Woodmen’s Festival at Hanford Mills Museum Saturday


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Hanford Mills in summerHanford Mills Museum will hold a family-friendly Woodsmen’s Festival on Saturday, October 15 from 10 am to 5 pm. The daylong event, included with regular Museum admission, features lumberjack skills, woodworking demonstrations, exhibits, local vendors, live music, BBQ, kids’ activities, and the historic water-powered mill.

The SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen’s Club, who compete throughout the Northeast, will use axes, saws, and chainsaws with speed and precision. The Club members will demonstrate cross-cut sawing, overhand and underhand chop, ax throwing, fire build, and other lumberjack skills.

The Woodsmen’s Festival celebrates the many ways people use and work with wood and includes GTO Woodturners, traditional cooper Bob Allers, woodturner Carl Stoner, and a portable sawmill demonstrated by Seth Finch. Pure Catskills, the Watershed Agricultural Council, and the American Chestnut Foundation will also be on hand with information about the important work they do.  Throughout the day, the Museum will operating its water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop, and visitors can see machines working just as they did a century ago. October 15 is the last day of the Museum’s 2016 season, so it is the last chance to see the mill and its water-powered machines in operation until next spring.

Bourbon & Branch, a band that blends rock, blues, country, and folk, will perform from 1-4 pm. Hands-on activities for kids include playing with gears and simple machines, exploring electricity with circuit kits, and using a small waterwheel to power machines.

Local vendors include:
· Catharina Kessler of Promisedland Farms with her handmade Swedish style, traditional mittens and hats,
· Shaver-Hill Farm with a variety of maple products, including syrup and maple cotton candy.
· Awestruck Ciders, serving samples and bottles of premium hard cider
· Tickled Pink BBQ with pulled pork sandwiches and snack items.

Visitors can also view the new exhibit “The Wild Ones: Creatures of the Catskills” by Treadwell artist/poet Bertha Rogers. The interdisciplinary exhibit features portraits, artist books, photographs, poems, and an interactive video about the wild animals that live in Delaware County and the Catskills. The Museum’s gift shop will be open, offering Mill-made crafts, traditional toys, sweets, books and local products.

Children 12 and under are free. Admission for adults and teens is $9, for seniors, $7. AAA and other discounts available. Museum members receive free admission.

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site. The Museum, which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, is open Wednesdays through Sundays through October 15.

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi. For more information, click here or call (607) 278-5744.

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