Hundreds visit Caz schoolhouse

"Dunn's Pastry shop donated the doughnuts; he makes us special Glazed Apple doughnuts every year. The bushels of apples were generously donated by Johnny Appleseed, and The Golub family farm donated all of the pumpkins we have here today," she said. Horse-drawn wagon rides were made available by Lamplett Farms, and continuously ran during the event, while The Salt Potatoes, a local string quartet with vocalist Sarah VanNosterand, had attendees dancing to bouncy period pieces such as "Ragtime Annie."

Donning a traditional Schoolmarm garb, "Mattie Buckland" repeatedly rang the school bell and welcomed curious students into the schoolhouse and conducted lessons throughout the day. Casey Frazee, former education coordinator for Lorenzo, played the role of Buckland. She was a wealth of information, informing each group of the restorations the schoolhouse had undergone, and what a typical school day in the 1800s would consist of. Seated in original Sears & Roebuck Company desks, attendees inundated Buckland with questions about the history of school, and the room itself. While she had no problems answering inquires, none knew more about the classroom than one of its former students, Don Way.

Way was a fourth grader during Rippleton's last year of operation. He was one of the 13 students in the schoolhouse's last class, and his picture is enclosed in a glass case at the entrance. Way was excited to make it to another Community Day at the Lorenzo, and was happy to reminisce about his school days there. Most everything looked the same to him; however he remembered the desks faced a different direction.

One architectural difference in particular caught his attention.

"The restroom wasn't here when I was a student, we didn't have running water!" Way laughed.

Upon his completion of the fourth grade, Way and his classmates made the commute to newly opened Cazenovia Central for the rest of their schooling.

There were a number of activities for the school aged attendees to partake in while at the event, many were spinning yarn dolls, rolling beeswax candles, decorating pumpkins with flowers grown in nearby gardens, and making decorative pierced tin pans with a hammer and nails. Games like jump rope, hoop and stick, as well as stilt walking, kept everyone entertained at Community Day, sans electricity or technology. It was all smiles at Lorenzo as generations spanning the past century came together for a little old-fashioned fun.

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