09/16/12 9:54am
09/16/2012 9:54 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOS | East End Ass Whisperers members (from left) Sarah Fogarty, Bernadette and Emily Deerkoski of Mattituck take Diesel on a spin around Hallockville Museum Farm’s field during the 32nd annual Fall Festival Saturday afternoon.

Hallockville Museum Farm’s executive director Herb Strobel said that when he woke early Saturday the overcast skies looked a little ominous for the opening of the 32nd annual Fall Festival.

It is the farm’s biggest fundraiser and, he said, “without it we would be in a big hole for the year. That’s why we get down on one knee and pray for good weather. It keeps the place running, keeps the lights on and is a large chunk of our annual revenue.”

“On a good weekend like this,” he said, “we hope to get 4,000 to 5,000 people over the two days and we have over 100 volunteers that set it up.” He added that ” a lot of our success is due in part to our partnership with the Long Island Antique Power Association.”

The 20-year-old organization, founded by Bruce Young of Riverhead, has a barn on the property and runs the tractor pulls at the farm’s events.

By the time the festival began, there were clear blue skies with a nice cool breeze and high wispy clouds. There were demonstrations by the Basketweavers Guild of Eastern Long Island, Peconic Hookers Guild and the Eastern Long Island Quilters. The East End Livestock and Horsemen’s Association, the East End Ass Whisperers and the Little Red Barn had horses, donkeys on display and pony rides. There were also tours of Hollockville’s 1931 Cichanowicz House and the 1765 Homestead House with Richard Wines who played the part of David Halsey Hallock, who was born in the homestead in 1838 and lived there until he died in 1939.

The Antique Auto Club of America Peconic Bay Region had a dozen or so cars on display. On Sunday September 30th they will be hosting a larger show at Hallockville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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05/05/12 8:25am
05/05/2012 8:25 AM

The East End Arts Council, Long Island Wine Council and Hallockville Farm Museum — all based in the town of Riverhead — are among 39 cultural organizations across the county that are to receive more than $36,000 in cultural funding grants, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone announced Friday.

The funding comes from a county hotel tax charged for overnight stays. It is intended to support organizations that attract out-of-town visitors.

Suffolk County’s 2012 operating budget provides $263,660 from “Fund 192 – the Hotel/Motel Room Tax” for support of cultural programs and activities that enhance the tourism industry.

Mr. Bellone’s office said he had developed the measure, which the Suffolk County Legislature adopted on during April 24, on the recommendation of the Citizens Advisory Board for the Arts.

“We can all be proud that Suffolk boasts some of the finest cultural programs and organizations found anywhere in the country,” said Mr. Bellone. “From Huntington to the Hamptons, our museums, music venues, theater and dance companies and arts organizations attract visitors to our downtowns generating excitement, energy, economic activity and jobs.  These grants are an investment in our community that reaps tangible returns. You will never have to look far to enjoy world class culture in Suffolk.”

County Legislator Ed Romaine thanked Mr. Bellone, the Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Arts, and his board appointee, Pat Snyder, “for all their hard work in awarding these important grants.” He said the funding “is vital to our small cultural arts organizations, which are the backbone of tourism in Suffolk County. These great projects will spur tourism, stimulate economic activity on the East End, and help create sorely needed jobs in these tough times.”