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A new season of events and programming will help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor.
The site opens for the season on Tuesday, May 1. A new program, a “fieldtrip of a lifetime” will also be offered after requests from the public. The fieldtrip will include a Bark Longhouse sleepover.
The Bark Longhouse and trails will be open for guided walks on May 1, and Opening Weekend (May 5-May 6) will offer a variety of special activities.
On Saturday morning, May 5 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in conjunction with the first New York State “I Love My Park Day” initiative, there is a volunteer opportunity to help clean up the gardens, trails and site perimeter in preparation for season visitors. Visit http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark to register.
The popular community longball game starts at 2 p.m. that day. On Sunday, May 6 at 10 am, Site Manager G. Peter Jemison and Site Interpreter Tonia Loran lead a Guided Plant Walk.
On May 1, 150 tickets at $100 each will be available for the fundraising raffle, benefiting FoG programming. The winner, plus nine people of his or her choosing, will live for one night in the full-sized Bark Longhouse replica, hosted by Ganondagan’s Native American Interpretive Staff members, and experience what life was like in the 1600s.
Also featured will be a Native foods dinner in the longhouse. For more information, visit http://www.ganondagan.org/Raffle/Longhouse.html. Ticket purchase info will be forthcoming.
The theme of “Fibers & Threads” will infuse the three traditional Native American Workshops (making Cordage, Wampum Belts, and Cornhusk Doll/Clothing) as well as the Fall Native American Lecture Series, “Lives Caught Between Cultures,” a collaboration with the Center for Service-Learning and the Department of Religious Studies at Nazareth College.
Also featured are Ganondagan’s popular annual events like the Native American Dance & Music Festival (July 28-29), highlighted by multiple award-winning Native folk and blues rock guitarist Keith Secola, Native American flutist William Harjo, and singer Bill Crouse, in addition to Iroquois dancers and singers. Well-known Native fashion designer Tammy Beauvais and Ganondagan Site Interpreter/Historian Mike Galban will create a special Ganondagan Fashion Show presenting five centuries of Native American clothing and fashion.
Additional annual programs include the Living History event (September 29)—a re-enactment of French explorer Robert LaSalle’s 1669 visit to the Seneca, the historic Canandaigua Treaty Day (November 11), and the Native American Winter Games & Sports (February 23, 2013). A complete chronological event calendar follows.
2012-13 Chronological Calendar of Programming and Activities
1 Ganondagan Site Opening Day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
5 Opening Weekend: (9:30-11:30) in conjunction with NYS “I Love My Park” Day, volunteer opportunity to clean up gardens, trails, and site perimeter; (2 p.m.) Community Longball Game
6 Opening Weekend: (10 am) Plant Walk with Peter Jemison and Tonia Loran; (2 pm) Outdoor Family Games, trail walk, bark longhouse tours
20 Traditional Native Arts Cordage Workshop (10 am-3 pm), Visitors Center
9 Community Longball Game (2-4 p.m.)
30 Old Goat Run (begins at 9 a.m.); seven-mile cross country race at Site
14 Community Longball Game (2-4 pm)
28-29 2ist Annual Native American Dance & Music Festival (10 am-6 pm)
25 Community Longball Game & Storytelling (7-9:30 pm); play longball followed by storytelling around the campfire
TBA Native American Lecture Series #1: “Lives Caught Between Cultures” (7-9 pm), Nazareth College, Shults Center
29 Annual Living History Event (10 am-4 pm), historical re-enactment of French explorer LaSalle’s visit to the Seneca people in 1669
For the complete event calendar, pricing, and event locations, visit www.ganondagan.org/events.html or call (585) 742-1690.