2019 Events

The following events are scheduled to date. Please check back often as the schedule evolves.


Genealogy with Holly at the Hoag Library, Albion
Sept. 6 – 15: 10 AM – Noon and 7 PM – 9 PM
Sunday, Sept 8: 10 AM-7 PM
Daily morning and evening genealogical workshops. New & advanced researchers are all welcome. Lively discussion on DNA Testing!

Friday, Sept. 6

1 PM • Albion NY Rocks at the Gazebo, Albion: Paint rocks with an Orleans County theme. Free. Follow us on Facebook.

Saturday, Sept. 7

11 AM • Company F Statue Dedication: The Company F Statue on the grounds of the Medina Armory/YMCA will be dedicated with several guest speakers, veterans, honor guard, and sculptor Brian Porter. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Located on the corner of Pearl & Prospect Ave., Medina. www.companyfmemorial.com

1 PM & 3 PM • Medina Railroad Museum, Medina: Scene/skit set in 1920’s depicting actions of railroad freight agents and customers (two performances). Free admission for the day. www.medinarailroad.com

1 PM • Rudely Stamp’d Performance at GCC, Medina: “Now We Stand by Each Other Always”; an engaging conversation between Civil War Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman portrayed by Tracy Ford as Sherman and Derek Maxfield as Grant.  http://rudelystampd.wordpress.com

1 PM • Cobblestone Kids Day at the Cobblestone Museum, Childs: Illustrator Patty Blackburn will read “Cobble the Museum Mouse.” Each child will receive a copy of Cobble’s Coloring & Story Book. Make & Take a Cobble the Mouse holiday ornament. Tours of the Museum will be available at 3 PM, KIDS FREE. Cobble the Mouse Scavenger Hunt forms are included with a full campus tour. $5 per child, accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required: CobblestoneMuseum.org or 585-589-9013.

Sunday, Sept. 8

2-5 PM • Town of Murray & Village of Holley Museum of Local History, Holley: View Holley’s “Halloween Bell” cast by the McShane Bell Foundry in 1894 in Baltimore, MD. Free admission.

6 PM • Tour of Hillside Cemetery, Holley: County Historian Matthew Ballard and Clarendon Historian Melissa Ierlan will lead guests on a tour of Hillside Cemetery featuring stories about people buried there. www.cemeteryathillside.com

Tuesday, Sept. 10

7 PM • Roswell Burrows Lecture, Hoag Library’s lobby: Town of Albion Historian Ian Mowatt will be giving a talk about Roswell Burrows and a part of his estate.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

12:30 PM • The Heritage Fruit Farm Luncheon & Tour at Hurd Orchards: Our luncheon will feature recipes taken from historic Orleans County recipe books from 1895 through the mid 20th century. Our short talk after the luncheon will share the colorful history and development of our fruit farm properties – from Mattison’s Tavern to the Ridge Barn foundation, to our plank pioneer tenant house. We will tour our newly restored Greek Revival farmhouse, the oldest house in the Town of Murray, and our 1910 family home built from wood sawn from our own woodland. $$ Reservations required by calling 585-638-8838. www.hurdorchards.com

7 PM • Forensic Anthropology, Modern History and Honoring Our Dead, GCC Medina: Dr. Ann Bunch, Professor & Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, SUNY College at Brockport, along with her husband Steve (LT COL, US Army-Retired), will present a lecture titled, “Forensic Anthropology, Modern History and Honoring Our Dead“ on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7-9 pm, at SUNY GCC’s Medina Campus Center.  Ann is a nationally recognized expert in identifying remains of the deceased.  She and Steve were members of Joint Defense Department repatriation teams searching for the remains of fallen Americans in Southeast Asia.  Ann will explore the compelling crossroads of forensics, history and emotional closure as she traces several multidisciplinary investigations – from the Vietnam War and the World Trade Center attack to recent criminal investigations in New York State.

Thursday, Sept. 12

7 PM • Author Melissa Ostrom at the Yates Community Library, Lyndonville: Melissa Ostrom, author, will discuss her novel, THE BELOVED WILD, with its setting of Orleans County in the early 19th century. www.yateslibrary.org

7 PM • Bill Lattin’s “Trivial Tales” at the Hoag Library-Curtis Room, Albion: local author & historian Bill Lattin will be sharing a few passages from his upcoming book Trivial Tales which feature various humorous historical tales related to various figures from Orleans County. (The release date for the book is still pending.)

Friday, Sept. 13 & Saturday, Sept. 14

8 PM • Murder & Mayhem Tour – Torch-lit Tour of Downtown Albion: Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian, will lead guests on a nighttime tour of downtown Albion. Come hear the stories of the disappearance of William Morgan, Nehemiah Ingersoll’s crafty plan to secure the county seat, the murder of Pierpont Dyer, Albert Warner’s theft of thousands from the First National Bank of Albion, the murder of Alice Wilson, and many more! Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes, and pack an umbrella (just in case!).

For those planning on attending the torch-lit tours of Downtown Albion either September 13th or September 14th at 8pm, we have a change in the starting location:

Tinsel (160 N. Main St.) has graciously offered to serve as the starting location for both evenings and will host food options for guests on both dates. Dubby’s Wood Fire Pizza is scheduled to be onsite for Friday, September 13th and The Chuck Wagon is set for Saturday, September 14th. A special discount will be offered to tour participants.

The tours will progress through downtown as previously planned and include a break at The Downtown Browsery where restrooms and snacks will be provided.

Tours will take place rain or shine (unless thunderstorms occur) and guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight. No advanced registration or tickets are required, so arrive early to grab a good spot!

A huge thank you to all of those supporting these tours – a great chance to support local businesses!

Saturday, Sept. 14

11 AM – 5 PM • Old Timer’s Fair at the Cobblestone Museum: The Cobblestone Museum will come alive with artisans and re-enactors as we recreate the feel of Orleans County life in the 19th century. A chicken BBQ is available for dining al fresco or take-out. www.CobblestoneMuseum.org

Sunday, Sept. 15

1 PM • Medina Sandstone Society’s Hall of Fame, City Hall, 590 Main St., Medina: Established in 2013, the Hall of Fame is a display of informational plaques of sandstone structures in NY & PA that have been deemed worthy of inclusion in the Sandstone Hall of Fame. Free admission. www.sandstonesociety.org

1 PM-5:30 PM • Medina Sandstone Society Bus Tour: CANCELLED

4:30 PM • Concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Medina: A concert featuring soloist, Patricia L. Worrad, Soprano with songs of years past at the church built in the middle of the street as stated in “Ripley’s Believe it or Not”. St. John’s church is built of Medina Sandstone and home of the oldest church congregation in the county. www.stjohnsmedina.org