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Lorenzo to celebrate Caz heritage

— Since 2003, The Friends of Lorenzo has celebrated Preservation Month in May by hosting public events promoting the many social, cultural and economic benefits in preserving historic architecture, landscapes and archaeology.

This year, The Friends, in conjunction with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will host two free events focusing on historic architecture and lifestyles of early Cazenovia.

A walking tour of Downtown Cazenovia with emphasis on Cazenovia’s historic churches will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 on May 19. Participants will visit the Cazenovia United Methodist, St. Peter’s Episcopal, the First Presbyterian and Cazenovia Village Baptist Churches, which are each listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and view the sites of the former Free, St. James Catholic, Unitarian and First Presbyterian Churches with tour leaders Ted Bartlett and Jerry Munger. The tour will begin promptly at the Cazenovia Public Library, 100 Albany St. Space is limited for this free walking tour, and advance reservations are required.

As part of this year’s program series focusing on historic American foodways, The Friends of Lorenzo will host “Salamanders, Firedogs, Beehives and Cranes: Open Hearth Cooking and Brick Oven Baking,” at 7 p.m. on May 23, in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library.

The lecture, given by Lynne Belluscio, executive director of LeRoy Historical Society and former special events coordinator at Genesee Country Museum, will draw upon her three decades of experience in the research, documentation and presentation of traditional American cooking methods. Early American-inspired refreshments will be served at this free event.

Through its Preservation Month series, Lorenzo actively supports the New York State Historic Preservation Office goal of instilling in New Yorkers a sense of pride in the state’s unique history and promoting heritage tourism and community revitalization. For more information about Preservation Month programming, please call Diane Voss at 655-3200.

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