Schoolmarm Mattie Buckland, portrayed by Casey Frazee, instructs students in the Rippleton Schoolhouse. This year is the eighth season The Friends of Lorenzo have sponsored the summer day camp. The Friends sponsored the move of the schoolhouse to Lorenzo in 1997, then raised funds to restore the one-room structure to its 1880s appearance. Each fall, The Friends also host the free “Community Day” at Rippleton.
Cazenovia In marking another year of achievement, President Casey Frazee and the trustees of The Friends of Lorenzo will be hosting the 37th Annual Meeting of the Friends of Lorenzo at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in Stone’s Throw of the Lincklaen House.
Since its inception in 1975, The Friends of Lorenzo has served as an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the ongoing preservation of Lorenzo State Historic Site. Through membership support and a variety of fundraising activities, The Friends have enabled Lorenzo to undertake many initiatives.
Lorenzo was acquired by New York State in 1968, and is currently operated by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as one of 35 statewide historic facilities. Each year, The Friends sponsor numerous educational and special events both on-site and in conjunction with other area organizations.
Upcoming events include “Influence of Dutch Culture on the American Kitchen,” a free program co-sponsored by the Cazenovia Public Library at 7 p.m. on April 17; a free walking tour of historic Cazenovia churches on May 19; “Salamanders, Firedogs, Beehives and Cranes: Open Hearth Cooking and Brick Oven Baking,” a free historic preservation talk, on May 23 at the Cazenovia Library; the annual Garden Gala in the Ellen Shipman garden on June 15; and summer day camp at the Rippleton Schoolhouse during the week of July 30.
Additionally, The Friends have assumed responsibility for many restoration and maintenance projects including development of a 15-minute historic landscape video with WCNY, restoration and maintenance of the formal garden, relocation and restoration of the circa 1814 Rippleton Schoolhouse, replacement of historic specimen trees, custom textile and carpet reproductions, development of a cultural landscape report by SUNY CESF, conservation and acquisition of fine art and publication of a full color guidebook. For the upcoming year, The Friends have a number of significant program and capital projects planned.