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32nd Annual Hallockville Museum Farm Fall Festival And Craft Show

Originally Posted: September 13, 2012

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

The Hallockville Museum Farm will hold its 32nd Annual Fall Festival and Craft Show September 15-16. (Photo: Linda Burke)

Riverhead - On Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 from 10am- 5pm, Hallockville Museum Farm will host its 32nd annual Fall Festival and Craft Show.

This annual fundraiser for the non-profit Museum Farm draws thousands of attendees each year to experience an old-fashioned fair atmosphere in the heart of North Fork farm country.

Over 50 vendors and demonstrators will participate during the two-day event, selling their handcrafted items including woodcarvings, soaps, candles, jewelry, children's books, seasonal and Christmas ornaments, baskets, rugs and more. Fiber artists will also be selling hand woven scarves, knitting supplies and felted wool crafts.

The Fall Festival is a showcase for local artisans to educate the public about their craft, with demonstrations by the Smithtown Stitchers, East End Classic Boat Society, Eastern Long Island Quilting Guild and the Basket Weavers Guild of Eastern Long Island. A highlight of the Festival will be the Peconic Ruggers annual handmade rug show that will take place in the 1937 Naugles Barn.

"Hallockville's Fall Festival celebrates Long Island's agricultural heritage and craft artists," says Executive Director Herb Strobel. "It's a great event for the entire family, with activities for all ages such as hayrides, scarecrow building, and a 'little farmer's' relay race."

The Long Island Antique Power Association will have a display of tractors and other machinery along with their ever-popular tractor pulls. The East End Livestock and Horseman's Association will showcase various farm animals, and the Railroad Museum of Long Island will have a working model train exhibit.
Jack Combs, a renowned fourth-generation Long Island decoy carver, will also educate spectators about this traditional maritime craft. Combs hails from a long line of South Shore baymen, boat builders and decoy carvers and will open his 120-year old workshop especially for the Fall Festival.

Local band Eastbound Freight will play live bluegrass music each afternoon. There will be local food and beverage vendors, including Maple Tree BBQ, Rosie's Kettle Corn, and Polka-Dot Pound Cake. Southold-based Coffee Pot Cellars will be selling their award-winning wines and Greenport Harbor Brewing Company will be serving their locally-crafted microbrews.

Festival attendees can also take guided tours of Hallockville museum buildings, including the 1765 Hallock Homestead house and the Depression-era Cichanowicz farmhouse. The special exhibit "Pages from Her Diary: the 1883 Courtship and Marriage of Henrietta Terry" will also be open for viewing. The exhibit was inspired by the original diary that Henrietta Terry wrote, tracing her courtship, engagement and marriage to Herbert Wells. The exhibit includes Henrietta's original wedding dress, wedding gifts, personal effects and other period items that recount marriage customs of the North Fork in the late 19th century.

Advance tickets can be purchased at discounted rates through Friday, September 14th. At-the-door admission rates are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children under age 12 or a family/group pass for $18 which is valid for 4 people with a maximum of two adults. Hallockville Museum Farm is located at 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead.

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Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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