Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Junior Livestock Show 2010

By: Meg Preston, Junior Livestock Show Coordinator
The countdown begins to the 63rd annual Junior Livestock Show, at the Iroquois Showgrounds, County Highway 33, which will be held on July 11-13. Now that ribbons are ordered, judges are in place, and over 300 kids and over 700 animals have entered, we are sure to have another excellent show!

This will be my 13th Jr. Show. My first year, I was thrown into the Dairy Cattle ring trying to figure out how to give out ribbons. Now I coordinate the show, running between show tents making sure everyone is settled in with no problems. This year, I will be adding my daughter into the mix; she will be showing a dairy goat.
The show kicks off Sunday evening (July 11) with a chicken barbecue by Miller’s Barbecue of Walton at 5:00 p.m., followed at 7:30 by the ice cream social. The bluegrass band Gravel Yard will begin playing at 6:30. These are both open to the public. The Barbecue is $8.00 per dinner and the ice cream social is free.
Showing begins on Monday, at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. The championship awards begin at 2:30 on Tuesday.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Programs

By: John Buchinger, Associate Director of Education

Emptying buckets of whey during A Week at the Crossroads

This will mark our third year of weeklong programming for children ages 5-12 at The Farmers’ Museum and our sister institution, the Fenimore Art Museum. The programs are designed to make the most of the beautiful settings around the museums, the collection housed in each, and don’t forget the animals!

We have designed our programs to be responsive to the unique needs of particular age groups. Discovering Art and Nature, for example, appeals to younger children ages 5-7. In this program children will discover the natural world of insects, flora, and critters around the farm. Each day will feature games, crafts, a snack and plenty of outside exploration.
Exploring the trails behind the Farmers’ Museum during a weeklong experience

Our premier program, A Week at the Crossroads, allows kids ages 9-12 to take on the lives and trades of farmers, blacksmiths, and other tradespeople of the 19th century. This program lasts a bit longer than Discovering Art and Nature, with more in-depth crafts and hands-on experiences with farm animals and farm life.

Animals Around Us is also for the 5-7 crowd and focuses on our Carousel, the wonderful carved animals, and the real live animals of the farm and field! Crafts, visits with our farm animals and snacks make this half day program great for K-1st graders.
Close up with a calf during a week long experience

Not forgetting the wonderful collections at the Fenimore Art Museum, we will round out July with Galleries Galore. Kids will explore the galleries and discover various types of American art, from folk to genre to Native American. Each day children will create their own art inspired by our collections. The week culminates in an art exhibition featuring their own art projects.

Exploring the galleries during a weeklong experience at the Fenimore Art Museum.

If you want to sign up for any of these programs, call Karen at 607-547-1410.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Meet Our Interns!

By: Kajsa Sabatke, Manager of Public Programs

This summer you’ll see some new faces around the museum. Two of these newcomers are interning in the Education department. Erin O’Brien, our Agricultural Programs intern, will be spending much of her time on the farm and in the gardens. Keith Rohlman, our Public Programs intern, will be helping with workshops, lectures, and other events. You’ll be seeing posts from both Erin and Keith as they spend the summer at the museum.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Update: Bump Tavern

Since I last updated you on progress in Bump Tavern, many changes have taken place in the first floor rooms in Bump Tavern. They have slowly transformed from a dining room and bedroom/office into a sitting room and best bedroom.  Here's a pictorial update.

In the new sitting room, we've made this the long-term guests and Bump family's social hub. While overnight guests and village patrons looking for gossip and a quick beer used the tap room for those purposes, the Bump family and their summer-long vacationing guests from New York City used the sitting room for, well, sitting. However, it was also the place to catch a quick meal, a cup of tea or lemonade, darn socks, read a book, play the piano, sing, have a party or take a nap. 

Most curators can be real royal pains when it comes to moving objects for exhibition.  I try very hard not to be "that" curator. However, on this particular project, I failed miserably at planning ahead in the egress and logistics department. I decided to add a piano to the room AFTER the new, and immobile, railings were installed.  Here's an image of our wonderful collections and facilities staff gently assembling the piano in its new home after they had lifted it over the railing.

And here is preparator Stephen Loughman re-hanging some of the artwork. Notice the fully assembled piano in the background.

The adjoining room has been transformed from a bedroom/office for the tavern keeper into a best bedroom for favored or frequent guests.  New research has shown that the tavern owner most likely kept all of his cash and books in the bar area, rather than have two office locations.  And, since the Bump family lived in the tavern all year long, they may have had a more private room on the upper floors. We know from letters that by the 1860s, this room was used by guests and today it has been slightly re-furnished to represent two women travelling to the Catskills for the summer.  The dresser is part of the tavern's original furnishings was donated to us recently by ancestors.

We've refreshed the bed with a newly acquired coverlet woven by David Johnson in orleans county for Rhoda C. Dix.  Maybe Rhoda was the youngest child in a large family.  She had Johnson weave "Property of Rhoda C. Dix" into the corner block. Although not unheard of, this language is very rare. I can only envision a young woman who must constantly protect her belongings from pillaging older sisters.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

14th Annual Benefit Horse Show

By: Meg Preston

As I mentioned in my last blog post regarding the Hunter/Jumper Clinic, the day after the clinic is The Farmers' Museum’s 14th Annual Benefit Horse Show at the Iroquois Farm Show Grounds. When I rode as a child, having the opportunity to go to a local show was just unheard of! We would get up at 5:00 a.m. or earlier to do the chores. We tried to load everything and be ready to go the night before, so we could get on the road and to our destination for a 9:00 a.m. show. Being able to go to this local show would have not only have been convenient, but an opportunity of a lifetime, with nationally renowned judges, a beautiful landscape, and handcrafted jumps that are replicas local places!

The show will be held on Sunday, June 13th, and begins at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine. If you are a rider who would like to participate, you can register on the day of the show. The course designer and show manager is Leo Conroy of Wellington, FL. All classes are pointed by Chensego Hunter Association. For a prize list and other information on the horse show, please check out our website.

If you’d like to come and watch the show, admission is free. You can buy food and drink throughout the day, and the Annual Patrons’ Luncheon will be offered at noon. You can enjoy a delicious luncheon coupled with ringside seating under the tent. Tickets are $45 per person (adult) and $10 (12 and under). Reservations are required. For more information about the luncheon or to make a reservation, please contact Laura Gattoni at 607-547-1471 or email Development@nysha.org.

Proceeds raised by the Benefit Horse Show will support the education programs at The Farmers’ Museum.
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