The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm, and presents daily programming in the Historic Village, opportunities to interact with costumed historic interpreters and see 19th-century trades in action, meet farm animals, enjoy lunch or a craft beer in the Depot Restaurant and Freight House Pub, shop in the Flint Hill Store, and more.
Visitors can experience the transformation of the Historic Village as GCV&M brings to life three beloved works of fiction during A Novel Weekend on Saturday, August 7th, and Sunday, August 8th. Visitors during this literary-themed weekend can participate in dancing lessons, themed crafts, a costume contest, hands-on activities, spelling bee competition, book readings, a book sale, and more. Explore the Pioneer Settlement where Diary of an Early American Boy by Eric Sloane will play out, from nail-making in the Blacksmith’s Shop to creating a tin ornament in the Tin Shop, hands-on building block activities, and more. Center Village programming related to Jane Austen’s Emma, regency-style dance lessons, themed garden tours, a live dressing, and special treats in the historic Confectionery. The Gaslight District will feature Larissa Theule’s Born to Ride: A Story about Bicycle Face – complete with programming related to the wearing of bloomers, women’s suffrage, and a cockade craft.
Thursdays in August are Kids Free Days at the Museum. On August 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, all kids 12 and under will receive free general admission. Families will find a wide array of activities in the Historic Village for kids to enjoy, including visits with animals on the farm, demonstrations by costumed interpreters, and historic games on the Village Square. Explore current exhibitions in The John L. Wehle Gallery, wander the Nature Center trails, and enjoy lunch in the Depot Restaurant. On the way out, visit the Flint Hill Store to shop for traditional gifts, historic toys, fudge and goodies, and hand-crafted items made on-site in the Historic Village.
GCV&M’s Summer Sunset Series continues on Friday, August 13th, with The Gate Swingers, and Friday, August 27th, with The Pearlz Band. Visitors can enjoy live music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Freight House Pub and deck will be open for drinks and the Depot Restaurant will be open for dinner, snacks, and ice cream. Outdoor and deck seating will be available, or bring a chair or blanket and relax on the Great Meadow. The Museum closes at 9 pm during the Summer Sunset Series, and the Historic Village will be closed to visitors during these events.
The Museum will host Fiddlers’ Fair & Making Music Weekend on Saturday, August 21st, and Sunday, August 22nd. The weekend will feature a musical experience that brings together musicians on multiple stages.
More information about each of these upcoming events and tickets can be found on the GCV&M’s website or call (585) 538-6822.
Photo of Fiddlers’ Fair & Making Music Weekend provided.