SOCIETY’S ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: November 17, 2016
CONTACT: SYDNEY LOFTUS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
RE: MADISON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE ON DECEMBER 11 from 1-4 pm

Whitelaw Ringers of Praise Ensemble under the direction of Esther Jaquin will be returning to the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Victorian Christmas Open House on December 11.
Whitelaw Ringers of Praise Ensemble under the direction of Esther Jaquin will be returning to the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Victorian Christmas Open House on December 11.

The Madison County Historical Society will hold its Victorian Christmas Open House on December 11th from 1 to 4 pm at Cottage Lawn, headquarters of the society, located at 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.

Holiday music will ring throughout the house all afternoon. The Oneida Chorale Ensemble under the direction of Kim Nethway will perform from 1:00-1:30 pm. Oneida High School Select Choir under the direction of Heather O’Connell will perform from 1:30-2:00 pm. The Whitelaw Ringers of Praise Ensemble will perform from 2:00- 2:30 pm under the director of Esther Jaquin. St. Pat’s Angels under the direction of Catherine Lare will perform from 2:30-3:00. Vernon- Verona- Sherrill String Ensemble and Instrumental Ensemble will perform from 3:00-3:30 pm. Holy Cross Academy Choir under the direction of Roselle Lynch will perform from 3:30- 4:00 pm.

Come visit the society’s latest temporary exhibit, “A Celebration of Needle Arts” that showcases many quilts, embroidery, cross stitch, beaded work, and samplers from the Madison County Historical Society’s collection. Also on display are prayer quilts on loan from the First United Methodist Church in Oneida. The exhibition is on view from October 16 through February 1, 2017.

Visit our gift shop for that special holiday gift such as membership to the historical society, Hop Fest shirts, paper dolls, and historical literature. Raffle tickets for the 50/50 raffle and gift baskets will be sold during the event. All drawings will be held at the end of the event.

Come join us on Sunday, December 11th 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 email: history@mchs1900.org, or visit our website at www.mchs1900.org, and like us on Facebook at Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY.

A Victorian Christmas…with a little bit of Dickens

For Immediate Release
Date: October 26, 2016
Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Re: A Victorian Christmas…with a little bit of Dickens on Sunday, November 13

Come join us as we experience a true Victorian Christmas! This time travel journey uncovers the beginning of holiday traditions of revelers of the nineteenth century. Ever wonder why evergreens and their pine scent fill a home during the holidays? Why that shiny pickle dangles from the Christmas tree in the hallway? Where or where did that bah humbug of a character of Scrooge, come from? Victorians come to life as Mary Jeanne Bialas, educator and presenter for the NY Council for the Humanities, brings the history of Christmas traditions to life, offering a peak into the characters of Charles Dickens and the Victorian holiday spirit!

The program will be held on November 13 from 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm at the St. Joseph’s Church on 121 St. Joseph’s Place in Oneida. A $5 donation is appreciated. 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.

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.