Fly Creek Cider Mill sponsors NYSHA’s Otsego County Appreciation Week
Farmers’ Museum and FenimoreArt Museum offering residents BIG savings
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the New York State Historical Association’s Otsego County Appreciation Week. As area schools come to a close, The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum will launch a new initiative to recognize the support of county residents and local employees. During Otsego County Appreciation Week, from Monday, June 22 through Sunday, June 28, the museums will offer 50 percent discounts on museum admissions, as well as the purchase of new individual and family memberships, to those who live or work in Otsego County. The week-long initiative will provide residents a chance to visit the museums and preview new exhibitions before the summer season gets into full swing.
“We are very proud to support the Museums as a sponsor for this local promotion,” says Bill Michaels, Co-owner of the Mill. “We have been members for years and our children visit on a weekly basis. These facilities are world-class treasures right in our own backyard. I anticipate that many residents will take advantage of this wonderful offer and treat their family to a day or two of fun!”
At the Fenimore Art Museum, art activities will be offered for children each morning at 10:15 a.m. and a curator led tour will be offered each afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Visitors may enjoy, America’s Rome: Artist in the Eternal City, 1800-1900 featuring over 100 works by celebrated artists including Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Thomas Hicks, Jasper Francis Cropsey, John Kensett and others. This is the nation’s first major exhibition on the topic of American artists’ depictions of 19th century Rome. It brings together the most influential artists of the period, placing them within the timeless backdrop of the Eternal City and its ancient surroundings. It is also the largest exhibition of paintings the Fenimore Art Museum has ever organized.
At 11:00 a.m. each morning, visitors are invited to experience a guided tour of the new Interpretive Trail and the Mohawk Bark House which is located on the shore of Otsego Lake behind the Fenimore Art Museum. The Interpretive Trail is a path with colorful panels which provide insight on the Fenimore Art Museum and its setting. It begins near the entrance to the Fenimore Art Museum and weaves its way toward the lake.
Throughout The Farmers’ Museum’s historic village, visitors will be treated to a variety of hands-on activities and horse-drawn wagon rides. Children can learn to make rope and try their hand at milking a cow. Visitors can take a few spins on The Empire State Carousel with half-price rates on carousel tokens. At the museum’s County Fair, kids can play old-fashioned games like checkers, walk on stilts, or perfect their game of skittles. In the Main Barn a new exhibition entitled, Wild Times! A New York State Animal Road Trip showcases some of the animals depicted on the Carousel, and explores their natural history, mythology, social history, art history and use in pop culture. Families are encouraged to make it a day at the museums. Bring a picnic to enjoy by the lake or at one of the picnic spots at The Farmers’ Museum. Lunch and tasty treats are available at either Fenimore Café or the Stone Barn Daily Bar at The Farmers’ Museum. This special offer is available for single or two-way tickets to The Farmers’ Museum and/or the Fenimore Art Museum from Monday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 28th to anyone who works or lives in Otsego County. Admission requires proof of county residency such as a valid driver’s license with an Otsego County address or employee identifications card from an Otsego County based employer. The museums are open daily from10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Families taking advantage of this promotion will have access to additional discounts at the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard.