Owera Vineyards cuts ribbon, opens facilities for business
The first and only winery in Madison County officially opened its doors and cut the ceremonial ribbon last week — and it is located on East Lake Road in Cazenovia. Owera Vineyards, owned by the Muserlian family and already producing award-winning wines, welcomed local and state politicians, business owners, friends and visitors on one of the few sunny days in recent weeks to inaugurate its new facilities.
One can buy just about anything off Craigslist on the Internet — including a herd of bison. So when Aileen Randolph and Joe Lazarsky, she a corporate PR executive and he an attorney, decided they wanted to change professions and raise bison, they went online. They bought a herd from Tennessee in November 2010 and brought them to their farm in Fenner, right next to Chittenango Falls, in February 2011. And now there is a bison farm, with about 50 head, that raises and sells bison meat, just a few miles outside of Cazenovia.
The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) Board of Directors has announced their selection for the 2013 CACDA Signature Project. This project will create visibility and encourage use of the vast trail network and recreational amenities in the Cazenovia area.
‘William Benson: Abstracting Realism’ will from June 13 to July 28
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has announced its summer art exhibition of “William Benson: Abstracting Realism,” will run from Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, July 28, in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, and is open to the public. In addition to the exhibition, Mr. Benson will conduct a live portrait demonstration of Dorothy Riester, founder of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. The demonstration will be held in the Art Park gallery at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, for a $15 suggested donation. Later that day, from 1 to 4 p.m., interested artists can attend a workshop, “Figure Drawing with Bill Benson.”
Community Action Partnership and Shephard Links Mini-Golf Fun Center in Cazenovia at 4691 Robert Road is hosting a family fun day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit programs at Community Action Partnership that support local families.
On June 1, at an undisclosed location (Black Belt Island) Cazenovia fourth grader Lily Sorbello earned her black belt and reached a personal goal at the age of 10. Miori Martial Arts owner Rick Miori said she is one of the youngest he’s ever seen go through his organization.
The Cazenovia Village Board officially approved its contract with L.L. Bean to establish the outdoor apparel company’s use of Cazenovia Lake and Lakeland Park for its newest Outdoor Discovery School. The approval came two days after the green L.L. Bean trailer full of kayaks was parked near the north wall by the public swimming area in Lakeland Park, and five days before the new school begins kayaking excursions on the lake.
The first time turned out to be the charm for the Cazenovia High School Chamber Choir and Wind Ensemble, each of which came away with top prizes from last weekend’s Darien Lake Music Festival in Western New York. It was the first trip to the regional musical competition for both groups.
This year’s Friends of Lorenzo Garden Gala will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, and will feature light hors d’oeuvres and wine. Guests at the gala will be treated to a sneak preview of the new costume exhibit opening in the mansion, “From Bustle to Bodice: Layers of Elegance at Lorenzo.” Full-length replicas of the dresses worn by Lorenzo owners Helen Clarissa Lincklaen and her daughter, Helen Lincklaen Fairchild, for their portraits will be on view, and displays also will include illustrations and examples of servants’ clothing, undergarments, children’s costumes and accessories from Lorenzo’s historic collections.
Lakeside residents interested in renting lake weed prevention mats to clear lanes from their docks to the middle of the lake may now do so from the town. The benthic mat rental program, approved by the town board May 13, has received final department of environmental conservation approval and is now ready to go, said Town Councilor Bill Zupan.
Awards, recent successes and future goals offered at annual CPF meeting
Cazenovia landscape architect Don Ferlow received the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation’s top award for environmental preservation at the organization’s May 23 annual meeting. The award was one of four given out that night in front of an audience of about 70 CPF members and supporters. The group also elected new members and a new board of directors, reviewed their 2012 successes and achievements and laid out plans for 2013.
Volunteers will soon be setting fences, erecting tent covers and signage for seven acres of land and 11 structures, hauling provisions for the more than 100 Civil War re-enactors, sprucing up their period costumes and turning the clocks back 150 years in final preparations for the 21st Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend. The weekend event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, and ends at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, with Taps, written by Oliver Wilcox Norton, best friend of Alexander Dickey of Siloam, Town of Smithfield.
The annual CNY Fiber Artists and Producers Fiber Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, at the Butternut Hill Campground on Route 20 in Bouckville. There will be 100 booths filled with vendors selling many fiber products, demonstrations, exhibits and animals including sheep, alpacas, goats, llamas and rabbits. The children’s tent will feature fun activities for all ages.
Lakeland Park chosen for company's newest Outdoor Discovery School
Less than two weeks after discussions began, it’s official: L.L. Bean has chosen Cazenovia Lake as the location of its latest “Outdoor Discovery School.” “The eagle has landed,” Trustee Jim Joseph, who coordinated the deal for the village, said into his cell phone Saturday afternoon, June 1, as he and other village board members watched the green L.L. Bean trailer full of kayaks back into place near the public swimming area in Lakeland Park.
Annual motorcycle tour to benefit sight, hearing projects
The Cazenovia Lions Club is calling all motorcycle riders to take the afternoon off and join other bikers on Saturday, June 8, for the 8th Annual “Ride for Sight.”