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Ringing in the fall at Rippleton Schoolhouse

Annual Community Day event hosted Sunday, Sept. 29 this year

— From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, 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.

“This fun-filled autumn ritual has become a staple in Cazenovia’s fall calendars,” said Mary Beth Kuhn, this year’s Community Day co-chairperson along with Beth Carroll.

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.

“Community Day has become such a great fall tradition for families in and around Cazenovia,” said Lorenzo Director Barb Bartlett. “It’s so exciting to see kids having so much fun without their gadgets and electronic devices. Kids of all ages walking on stilts, playing hoops, decorating pumpkins and taking multiple wagon rides before they try a lesson or two with Miss Buckland,” she said.

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. 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.

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