The Madison County Historical Society’s 52nd Annual Craft Days will be held on Sept. 10 and 11 on the society’s grounds at 435 Main Street in Oneida. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The event offers fall shopping as well as activities such as craft demonstrations, tours of Cottage Lawn, live music, kid’s activities, and gourmet specialty foods. Crafters will demonstrate their artistry from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. each day. There will be a wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, including fabric, glass, sculpture, ceramics, and more. Be sure to purchase your raffle tickets to win some handmade craft items.
There will be plenty of food available from a variety of vendors such as Pops’ Kettle Korn of Whitesboro, Coneheads Caribbean Ice cream of Canastota, CreamCycle Ice Cream of Hamilton, and more. There are also four participating New York state wineries.
Free children’s activities are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the YMCA of Oneida’s booth and Oneida Rail Trail will be back both days with their free children’s craft activity of creating a colorful walking stick. Visitors can also tour the society’s headquarters, Cottage Lawn, an 1849 Gothic Revival Cottage, between noon and 2 p.m. both days.
Musical entertainment includes performances from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday by “The Thistle and the Rose,” a group of performers from the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association; and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday by Double Chase, led by Thelma and Matt Chase. They will also perform a 9/11 tribute song to remember those whose lives were lost that tragic day and the impact it has had on the country today.
Both days, there will be storytelling by the Oneida Public Library and Sage Carolla of Oneida will perform from 11:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
No animals are permitted on the grounds, and there is no smoking. For more information and full list of participating crafters, visit www.mchs1900.org, call the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136 or 315-361-9735, and find the Madison County Historical Society and Craft Days on Facebook.