July 22, 2011

The 154th Oswego County Fair is now history, and as such will be remembered as a success overall. The weather cooperated perfectly, with only Saturday as a particularly warm day. The track, which was redone at considerable expense this year, was lauded by the Horse breeders Association as “the best ever” according to the officers.

In the Heritage Hall we had a good week with enthusiastic public reaction to our many fine displays put together by the various town historians and historical societies. Everyone put forth a lot of creatively and energy to make each exhibit special.

Fresh from the fair the Half-Shire staff had to move our materials back to Richland and have the building in shape for a meeting , and two weekend events back to back. New metal and Formica shelves were installed along the north wall of the main room to better display our library materials. The older wooden shelves have been moved upstairs where they will be perfect for storage. We elected to change materials for the shelving as we continue to try to keep our moisture low in the sub-level of the main hall. A new dehumidifier is also assisting with this.

On the weekend of July 15-17 the descendants of Theo and Agnes (Duane) Grant of Redfield held their triennial reunion at the Half-Shire building. 89 were there for dinner on Saturday night, with varying numbers through the weekend. This family includes our Redfield Trustee Liz Grant, who was on site most of the weekend assisting with the kitchen duties and organizing the activities. Former Trustee Phyllis Grant was on hand, as was her brother Ted from Texas. Many of the Grant family are members of Half-Shire so the weekend was a real homecoming. On Saturday the family used our new wireless network to “Skype” an Uncle in Maine who was unable to come. It sure is great what technology can do to bring people together.

On Saturday July 23rd we will meet at noon for a picnic lunch and then at one we will hold our monthly meeting. The public is welcome to attend and join us, please call ahead during our hours at 298-1285 or leave a message with President Doyle at 298-3620 so we can plan for the right number.

On Sunday July 24th the first tour our summer concert series events will feature “Two Much Fun”, versatile local band composed of Deane Delli-Bovi and Tom Wirkes who have played to great acclaim in the area this summer. We encourage our friends to stop by and listen to this group, which may play on the back lawn depending on the weather. Refreshments will be available; there is no charge for admission. This event is funded by the Central New York Arts Council and a NYS Council on the Arts decentralization grant.

Our AmeriCorps worker Tyffany Howlett has been busy at work on the historical walking and biking tours of the region. On July 15th we went through Orwell, Boylston and Redfield taking new photos and meeting with people along the way. Thanks to Members Milferd Potter and Roxanne Ferguson for taking time assisting us with questions.

Our facility is now open Wednesday through Saturday, noon -4 p.m . We continue to also meet out of town visitors by appointment at other times. As mentioned above we have a phone now, 298-1285 as well as wireless internet service in the building that really makes research so much easier!
Our web-site is at www.halfshire.com and we are on Facebook now as Halfshire.

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