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Events Planned for 2021

Editor’s note: Our Event List for 2021 is a work in progress and subject to change depending on health requirements, etc.

Exploring the Cobblestone Museum Online – Feb. 1-Dec. 31, 2021. The Museum will expand its online presence using six -10 live streaming presentations focusing on particular artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Several episodes have been produced during the Covid-19 pandemic with great success. This series will build on that success and provide arts & cultural content for those who do not wish to participate face-to-face.

Corning Museum of Glass Bus Trip –TBD
Enjoy a full day excursion to Historic Corning and learn about the history of glass making at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Old Fashioned Days – June 11 & 12, 2021 at Pullman Memorial Church. This will be in conjunction with Albion’s Strawberry Festival, an annual event that welcomes over 10,000 people for the two-day event. The Festival was cancelled in 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis, and the planning committee is looking forward to making any changes that will allow the event to go forward in 2021. We will have a hands-on history display featuring objects for children to touch and examine, like dial telephones, typewriters, & more. We will have an art exhibit featuring examples of Victorian art from the collection of former Museum Director Bill Lattin. Also, several artists will be invited to paint and sculpt. Visitors will be encouraged to start their own artwork to take home. The Museum will bring artifacts to acquaint festival- goers with a sampling of what is available at the Museum throughout the year. We will take a few of our “wow” items from our collection including several 19th century butter churns. Families can even spend a minute and churn their own butter in a mason jar, and sample their handiwork on crackers. This event will feature live streaming programming throughout the two days to accommodate those who cannot attend for any reason.

Cobblestone Membership Fundraising Dinner—TBD
Join us for our third Membership Dinner at the Carlton Recreation Center. This signature event will be catered again by Michael Zambito. There will be live and silent auctions and several raffles throughout the evening.

Luncheon is Served at the Vagg House – TBD
Our members and their guests are invited to enjoy a special luncheon with finger sandwiches and tea at the Vagg House. A tour of the house will be included. A freewill donation will be accepted. Special repeat events will be scheduled as needed to meet the demand.

Cobblestone Heritage: Our 60th Anniversary – Sun. July 5 (11am-3pm)
Come out and celebrate our anniversary and the 4th of July with patriotic songs and readings at 11am. At noon we will welcome all of the churches of the community for a bring-your-own picnic lunch on the side lawn to celebrate our 60th Anniversary. Enjoy a hot dog right off the grill. A freewill donation will be received.

Plein Air Art Classes with Pat Greene – July 10 & 24. Local artist Pat Greene will teach a series of four outdoor oil & acrylic painting classes in conjunction with the Museum in 2021 featuring clouds, foliage & water. Clouds, foliage and water are affected by light differently and understanding what we truly see and why will add knowledge to our painting experience. We will break down the components of landscape to better understand the distinct challenges of rendering a realistic portrayal of each. Ultimately, by direct observation, an artist can see more accurately that which the camera doesn’t capture or inherently distorts. Plein air painting gives opportunity to record realistic color and light effects. Locales include the Cobblestone Museum grounds in Albion, Robyn Hill Arboretum in Lyndonville, and an Erie Canal setting at The Quiet Eye Studio in Medina.

Cobblestone Trivia Night Series – TBD
Maarit Vaga will be the emcee the Cobblestone Museum’s own Trivia Night series. An alternative Zoom format will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

Victorian Mourning Art Online Exhibit – September 1 – TBD. An online exhibit will be created to showcase mourning art prominent in the late 19th century in America. Many pieces from the Museum collection will be featured including objects that display the motifs of angels, wreaths, pillows and lambs. One of the most unique artifacts is a beautiful tombstone donated to the Museum by the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester that depicts a stand of weeping willows and an obelisk pointing to heaven.

Fundraising Concert II—TBD
Join us at the Cobblestone Church for a reprise free concert featuring our fiddler friends, “Elderberry Jam.” A freewill offering will be accepted. This concert will also be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person.

Old Timer’s Fair & Antiques Appraisal—TBD
Our museum will come alive with artisans and re-enactors as we recreate the feel of Orleans County life in the 19th century. Free Admission. An antique appraisal service is also available for a small fee per item. A Chiavetta’s Chicken BBQ is taking place on-site for dining al fresco (if permitted) or take-out, from 11am until 5pm or sold-out. Livestreaming will also be used for those who cannot attend the festivities in person.

Cobblestone Virtual Tour of Homes—TBD
Our annual Cobblestone Tour will go virtual this year and include 10 sites with on location filming and meetings with the owners. Purchase your tour booklet and internet access in advance.

Holiday Shoppe – TBD
The Holiday Shoppe is (hopefully) back for 2021 and we look forward to displaying a huge selection of Christmas decorations at very low prices again this year.

Christmas Tour of Homes – TBD
View some wonderful Christmas displays as part of our fourth annual Christmas Tour of Historic Homes. Self-drive to enjoy the outdoor spectacle of lights and decorations. A program booklet will explain the various Christmas traditions enjoyed by host families. Indoor tours may be available if permitted by health regulations.