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We Are Open

August 1st and 2nd, 2020, was opening weekend at Old Austerlitz and it was a great success!
Since we have a lot of photos, we are going to let the photos do the speaking (although, full disclosure, we’re not going to show you everything because we want to entice you to come and see for yourself). Old Austerlitz will be open every Saturday & Sunday through September 6th, Noon-4pm.

A special thank you to the following people for their amazing work in helping to get Old Austerlitz open during these unusual times:
Ryan Turley & Matthew Papas, Gale & Bruce Stockman, Michael Rebic, Phil Palladino, Penny Metsch, Vivian & Gary Cunningham, Margaret Hover.

That’s Ryan Turley at the gallery entrance.(Notice the beautiful entry hall.)
Christa Karen and her daughter Hannah Karen
Matthew Papas, Margaret Hover, and Nick Naber taking care of the money and signing up new members.
Inside the gallery
The updated Morey-Devereaux House
There are surprises behind every door!
New barn displays
The Shop at Old Austerlitz
Cellist Will Hutnick – Will is also one of the artists in the show.
Fundraising Update: We have set a goal of raising $20,000 this summer to help offset the loss of income from the cancelled Blueberry Festival and we are getting close! We are happy to report that to date we have raised $18,025. A list of donors is available via the supporters tab. THANK YOU to all who have donated. If you would like to donate, and for further information, please go to our donate tab.
Remember: We are open Saturdays & Sundays through September 6th, 2020 We hope to see you soon.
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$20,000

That is our goal – to raise $20,000 this summer for the operating expenses of Old Austerlitz. As many of you know, the Blueberry Festival has been cancelled this year due to Covid-19. The festival is our primary fundraising event of the year—we had expected to raise $33,000.

We are asking all of our members and friends to consider making a donation of any amount. The good news is that we have received our first donations amounting to $1,020 – we will keep you posted as donations come in.

Donations can be mailed to the Austerlitz Historical Society, PO Box 144, Austerlitz, NY 12017 or better still, while you’re thinking about it; you can make an immediate donation via our Donate tab. We thank you in advance for caring about and supporting our wonderful community organization. The names of donors will be listed on our website.

What are we doing with the money?

The funds will be spent on the maintenance of the buildings, hourly wages for our part-time employees, utilities, insurance premiums, gas for our lawn mowers, office, kitchen and bathroom supplies, etc… Any additional money will be used for our programming and special projects.

When will we open?

We are taking a leap-of-faith and planning for an August 1st opening of Old Austerlitz. Of course, this will depend on the progress we make in NY State regarding the virus and an okay from the government.

The opening means that our buildings, new art gallery and shop will be open to small groups of people – fortunately our expansive grounds allow for visitors to spread out and to view Old Austerlitz self-paced. And please remember that members and their guests are permitted, even now, to walk about the grounds and take a peek at the new exhibits being created and the new Austerlitz Bicentennial Bell, the tower is nearing completion; just remember to follow social distancing guidelines.

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History Goes On

Even during these difficult times, work at Old Austerlitz goes on. Tim Hawley is creating a base to display a beautiful weathervane. Clarke Olsen is working on rustic wood stanchions for the barn exhibit, and Francene Samuels will soon begin scraping and painting the south side of the Austerlitz church.

One of the things we discovered when reviewing the period rooms in the Morey-Devereaux House is that our collection of lighting sources was woefully inadequate. Here is a recent acquisition:

Whale oil lamp by Roswell Gleason at Old Austerlitz

What is it?

It is a pewter whale oil lamp created by Roswell Gleason (1799-1887). Gleason set up shop in Dorchester, MA and created this piece circa 1825. His wares were in high demand and he sold his works up and down the east coast. And here is a portrait of the rather elegant Mr. Gleason:

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As lighting was primarily provided by candlelight or oil lamps during our period, we are also looking for brass candlesticks. Of course, if you happen to own a few and would like to donate them—we wouldn’t refuse. We’ve seen a few appropriate pairs in the $45-$75 range, if you’d like to sponsor their purchase, that would be appreciated too! We are using the wonderful handmade beeswax candles made by Frances Culley of Spencertown.

If you’d like to help with some of our projects we need someone to help research the making of butter—all you’d need is a home computer. We plan a butter exhibit and would like to explain the butter making process from colonial times to about 1930. We’d also like to research butter making items that we can acquire for our collection.

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Another way to contribute is to scour your basement and/or barn for old worn-out brooms—yes, you read that correctly. We would like to collect antique and vintage brooms and whisk brooms for our display on broom making. If you are interested in any of these projects contact me at [email protected]

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The Blueberry Festival

Due to the ongoing restrictions and the limitations as to the amount of people we can have on our property, The Blueberry Festival has once again been cancelled for 2021. Instead, we will host smaller events this season (the Barn Sale being the first).
We are very hopeful that with more and more people getting their vaccine shots we will be able to hold our festival in the fall. We will expand this festival and the theme will be WILD AUSTERLITZ: Autumn in Austerlitz. The “Wild” refers to nature appreciation, hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking, bicycling, birdwatching, archery, traditional crafts, etc. If your club, organization, or business would like to participate, please contact Margaret Hover at [email protected]

This ever-popular event features early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment, magic act, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors, artisans and a special fiber art area.  There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods.

ADMISSION

Adults-$8.00 Children under 12-FREE

No pets-Please

There is an additional charge for the pancake breakfast.

Pancake Breakfast 9:00 am-11:30

$8.00 Adults —– Children under 12 – $4.00


2019 Exhibitors

As of 7/19/19, the Artisans, Crafters, Artists participating in this year’s festival are:

As of 7/19/19, the Fiber Arts Vendors

As of 7/19/19, the Market Vendors participating this year are:

Interested in becoming a vendor? Call 518-392-0062 or email [email protected]

As of 7/3/19, the Non-Profit Organizations participating this year are:

Master Gardeners – Cornell Cooperative Extension Columbia & Greene Counties – Hudson, NY

The Spencertown Academy Arts Center

2019 Entertainers

As of 7/19/19, the Entertainers & Musicians participating this year are:

Omer Black Magician

Alan Chartock and the Berkshire Ramblers – Great Barrington, MA

Roger The Jester

Thomas Hooker Hanford- Musician and Story Teller for Children and Families

As of 7/19/19, the Special Exhibitors/Demonstrators participating this year are: