Schoharie County Events
Schoharie County Chamber
CHAIR YOGA, Wednesdays 9AM, MIDDLEBURGH LIBRARY 323 Main Street Middleburgh, (518) 827-5142
DISCOVERY WEDNESDAY, 10AM, Art, science, stories and more in this interactive program for ages 3 and up and their caregivers. Registration Required. MIDDLEBURGH LIBRARY 323 Main Street Middleburgh, (518) 827-5142
MATINEE Wednesdays 1PM, MIDDLEBURGH LIBRARY 323 Main Street Middleburgh, (518) 827-5142
MAHJONG MANIA 1PM, Don’t know how to play? No problem! They will teach you how. No registration required MIDDLEBURGH LIBRARY 323 Main Street Middleburgh, (518) 827-5142
STORY TIME Tuesdays 10:45AM, MIDDLEBURGH LIBRARY 323 Main Street Middleburgh, (518) 827-5142
INSIGHT MEDIATION, Tuesdays 5:15PM MIDDLEBURGH LIBRARY 323 Main Street Middleburgh, (518) 827-5142
KNITTING CIRCLE Thursdays 7PM MIDDLEBURGH LIBRARY 323 Main Street Middleburgh, (518) 827-5142
ADULT COLORING CLUB 2PM Third Monday month. MIDDLEBURGH LIBRARY 323 Main Street Middleburgh, (518) 827-5142
SECOND WEDNESDAY of month. The Schoharie County Tourism Board meets at 6:30 pm. Join us to learn what Schoharie County Tourism is planning for tourism businesses and agencies in our county! Schoharie County Chamber Office, 143 Caverns Road, Howes Cave. (518) 296-8991
JULY THRU AUGUST; The Iroquois Indian Museum announces the outdoor “Tonto, Tepees, and Totem Poles: Considering Native American Stereotypes in the 21st Century,” which will be displayed in July and August in the open-air pavilion on the museum’s grounds in Howes Cave. The museum also announces a summer series of Facebook Live mini-lessons and demonstrations by Iroquois educators and artists, as well as a virtual raffle.
“Tonto, Tepees, and Totem Poles” revisits themes from the museum’s 2018 show of the same title and features banners with information on Native American stereotypes in popular culture, as well as photographs of a selection of contemporary works by Native American artists. Artworks include images of “Wasted,” a series of ceramic bottles and cigarettes with culturally appropriated Native images by Cannupa Hanska Luger and “We’ll Say Who We Are,” a beer coaster featuring a caricature of a chief surrounded by photos of the artist's family and friends by 2020 National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient Karen Ann Hoffman.
Each year, the museum develops exhibitions around current issues in Iroquois culture with works by contemporary Native artists from around the country. The 2020 exhibit Identity/Identify exploring blood quantum and tribal membership has been postponed due to museum closure in response to public health concerns around Covid-19. The show will have a virtual opening in the fall and official opening in 2021.
“Even though our museum is closed, we want to invite people to engage with us through live virtual events and by visiting our beautiful grounds to walk through our 45-acre nature park and consider contemporary issues and Haudenosaunee art in the outdoor exhibit,” says Museum Director Steph Shultes. “We’re also offering a virtual raffle because we’re not able to hold the popular in-person raffle that is usually a part of our annual festival, which we’ve canceled due to public health concerns.”
The series of Facebook Live events will be each Wednesday at noon, from July 8 through Aug. 26, on the Iroquois Indian Museum’s Facebook page. The live events will feature 10-minute talks with our two Iroquois cultural interpreters and mini Iroquois art demonstrations, including beadwork, porcupine quillwork, traditional clothing, and finger weaving. For more information on the virtual events, visit https://www.iroquoismuseum.org/events-calendar The virtual raffle includes four weekly Sunday drawings starting Aug. 18. Tickets are $5 and available at https://www.iroquoismuseum.org/virtual-raffle
Visitors should prepare to take their trash with them and know that the museum building, including restrooms, are closed to the public. Iroquois Indian Museum 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave. www.iroquoismuseum.org. 518-296-8949
JULY 25; 7PM: A Time of Cultural Convergence, a virtual evening of dance to celebrate culture, diversity, and unity in uncertain times. Presented by the Jefferson Historical Society.
Program will showcase the versatile talents of the Accent Dance NYC ensemble while building cultural bridges among collaborators through movement and music, purposefully juxtaposing elements of ballet, contemporary dance, salsa, tango, martial arts, hip hop and more. Artistic works from the ensemble weave a common thread throughout the program reflecting how cultures intersect, and how diversity, above all, is what brings vitality and spirit to our society. The evening will shine a light on creativity in quarantine, as well as present encore footage from past live performances. The ensemble also premieres a short dance film, Children of the World, featuring children from across the globe, joined together through movement.
“Because dance speaks so deeply, even when devoid of language, we will celebrate our coming together in unity -- our convergence -- in the face of the many challenges we have endured over these last months,” elucidates Executive Director and Founder of Accent Dance NYC, Andrea Ziegelman. “In the midst of isolation, social unrest, and a halt in cultural events, we are so pleased to offer the residents of Jefferson, an evening of respite and recharge while exploring with us how transformative the power of dance can be.”
STREAM INFORMATION, A Time of Cultural Convergence will take place virtually on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. The event will stream at https://www.facebook.com/The-Jefferson-Historical-Society-309739662479973. A live Q+A will follow with the ensemble and company leadership. This event is free and open to all ages.
September 1-2; 10am: 37th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival. This event centers on the celebration of Iroquois creativity and self-expression by featuring an all Iroquois Art Market open to Iroquois artists by special invitation only. Both traditional and contemporary arts and fine crafts are showcased. The Sky Dancers from Six Nations Reserve in Ontario will perform traditional Iroquois social dances, and may invite the public out onto the dance floor to participate, as well. Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground will return with dramatic tales of daring feats and astounding adventures. Family activity area will feature participatory crafts. Local wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will discuss wildlife conservation in our region and present a variety of native wild animals including birds of prey. The Museum’s archeology department will be available to help identify archeological finds and give demonstrations of flintknapping and other early technologies. Iroquois Indian Museum 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave. www.iroquoismuseum.org. 518-296-8949
SEPTEMBER 1; 4PM: WILDLIFE WONDERS WITH RANGER RAID will discuss the various species of NY and their behaviors, appearanceds, habitats, tracks, calls and other aspects. Hands on learning experience with full body taxidermy displays of coyotes, bobcats, black bears, white tail deer, owls, and more. More info. 518-827-8690. Max V. Shaul State Park.
September 6; 7PM: Adding Autumn Color to the Landscape. Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
September 6 & 7; 9AM: Preparing for the Fall Plant Sale. Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
September 7; 4PM: Pick of the Pots (POPs): A Members-Only Fall Plant Sale Preview Party. Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
September 7 & 8; 8:30 PM: Star Parties. Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
September 8 & 9; 10AM: Landis Fall Plant Sale – and More. Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
September 9; 3PM: Would You Like to Meet Some Honeybees? Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
SEPTEMBER 15,16; SHARON SPRINGS HARVEST FESTIVAL a time to celebrate the harvest of local farmers, arrival of Autumn and time to bring the community together. Sharon Springs.
September 21; 7PM: Live Kyle Mille Band. Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
SEPTEMBER 21; 10AM: ANNUAL WILDLIFE FESTIVAL. You don’t want to miss our biggest event of the year! Fun for the whole family- birds of prey demonstrations, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, arts & crafts tent and more! Food trucks and live entertainment! Plus, free admission to NYPA’s Blenheim- Gilboa Visitor’s Center and historic Lansing Manor! Learn about the history of power and the power of history! Rte. 30, North Blenheim.
SEPTEMBER 21; 10AM: Village of Middleburgh Guided Walking Tour of beautiful downtown Middleburgh, the heart of Schoharie County. Highlights include glacial history of the valley, pre-historic occupation, Mohawk occupation, Palatine settlement, Weiser’s Dorf, John Conrad Weiser & son Conrad, Adam Vrooman, Vroman’s Nose, Colonial period, 1756 fort, Revolutionary War, Tory uprising of 1777, Fort Defyance & Middle Fort, Timothy Murphy, Johnson Raid of 1780, 1786 Dutch Reformed Church, post-Revolution rebuilding, many unmarked sites, exclusive narratives & more! $10 adults, $5 children 9-17. Tour meets at Middleburgh High School – parking in rear; off Main St./Rte 145 in Village of Middleburgh. More information at and facebook.com/turningpoint1777/
SEPTEMBER 21, 22; The 44th annual antique show at the Schoharie Valley Railroad Complex on Depot Lane in Schoharie Village. The show will be open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sept. 22. A special event this year is an exhibit and sale by The Stony Creek Quilts and Wovens. They are a very talented group of artisans from Schoharie County and you’ll find them on the second floor of the Creamery Building. Admission to the antique show is $6. For further information, call (518) 295-7505, or 518-231-7241
SEPTEMBER 22; 4PM: Concert – Annie & The Hedonists. A band with a great lead singer and tight harmonies, covering an eclectic mix of acoustic blues, vintage jazz and swing, and fold roots Americana.
The band interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the ‘20s, 30s & 40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Other styles include western swing, bluesy country, and roots Americana. Middleburgh Library 323 Main St, Middleburgh,
September 22; 10AM: Fermentation Basics. Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
September 22; 2PM: Mushrooms: Fungus Among Us. Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
SEPTEMBER 22; Cobleskill Poker Walk & Cobleskill Day. Come see what Cobleskill has to offer at our annual celebration starting in Centre Park at 10am with farmer's market, kids' activities, live music, local food, area crafters and vendors. Stay for the Poker Walk starting at 5 pm - visit our participating downtown pubs, enjoy their special deals and get a card. Best hand wins!
SEPTEMBER 22; WILDLIFE FESTIVAL. New York Power Autority Visitors Center, Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, 1278 St. Rte. 30, North Blenheim. 800-724-0309
SEPTEMBER 22; 10AM: FAM 5K "FUND" RUN/WALK. Beneficiary Cobleskill Regional Hospital. www.fam5k.com. Cobleskill
SEPTEMBER 24; 8PM: Moonlight Kayaking. Back by popular demand, Mine Kill is hosting another moonlit paddle! Participants will get the chance to paddle around the reservoir and if the water is high enough, we might even be able to paddle up the creek. This is a great way to have some fun, test your skills, and listen for some wildlife on a nice relaxing night. Canoes are welcome to join! Space is very limited, so sign up fast! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. PFD's are REQUIRED and must be worn AT ALL TIMES. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690. Mine Kill State Park, 161 Minekill Road North Blenheim
September 27; 2PM: Fred Breglia on WAMC Public Radio’s “Vox Pop”. Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
SEPTEMBER 29; HOMECOMING AND FAMILY WEEKEND SUNY Cobleskill, 106 Suffolk Cir, Cobleskill.
SEPTEMBER 28; 8AM: Klock Cemetery Clean Up. Next to last clean up day for Klock Cemetery near the intersection of routes 10 & 165 in the town of Seward. Any questions contact Ancestors Remembered at (518) 231-6706 and leave a message. Will contact you as soon as possible.SEPTEMBER 28; 10 AM: FAM 5k Fund Run/Walk For Charity. Plus Many Refreshments, Entertainment, Chicken BBQ, & Kids’ Run. Numerous Awards. Cobleskill Fairgrounds 113 Sunshine Drive Cobleskill 800-932-3271 FAM5K.com
September 30; 2PM: Landis Volunteer Appreciation Party. Landis Arboretum, 175 Lape Rd, Esperance. 518-875-6935
OCTOBER 5; Stone Fort Days. A weekend full of immersive, family friendly, living history re-enactments, demonstrations and activities. Activities both Saturday and Sunday of the Columbus Day weekend event, which will highlight all aspects of life in the Schoharie Valley during the American Revolution. Hands-on workshops and programs provide the opportunity for visitors to roll up their sleeves and get in on the action, which helps bring the history of the New York frontier to life. Old Stone Fort Museum Complex 145 Fort Road, Schoharie,
October 6; 10:00am: Beadwork Workshop with Mohawk artist Wilma Cook Zumpano. Learn to create a beaded strawberry pin cushion/ornament. All materials – patterns, velvet, fill, beads, needles & thread provided. Ages 12 and up. Limited enrollment. Call or email the museum for cost. Iroquois Indian Museum 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave. www.iroquoismuseum.org. 518-296-8949
OCTOBER 6,7; HISTORY FAIR. A celebration by and for history enthusiasts! Living History; music; antique cars, military vehicles and engines; artisans; collectors; vendors; historians of all time periods and all interest areas. The Old Stone Fort Museum, 145 Fort Rd, Schoharie. 518-295-7192
October/Nov; Eric Gansworth. Writer, poet, and playwright Eric Gansworth (Tuscarora) will present and discuss his new book and popular selections from his large body of work. Date to be announced. Iroquois Indian Museum 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave. www.iroquoismuseum.org. 518-296-8949
OCTOBER 12; MURDER in the Mohawk Valley. Christine will share stories hand-picked from the 18 books in her series about true local murders. Among the spine tingling tales she will be sharing are two from 1927 about murders in Howes Cave and Cobleskill, a 1916 tale about the death of a cobbler along the Cobleskill Creek, the 1974 slaying of a Cobleskill College co-ed and the 1984 murder at the Red Door Deli along Route 7. Grape Vine Farms 2373 State Route 7 Cobleskill,
OCTOBER 14; 2PM: FALL PADDLE. John Burroughs once said "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." If you want to witness some beautiful Autumn colors, sign up for our Fall Paddle Tour! We'll paddle up the Schoharie Creek if the water level allows and witness the bright yellows, reds, and oranges, that signal the changing of the seasons. This is a relaxing, quiet tour for patrons who need to rent a kayak, or have their own. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces! We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information. Mine Kill State Park, 161 Minekill Road North Blenheim
October 14; 2pm: Traditional Mohawk Stories with Ionataie:was/Kay Olan. A treasured educator, Kay has been sharing the stories she learned from her elders at Akwesasne for more than 30 years. Young or old, there are lessons for all in her wide collection of spellbinding tales. Iroquois Indian Museum 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave. www.iroquoismuseum.org. 518-296-8949
OCTOBER 18, 19; HALLOWEEN at NYPA. A weekend full of spooky family fun! 5pm- 8pm, haunted tents! The festivities reach a frightening level on October 19 with the annual Zombie Run at 9am, Kid's Costume Parade from 12pm- 1pm, Haunted Tents from 1pm- 4pm plus DJ, food trucks, crafts, wagon rides and pumpkin patch. On October 20, we'll be hosting a Psychic- led Haunted History Tour of Lansing Manor at 3pm and 5pm. Plus, free admission to NYPA's Blenheim- Gilboa Visitor's Center and historic Lansing Manor! Learn about the history of power and the power of history!
October 19; 6pm: Light The Night is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) annual fundraising walk at Siena College where friends, families, and co-workers form fundraising teams, and consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in this inspirational, memorable evening walk. Participants carry illuminated lanterns – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold lanterns in memory of loved ones lost. To register for the walk, visit: or for more info, contact our Light The Night Senior Campaign Manager, Karen Patterson at or 518-438-3583
OCTOBER 19-20; HALLOWEEN EVENT. Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, 1378 St. Rte. 30, North Blenheim. 800-724-0309
OCTOBER 21; HAUNTED HISTORY TOUR. Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, 1378 St. Rte. 30, North Blenheim. 800-724-0309
October 21; 2pm: Iroquois Stories with Lorrie Gallant (Cayuga/Tuscarora) from real life growing up on Six Nations Reserve with author, illustrator, and storyteller Lorrie Gallant (Cayuga/Tuscarora). Lorrie was the very first recipient of the Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Education Award and has written and beautifully illustrated a series of children's stories. In addition to her independent work, she serves as the Education Program Coordinator at the Woodland Cultural Center at Six Nations Reserve. Iroquois Indian Museum 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave. www.iroquoismuseum.org. 518-296-8949
NOVEMBER 2; 5PM: HARRY POTTER IS BACK Dust off your dress robes, grab your wand and broomstick and join us for another amazing Harry Potter themed dinner at Grapevine Farms! Enjoy a themed family style meal (menu below) with your favorite witches and wizards (and maybe a ghost or two ). Muggles are Welcome! $27 per wizard includes Sorting Hat Ceremony, Themed Dinner and entertainment featuring Chamber of Secrets Cornhole! Two Seating Times: 5pm and 7pm. When registering for this event, please select one person in your party to do the Sorting Hat Ceremony. Please reply by Owl at or call the Headmistress at 518-234-9148 to reserve your seats. Prepayment is required. We welcome you to come dressed as your favorite Hogwarts character or House! Grapevine Farms, 2373 State Route 7 Cobleskill,
NOVEMBER 4, 11,18,25; SUNDAY MOVIES. Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, 1378 St. Rte. 30, North Blenheim. 800-724-0309
NOVEMBER 4; 3PM: The Upper Catskill String Quartet and New Day-Voices of Schoharie will present a performance featuring each ensemble alone and also performing as a combined ensemble. There is no admission charge for this event and it is open to the general public. St. Vincent de Paul Church, Washington Ave., Cobleskill.
November 7; 4:30PM: Moderated Panel Discussion: Today’s Stereotypes & A Need for Change. Falen Johnson (Mohawk), Carrie Hill (Mohawk), Katherine Hawkins, and Pat McLeod. Panelists will share their experiences and discuss the complex relationship between stereotypes and identity. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Tonto, Teepees, & Totem Poles: Native American Stereotypes in the 21st Century” at the Iroquois Indian Museum. Informational tables relating to diversity and respect will be open before the discussion/presentation starting at 4:30pm, panel discussion 5pm. This event is appropriate for middle school age children to elders. Upper Champlin Hall Suny Cobleskill campus Cobleskill. South Parkway off Route 7. Use F-Lot parking.
DECEMBER; FESTIVAL OF TREES. All month. Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, 1378 St. Rte. 30, North Blenheim. 800-724-0309
DECEMBER 8; PHOTOS WITH SANTA. Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, 1378 St. Rte. 30, North Blenheim. 800-724-0309
DECEMBER 15; HOLIDAY MOVIE. Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, 1378 St. Rte. 30, North Blenheim. 800-724-0309