09/14/13 5:40pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Molly Fryman, 3, of Holtsville takes her first pony ride Saturday at the Hallockville Fall Festival.

The sun was shining and there was just a hint of autumn in the air for day one of the Hallockville Museum Farm’s 33rd annual Fall Festival and Craft Show Saturday.

A steady stream of visitors arrived at the museum complex to view displays and demonstrations, enjoy homemade treats and picnic under the trees.

The festival continues Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12 and children 4 and under are admitted for free. Admission fees directly support the not-for-profit mission of Hallockville. Tickets are available at the gate.

06/21/13 1:09pm
06/21/2013 1:09 PM

HALLOCKVILLE MUSEUM FARM PHOTO | Woodworker Tom Barry, pictured here with a shavehorse, is hosting old-fashion woodworking classes this summer at Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead.

Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead is hosting old-fashion woodworking classes this summer where participants will learn how to create everyday utensils, tools and furniture straight from a log.

North Fork woodworker Tom Barry of Green Revolution Woodworking will run the two-hour workshops to demonstrate how to split wood, shape it on a traditional shavehorse and complete projects on foot-powered springpole lathe.

Hallockville officials said participants will leave with several handmade items at the conclusion of the workshop and gain a sense of accomplishment.

“More people are becoming interested in sustainability and the do-it-yourself ethos,” Mr. Barry said. “This is a great way to start.”

The “Greenwoodworking with Tom Barry” workshops will be offered in two-hour sessions on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer starting July 5. Workshops cost $35 per person and are designed for ages 12 and older. Material will be provide.

For more information or to register, call 631-298-5292 or email beth@hallockville.com.


05/19/13 9:00am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Elena Donahower of Huntington models a Gatsby-inspired hat made using the wet felting method at Saturday’s Fleece and Fiber Fair.

Day one of the fourth annual Fleece and Fiber Fair was held Saturday at the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead.

Local artisans demonstrated various skills associated with fiber production and art including spinning, felting, shearing and knitting. Dozens of vendors sold supplies and one-of-a-kind art pieces at stalls set up inside and outside the Naugles Barn.

The show continues on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

02/22/13 6:00am
02/22/2013 6:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Arts on the Farm Summer Camp is coming to the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead this summer.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Arts on the Farm Summer Camp is coming to the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead this summer.

A new summer camp is coming to Riverhead this year at the Hallockville Museum Farm.

The museum has partnered with the North Fork Education Initiative’s Peconic Community School to create the Arts on the Farm Summer Camp — a four-week program featuring woodworking, old-fashioned toymaking, crafts, music, organic gardening and other activities that are infused with the spirit of the North Fork’s farming heritage. Children will also learn about dramatic arts and different movement techniques.

Each week campers will show their parents what they’ve learned at camp through different presentations, such as hosting a traditional barn dance to show off their new music and dance skills.

Liz Casey Searl and Kathryn Casey Quigley, the co-executive directors of Peconic Community School in Riverhead, will oversee camp activities while the museum will provide barnyard activities, including introducing children to its sheep, cows and chickens.

“Because each week will be unique, the camp experience won’t become repetitive for children who attend multiple weeks and by attending all four weeks children will gain exposure to a variety of hands-on interactive arts experiences not found at other summer camps,” Ms. Searl said in a statement. “They will work with animals, tend a garden and have classic camp fun.”

Herb Strobel, executive director of Hallockville, said camp scholarships will also be available.

“So many local families are struggling these days and its ‘extras’ like camp that sometimes get cut first out of the family budget,” Mr. Strobel said in a statement. “We invite interested individuals and businesses to make tax-deductible contributions to support the scholarship program. It’s an investment in the community that creates lifelong memories for the campers.”

The camp is offered to children ages 6 to 11 and will run from July 8 to Aug. 2. Tuition cost is $275 for one week; $250 per week for two or more weeks; or $250 per week per child for two or more children in the same family. For more information, visit Hallockville.com/summer_camp.html or PeconicCommunitySchool.org. Donations to the camp scholarship can also be made at Hallockville.com/summer_camp.html or by calling 631-298-5292.


10/20/12 4:11pm
10/20/2012 4:11 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Island Long Riders held a shooting/riding demonstration at Hallockville Museum Farm Saturday afternoon

The Island Long Riders, a cowboy mounted shooting club out of Farmingdale, held a demonstration and shooting/riding equestrian sport competition at Hallockville Museum Farm Saturday.

The club, which has about 16 members, was formed three years ago and is part of the national and international Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA), which compiles the competition results and organizes overall standings. There are nearly 100 clubs in the nation, and according to their website it is the fastest growing equestrian sport in the nation.

The event at Hallockville on Saturday was run by club president Joe Mugnai of Farmingdale and vice president ‘Sheriff’ Jim Dupree of Ronkonkoma. The shooting is done with 45 caliber single action revolvers like those used in the late 1800s. The ammunition consists of blank brass casings holding black gun powder.

The riders aim at helium balloons tied on sticks, some spaced 12 feet apart and some as much as 30 feet apart depending on the stage of the event. The skills involve guiding and controlling the horse, accuracy of shooting and speed.

Safety in horse training and firearm handling are emphasized at all times by the group. There are no horse or mule requirements, but sometimes riders will use earplugs for them and their horses. The riders dress in traditional western attire.

The CMSA website explains the competition: “A competition may consist of 3 to 6 patterns a day. Each pattern consists of 10 balloons. For example in one pattern there are 5 white balloons and 5 red balloons. The 5 white balloons may be grouped together in one place or spread out over the entire arena. The rider shoots all 5 white balloons first. Then, the rider holsters the first gun while riding to the far end of the arena, draws the second gun, and shoots the 5 red balloons, which are usually 5 in a row straight towards the finish line. This is called ‘the Rundown.’”

The CMSA has a variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice to professional.

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