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Ringing in autumn at Rippleton Schoolhouse

Annual Community Day event slated for Sept. 30

Mark Woodworth of Lamplit Farms assumes the reins on the hayrides offered on Community Day at Rippleton Schoolhouse. This year’s free event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Mark Woodworth of Lamplit Farms assumes the reins on the hayrides offered on Community Day at Rippleton Schoolhouse. This year’s free event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.

— From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, The Friends of Lorenzo will once again host Community Day at Rippleton Schoolhouse.

This free event invites children of all ages to celebrate our unique heritage and some of the many local autumn gifts our community has to offer.

The fun-filled tradition has become a staple in Cazenovia’s fall calendar.

“Pumpkins, apples, hayrides and an old schoolhouse are great and fun reminders to us that our community is rich in history and local bounty,” said Mary Beth Kuhn, this year’s Community Day co-chairperson.

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 the grounds at Lorenzo.

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 the one-room school.

Miss Mattie Buckland, the Rippleton “schoolmarm” from 1885 to 1887, will return to Rippleton to ring the schoolhouse bell and call “students” and visitors to class at Rippleton School No. 7. 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.

“Last year this event saw record attendance and there is every indication that it will only grow in popularity, “said Lorenzo Director Barb Bartlett. “It really showcases the detailed restoration and depth of educational programming sponsored by the Friends and Lorenzo.”

Complimentary fresh apple cider, locally picked apples, spicy cider donuts and country fiddlin’ will round out the enjoyment. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine.

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, please call 655-3200 or visit LorenzoNY.org. Incorporated in 1975, The Friends of Lorenzo is a not-for-profit affiliate of Lorenzo State Historic Site and is dedicated to supporting the many preservation and educational programs at the site.

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