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May 18th Membership Meeting & Presentation

Damsels & Dragons at AHS??? Learn about damselflies and dragonflies on Sunday, May 18th!

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Blueberry Festival 2014

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Blueberry Festival 2014

The Blueberry Festival is always held the last Sunday in July - this year the 15th Annual Festival will be held Sunday, July 27, 2014 on the grounds of Old Austerlitz from 9am-4pm. The event is held RAIN or SHINE.
Early 19th century craft demonstrations & wares, live music and of course - lots of blueberries!

Want to see what you missed at past Blueberry Festivals?

Here is a clip from the 2012 Blueberry Festival provided by NYCSubway Girl - Cathy Grier

Here is a clip from the 2011 Blueberry Festival provided by NYCSubway Girl - Cathy Grier

Here is a clip from the 2010 Blueberry Festival provided by NYCSubway Girl - Cathy Grier

Here is a slideshow of images from the 2009 Blueberry Festival. Click on the arrow over the image to view them.

 

Vendor space for our 2014 festival is now OPEN. If you are interested in applying to become an exhibitor for this years’ festival, please read the important information by clicking HERE. We do not accept applications by phone.

FESTIVAL ADMISSION

Adults $6.00
Children under 12 free

The event will feature early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment for children, many different vendors and a variety of foods to feed the masses. There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast. (please note that there is an additional charge for both adults and children for the pancake breakfast).

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast - 9am until 11:30am

(additional charge separate from admission)
Adults $7.00
Children under 12 $3


We LOVE pets! However, our insurance does not allow pets to be brought into the festival. Please make arrangements to leave your pets at home. Thank you for your cooperation.

See some of the products that our Artisans and Craftspeople create
Click on the arrow over the image to see a slideshow

If you are interested in applying to become an exhibitor at this years Blueberry Festival, please read the important information by clicking HERE. We do not accept applications by phone.

Our list of Crafters and Artisans for this year’s festival is updated weekly and currently includes (as of 4/18/14):

Justamere Tree Farm - Worthington, MA
Bonnie White Folk Art - Canaan, NY
Shaker Reproductions & Woodturnings - Donna Mullet - Stephentown, NY
The Farmstead - Hope Ann Davis - Leverett, MA
Naturally Inspired Baskets - Salisbury, VT
Haydenville Broomworks, Haydenville, MA
Berkshire Hills & Dales Spinning Guild - Michele Beemer - Washington, MA


Our list of Market Vendors for this year’s festival is updated weekly and currently includes (as of 4/18/14):

Saratoga Peanut Butter Co. - Saratoga Springs, NY
Pamper Thyme - Catskill, NY


The Crafters and Artisans that attended in 2013 were:
19th Century Tinsmith - Walter Fleming - Ballston Lake, NY
Woven Together - Barbara Dull - Gaylordsville, CT
Susan Gallagher Jewelrysmith - Malden Bridge, NY
Justamere Tree Farm - Worthington, MA
Salt & Stone Pottery - Susan & Noel Strobino - Clark Mills, NY
The Farmstead - Hope Ann Davis - Leverett, MA
Polichinelle - Mary Piester - Ghent, NY
Naturally Inspired Baskets - Salisbury, VT
Bonnie White Folk Art - Canaan, NY
Concord Farm Studio - Susan R. Anderson - East Chatham, NY
Scherenschnitte - Ghent, NY
Shaari Horowitz - Painted & Gilded Wood Bowls - Sharon, CT
Pioneer Weave - Essex, NY
American Folkcraft - Painted Post, NY
Rag Hill Farm - Colrain, MA
Ulrike Grannis - Bookbinder - Chatham, NY
Berkshire Hills and Dales Spinning Guild - Michele Beemer - Washington, MA
Stephen Earp Redware - Shelburne Falls, MA
North Plain Farm Weavers - Great Barrington, MA

The Antique Dealers and Artists that attended in 2013 were:
William Holland Watercolors - Spencertown, NY
J & C Antiques - Spencertown, NY

The Market Vendors that attended in 2013 were:
Ballston Lake Apiaries - Ballston Lake, NY
Pamper Thyme - Catskill, NY
Beth’s Farm Kitchen - Stuyvesant Falls, NY

The Non-Profit Organizations that attended in 2013 were:
Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop - Austerlitz, NY
The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. - Chatham, NY

The Entertainers that performed in 2013 were:
Cathy Grier aka NYCSubwayGirl - Our Sound Engineer and Entertainment Coordinator
Ampersand - traditional American songs and tunes with rich vocal harmonies backed by guitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bass
Roger The Jester - Tricks and treats for young and old alike, a smile on your face and a laugh in your belly!!
Gary Green and Big Caboose - Country classics, blues and swing styled music. Inviting foot stomping, hand clapping
fun.

Berkshire Ramblers - Folk Songs of the “Old Style”
Hudson Buskers/Bluebottle Jugband - Bluegrass inflected old-timey swing.
Birds of Prey - Trish Marki - The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY: Performances at 11:00 and 1:00 pm
Blue Star Farm - Petting Zoo - Andrea Nussinow - - dwarf goat, mini horse, mini donkey, bunnies, ducklings and more

Sponsorship, Advertising and Underwriter opportunities are available for all events.
Please call 518-392-0062 to inquire.

A Special Thank You to our 2013 Underwriters who contributed to the success of our event!

1794 Heritage Circle Level - $1000
Robert & Luise Kleinberg
Norma Edsall
Alice Corbin
Suzanne Mugler
Anthony & Gail Cashen

Historian Level - $500
Joseph & Connie Mondel
Robert & Barbara Willner
Robert Herron

Benefactor Level - $250
Alice & Edwin Leason
Michael Rebic & Jeff Harris
John & Denise Dunne
Rebecca Greer
Aari Ludvigsen & Barbara Gaines

Supporter Level - $100
Ellen G. Scott
Donna & Joseph Santoro

General Support
Walter Smythe@

Corporate Underwriters - Advertising Support
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Corporate Underwriters - Diamond Support - $1500
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Your name & logo displayed here for your $1500 contribution

Corporate Underwriters - Platinum Support - $1000
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Corporate Underwriters - Gold Support - $500
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Your name & logo displayed here for your $500 contribution

Corporate Underwriters - Silver Support - $250
The Lofgren Agency
Herrington’s
Dells’ Plumbing, Heating & A/C, Inc.

Corporate Underwriters - Bronze Support - $100
Valley Energy
Kinderhook Bank
Countryside Dental

Corporate Underwriters - Other Support
Kleeber Agency Insurance

Logistic Support for our Cavalry Camp

May 18th Membership Meeting & Presentation




MEMBERSHIP MEETING & PRESENTATION:
Sunday, May 18th at 2:00pm
Damsels & Dragons
A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation and refreshments.  Free and open to the public.  Come and join us in the Harvey House at Old Austerlitz! 

Damselflies and Dragonflies are the topic of a special program on Sunday, May 18th at Old Austerlitz. The speaker is Larry Federman, Education Coordinator for Audubon New York’s Rheinstrom Hill, Buttercup Farm, RamsHorn-Livingston Audubon Centers and Sanctuaries.

Federman describes himself as a “dyed-in-the-wool birder” who has embraced the study of odonata (the scientific name for damselflies and dragonflies). After birds have settled down for the day, the odonata take to the air. They are ancient insects whose fossils date back more than 250 million years.

The talk will be illustrated by a PowerPoint presentation of photos of these delicate insects. It will include basic odonata biology, an overview of odonata families, their relationship to the environment and an introduction to the recently completed New York State Damselfly and Dragonfly Survey.  A question and answer session will follow.