Programs begin at 2 pm and last from forty minutes to an hour (including questions); the Meeting House and historical collection are open every Saturday in July and August from 1 to 4 pm. All events are free, and light refreshments will be served following each program. Please join us!
July 3 – No program; Meeting House and collection open 1-4 pm as usual. Swing by Queechy Lake and watch the annual boat parade, which starts in Tremper’s Cove at about 2 pm and proceeds clockwise around the lake.
July 10 – Understanding Wildlife
Ward Stone, NYSDEC wildlife pathologist and Columbia County native, will discuss the wild critters that visit our backyards (to our delight or distress), and offers suggestions for safe wildlife observation.
July 17 – Share the Spirits!
Derek Grout of Harvest Spirits in Valatie, distillers of award-winning Core Vodka and other products made from local fruits, will describe the birth and growth of the first farm-based distillery in New York State.
July 24 – The Mennonite Community in Columbia County
Crist Byler, owner of the Canaan General Store, will explore Mennonite history in America and the growth of the local Mennonite community.
July 31 – Geocaching: A Historical Treasure Hunt
Christopher D. Parker offers an introduction to the family-friendly activity of geocaching, in which participants follow GPS coordinates to locate hidden “treasure” (logbooks to sign, trinkets to trade). Bring your GPS unit and be ready to search!
August 7 – The Freemasons and Unity #9 (rescheduled from August 14)
Michael Slattery, historian for Unity Lodge #9 of New Lebanon (currently meeting in Canaan), describes the European origins of the world’s oldest fraternal organization, its beginnings in America, and the 220-year history of Unity #9.
August 14 – The Freemasons and Unity #9
Michael Slattery, historian for Unity Lodge #9 of New Lebanon (currently meeting in Canaan), describes the European origins of the world’s oldest fraternal organization, its beginnings in America, and the 220-year history of Unity #9. This program was rescheduled for August 7. The Meeting House will be open from 1 to 4 pm as usual, and members of the Board will be doing some housecleaning and starting to photograph items in the Society’s collection. Please stop by for a look and a visit!
August 21 – Canaan’s Railroad History; Annual Meeting
Annual meeting and election of officers. Following the business meeting, the program will explore the history of the Hudson & Berkshire Rail Road, the first railroad east of the Hudson River in New York State. Presenters will be Ed Englehardt, Amtrak engineer #3; W. George Cook, retired engineering manager of Conrail; and Dale Flansburg, retired IBM manager and “railroad collector extraordinaire.”
August 28 – Open House • Local Artist Exhibition • Tag Sale
Join us for an end-of-season cookout – beverages, burgers and dogs available at a nice price; bring your own everything else! View the collection, purchase a last-minute chance to win a painting of the Meeting House, share your memories of Canaan.
For details on tag sale tables and arts/crafts display, put contact information into a comment to this post.
October 23 – Pumpkin Fest: Unleash your vegetable-based creativity!
Come to the Meeting House for a late-afternoon pumpkin party. Pumpkin painting, pumpkin carving, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie…okay, we might bend the rules and allow in a zucchini or two. Watch the papers and this blog for additional details.