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HARVEST FESTIVAL
Farmer’ Museum
Cooperstown, NY
September 15–16, 2013
Featuring artists Nancy Ruiz,
Generation CMC,
and Kathryn Bruning

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HARVEST FESTIVAL AT THE FARMERS’ MUSEUM
The New York Folklore Society presented artists at the
35th Annual Harvest Festival
10 a.m-5 p.m., September 15-16, 2013
The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY


A celebration of autumn! The Harvest Festival offered great food, music, animals, and activities for families. A new Festival Tent featured live performances and family activities such as crafts, demonstrations, story time, and contests all under one roof. Folk Arts Interpretation and artists were provided through collaboration with NYFS.

On Saturday, Generation CMC, a group of Congolese and Rwandan dancers performed.

Artisans demonstrated their skills. On Saturday, festival goers could make a miniature piñata with Nancy Ruiz, Mexican paper artist and piñata maker. Kathryn Bruning, felting artist from Caprendoose Hill Farm in Cambridge, NY, demonstrated her art and helped visitors make felt crafts.

Here’s photos taken by NYFS Folklorist Lisa Overholser from our visit:
Nancy Ruiz, pinata artist from Rosendale, NY
Nancy Ruiz, piñata artist from Rosendale, NY, helps festivalgoers create their own piñatas.
Hungry goat
Animals of all kinds were wandering around the festival, including this hungry goat.
Lisa Overholser, folklorist from NYFS, introduces the young Congolese dance group Generation CMC
Lisa Overholser, folklorist from NYFS, introduces the young Congolese dance group Generation CMC from Albany at the Festival Tent. Photo courtesy of Farmers’ Museum.
Solange Mandevu, organizer of Generation CMC, talks about Congolese and Rwandan dance.
Solange Mandevu, organizer of Generation CMC, talks about Congolese and Rwandan dance.
Members of Generation CMC performing at the Festival tent.
Members of Generation CMC performing at the Festival tent.
Nancy Ruiz along with one of her handmade pinatas.
Nancy Ruiz along with one of her handmade pinatas.
Members of Generation CMC enjoying the Festival.
Members of Generation CMC enjoying the Festival.
There was lots of historic music at the Festival, including dance tunes played by Jim Kimball and Richard Bolt.
There was lots of historic music at the Festival, including dance tunes played by Jim Kimball and Richard Bolt.
Hops harvesting
Among many demonstrations including this demonstration of hops harvesting. At one time, central NY State was the largest producer of hops in the United States.
Some  of the artistic felted  items handmade by Kathryn Bruning and her family.
Some of the artistic felted items handmade by Kathryn Bruning and her family.
Kathryn Bruning, felting artist from Caprendoose Hill Farm in Cambridge, NY, demonstrates for festival goers.
Kathryn Bruning, felting artist from Caprendoose Hill Farm in Cambridge, NY, demonstrates for festival goers.
Young festival goers proudly display their felted crafts created with the help of Kathryn Bruning.
Young festival goers proudly display their felted crafts created with the help of Kathryn Bruning.
Felted Guardian Dolls hand crafted by Kathryn Brunings
Felted Guardian Dolls hand crafted by Kathryn Bruning.
Gravelyard Bluegrass Band
Gravelyard Bluegrass Band, another musical act, performs at the Festival tent.


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