The Waterford Historical Museum, located at 2 Museum Lane, has announced their summer schedule of events, including a Chocolate Tasting and Open House, the Annual Tugboat Roundup, the Annual Sal Open and Clam Bake, and more.
A Place for Nature in Victorian Waterford, running now until October 27th, Tues-Sat 10 am to 3 pm, Sundays 12:30 to 3 pm. Admission: $6 Adults $5 Children/Seniors. The 19th century had a unique view of nature that shaped the homes and daily life of Americans in the Victorian Age. Gardens were to be found in public and private spaces, indoors and outdoors, as people came to incorporate plants into their personal space. Nature came to symbolize dual qualities of the wild and untamable and the carefully cultivated, the romantic and spiritual setting and the scientifically catalogued. This exhibit explores the lawns, parks, and indoor gardens and the Victorian values associated with them. The museum’s original owner, Hugh White, built his estate in 1830 during this period and its grounds and rooms were influenced by this desire to find a place for nature in the rapidly developing industrial Waterford.
A Chocolate Tasting and Open House, with guest Marvin Bubie, author of the book Along The Erie Canal With The Municipal Seals Of The Cities, Towns and Villages Of New York, is set for Saturday, July 20th, from 1 to 2:30 pm. He will be discussing his research with visitors and is happy to sign copies of his book celebrating the Erie Canal Bicentennial. Chocolate fountain and other treats will be available for guests to enjoy. Admission to event includes a visit to the exhibit spaces. $6 Adults $5 Children.
Annual Tugboat Roundup at Waterford Harbor is set for September 6-8th. The Tug parade will be held Friday at 6 pm; and Fireworks Saturday at 9 pm. The Town of Waterford hosts its annual gathering of these iconic vessels at the Harbor, with food and other great vendors, live music and activities at Lock 2 park.
Rise & Fall of Hops in Upstate New York, presented by Roger Savoy, set for Friday, September 13th, from 7 to 9 pm. The hop plant is a multi-use plant, but most know of its use as a bittering and stabilizing agent in the making of beer. Learn more about this plant with this presentation by Roger Savoy as he explores the historical and cultural significance of this plant to the local area. He will be offering a chance to view samples of hop plants. Reservation Required Admission: $7 non-members $3 Members.
The Waterford Porch Crawl, set for Saturday, September 14th from 1 to 4 pm, $5 per person. Explore the Town and Village of Waterford with a relaxed crawl between locations at your own pace. Registration will be at the museum from 1 to 3 pm; includes a map and visit to the museum’s exhibit spaces. Restrooms at the museum and at the Community/Senior Center only.
The 3rd Annual Sal Open and Clam Bake is set for Monday, September 16th, at the Van Schaick Island Country Club, with a shotgun start at 2 pm. A great location, a fun game and it all helps to support the museum. Plus, there is the extra bonus of some particularly spectacular prizes for golfers this year at the Sal Open. $75 golfers $35 clambake-only. RSVP by calling (518)-238-0809 or email email@example.com.
Smithonian Magazine museum day is set for Saturday, September 21st. Waterford Historical Museum is joining with museums across the country to offer this chance for a free admission day to the museum. Print out tickets online, or show it on your smartphone at admission. Tickets will be available to print out August 15th.
Photo of Annual Tugboat Roundup at Waterford Harbor provided.