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October 07, 2012

Herkimer Homestead Day

From 12:00AM to 5:55PM

Come and celebrate the autumn season as Herkimer Home State Historic Site presents - An 18th Century Autumn Celebration. Featured during this annual fall festival will be a variety of traditional crafts, displays, music, food, and other activities.

In and around General Herkimer’s home, authentically clothed Herkimer Home Volunteers and visiting artisans will be engaged in traditional activities that were essential on every colonial Mohawk Valley farm. Activities include cider pressing, apple butter making, making corn husk dolls, pewter casting, wagon rides, and more. Author Irene Uttendorfski will be present for a book signing and music will be provided by Paul Whitney and John Schuyler.

As always, a highlight of the event is the hearty 18th century food including Herkimer home’s famous “Kitty’s Fritters” with Maple Syrup. Food and beverage sales are provided by the Friends of Herkimer Home. There is no admission charge to the event and all are invited to attend and celebrate the autumn season at Herkimer Home State Historic Site.

General Herkimer’s home will be open throughout the day for guided tours. Tour admission is $4 for adults, $3 for NYS seniors (62+), $3 for students 13-17, and children 12 and under are free. Herkimer Home Visitor Center and guided Tours will close for the season on Columbus Day, October 9.

Tractor Fest at the Farmers' Museum

From 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Learn about the world of tractors and all the activities they powered on New York farms. See classic and new tractors, small engines, and other machinery, representing the growth of farming technology from the 1920s. On Sunday, tractors parade down Main Street in Cooperstown, beginning at 9:30 am. See tractors at work thrashing oats and baling oat straw with a 1918 Case hay press. Kiddie Pedal-Tractor Pull contest on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Small engines will be on display too, such as a Maytag engine, a quarter scale drag saw, and a 1/12 scale Case traction engine. For people with a dairy farming background, fond memories will rush back in the exhibit of antique milking machines. People interested in poultry will have a chance to meet Bill Post and his array of heritage poultry breeds. Tractor Fest is free with paid museum admission: $12 adults (age 13+), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 children (7-12), children 6 and under and members of the New York State Historical Association are free. Please visit our website at for more information and a full schedule of events

St. Leo & St. Ann Harvest Dinner

From 11:30AM to 3:00PM

The Parish Community of St. Leo and St. Ann's Church in Holland Patent will hold their annual Roast Beef Harvest Dinner in the church hall at 7937 Elm St. in Holland Patent. Cost is $10 for adults ~ $4 for children 5 - 12 and children under 5 are free. Take-outs available. Proceeds to benefit parish improvements.

Fundraising Trip to NYC

A New York City bus trip is planned for Saturday, December 15th, as a fundraiser, where all proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Spend the day in NYC at Christmastime! Avoid the hassle of winter roads and city traffic and let us do the driving! The rest is up to you!

There will be two Utica pick-up locations: one will pick up at Riverside Center at 6:00a.m.; and the other will be at MVCC, also at 6:00a.m. Herkimer pick-ups will be available at the K-Mart parking lot at 6:20a.m.

Seats are $60.00 per person (non-refundable) and the deadline for full payment is November 24th. Call Sonja at: 315-360-7567 for reservations. Trips to NYC tend to fill up fast, so don't wait. Enjoy the magic of Christmastime in NYC while helping a great charity.