Heritage Days

 

August 5 & 6


 

Suffrage 100th, a Look at Angelica’s Hamilton! Connection, and a Couple of Historic Women Come to Life, will Highlight 48th Annual Heritage Days Festival

If you come to Heritage Days in Angelica for the focus on local history, you’re sure to enjoy this year’s program. The weekend celebrates the 100th anniversary of the November 6, 1917 vote in favor of women’s suffrage in New York State. Statewide the suffrage amendment was carried by a small majority, and in Angelica the vote was 135 yes and 108 no, a margin of 37 of the male voters in the township in favor of granting women the right to vote.

On Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday, 1:30 p.m. each day in the Grange building, local historian Dr. Rusty Tobin will give a presentation on the women’s suffrage movement from 1893 through 1920, with a particular emphasis on Allegany County.

In line with Dr. Tobin’s program, Heritage Days visitors will enjoy a “special appearance” by Susan B. Anthony. The pioneering 19th century leader of the women’s rights movement first visited Angelica on January 2, 1855 as part of a county-by-county canvas across New York State. From her diary: At Angelica, nine towns represented, crowded house, courtroom carpeted with sawdust. A young Methodist minister gave his name for the petition, but one of his wealthy parishioners told him he should leave the church unless it was withdrawn… Miss Anthony didn’t live long enough to see women get the vote, but her dedication to the cause is timeless.

On Sunday afternoon, 2:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Park Circle, Valerie O’Hara of Pike Studios in Rochester will give a 45-minute presentation on stained glass. A $5 donation is requested, with proceeds going to the church’s window preservation project.

Also in the Heritage Days spotlight again this year will be the town’s connection to the hit Broadway show, Hamilton! The relationship between Alexander Hamilton and sister-in-law Angelica Schuyler, for whom the Allegany County community is named, is featured in the wildly successful hip-hop musical. Look for “Alexander and Angelica” on facebook. And who knows, Angelica herself may even make a weekend appearance.

The weekend festivities get an early start on Thursday with the first of three evening performances of the comedy “Deadly Earnest”, by the Angelica Players. The Players take the stage again Friday & Saturday, 7:00 p.m. each night in the second-floor theatre of the Angelica Free Library. Admission is $6.00.

Along with the local history emphasis, the Heritage Days festival will feature a full lineup of live music in the Park Circle bandstand; a large art-craft-antique market; croquet tournament on the unique “roque” court; tractor-drawn wagon rides through the Historic District; theme basket auction; and plenty of good food, including a Sunday chicken barbecue.

Heritage Days is sponsored by the Angelica Booster Citizens. For more information on the August weekend event (including market vendor participation), email angelicaboosters@gmail.com or call 585-466-7930; visit angelicaboosters.com, or the Booster Citizens on Facebook.

Heritage Days Schedule

 

Thurs & Fri, Aug 3 & 4


 

7:00 p.m. “Deadly Earnest”, Library Theatre

 

Saturday, August 5


 

7:00 a.m. Coffee & doughnuts, Booster tent

9:00 a.m. Market opens

10:00 a.m. Refreshment stand opens, Booster tent

11:00 a.m. Sausage stand, Legion lawn

11:00 a.m. Croquet semifinal match

11:00 a.m. Salty Austin, bandstand

12:00 Noon Adam Stack, bandstand

1:00 p.m. Colonial Rooms exhibit, Library – 4:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. Appalachian Moon, bandstand

1:30 p.m. Rusty Tobin on Women’s Suffrage, Grange Bldg.

2:00 p.m. Croquet semifinal match

3:00 p.m. Bob Bunce, bandstand

5:00 p.m. Market closes

7:00 p.m. “Deadly Earnest”, Library Theatre

9:00 p.m. Stoneclad – Tent Event, American Hotel – 1 a.m.

 

Sunday, August 6


 

7:00 a.m. Coffee & doughnuts, Booster tent

7:00 a.m. Pancake breakfast, Legion – 10:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Market opens

10:00 a.m. Refreshment stand opens, Booster tent

11:00 a.m. Homecoming service, Methodist lawn

12:00 Noon Chicken BBQ, Methodist Church

12:30 p.m. Twin Tiers Band, bandstand

1:00 p.m. Colonial Rooms exhibit, Library – 4:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. Croquet championship match

1:30 p.m. Rusty Tobin on Women’s Suffrage, Grange Bldg.

2:00 p.m. Creekbend, Bandstand

4:30 p.m. Theme basket drawings

5:00 p.m. Market closes