53rd Annual Craft Days is September 9 & 10, 2017 at the Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society will host its 53rd Annual Craft Days at the society, on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am-5 pm and on Sunday, September 10 from 10 am- 4 pm on the society’s grounds at 435 Main Street in Oneida. Admission is $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Purchase a weekend pass for $6 and join us both days! Crafters will be demonstrating their artistry twice each day from 11 am- 12 pm and 1pm- 2 pm.

Craft Days is an outdoor craft show, featuring juried crafters, artisans of edible treats, food vendors, music, and NYS wineries. Craft Days is a craft show for artists to create and sell their original, handmade work. We have a wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative works including fabric, glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, metal, glass, floral, drawings, paintings, jewelry photography, soap, skin care products, leather, and wood. Come see what all the buzz is about when Showtime-CNY’s Ultimate Cover/Party Band since the 90’s performs on Sept.9 from 1-3 pm. Showtime’s performance is made possible from the generous support from The Gorman Foundation. Double Chase returns to perform their contemporary and classic country songs on Sept.10 from 1-3 pm. New this year is our kid activity tent on the side yard- a special area designated for the scheduled kid activities to take place.  One of the planned kid activities is a free interactive program for your kids by the Utica Zoo mobile on Saturday from 11 am- 1pmOn Sunday from 11 am- 1 pm under the kid’s tent is a free magic show by CNY Magic Shows.  On Saturday and Sunday under the kid’s tent from 10 – 11 am; and again from 1-4pm kids can partake in the free martial arts demonstration by Owens Martial Arts and free face painting by the Girl Scouts Unit 230 of Oneida.  There will also be free house tours of Cottage Lawn and storytelling by the Oneida Public Library ongoing all weekend.

New York State Designer Blacksmiths will be on grounds by the agricultural barn demonstrating the craft and art of blacksmithing all weekend. The Oneida Rail Trail will be back both days with their popular free children’s craft activity of creating a colorful walking stick on the side yard near the gazebo.

There will be plenty of food at Craft Days from Promotions Plus Roasted Nuts of Saratoga Springs; Pops’ Kettle Korn of Whitesboro; Come Fry with Me of Rome; Gypsy Girl Wood Fire Pizza and Catering of Sherrill; Springdale Creamery of Madison; Oneida Rotary Gyros; Rossi’s Catering Co. of Canastota; The Cremeria of Sherrill; Mara’s Minis of Fulton and The Coffee Shop of New Hartford. We have three New York State wineries participating from: Lakeland Winery of Syracuse; Victorianbourg Wine Estate of Wilson; and Thousand Islands Winery of Alexandria Bay.

No animals or smoking are permitted on the grounds. Enjoy a fun family weekend shopping, eating delicious food, sampling NYS wineries, touring the historical society, listening to live music, watching crafters demonstrate their artistry, and partaking in the children’s activities at Craft Days at the Madison County Historical Society. For a full listing of all of the talented artisans participating please visit our website mchs1900.org and click on the Craft Days tab. For more information please feel free to call the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, or get social with us at Craft Days on Facebook.

Hop Heritage Tour, September 17, 2017. Buy your tickets for a behind the scene tour of hop houses, hop yards, hop related sites, and craft breweries Reservations required by Sept. 8.

Limestone Oast Hop House located in in Munnsville is a stop on the Hop Heritage Tour on September 17. The Hop Heritage Tour is one of the many exciting activities happening during the Madison County Hop Fest Weekend that starts Friday, September 15 with a paired beer dinner, followed by Hop Fest on Sept. 16 on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida.

The Madison County Hop Fest weekend event concludes with a Hop Heritage Tour on Sunday, September 17. During the tour we will visit 1867 English Limestone Oast House to study the architectural beauty of the structure. The last crop of hops grown on the farm was in 1911. Visitors will step inside the Oast House to see how hops were dried and pressed in this unique building. 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 next stop will be at the site of the first commercial hop yard in Bouckville with a visit to James Coolidge’s grave site as he is notably recognized for introducing commercial hop growing to NYS. There will be stops at two double pyramidal hop kilns to examine the layout of the kiln and the four hop processing rooms used during the 19th century. A stop at Morrisville State College to see a modern mechanical hop picker used today and to visit the Copper Turret to hear about the Brewing Institute Program offered at the college and to get a behind the scenes tour of the brewery that is slated to open to the public in October.  The tour will stop for lunch and brewery tour of Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia.

Dot Willsey, hop heritage promoter, and Carl Stearns, preservation architect will guide the tour sharing Madison County’s proud hop heritage during the tour’s journey. Tickets for the tour are $30. Reservation required by September 8. Lunch will be at Empire Farm 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 Hop Heritage Tour is made possible from the generous support from Humanities of New York and 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.

Madison County Hop Fest Paired Beer Dinner at Good Nature Farm Brewery is September 15. Tickets for the dinner are $65. Reservations required by Sept.8

Madison County Hop Fest Weekend begins on Friday, Sept. 15 at 6 pm with a five course Paired Beer Dinner at Good Nature Farm Brewery in Hamilton.  Each course will be paired with their signature craft beers. We start with a “Hoppy Hour” of Spent Grain and Local Honey Granola-Nut Clusters paired with Good Nature Blond Ale. For the first course 3 Oysters on the ½ with Pickled Leek and Raspberry Mignonette paired with Good Nature Blight Buster IPA- American. The second course is Frites with Garlic Sausages and Green Peppercorn Sauce paired with is 5 – (5 Year Anniversary Ale) New England Belgian Style IPA. The third course is   Grilled Sword Fish Medallion with Beet Puree and Pea Shoots paired with Non-Stop Hop Onslaught IPA- Session/Indian Session Ale. The fourth course is Wood Fired Ash Crusted Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with Chicory Greens, Hoppy Mustard and Coddled Egg paired with American Brown Ale. The fifth course is a Lemon Creme Fraiche Gelato with Warm Maple Syrup and Toasted Pepitas paired with Annie IPA- Imperial/Double.

Tickets for the dinner are $65 and must be purchased by September 8.  For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit our website- madisoncountyhopfest.org.  If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or volunteering your time, please contact the society today by calling 315-363-4136. Like Madison County Hop Fest on Facebook. Combine your love of history, beer and food at the 22ndAnnual Madison County Hop Fest.

Kid’s Day 2.0 at Cottage Lawn Farmers’ Market on August 29 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.!

Make sure you come on out to Cottage Lawn Farmers’ Market at the Madison County Historical Society located at 435 Main Street in Oneida on Tuesday, August 29 from 3-7 pm for our Kid’s Day 2.0!  Join us for a day filled with fun kid activities. The Utica Zoo mobile will be at the market from 3- 5 with a variety of animals. Meet Gil and Molly from Bubble Guppies from 4 – 7.  Friends of the Oneida Library will be providing storytelling from 4-6pm and passing out coloring book pages. Sandra Reilly, author of The Wish Fairy will be autographing and selling copies of her book series that shares messages of friendship, family and life lessons. The Girl Scout troop will be face painting all afternoon!

Bring the kids for a fun day while shopping local from our wonderful vendors that bring great products to the market everyTuesday. Grab dinner from our food vendor Jim’s Pit stop and Fast food. Visit our website for more information about our wonderful vendors and to learn more about our weekly activities, www.mchsfarmersmarket.org, or call the society at 315-363-4136. Cottage Lawn Farmers’ Market is made possible from the generous support from The Gorman Foundation and Senator David Valesky. Of course every Tuesday of the market is special, so please do come on out and visit with us-your taste buds will thank you!

Registration is open for the Madison County Historical Society’s Charles E. Page Summer Camp on August 7-11

Oneida-The Madison County Historical Society’s Charles E. Page Summer Camp will be held on August 7-11. Come partake in hands on activities while learning about life in Madison County during the 19th and 20th century.

The lessons and series of workshops cover family life, farming, cross stitch, and cooking. Send payment to Madison County Historical Society, Attn: Charles E. Page Summer Camp, 435 Main Street, Oneida, NY 13421. No refunds given to those who withdraw after the first day of camp. Please let us know if your child has food allergies. Please tell us your child’s name and age and provide your daytime phone number. Registration is $35 MCHS members, $45 nonmembers. Become a junior member at $5 to reduce the camp registration fee. Deadline to register for the camp is July 28. Space limited to 12. Camp hours are from10 am to4pm. The camp is open to children 9-12 years of age. Each child must bring a bagged lunch. Snacks will be provided.

The society’s summer history camp is named in memory of Charles E. Page.  Mr. Page, a native of Madison County, operated a farm for 20 years until he was appointed Farm Employment Representative in New York State Department of Labor.  His passion for learning and teaching history is best recounted by his children who fondly remember their father instilling in them the importance of teaching respect for every aspect of our heritage.  To register your child, please contact us at 315.363.4136, 315.361.9735,history@mchs1900.org, or download a registration form at www.mchs1900.org.