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Friends of Lorenzo announce upcoming season

Friends of Lorenzo President Casey Frazee addresses attendees during the 2012 annual meeting. The Friends of Lorenzo will present author Peter Rose at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Cazenovia Public Library, as he discusses “Influence of Dutch Culture on the American Kitchen.”

Friends of Lorenzo President Casey Frazee addresses attendees during the 2012 annual meeting. The Friends of Lorenzo will present author Peter Rose at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Cazenovia Public Library, as he discusses “Influence of Dutch Culture on the American Kitchen.” Gene Gissin Photography

— Early American foodways, historic gardens and landscapes, Cazenovia church architecture and Dutch art are among the themes to be explored during the 2012 program season at Lorenzo State Historic Site.

At the recent annual meeting of The Friends of Lorenzo, the non-profit affiliate of Lorenzo announced their support for and the kick-off of the upcoming season, beginning with an evening featuring the “Influence of Dutch Culture on the American Kitchen” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Cazenovia Public Library.

With support from the New York Council for the Humanities, the Cazenovia Public Library and The Friends of Lorenzo, author Peter Rose will discuss the imprint of the Dutch in our culinary traditions, and artisanal cheesemaker Renate Nollen of Dutch Girl Cheese will offer a sampling of Dutch cheeses at this free program.

In celebration of Preservation Month 2012, the doors of Lorenzo will re-open on Friday, May 18 for the tour season, and a free walking tour of historic Cazenovia church architecture will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19 by Jerry Munger and Ted Bartlett.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in association with the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, a workshop on cultural landscape research and documentation will be offered at Lorenzo with representatives of the National Park Service, the Department of Landscape Architecture at SUNY ESF and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Pre-registration is required, and a program fee will be charged.

At 7 p.m. on May 23, a free foodways program, “Salamanders, Firedogs, Beehives and Cranes: Open Hearth Cooking and Brick Oven Baking” will be offered at the Cazenovia Public Library by open hearth cooking expert Lynne Belluscio, director of LeRoy Historical Society.

As the gardens blossom at Lorenzo this spring, The Friends of Lorenzo will once again celebrate the beauty of the Ellen Shipman garden at their annual “Gala Garden Party” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15. Proceeds from this fundraiser support the landscape restoration activities of The Friends.

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