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CONCLUDED – Music in the Park – Sam Swanson

This evening we will have Sam Swanson joining us. Sam Swanson is a Chicago Music Scene import (formerly of Midwest Blue, Dormlife, and Boomjuice). He now is the lead singer and guitarist for Western New York’s newest hit cover act Handsome Young Ladies. With well over a decade of experience touring and recording over 10 albums as a singer/songwriter, Sam is now putting his own spin on classic tunes from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Today. Whether gigging out solo on acoustic or plugged in with his power pop trio HYL, you are in for a soulful explosion of songs that will keep your feet tapping along to all night long.
The Buffalonian Food Truck will be our featured Food Truck for the evening. Coming from Geneva, NY, Kristen & Rhonda bring the amazing Western NY themed foods to the Finger Lakes! We are excited to have you joining us again this season!

CONCLUDED – MitP – Young Musicians Program


Join us for our 2nd season of Music in the Park. This is a free, family-friendly music series sponsored by Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry and coordinated by Simply Created by Susie.

Young Musicians Program! This evening we are showcasing some of the area’s most talented Teen musicians. This is NOT an evening of karaoke. These young ladies are performing covers with their own twist, as well as originals.

Sydney Irving Music is a 14-year-old singer-songwriter from upstate NY. She started playing guitar when she was 9 and began writing her own songs at the age of 11. Sydney ‘s music has a folk-pop sound with catchy rhythms and thoughtful lyrics. She’s been greatly influenced by Tom Petty, Taylor Swift, and Eddie Vedder. She plays the guitar, ukulele and is just starting to learn the banjo.

Emily Testa is a teen from Romulus, NY.
You can learn a little about her and hear her in this interview with Weber at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFRUbwz1HDg OR check out Fresh Vintage, the Father & Daughter singing duo.

Madison Yearsley is a teen who resides in Seneca Falls, NY.
Check out her YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/MadisonYearsley

Abuelas Kitchen will be our featured Food Truck for the evening. Coming from Auburn, NY, Abuela’s Kitchen serves dishes with a Caribbean, Spanish, Puerto Rican and Cuban flare. We are excited to have Sabrina join us this season!

Fleur De Lis Brew Works will be our featured brewery, offering tastings!


CONCLUDED – MitP – Jess Novak Band

Image may contain: 3 people, people smilingJess Novak takes no prisoners. With a fiddle on fire, powerful vocals and a fierce band behind her, this pop, rock, soul-pumped group brings passion to every performance. Known for their energy, superb musicianship, engaging songwriting and ability to win any crowd, this is a band on the rise.
Phat Kat Foods will be our featured Food Truck for the evening. Coming from Auburn, NY, Phat Kat Foods is owned and operated by two veterans of the US armed forces who both served overseas. They love God, country, family, and good quality food. We are excited to have them join us this season!

CONCLUDED – The Dady Bros – Songs of the Canals

Continuing the partnership between the  Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park  our next program The Dady Bros.are being presented in the Historic Wesleyan Chapel at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

John and Joe Dady are The Dady Brothers, and as audiences know, the name is synonymous with fine musical talent and fun! They are a Rochester based folk duo and their shows consist of Celtic and folk-roots music.  This versatile duo plays a variety of instruments the fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, uilleann pipes and even penny whistle, to name just a few, while performing a wide range of music styles including Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Irish 

Tonight’s performance will highlight the songs that were sung by the Irish immigrants who were instrumental in the building of the Erie Canal and the Irish heritage.  The Dady Brothers play with an endless supply of energy.

Come to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and enjoy an evening of Irish music in the venerable WESLEYAN CHAPEL.

 

CONCLUDED – Walt Gable – The History of the 33rd – 126th – 148th

On Friday, April 27, 2018, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will share some history of Seneca County soldiers who served in the 33rd, 126th and 148th Regiments during the Civil War at the Wesleyan Chapel, 136 Fall Street, Seneca FAlls at 7:00pm.

The 33rd Regiment, New York Volunteers was one of the first regiments that answered President Abraham Lincoln’s call for volunteer troops following the surrender of Fort Sumter in April 1861. Volunteers from Seneca County included the Wright Guards of Waterloo and Companies A and K from Seneca Falls. As part of the program Gable will tell 3 stories associated with Seneca County soldiers in the 33rd as well as the Seneca Falls doctor, Dr. Richard J. Curran, who received the Medal of Honor for his work during the battle of Antietam.

The 126th New York Infantry consisted of men recruited in August 1862 from the counties of Ontario, Seneca and Yates. They were among the first soldiers to receive preliminary military training at Camp Swift in Geneva. Then, less than six weeks into active service, they are part of the thousands of Union soldiers taken prisoner at Harpers Ferry. They redeemed themselves at Gettysburg. As part of the 126th, the Famer (as today’s Interlaken was then known) Band became one of the most celebrated musical organizations of the Union forces in the Civil War. Winfield Scott of Scott’s Corners (between Ovid and Farmer) became known as the “fighting parson.”

The 148th New York Volunteers had several Seneca County soldiers, including Gable’s great grandfather, John Loudebank Hoster. The 148th was involved in the fighting in the Potomac and Richmond area, including the fighting at Cold Harbor. Several members of Co. A, including Hoster, were captured and became prisoners at the infamous Andersonville prison. Gable will also talk about Colonel John B. Murray who was an officer in the 148th and later was instrumental in the establishment of a Memorial Day in Waterloo, NY in 1866.

You Tube Channel Launched – SMWI Seneca Falls

Come and visit our latest addition, a dedicated You Tube Channel for the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. Titled “SMWI Seneca Falls” it contains videos about all things canal, industry and Seneca Falls related.

We currently have 3 videos:

Seneca Museum TV Commercial

In the Summer of 2016 the Seneca Museum took part in the Seneca Falls ‘Your Town’ promotion on local TV network CNY Central. (Duration 30 sec)

Harvesting the Tree

A wonderful video produced for the Museum, narrated by Nelson Delavan and written by Edith Delavan (founders of the Museum in 1998) showing how they use to fell a tree and squaring it off to make a log. Using only tradition period tools and equipment it is glorious look back to how things where done in the early days.   (Duration 16:49 min)

Seneca Falls Visitor Center Heritage Video

“Seneca County: The Center of the Finger Lakes” is a short video that showcases the natural beauty and rich history of Seneca County. In the video, viewers are exposed to the agricultural world of wineries, breweries, and distilleries that flourish in the Finger Lakes region. The wineries of the area are regionally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed in their wine production, where they compete in competitions worldwide. Other features of Seneca County are the outdoor activities that happen all year round. Visitors can explore and play throughout all four seasons, from skiing to fishing. If hiking the gorgeous trails of the area is not on the itinerary, visiting a few museums is an option. Seneca County is prominent in world history, as Seneca Falls, NY is the birthplace of Women’s Rights in the United States, Romulus, NY housing the Sampson Military Museum, and Waterloo, NY is regarded as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Visiting the museums that are throughout the county is a great way to be immersed in history itself. If visitors would like to stay and further explore, there are many accommodations to fit any budget. As the video proclaims, “we invite you to see why Seneca County is the center of the Finger Lakes,” and we hope you enjoy! Produced for the Seneca Falls Urban Cultural Park with the kind help and assistance from the Village of Seneca Falls, Francis and Gail Caraccilo Seneca Falls Historical Society, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Women’s Rights National Heritage Park, Goulds Pumps, New York State Library and New York State Museum. (Duration 19:45 min)

2nd Annual ‘MUSIC in the PARK’

  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets!

Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry is excited to announce the 2nd Annual MUSIC in the PARK – a music summer series set in beautiful People’s Park, (an ideal outdoor location for events) in Seneca Falls NY. This event series is a shift from our usual monthly historical related programs on a Friday evening, to a Thursday night, in the park, under the stars, beginning at  6:00pm finishing at 8:30pm.

The MUSIC in the PARK series is FREE and along with an eclectic collection of local musicians and artists who have been scheduled for this years series there will also be each week a featured winery/brewery offering tastings along with local vendors and organizations providing a variety of food for purchase.

Download full Artist and Vendor listing HERE

In 2018 the number of events has increased from 8 to 10 and bands new this year include The Lightkeepers, Nate Michaels, The Fab Cats, Sam Swanson, Fresh Vintage and a very exciting inclusion to the program this year is the ‘UP and Coming’ a showcase of 3 – 4 young artist. Returning this year are  Diana Jacobs Band, Jessica Novak Band, the Cool Club Quartet with the Lipker Sisters.

These programs would not be possible without great partnerships and for the 2nd year, Seneca Meadows has been there to assist us bring them to you. We are also extremely excited to announce our partnership with the Fingerlakes Radio Group and Mix98.5

This series is another FREE series from Seneca Museum and our partners.

Event and Program schedule full details here

Event organization by ‘Simply Created by Susie’

CONCLUDED: Walt Gable – Underground Railroad Activism

What made it possible for so many “freedom seekers” (“fugitive slaves”) to come safely through the Finger Lakes as they sought freedom from slavery? That is a key question that Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will help answer in a program on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Wesleyan Chapel 126 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY.

Many individuals and groups were active in various kinds of Underground Railroad or anti-slavery activities in the decades preceding the Civil War. Learn about who these groups and people were and what they did.

Help celebrate African-American History Month by learning more about the important role that the Finger Lakes played in this momentous human rights struggle in United States

Bedford Falls Gingerbread Winners

The 2017 Bedford Falls Gingerbread House contest has been run and won.

Thank you to all those who entered (a total of 54 this year) and a special thank you to all the people who made this event possible. To all the people who volunteered to help with the FREE workshops for the children, for giving up their time and Saturdays to help make this a wonderful experience for the children we thank you, for without your help this would not have been possible.

The contest and workshops were assisted by the generous support and donation from Seneca Meadows.

Winner in the Under 8 age group:

Sage (Aged 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner in the 8 – 13 age group:

Riley (Aged 10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner in the Adult group:

Alexandria (Aged 17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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