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Don't miss these other special events and programs scheduled for 2024...

July 8th, 11th, August 12th and 15th 2024, from 9:00am to 3:00 pm.

Introduction to "Weaving on a Barn Loom"

at The Otselic Valley Grange Hall, 130 County Road 13A, across from the Otselic Valley Central School

The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association is proud to announce that Kathryn Wojciechowski will be conducting a class entitled "Introduction to Weaving on a Barn Loom", at The Old School Wool and Weaving Center located in South Otselic.

Four hands-on opportunities for beginners to learn the basics of weaving on a pre-warped vintage loom. By the end of the class, learn how to create a beautiful and functional rag rug to take home. Each 1-day class is limited to 5 students.

Cost: A $25 non-refundable reservation fee. Advance reservations are suggested in order to secure a space in one of the classes.

Register and Information: email Kathryn at earlyamericantextiletools@yahoo.com

Sunday, July 14th, 2024 at 2pm-4pm

Musical Program at North Pitcher Community Center/Church

John Kirk and Trish Miller will perform at the North Pitcher Church on State Hwy. 26. John is the primary vocalist and instrumental wizard on fiddle, mandolin & more, while Trish plays banjo, guitar and provides fancy footwork with percussive dance steps. Together, this married couple uses old time music as the basis for their repertoire, but also mix in some originals, Celtic, early country songs, humorous selections and Appalachian clog dancing. Food will be for sale by Kandi's Kitchen.

Sunday, July 28th, 2024 at 2pm-4pm

Musical Program at Georgetown Town Park

Music by the Smyrna Citizens Band. The Band has been bringing music to the Village of Smyrna for over 100 years, presenting a 6-week concert series each summer. The band has included multiple generations of players, with grandparents, parents, and children playing side-by-side, thus proving that making music is a lifetime activity. Refreshments will be provided by the Georgetown Fire Department. The Madison County Emergency Management team, including the rescue helicopter, will be on site to educate the public about its services.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2024 at 4pm-8pm

Journey through Chenango: "Land of the Oneidas"

45 Rexford Street Norwich, NY 13815

Join us for an exciting evening with author Daniel Koch at the Chenango County Historical Society Museum in Norwich!

This is the first event in a series organized by the Otselic Valley Fishing and Heritage Association, in collaboration with C.S. Miller Books and the Chenango County Historical Society, generously funded by the Roger Follett Foundation. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with history and literature!

Please only RSVP if you plan to commit to the two session series, which includes a second book, "Drums Along the Mohawk"

Click here to reserve your spot now on eventbrite and get your free book!


  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Enjoy guided tours of the Haudenosaunee exhibition and other informative programming.
  • 5:30 PM: Be among the first 40 attendees to RSVP and receive a free copy of Daniel Koch's book Land of the Oneidas: Central New York State and the Creation of America, from Prehistory to the Present (2023).
  • 6:00 PM: Listen to a fascinating talk by Daniel Koch about his book, focusing on the crucial role the Oneida Nation played in our region.
  • Book Signing: Have your copy signed by the author after his presentation.
  • Food Truck will be on-site.

About the Book:
Land of the Oneidas presents the history of central New York State from the Ice Age to the present day. The central part of New York State, the homeland of the Oneida Haudenosaunee people, has shaped American history. This book tells the story of the land and the people who made their homes there, examining the region's impact on the making of America, from its strategic importance in the Revolution and Early Republic to its symbolic significance today.

Author Bio:
Daniel Koch is Headmaster of Loughborough Grammar School in England and author of Ralph Waldo Emerson in Europe: Class, Race, and Revolution in the Making of an American Thinker.

For more information, contact Michael Foor-Pessin at (315) 653-7811 or foorpessin@gmail.com

Sunday, August 4th, 2024 at 2pm-4pm

Local History Program at North Pitcher Community Center/Church

Chenango County Historian Henry Drexler will present a program on Abandoned Barns and Farmland in Chenango County. Free, handmade refreshments from Fox Trail Farm will be served.

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