“Epochs in Orleans” to Feature Great Presentations


Union artillery and cavalry re-enactors at GCC’s 2015 Civil War Encampment.

MEDINA – The first annual Orleans County Heritage Festival is fast approaching – Sept. 9-11th, 2016.  As part of that county-wide event, Genesee Community College in Medina is holding it’s first-ever timeline festival – “Epochs in Orleans” on Saturday, Sept. 10th.

Just like it sounds, a timeline festival features reenactors and impressionists from all eras of American history chronologically.  So as visitors visit they feel like they are walking through time.  Guests can begin with World War II and move backward through time or in the colonial era and move towards the present.

In addition to the military reenactors, “Epochs” will feature antique autos, Civil War firing demonstrations, a fencing demo, and three great indoor presentations.  Beginning at 11:00 AM, historian Melinda Grube will portray Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the famous champion of womens’ rights. At 1:00 PM Joyce Thompson, a retired social studies teacher, will give a presentation on some of America’s founding mothers.  At 2:00 PM Gretchen Murray Sepik, a local actress and author, will portray Erie Canal Sal – a fictional character based in part on Old Black Nell.

“Epochs in Orleans” is FREE and open to the public from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, September, 10th, 2016.