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String Quartet Performance at Landis July 4th

Written By Editor on 6/21/21 | 6/21/21

Sunday, July 4, 2:00 PM 

Join The Upper Catskill String Quartet for an hour-long live performance presenting the music of composers representing four minority groups: Afro-American, Asian American, Women, and Hispanic American. 

Composers in the program include Florence Price, an Afro-American Composer recognized as the first noted African American female composer to gain national status; Asian American composer Zhou Long who received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music; Amy Beach who was considered one of the first successful American female composers of large-scale art music; and Astro Piazzolla who is an Argentine American known as the world’s foremost composer of Tango music.
Performing as the Upper Catskill String Quartet are violinist Heather Chan & Jessica Belflower (replacing Nathan Lawrence for this program), violist Amy Tompkins and cellist Brittany Tissiere.
“This program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Greene County Council on the Arts dba CREATE Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology & Education.”
Location: The Meeting House
Members and non-members: Free. Donations gratefully accepted.

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Franklin Farmers' Market Music at the Market Series

The Franklin Farmers’ Market, now in its 15th season, continues every Sunday through October 10th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The open-air market is located on the lawn of Chapel Hall on Institute Street.

The market offers local produce and products for sale - breads, rolls, beef, chicken, eggs, dog treats, herbs, honey, jams, jellies, jewelry, maple candies and syrup, mushrooms, plant seedlings, pork and lamb, preserves, a variety of produce, relishes, Scandinavian baked goods, sunflower oil, and fresh and smoked trout. The market accepts coupons from the Farmers’ Market Nutritional Program.

Music at the Market programming returns July 4th, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with performances every Sunday through October 10th. The line-up of local and traveling musicians includes:

  • July 4th: Jim Dorn – Singer/songwriter playing pop, country, and folk from the sixties through present day on guitar and vocals.

  • July 11th: Iron Mountain Variety/Steve Eisenberg & Jim Tompson – Local musicians performing a variety of country, Celtic, show tunes, rock and roll, jazz, blues and more on flute, bodhran, harmonica, whistle, percussion, and vocals. 

  • July 18th: Colleen Kattau & Jane Zell – Bilingual powerhouse Colleen Kattau performing Latin-influenced Indy folk and socio-environmentalist music on guitar and vocals is joined by Upstate New York favorite Jane Zell for a blues, swing, and funk flavor. 

  • July 25th: Tributary/Kathy Shimberg, Dane Scudder & Ed Haher – Folklore-enthusiasts playing old-time, traditional music from the mountains.

  • August 1st: Mary Frances Perricone – A vocal performer hailing back to music from the fifties through the seventies.

  • August 8th: Catskill Mountain Consort/Amy Pratt – Trio celebrating classical favorites and original compositions.

  • August 15th: Mike Herman – Country blues on fingerpicked guitar with rugged vocals from a Northern Catskill performer.

  • August 22nd: Local Seisiún/Jean Withrow, Jim Haggerty & Kathy Shimberg – Local trio performing tunes fit for an Irish pub on traditional instruments.

  • August 29th: Charlie & The Roomers/Phil Leinhart, Charlie Reiman, Reggie Barnes, Orion Palmer & Hank Stahler – Featuring the mastermind behind Fokish bread and baked goods, the band will be playing blues, funk, soul, country, Nawleans, and more.  

  • September 5th: The Old Masters/Tim Iversen, Dan Martin, & Tom Ives – Group of long-time area musicians playing jazz standards out of the American Song Book.

  • September 12th: Hyzer Hillbillies/Bill Duke, Gayle Brown & Joseph Laureira – Local folk and bluegrass group featuring cover songs and originals on banjo and guitar.

  • September 19th: Jason Starr – Singer-songwriter playing a foot-stomping set of country-bluegrass music.  

  • September 26th: Rickety Fence – Playing a little bit of this and a little bit of that, the trio performs songs across genres and time periods. 

  • October 3rd: Thumbs & The Professor/Tim Iversen et al. – Songwriters duet playing a wide variety of blues, traditional and original tunes on a wide variety of instruments. 

  • October 10th: Randy Miritello – Nationally-touring musician mixing classic country and blues for a honkytonk good time. 

Seating is available for these free performances, beverages can be purchased from the hospitality tent, and food is available from multiple vendors.  NYS COVID-19 precautions are being followed, and all customers and their households should be free of symptoms. For the protection of the non-vaccinated children, patrons should wear masks. 

The market is hosted by Franklin Stage Company, managed by Franklin Local, and sponsored by Greater Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Music at the Market is made possible with funds from the Delaware County Arts Grants, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group, the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, and Delaware County Economic Development. 


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Vote for Landis in Survey

Written By Editor on 6/16/21 | 6/16/21

If you've enjoyed a day at Landis with your kids, this is a great way to let people know what a great place it is to enjoy nature with children. When you click on the link below, you'll be taken to a SurveyMonkey survey where you can vote on great places to take kids - Landis is in the first grouping. The whole survey should take no more than ten minutes, and it would mean a lot to us if you do it! The survey is still active until July 1.

While you're at it, if you've never looked at the website with activities for kids, or its companion site with activities for adults, we recommend you do - they're both great places to find something fun to try!

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Craft Fair Seeking Applicants

Applications are currently being accepted for a Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held at the Cullen Pumpkin Farm, 587 Cullen Road, just outside the village of Richfield Springs. The Craft Fair is coordinated by the Church of Christ Uniting, Richfield Springs, and benefits their annual fundraising efforts. 

The Cullen Pumpkin Farm, a long-time family-owned business, is a popular fall destination attracting visitors from a wide area. Check out their website at The owners have graciously offered the Church of Christ Uniting a flat, spacious grassy mowed area on the Pumpkin Farm premises—the ideal setting for a Craft Fair. 

For information and an application for the Craft Fair go to, e-mail, or call Carla at 315-858-1451.

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Summer of Pollination to Unfold at Olana State Historic Site and Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the Hudson Valley

Written By Editor on 6/15/21 | 6/15/21

The Season-Long Celebration Offers Activities That Explore the Dynamic of Pollination and Expand on the Landmark Collaborative Exhibition “Cross Pollination” Opening on June 12


Catskill and Hudson, NY  June 3, 2021 – The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that an entire “Summer of Pollination” will unfold at the two historic sites, providing a season of activities to expand on the landmark collaborative exhibition “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment,” which opens on June 12.


“Cross Pollination” was conceived in the Hudson Valley and

created by the two historic sites and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The exhibition stems from the artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-century series of hummingbird paintings, The Gems of Brazil (1863-64), and their unique relationship to the epic landscapes of Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, as well as their continued significance to contemporary artists working today. The exhibition positions these 19th-century artists in a call and response with 21st-century American artists, whose works engage contemporary issues related to biodiversity, habitat protection, and environmental sustainability. The contemporary artists are Rachel Berwick, Nick Cave, Mark Dion, Richard Estes, Juan Fontanive, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Flora C. Mace, Vik Muniz, Portia Munson, Lisa Sanditz, Emily Sartor, Sayler/Morris, Dana Sherwood, Jean Shin, Rachel Sussman, and Jeff Whetstone.


The “Summer of Pollination” will further activate the exhibition themes with the following related activities:


The Great Pollinator Ramble


  • The Great Pollinator Ramble, June 27 and August 28, Will Feature 20 Five-Foot-Tall Pollinator Puppets. The Ramble will take place on two occasions – Sunday, June 27, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, parading from the historic downtown in the Village of Catskill to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Saturday, August 28, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Olana State Historic Site in Hudson. Both events will feature 20 five-foot-tall pollinator puppets created by the Processional Arts Workshop, official pageant puppeteers for New York City’s famed Annual Village Halloween Parade. The Ramble is a procession that will feature the 20 large pollinator puppets (such as butterflies and hummingbirds), as they ramble surrounded by children and adults who have created their own hand-held flower puppets. The June 27 event will start on Main Street in Catskill and culminate at the Thomas Cole Site; the August 28 event will take place entirely on the 250-acre artist-designed landscape at Olana. At the completion of each event, the host historic site will convene an interactive “puppet-scape” for visitors interested in celebrating and learning more about native pollinators and their habitats. Support for the Ramble is provided by Art Bridges.
  • Volunteers Are Needed to Operate the Pollinator Puppets. Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, founders of the Processional Arts Workshop in Red Hook, NY, will orchestrate the design and construction of the large pollinator puppets and will team up with community volunteers to animate the 20 pollinator puppets during each Ramble. Volunteers are needed and should apply at
  • Art-Packets Are Available for Free to Make Local Pollinator Plants to Parade at the Rambles. The Art-Packets will be available starting June 12 for pickup throughout the summer at Olana and the Thomas Cole Site and at community pickup spots in Hudson and Catskill, while supplies last. The Art-Packets contain materials for use in creating hand puppets of pollinator plants to be carried during the Ramble.
  • Participants Will be Given a “Life List” Created by the Processional Arts Workshop to Accompany the Ramble. Both historic sites and community pickup spots in Catskill and Hudson will make available a printed “Life List” to help individuals identify the pollinators in the Ramble and enjoy the thrill of a landscape come to life with possibilities. Find more information at

A Self-Guided Pollinator Map Has Been Created by Two Artists on the Occasion of “Cross Pollination.” Lisa Sanditz and Emily Sartor collaborated to create The Thrilling Tales and Startling Adventures: An Unofficial Guide to Pollinators, which celebrates and identifies pollinators and pollen-makers that visitors can find on the grounds of Olana and the Thomas Cole Site, and within the environs along the Hudson River Skywalk, a scenic walkway that connects the two historic sites over the Hudson River via the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. The Map will be available free to those with tickets to the exhibition.

A Series of Artist Talks Will Be Held This Summer and Fall. The first in the virtual series, featuring artists whose work is presented in “Cross Pollination,” will take place on June 8 with Portia Munson. Subsequent conversations will be held with Sayler/Morris and Rachel Sussman in July, Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood in August, and Lisa Sanditz and Paula Hayes in September. More information on the June 8 event can be found at


Additional Events Will be Unfolding Throughout the Summer and Fall. Updates will be provided at and


A Fully Illustrated 60-page Catalog of the Exhibition Has Been Published. A richly illustrated catalog – also titled “Cross Pollination” – features new original essays by the exhibition curators and over 30 full-page color plates. The catalog has been published by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership and is available at both historic sites’ gift shops and online.

Artist Martin Johnson Heade has long been associated with the Hudson River School of landscape painting, which is characterized by the epic landscapes of the artists Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and Frederic Church (1826-1900). Heade, though, with his series The Gems of Brazil, was making a different kind of “landscape” that magnified the intricate operations within nature itself. Heade traveled to Brazil in 1863, so that he could study the hummingbirds in their natural habitat. Heade’s focus in The Gems and his related writing, which decries the overhunting of bird species, aligns with the proto-environmentalism of Thomas Cole, who wrote against deforestation in his own time. Heade’s own Brazilian journey was inspired by Frederic Church’s travels in Latin America. The environmental awareness and advocacy of these 19th-century artists connect thought and conversations taking place today, as concern for preservation and protection of the environment reaches critical urgency.


“Cross Pollination” will be presented simultaneously as one exhibition at both Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, NY, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, from June 12 to October 31, 2021. The two historic sites are connected by the Hudson River Skywalk – with sweeping views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains – that opened in June 2019. The exhibition will subsequently be presented at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas from November 20, 2021 to March 23, 2022. More information on the exhibition is available at


Olana and the Thomas Cole Site interpret and open their landscapes to the community for free as public parks and follow all pandemic protocols laid out by New York State. All guided tour and program participants are required to wear masks covering the mouth and nose and maintain social distancing (six feet at all times). More details on events, programming, and tours are available at the historic sites’ websites (below). Space is limited, and mid-week visits are typically less crowded.


Support for the exhibition and its national tour is provided by Art Bridges. Additional major support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.


Made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition is supported in New York in part by The National Endowment for the Arts; Market New York through I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature; the Robert Lehman Foundation; The Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation; Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program of the Greene County Council on the Arts; The Olana Partnership’s Novak-Ferber Exhibitions Fund, the Kindred Spirits Society of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Charina Foundation, The Stainman Family Foundation, Anne Miller & Stuart Breslow, Kristin Gamble, and Deedee & Barrie Wigmore. Support for the catalogue is provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.


OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE AND THE OLANA PARTNERSHIP: Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century and the most important artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually. Olana State Historic Site, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited historic sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State Parks to support the restoration, conservation, and interpretation of Olana to make it accessible to all.


THE THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE is an international destination presenting the original home and studios of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation’s first major art movement. Located on 6 acres in the Hudson Valley, the site includes the 1815 Main House; Cole’s 1839 Old Studio; the reconstructed historic New Studio building; and panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. It is a National Historic Landmark and an affiliated area of the National Park System. The Thomas Cole Site’s activities include guided tours, special exhibitions of both 19th-century and contemporary art, printed publications, extensive online programs, activities for school groups, free community events, lectures, and innovative public programs such as the Hudson River School Art Trail—a map and website that enable visitors to visit the places that Cole painted. The goal of all programs at the Thomas Cole Site is to enable visitors to find meaning and inspiration in Thomas Cole’s life and work. The themes that Cole explored in his art and writings—such as landscape preservation, our conception of nature as a restorative power and the need for public art museums—are historic and timely, providing the opportunity to connect to audiences with insights that are highly relevant to their own lives. The Thomas Cole Site’s programming and operations are continually evolving under its initiatives for Greening, and Diversity, Equity and Access.


HUDSON RIVER SKYWALK REGION: The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY and Olana – across the Hudson River in Hudson, NY – joined forces with New York State to launch a new initiative to recognize the region as an epicenter of American art where the nation’s first major art movement began. The project – titled the Hudson River Skywalk Region – weaves together the home and studios of Thomas Cole at the Thomas Cole Site and those of his legendary student Frederic Church at Olana with the landscape that inspired it all to create one seamless experience. With support from New York State, a continuous pedestrian scenic walkway – the Hudson River Skywalk – connects the historic sites across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge over the Hudson River. The Region also includes the City of Hudson and the Town of Catskill. For more information, visit


Olana VISITOR INFORMATION:  The landscape is free and open to all every day from 8:30 am to sunset. For a current list of tours of the Main House and artist-designed landscape, visit Keep in touch on social media @OlanaSHS.


Thomas Cole VISITOR INFORMATION:  Admission to the gardens and grounds is free every day from dawn until dusk. The hours for Thomas Cole’s home, studios and special exhibitions vary by season. For details, see Keep in touch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @thomascolesite.


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Traditional Mohawk Strawberry Festival celebrates and builds community

Every summer the last weekend of June the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community in Fonda, NY celebrates the wild strawberry’s return and invites the public to join them. The festival is a time to renew friendships – and to give thanks for the berries, the first fruit of the season.

The strawberry is far more important to the Mohawk people than visiting a u-pick farm or a dessert like strawberry shortcake. The berry marks the seasonal return of harvesting fresh fruits and is symbolic of life and health – which both have taken on greater significance this past year.  The strawberry harvest too represents a time when people gather together and tell stories, seeing friends and creating news ones, something the pandemic also put a stop to. 

Kay Olan (Ionataiewas), a member of the Mohawk Nation and the 2009 recipient of the Jigonsaseh Women of Peace Award for her work around Haudenosaunee culture and language, explains: “The festival takes place when the ‘wild strawberry’ ripens. When we notice that the wild strawberry is ready to be harvested, we know that the cycle of life will continue as it should. Longhouse people—those who follow the traditional ways of the Haudenosaunee—have a Strawberry Ceremony at that time to express gratitude and love to the strawberries and also to every part of the natural world.

The festival is a time of thanksgiving as well as Kanatsiohareke’s largest fundraiser, With the impossibility of meeting in person, though, came an opportunity. Now the festival can reach more people, who can attend online where the events are on Facebook. Instead of one day, the festival is spread over two weeks beginning June 14.  There will be storytelling from Sakokwenionkwas Tom Porter (Kanatsiohareke’s founder) and Olan, among others. Storytelling and oral traditions are foundational for Mohawk values, where stories hold history and lessons meant to be shared together in person. This year’s festival is a key chance for people throughout the region to hear and learn these stories with the Mohawk whose traditional lands spread from the northern Catskills up through the Capital Region and into the Adirondacks.

The celebrations begin on June 14 with a traditional thanksgiving opening [tk ck?] as well as storytelling and an online marketplace. Events continue up through the festival day on June 26 with performances live on Facebook beginning at noon, and featuring different sets on the hour. The market and online events will be at

Last year more than 30 native craftspeople participated in the marketplace hailing from across Turtle Island (North America) with makers from the Haudenosaunee (whose Six Nations include the Mohawk, Seneca, Onondaga, Cayuga, Oneida and Tuscarora) as well as Lenape, Anishinaabe and Navajo artisans. Selling an array of traditional crafts from beadwork to clothing and jewelry, they have all come together to support Kanatsiohareke. 

In the run up to May 26, the online marketplace will feature new items each day and throughout the day. It’s a chance for the public to see, buy and support work from native artisans.

On June 21st Tom Porter will tell stories of the strawberry and the significance of the strawberry for the Mohawks. John Charamella, who has been involved with the community from its earliest days, will talk about its founding on June 22.  On June 25, Kay Olan will tell more traditional Mohawk stories.  

The Strawberry Festival is key to supporting Kanatsiohareke’s mission. “It is our biggest fundraiser and social gathering for the year,” says Paul Gorgen, Secretary of Kanatsiohareke’s Board of Directors. The large part of the community’s mission is to revitalize the Mohawk language and culture, and they hold Mohawk language classes, lecture and workshops on cultural topics throughout the year. 

Kanatsiohareke, pronounced “Gah nah joe hah lay geh,” translates to “The Place of the Clean Pot,” a pothole carved into the rock in the Mohawk River nearby. Founded in 1993 by elder Tom Porter, the community is on the historic site of an old Mohawk Bear Clan village. Throughout the pandemic, Kanatsiohareke Board members and volunteers have continued to offer virtual language classes and exchange programs as other fundraising initiatives for this Mohawk community.   

For more information, see Kanatsiohareke’s web page,, their Facebook page (Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community), or send an email to 

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Iroquious Museum Hosting New Events

Howes Cave cultural museum to present social dancers, artist demos, workshop, concert, and festival in July, August, and September

HOWES CAVE --The Iroquois Museum announces a slate of events for the summer, including weekend Iroquois social dancers and artist demonstrations, a workshop, a community concert, and its annual Iroquois Arts Festival.

Every Saturday and select Sundays in July and August, the Museum will present its Echoes of Tradition series, which brings dancers and artists from across Iroquois Country to the Schoharie County museum to share aspects of the culture with visitors. 

Different Iroquois (also known as Haudenosaunee) social dance troupes will perform on July 3 and 10 and Aug. 14 throughout opening hours. Artists demonstrating skills such as beadwork, fingerweaving, porcupine quillwork, moccasins, and drums will be at the Museum on July 17, 24, 25, and 31; and Aug. 1, 7, and 21. A full schedule for Echoes of Tradition is below. 

The Museum will present a fundraiser, Roots, Rhythm, & Ale on Friday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. The community event includes live music by popular Zydeco group The Rubber Band and Iroquois singer-songwriter Mike Jones, local artisans, and food and beverages from local vendors. Tickets are $20 and include a commemorative cup and free beer from Serious Brewing. Concert-only tickets are $10. Proceeds support Museum education programs and collection management. 

The annual Iroquois Arts Festival over Labor Day Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4, and Sunday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The festival celebrates Haudenosaunee creativity with live performances by cultural groups, demonstrations, an outdoor Arts Market with traditional and contemporary arts and fine crafts, family activities, and more. The event will feature The Sky Dancers from Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground, the Museum’s archaeology department, and wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin, who will bring a variety of animals, including birds of prey.  

The Iroquois Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday from May until October. Admission is $5-$8, and children 5 and younger are free. For more information about the Museum and upcoming events, visit


The Iroquois Indian Museum is an independent nonprofit cultural museum founded in Schoharie County, NY in 1981. It houses the largest collection of contemporary Iroquois art in the world and offers a window into Iroquois culture and history through archaeology, visual arts, and performing arts. The 7,300 square-foot facility inspired by the traditional Iroquois longhouse presents changing and permanent exhibits, the Children’s Museum, and the Museum Shop, which features hand-crafted Iroquois art, silver, and leatherwork. The museum is surrounded by a 45-acre Nature Park, two 19th-century log houses formerly on the Six Nations Reserve, and a 500-seat outdoor covered amphitheater. 

The Iroquois Indian Museum is a cultural museum that houses the largest collection of contemporary Iroquois art in the world and offers a window into Iroquois culture and history through archaeology, visual arts, and performing arts. The Museum also has a 45-acre Nature Park and permanent and annual special art exhibits.

2021 Schedule of Events

We are thrilled to be able to present events this year after not being open since 2019. Most events will be presented outside with public health safety precautions in place. All events are free with the cost of Museum admission* (The Fingerweaving Workshop on Sunday, July 25, requires a fee for materials and reservation.) We look forward to seeing you this year! For more information, email us at or visit


Saturday, July 3

Haudenosaunee Dancers from Onondaga

Performances at 11 am and 2 pm, depending on audience size

Price: Museum admission

Pride in the culture, discipline, and a dedication to tradition are a hallmark of the Haudeno saunee Dancers, who perform Iroquois social dances as practiced in their small traditional community near Syracuse. Leader and skilled seamstress Sherri Waterman-Hopper has traveled internationally as an artist and cultural speaker, and she will be joined by a core group of singers, musicians, and dancers. They will perform at various times throughout the day.

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Saturday, July 10

Onyota’a:ka Dancers from Oneida

Performances at 11 am and 2 pm, depending on audience size

Price: Museum admission

Haudenosaunee dance group Onyota’a:ka Dancers from Oneida will offer presentations at the Museum throughout the day. Onota’a:ka was founded by Elder and Wolf Clan Mother Maisie Shenandoah for the purpose of cultural education, which has been carried on by Maisie’s daughter Vicki. Onota’a:ka includes individuals from the Mohawk and Lenape nations as well as Oneida. This blended tribal composition is somewhat unusual, but demonstrates one of the mission of the group to raise awareness of the diversity of Native traditions.

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Saturday, July 17

Artists Demo by Teoi Elijah, Traditional Outfits

Various times from 10 am to 5 pm

Price: Museum admission

Teio is Akwesasne Mohawk and the owner of Shaking Reeds Designs, which specializes in custom-made Iroquois clothing and accessories for men, women, and children such as intricately beaded collars and cuffs, beaded and appliquéd ribbon shirts and skirts, breechcloths, and leggings. She will offer demonstrations throughout the day.

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Saturday, July 24

Artist Demo by Marilyn Hill, Fingerweaving

Various times from 10 am to 5 pm

Price: Museum admission

Marilyn is Tuscarora Bear Clan and self-taught in the old-style loomless weaving technique popular in the 18th Century for sashes and garters. While most men today purchase commercially produced sashes, Marilyn has spearheaded a small revival. She will offer demonstrations throughout the day.

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Sunday, July 25

Fingerweaving Workshop with Marilyn Hill

10 am

Price: $40 ($35 Museum Members)

Fingerweaving artist Marilynn Hill, Tuscarora, will lead a workshop on the skill popular in the 18th century. Registration and attendance fee is required.


Saturday-Sunday, July 31-August 1

Artist Demo by Jamie Jacobs Porcupine Quillwork

Various times during opening hours

Price: Museum admission

Jamie is a cultural educator and artist from the Seneca community of Tonawanda and admired for his attention to detail and historic knowledge. He will offer demonstrations throughout the weekend on porcupine quillwork, which is used in decorative elements on Haudenosaunee objects, such as clothing, moccasins, and quiver pouches. Jamie is a collections assistant at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

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Saturday, August 7

Artist Demo by Anna Thompson, Moccasins and Beadwork

Various times from 10 am to 5 pm

Price: Museum admission

Anna is from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and admired for her workmanship and use of hand-tanned leather, color, and original beaded designs on moccasins, dance garters, mittens, and other items. She has been honored by the Ganondagan State Historic Site, the Abenaki and Mohawk Art Market at the Adirondack Experience, and others. She will offer demonstrations of her skill throughout the day.

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Saturday, August 14

Allegany River Dancers

Performances at 11 am and 2 pm, depending on audience size

Price: Museum admission

Founded in 1979, the Allegany River Dancers have become one of the best-known Native dance groups in North America. Their performances often encourage audience participation and feature intertribal “Pow wow” style dances, such as a dance that uses 30 hoops to form designs found in nature.

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Saturday, August 21

Artist Demo by Randy Greene, Drums and Rattles

Various times from 10 am to 5 pm

Price: Museum admission

Randy is Tuscarora Nation Turtle Clan and leads a social dance troupe. He will demonstrate the construction of the traditional arts of waterdrum, cow horn rattle, and feather fan used in social dances.

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