2017 Schedule of Events

2017 OC Heritage Fest Program Cover

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Festival Kick-Off Party
Fri., Sept. 8: 6 PM-9 PM
Forrestel Farms
11380 Main St (Shelby Ctr) off South Gravel Rd., Medina
Tour historic Forrestel Farms and celebrate our local heritage with a barn dance featuring live music by City Fiddle. Bad Ash BBQ Food Truck, craft beverages available on site.
Free Admission • Food & Beverage $ • Restrooms • Wear comfortable footwear for tour of grounds.

Ancestors, Legends & Lore
Sat., Sept. 9: 9 AM-2 PM
GCC Albion Campus Center
456 West Ave, Albion
Victorian Spiritualism: lecture, display, and a parlor seance.
Genealogy Workshop (See description below)
Free Admission:: Restrooms

WWII Victory Garden
Sat., Sept. 9: 9 AM-3 PM Guided Tour (Self-guided tour throughout week)
Cornell Cooperative Ext./4H Fairgrounds
12690 Route 31, Albion
Join Master Gardeners for a WWII Victory Garden similar to those utilized by US civilians during WWII. They will grow varieties common during that era and hand out copies of authentic Cornell Cooperative Extension 1942 informational Victory Garden leaflets. Plant Sale too!
Free Admission :: Restrooms

Cobblestone Society & Museum
Sat., Sept. 9 & 16: 11 AM-5 PM
Sun., Sept. 10 & 17: 1 PM-5 PM
Wed-Fri: 11 AM-5 PM: Tours available
14389 Ridge Rd., Albion (Childs)
Join us for a great family experience including guided museum tour, scavenger hunt and “make your own Cobblestone building model.” Hands-on fun for all ages!
Admission: Free for members, kids 12 and under with accompanying adult, and Active Military with ID • Restrooms

Medina Historical Society
Sat., Sept. 9: 11 AM-4 PM
Sat., Sept. 16: 11 AM-4 PM
406 West Ave., Medina
Unique local heritage items, WWI display featuring Company F
Free Admission :: Restrooms

Daughters of the American Revolution
Sat., Sept. 9: 1 PM-5 PM
Sat., Sept. 16: 10 AM-4 PM
249 N. Main St., Albion
Guided tours of Patriots House, exhibit of historic military memorabilia, patriots from the American Revolutionary War; Video on the DAR
Free Admission :: Restrooms

WWI Veterans of Orleans
Sun., Sept. 10: 7 PM-8:30 PM
Hoag Library
134 South Main St.,  Albion
Orleans County Historian Matt Ballard will discuss the service of Orleans County residents during WWI. At 8 PM, Company F Memorial Creative Director Lynne Menz and Sculptor Brian Porter will provide an update on the progress on the Company F bronze statue. Free Admission • Restrooms

9-11 Heroes Memorial Service
Mon., Sept. 11: 10 AM
Elks Lodge, 428 West State St., Albion
Join local dignitaries and veterans for a memorial service to honor the Heroes of 9-11.

Heroes Candlelight Vigil
Mon., Sept. 11: 6 PM
Courthouse Square, S. Main St., Albion
Join local fire departments, rescue squads and law enforcement at the 9-11 Memorial Stone for a candlelight vigil in memory of both local and 9-11 heroes.

Hart House Hotel
Tues., Sept. 12: 7 PM-9 PM
113 West Center St., Medina
Guided Ghost Tours of Hart House Hotel and the former Newell Shirt Factory, led by Chris Busch
Free Admission

Maplewood Cemetery
Wed., Sept. 13: 7 PM-8 PM
Route 237, South of Clarendon
Guided walking tour led by GCC history professor Derek Maxfield. One of the oldest cemeteries in Orleans County, Maplewood Cemetery is the resting place of some of the area’s earliest pioneers. Two Revolutionary War soldiers are buried here as well as Thomas McManners, an escaped slave who fought for the Continental Army and was said to be a servant to Gen. George Washington during the Revolution.
Free Admission

Hurd Orchards Luncheon & Tour
Thurs., Sept. 14 • Luncheon: 12:30-2 PM • Siphon Tour: 5 PM – 6 PM
17260 Ridge Rd., Holley
Experience an Erie Canal Boat luncheon, the Canalboat Kitchen featuring early 19th century fare for lunch, sharing artifacts and story telling that brings the canal to life. They will also share the vital role that the canal plays in modern agriculture. Weather permitting, they will lead a tour to their siphon on the Erie Canal to show how the waterways supply agricultural needs.
Luncheon: $31.75 + tax. Call for Reservations: 585-638-8838
Siphon Tour: 4 PM-5 PM Free Admission

Heartland Passage Tour
Thurs., Sept. 14: 5 PM-9 PM
Erie Canal Basin, Medina (Rain location: Medina Theatre, 603 Main St.)
5:00-8:00 PM: Medina Lions Club food stand-come down early for dinner!
6:00-6:45 PM: Meet Surly Sal, an Erie Canal cook, performed by Gretchen Murray Sepik
6:45-8:00 PM: Canal music by The Dady Brothers & Kit Fallon, Dave Ruch, and stories with guest, Dave Gower, canal engineer. (See performers’ profiles)
8:00-8:30 PM: Erie Canal Film, “Boom and Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal,” a new documentary tracing the cultural riches of the canal through its industrial rise and decline, and rebirth as a tourist & recreational gem.
Free Admission • Food & Beverages $ • Restrooms. (View Press Release>>>)
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WWI Era Music Concert
Fri., Sept 15: 1 PM-2:30 PM
Stroyan Auditorium, Lyndonville High School
25 Housel Ave, Lyndonville
The Elementary Summer Honors Band (Albion, Medina & Lyndonville) and choral groups will present a concert with music from the World War I era. Exhibits will be available for review featuring clothing from the era and presentations will be shown between musical selections.  Courtesy of the Lyndonville Area Foundation.
Free Admission :: Restrooms

Mount Albion Walking Tour
Fri., Sept. 15: 6 PM & 7 PM
14925 Telegraph Rd. (Route 31), Albion
Join Orleans County Historian Matt Ballard at the historic Mt. Albion Cemetery for two 50 minute walking tours.  Each tour will feature different individuals, so folks from the first tour might choose to stay on for the second.  Tours begin from the cemetery chapel. Free Admission.

Epochs in Orleans 
Sat., Sept. 16: 9 AM-4 PM
GCC Medina Campus Center
11470 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina
Come enjoy informative lectures, view special exhibits, and meet historical personas like Abraham Lincoln or Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Enjoy a concert featuring teaching artist Dave Ruch who will perform “The War of 1812: Songs and Stories from NY and Beyond” at 1 PM.
Food & Beverages $ • Free Admission • Restrooms

Genealogy Workshops
Sat., Sept. 9: 9 AM-2 PM @ GCC Albion, 456 West Ave, Albion
Sat., Sept. 16: 9 AM-4 PM @ GCC Medina, 11470 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina
Members of the Orleans County Genealogical Society will be on hand to help individuals with their genealogical research. Researchers at all levels are welcome. Handouts will be available for those researching the WWI service of their ancestor. Researchers need not be residents of Orleans County.
Free Admission :: Restrooms

Sandstone Society Hall of Fame
Sat., Sept. 16: 9 AM-Noon
City Hall, 600 Main St., Medina
Guided tours of the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame and visit inductees in Orleans County (self guided). View an exhibit of original masonry tools used to build several sandstone structures in our region at 529 Main Street. Free Admission

Carl Akeley Fox “Welcome Home” Reception at the Cobblestone Museum
Sat., Sept. 16: 5 PM
14389 Ridge Rd., Albion (Childs)
The Clarendon Historical Society will host a reception featuring the newly restored Carl Akeley fox at the 1834 Cobblestone Church at the Cobblestone Museum Complex.

The Cobblestone Society is pleased to “welcome home” its restored red fox mounted by Carl Akeley. A native of Clarendon, New York, Akeley established himself as one of the most influential taxidermists in the history of the United States. His major works exist in museums throughout the country including the Akeley Hall of African Mammals in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

The red fox was mounted by Akeley at the age of 16 and was procured for him by Francis Harling of Albion. The mounted fox diorama represents one of Akeley’s earliest works still existing in Orleans County. This amazing diorama was donated to the museum in 1979 by John Seager, great-grandson of  Francis Harling, in memory of his parents Agnes Harling Seager and John Seager.  The Museum worked with taxidermist and conservator George Dante of Wildlife Preservations in New Jersey alongside two conservators from the American Museum of Natural History to have the piece fully restored to its original beauty.

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