Historical Society Sets Harvest Fest
BLOCKVILLE — The Harmony Historical Society’s annual Harvest Festival and Quilt Show will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine, at the historical society’s campus at 1943 Open Meadows Road in Blockville.
The society has five historic areas on its 33-acre campus. Admission and parking are free.
The festival also includes a groomed 1.5-mile Master’s Memorial Nature trail which has a Scavenger Hunt all weekend. Petting zoos from The Poppy Patch and Hilltop Farms will be available while geocaching will be available Saturday on the grounds. Free horse-drawn wagon rides provided by Ed Trisket will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
The festival features the 6th Georgia Infantry Regiment portraying the battle of Cold Harbor.
A lineup of live music each day will be provided by Old Dawg, Davis & Eng and the Bonnie Loch Fiddlers.
The festival features the Golden Needle Quilters Quilt Show; weaving and spinning demonstrations by the Chautauqua County Weavers Guild, the South Shore Weavers Guild and the Hilltop Spinners. Demonstrations also include longbow making by Kim Mason; chair caning by Yesterday’s Treasures, Blacksmith and Log Hewing by John Stow and Johnson’s Antique Engines. Merchants include Big Tree Maple, Country Kettle Corn, Wacky Bee Honey, Studio J. Papercraft, Linda Mason Designs and Whittier Farms. New this year will be Clara’s Sweet Kreations, Breadbox Bakery, Dan’s Odd and Ends Crafts and Hilltop Stable. Grannie’s Attic and the Silent Auction are also attending.
Historic buildings will be open and manned by living history demonstrators, including the District 1 One Room School House, the 1830s Matson House, the Nagel Weaving Shed and the Butts Barn. The newest addition to the historical society’s artifact, Blinky Litzinger’s jalopy that raced at the Roll-O-Bowl, will be on display. The Waite Building library will be open and feature exhibits about North Harmony history as the town will be celebrating its centennial in 2019.
The historical society’s menu of sloppy joes, Italian sausage, hot dogs, homemade soup, chili, walking tacos, chicken sandwiches and pie will be available.
The Golden Needle Quilters are raffling a unique hand quilted Whole-Cloth quilt.
This type of quilt dates back to colonial times in America. The background fabric is a solid white with the designs hand quilted in various colored threads.
The center motif is a pineapple framed with feathered borders. The drawing will be held on Sunday at the festival. Tickets are available to purchase from historical society members or during the festival. The winner does not need to be present.
The historical society will also conduct a Chinese auction and silent auction and will sell copies of the Historical Society’s Cookbook and Roll-O-Bowl DVD. Society membership can also be renewed.
Proceeds are used for the operating expenses of the Historical Society. The Harmony Historical Society was established in 1972 and received its charter from the state Education Department in 1976.
Its purpose is to aid the preservation and development of local history of the Old Town of Harmony, now divided into Harmony and North Harmony.