Seneca St. Brew Pub located in Manlius that opened on April 29, 2016. It is a local craft brewpub that specializes in using NY ingredients and offers NY beers. The Menikheim family owns and operates a 1 barrel onsite brewing system in their family-owned brew pub. The family owns 190 acres of farmland between the Villages of Fayetteville and Manlius where they grow their own hops and barley. They have been growing hops for several years and have plans to malt their own barley. Our second stop on the tour is Empire Farmstead Brewery located in Cazenovia that opened its doors in 2016. The 40,000 sq. ft. building sits on 22 acres of farmland. The 60 barrel brewery allows Empire to keg, bottle and eventually can their craft beer for regional, national and international distribution. The farm is being cultivated for barley, lavender, vegetables, herbs, fruits and of course hops. These crops will be used in Empire’s ales and lagers, as well as the food preparation at both the Cazenovia and Syracuse locations. In just over 20 years, Empire has matured from a seven barrel brewpub to one of the largest craft breweries in New York State. Our next stop is Critz Farm located in Cazenovia that specializes in the production of handcrafted hard ciders and farm brewed beers made in small batches from ingredients grown on their farm. Their brew house features a 2.5 BBL system that makes 75 gallons per batch. Their malted barley, Critz Farms Pale Malt, provides the base malt for every beer, sourcing hops locally and from their own hop yard this fall. Our fourth brewery stop is at Henneberg Brewing Co. located in New Woodstock. It is a Farm Brewery that began operations in August 2013, and later opened up a tasting room on the farm in 2014. The brewery is owned and operated by John Henneberg. The brewery brews less than a barrel per batch. Henneberg not only grows his own hops and barley, but he also malts his own barley. In addition to beer, hops, and barley, he also has chickens on the farm that provide fertilizer for the hops. The spent grains from brewing process are fed to the chickens. The tour will continue with a visit to Foothill Hops, a family-owned hop yard established in 2001 in Munnsville. Kate and Larry Fisher began growing hops in 2001, earning the distinction of the second commercial hop yard in New York State. Many acres and equipment inventions later, the Fishers are recognized authorities on hop growing, and are generous with their time and advice to others. The Fishers were instrumental in the incorporation of the Northeast Hop Alliance, and were the King and Queen of the Madison County Hop Fest in 2004. The tour will conclude with a final stop through the Stockbridge Valley, that was once covered with fields of hops, at an 1867 limestone English Oast house.  The last crop of hops grown on the farm was in 1911.

Dot Willsey will guide the tour sharing Madison County’s proud hop heritage during the tour’s journey. Tickets for the tour are $50. Reservation required by September 9. Lunch will be at Empire Farmstead Brewery. 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 Brewery Hop Tour is made possible from the generous support from Hale Transportation Group. For more information and tickets please contact the society at 315-363-4136, or visit our website- www.madisoncountyhopfest.org, or email Sydney at sydney@mchs1900.org.