Cazenovia From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, the Friends of Lorenzo will once again host Community Day. The annual free event serves as an afternoon to celebrate the beginning of autumn and a bountiful harvest, just as they did in yesteryear.
This fun-filled tradition has become a staple in Cazenovia’s fall calendar.
“My kids have always looked forward to this day,” said Beth Carroll, this year’s Community Day Co-Chairperson. “The weather is usually perfect and with the music and crafts, it is just such a great time for everyone. We are fortunate to have an event like this in Cazenovia.”
Attendees will enjoy 19th Century games and Victorian-era crafts such as candle making, tart-tin punching and yarn doll decorating. Pumpkins, generously donated by Our Farm on Peth road, will become genuine “pumpkin heads” where visitors can decorate the gourds with dried flowers and gatherings from Lorenzo’s own garden.
Mark and Jan Woodworth, of Lamplit Farm in Cazenovia, own and drive the team of Belgian draft horses that will be providing free hayrides around the grounds of Lorenzo for children of all ages.
Friends of Lorenzo Board member, Casey Frazee, will return this year as Miss Mattie Buckland, the Rippleton “schoolmarm” from 1885 to 1887, and she will call “students” and visitors into Rippleton School No. 7 by ringing the schoolhouse bell. There, she will guide visitors through the authentic setting to attend a one-room school as it would have been led in the late 19th century.
“Back in 2002, the ‘Friends’ began Community Day as a way for kids of all ages to celebrate Cazenovia’s rich history in a way that embodied the uniqueness of our town,” said Lorenzo Director Barb Bartlett. “The event has grown substantially over the years, and it showcases the detailed restoration and depth of educational programming sponsored by the Friends and Lorenzo.”
Complimentary fresh apple cider, locally picked apples and spicy cider donuts will round out the enjoyment. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. A fun time is sure to be had by all.
The Rippleton Schoolhouse is located at Lorenzo State Historic Site, south of the village of Cazenovia along Route 13. For more information on Community Day, call 655-3200 or visit LorenzoNY.org.