Each year, Small Town USA, Earlville, New York celebrates community with fun for kids, music and fireworks. These special events at the Earlville Opera House celebrate the arts in our community and are free of charge on Saturday, July 19 from 10 am to 3 pm and we’ll have refreshments for all.
“CRAZY BIRDHOUSES” IN THE GARDEN: In the EOH garden, rain or shine, we’ll have a special one-day display and sale of quirky birdhouses by Richard Stricker on Saturday, July 19 from 10 am to 3 pm only. Richard talks about his passion for making birdhouses: I grew up on a farm in Clinton, NY. One of the things I enjoyed was going to the junkyard and became interested in what they now call “upcycling.” I recently retired and was able to put my ideas, past and present to good use! The birdhouses are made mostly of recycled wood and materials that I have collected from sales, auction, fallen down barns and a few finds from my travels. I hope you enjoy the birdhouses as much as I do making them. They make you laugh, smile and inspire!
“STITCHED WITH LOVE” is a special one-day display of antique cloth dolls by the Chenango Valley Doll Club on Sat, July 19, 2014 10 am to 3 pm only. The earliest American dolls were homemade rag dolls sewn by mothers for their children.
The appearance of these early rag dolls depended on the skill of the maker as there were no patterns as there are today. In spite of the fragile nature of the materials, marvelous examples of 19th century dolls have survived. They are treasured even though their makers are unknown.
This tradition of women making cloth dolls for children is the background for the women entrepreneurs who made dolls a business. For these doll makers, cloth was the material of choice. Cloth was chosen not only because women were used to working with cloth and had these materials available, but also because cloth dolls were light and children can easily carry them. Cloth dolls are easy to hold and cuddle and can take the rigors of play without breaking.
In addition to the special exhibits, the galleries will overflow with three new exhibits of quilts. In the Arts Café Gallery, Morrisville quilt artist and past chair of the NYS Quilters Consortium Norma Lamb will present “The Road Less Traveled” with quilts that explore the theme of Robert Frost’s famous poem “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
The Regional Quilt Celebration, highlighting Central New York’s rich quilting culture, will occupy the West Gallery, and the 12th Annual Contemporary Art Quilts exhibition will be in the East Gallery with award-winning quilts from six nationally- and internationally-recognized quilters.
The EOH is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. During your visit, take advantage of, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists! For more information, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.