2018 Schedule of Events

Friday, September 7, 2018:

  • Sonny Mayo will be the featured entertainer at the Heritage Festival Kick-off Party

    Sonny Mayo

    Genealogy Workshop at the Hoag Library from 1-7 pm: Holly Ricci-Canham will conduct a Genealogy Workshop titled, “Family Tree Friday”

  • Heritage Festival Kick-off Party at the Clarendon Historical Society will feature live music by Sonny Mayo, tours of the Clarendon Historical Society’s collection of artifacts and memorabilia, Civil War Encampment, food provided by the Clarendon Lions Club and wine provided by Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, 6-9 pm.

Saturday, September 8, 2018:

  • Rudely Stamp’d presentation “Now We Stand Together Always: A conversation between Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman”Clarendon Historical Society will host Civil War Encampment featuring Union and Confederate soldiers (9 am-4 pm); World premiere of Rudely Stamp’d presentation “Now We Stand Together Always: A conversation between Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman” (2-3 pm).  This original play recreates a conversation between these Union generals when they met at City Point, VA, in March 1865.  Together they plot a course for finishing the war. This is an outdoor performance (weather permitting) and lawn chairs are welcome.  (Rain date/location TBD.) This performance is co-sponsored by GCC History Club and Clarendon Historical Society.
  • Orleans Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ “Orleans Pollinators” display/presentation and plant sale (8:30 am – 2:00 pm)
  • Cobblestone Museum 11 am-1 pm Art Show Opening: Cobblestone Sunday Painters presents, “An Eye for History,” an exhibit of paintings of historic artifacts from the Cobblestone Collection painted by Pat Greene and her students. (Free public presentation). General museum tours and programming including the famous “Akeley Fox” (11 am – 5 pm)
  • Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge presents Native American Walks-Uses of Wild Plants led by Marvin Jacobs at Kanyoo Trail (Route 77) (1:30-3:30 pm). Learn the many uses of plants and how nature is seen in Native American folklore. Bring bug spray.

Sunday, September 9, 2018:

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton as portrayed by impressionist Dr. Melinda Grube

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton as portrayed by impressionist Dr. Melinda Grube

    Cobblestone Museum will host Elizabeth Cady Stanton as portrayed by impressionist Dr. Melinda Grube (1-2 pm), and will also conduct tours and other programming (1-5)

  • A Genealogy Workshop hosted by Orleans County Genealogical Society and a presentation by Delia Robinson at the Hoag Library (7-9 pm) . Dee is the retired Town of Gaines Historian and retired Resource Center Director for the Cobblestone Society.  She has written six books on local history and cobblestone.  One book, Historical Amnesia is about women in Orleans County and their accomplishments prior to 1900. She will discuss these women in her presentation.  She presently works as a Reference Librarian at Hoag Library in Albion and gives monthly history talks under the title: “Tea with Dee”.

Monday, September 10, 2018:

  • Dr. Melinda Grube presentation titled, “Justifying Suffrage: From Mothers of the Republic to Angels of the Home” at the Hoag Library (7 pm). Even before the patriots of 1776 first proclaimed that “all men are created equal”, Americans struggled to define women’s proper role. Are women included among the equal “men” of this nation? Are women citizens? Are they persons? Are their rights defined only in relationship to that of men, or are they something more than merely the female relatives of male patriots? As we approach the centennial celebration of women’s suffrage, this lecture explores how women both struggled against and took advantage of the myths of heroic and sentimental motherhood in their fight to take their place beside their brothers to forge a more perfect union.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

  • Hurd Orchards’ presentation titled, “Song of an Orchardist” including lunch and lyric music in the Hurd Orchard barn. Reading poems from Monty Mason’s Song of an Orchardist book (19th century fruit grower from Albion) (12:30 – 2 pm, reservations required.)

Thursday, September 13, 2018:

  • Primary Day: Get out and vote!

Friday, September 14, 2018:

  • Kendall Central School District will feature the film, “Pieced Together” – a moving documentary about the Barn Quilt Trail which began in Ohio (9 AM)
  • Lyndonville Central School District will host the Lyndonville 5th-6th grade Summer Music Camp’s concert and presentation featuring the Erie Canal (1-2:30 pm)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution presentation by Dr. Terrianne Schulte, Associate Professor of History, D’Youville College, titled, “We Have to Create a National Debate, Community by Community:  Women Trailblazers in Environmental Reform. Knowledge is power.”  Throughout the twentieth century, women have played important leadership roles in environmental preservation and restoration, often by educating the public regarding complex environmental issues to encourage grassroots activism.  In this presentation, we will explore how some well-known—and not so well-known—women trailblazers helped to establish a base of informed citizens that ultimately shaped environmental reform in the United States.

Saturday, September 15, 2018:


Uniform model, Ray Ball, Jr. kindly lent his vast collection of period uniforms for this image. Photographed by Maureen Spindler, Genesee Community College.

  • “Epochs in Orleans” Timeline Festival at the West Park in Mount Albion featuring a walk through history – from First Lady Abigail Adams and President James Polk to Civil War Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman (9 am – 4 pm), and Mt Albion Cemetery Tours with Orleans County Historian Matt Ballard (10 am and 1 pm). Special presentations by:
    11 am: Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant portrayed by Derek Maxfield
    1 pm: Abigail Adams portrayed by Melinda Grube
    3 pm: Franklin D. Roosevelt portrayed by Albert McFadyen.
    Timeline Festival is sponsored by GCC History Club.
  • Cobblestone Museum will host a Cobblestone House Tour in Orleans County (time 11am – 4pm) They have lined up 8 stops on this year’s self-drive tour that features cobblestone homes and buildings around Orleans County. Owners of many of the homes featured are allowing guests to tour the interior of their homes.  A map and tour booklet containing historical information will be distributed.  Ticket prices are $15 for Cobblestone Society Members and $20 for non-members, and are available online at cobblestonemuseum.org or at the Cobblestone Museum, 585.589.9013.
  • Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge presents the Great Egret Excursion at Cayuga Overlook (Route 77), (5:30-7 pm). View the regal species gather for the night at a refuge roost location. Bring binoculars and bug spray. Limit to 30 participants.
  • Pieced Together PosterKendall Central School District will host Peabody Award-winning veteran of ABC News, Julianne Donofrio, who will present her documentary “Pieced Together” which tells the story of how one woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape – and saved her life after job loss, breast cancer, and multiple health concerns. Now there are more than 260 trails and countless squares in over 40 U.S. states and parts of Canada, including our local Country Barn Quilt Trail in Orleans County. Local Country Barn Quilt Trail organizer Lora Partyka will also present. Sponsored by Partyka Farms and Orleans County Tourism. 7 PM at the Kendall Jr Sr High School, Roosevelt Hwy, Kendall. Read Ms. Donofrio’s profile. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018:

  • Cobblestone Museum tours and programming including the famous “Akeley Fox” (1pm – 5pm)