The 2022 exploration days at Hanford Mills are designed to give visitors a chance to explore the mill and experience a variety of engaging activities and programs.
“Our Exploration Day, Metal at the Mill, will focus on the sustainable use of metals and a variety of other materials,” Kajsa Harley, Executive Director said. “Thanks to a generous sponsorship by NCYM Insurance, admission to this Exploration Day will be free.”
SUNY Delhi’s Sustainability Program and Green Team will have representatives on site, displaying a solar-powered battery system and giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about SUNY Delhi’s bachelor of science sustainability program and why sustainability matters.
Let’s correct our editing error from last week’s edition of “Summer Dreams” and the story about Hanford Mills Museum in East Merideth.
Please note that the Museum offers tours Wednesdays through Sundays.
The guided tours take place Wednesdays through Sundays at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and are limited to 20 guests per tour. Hanford Mills recommends reservations – visitors can call 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org to reserve your spot.
The Ice Harvest Festival was cancelled at the Hanford Mills Museum due to the museum site being “dangerously slippery” from the snow and ice storm on Thursday and Friday, according to a recorded message on the Hanford Mills Museum phone line.
The Ice Harvest Festival website said frozen water on the site, including Mill Pond, created dangerous conditions.
“We were very much look forward to hosting an in-person Ice Harvest after having a virtual Ice Harvest last year due to COVID,” a statement on the website read. “The Ice Harvest is our biggest event of the year, so we share your disappointment. Visitor safety is our priority. Thank you for understanding.”
The Hanford Mills Museum opens for the season on May 15. For more information go to www.hanfordmills.org.
ICE HARVEST FEST – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy a traditional ice harvest featuring a chance to get on the ice and help saw away some blocks, ice carving, blacksmithing demonstrations, local exhibitors, more. Event depends on the thickness of the ice. The will not be a hot soup buffet this year due to the Pandemic. Check website for updates on ice conditions. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org
BEACH CONCERT – 7 p.m. Bring out your lawnchair to enjoy a concert by the Cooperstown Community Band. Also on hand will be the Cherry Valley-Springfield class of 2023 hosting a bake sale. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Co. Rd. 31, Cooperstown. 607-547-8662 or visit www.facebook.com/GlimmerglassStatePark/
COOK-A-LONG – 4:30 p.m. Join nutrition educator Kimberly for fun lesson on the ‘why’ & ‘how’ of eating healthy. Includes time for a cook-a-long dish. Free, registration required. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. 518-234-4303 ext. 120 or visit cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2021/04/08/whats-for-dinner
CONSERVATION – 7 p.m. Join the museum for discussion with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, traditional musicians and co-founders of the Ashokan Center whose composition “Ashokan Farewell,” became the musical hallmark of Ken Burn’s “The Civil War” on PBS. Presented by the Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org/interactions/
CONSERVATION – 7 p.m. Join the museum for discussion with landscape painter Ellen Wong, and Associate Professor Lisa Tessier on the rural and working landscape of Otsego County. Presented by the Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org/interactions/
ICE HARVEST – 11 a.m. Hanford Ice Harvest goes online. Presenting family program ‘Ice Harvesting and Ice Houses’ with Luke Mills, education coordinator. Learn how ice houses work and experiment to see which materials work best. Free, registration required. Presented by Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org
COVID-19 TESTING – 8 a.m. Free rapid testing for people with no symptoms of Covid-19. Appointments required. Oneonta Health Center, 125 Main St., Oneonta. 607-433-6510 or visit www.bassett.org/covid-19
TRIVIA NIGHT – 7 p.m. Test your knowledge of ice, from glaciers to planets and the history of refrigeration. Presented by the Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith, and the A.J. Read Science Discover Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org
ICE HARVEST – 7 p.m. Hanford Ice Harvest goes online. Presenting ‘Winter’s Coolest Crop: Ice Harvesting History and Culture’ with staff Liz Callahan, Andrew Robichaud, assistant professor of History whose in-progress book is a history of the ice trade in North America. They will also discuss the annual festival celebrates this community tradition. Free, registration required. Presented by Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org
EXHIBIT OPENING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. View exhibit ‘Two Presidents, One Photographer’ showing 56 photographs by Pete Souza of Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican President Ronald Reagan. On view through 12/31. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.facebook.com/fenimoreartmuseum/
COVID-19 TESTING – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Stop in for free Covid Test with results in 15 minutes. Help stop the spread. Testing by appointment only. 3 locations in Oneonta. Oneonta Armory, 4 Academy St.; Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St.; St. James Church, 305 Main St. Call 833-NYSTRNG for an appointment.
ART EXHIBIT – 10 a.m. Showing ‘Folk Art In Wood’ exhibit of contemporary Catskill traditional artists. Presented by Catskills Folk Connection. On view through 10/15 by appointment only. Free. Hanford Mills Musuem, 51 Co. Rt. 12, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org/folk-art-in-wood/