heritage-weekend.JPGOwego, N.Y. - The Tioga County Tourism Office is pleased to announce that several Tioga County historical attractions will be featured during New York's Heritage Weekend, specifically, Saturday, May 14, 2011. New York Heritage Weekend will showcase the Empire State to residents and visitors alike and to help kick off the summer tourism season.  With the cooperation of federal, state, and private organizations, and in celebration of National Preservation Month, New York Heritage Weekend will highlight special events at heritage and cultural destinations throughout New York State.   Places to visit and things to do during this weekend include:
  • The Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum will be open May 14, 12-4 P.M. Guild members will be there to give tours of the farmhouse, and there will also be a Sign Carving workshop from 9-4:30, at the Newark Valley Middle School Industrial Arts Room, part of the NYSCA Folk Art Series. 607-642-9516. More info. available at www.nvhistory.org.
  • Tioga County Historical Museum, 110 Front Street, Owego, NY, highlights the history of Tioga County with a special exhibit called "Time and Tines, Traditions in Clocks and Tableware," wooden works clocks assembled in Tioga County between 1830 and 1850, as well as silverware made before the Civil War. Open Saturday, 10-4 pm. Photographs, table for displays, and more. 607-687-2460. www.tiogahistory.org
  • The Susquehanna River Archeological Center, 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. This museum exhibits local Native American artifacts as well as a large gift shop filled with gems, rare books, and various styles of unique artwork. Open Saturday, 11-4 pm. Photographs, table for displays and more. 607-565-7960. www.sracenter.org
  • Historic Owego Free Cell Phone Walking Tour - A cell phone self-guided walking tour of Owego's historic Front Street homes. Just dial 607-354-4080 and follow the prompts. Also uploadable to your smartphone from http://myoncell.mobi/16073544080. There are 52 historic home stops, describing the history and architecture of each home. You can stop and come back another time to finish. Good for 7 days.
  • Round and Square Dance - 7:00 pm. Goodrich Settlement Grange, Goodrich Settlement Road and Glenmary Drive, Owego. Music by Jerry Garrison and "Country Connection." Come with a partner or come alone. $5 donation requested. www.tiogaartscouncil.org or 607-687-0785.
For a complete listing of events, visit www.HeritageWeekend.org. In anticipation of this statewide celebration, a new website has been unveiled at www.HeritageWeekend.org.   Visitors are encouraged to use the website to discover special events and programs occurring throughout the state in conjunction with Heritage Weekend.  Visitors can search events by type (guided walk, lecture, festival, etc), by date, or by theme (including Military History, Arts and Culture, Corridor of Commerce, Architecture, and others).  Visitors can also search for special events and programs geographically using an interactive map or by entering a specific address. New York Heritage Weekend offers the opportunity for participants to enjoy historic site tours that highlight the significant historical, cultural and natural resources of New York State. "In 2009, thousands of people came to visit heritage sites across the Hudson River Valley Region," said Mark Castiglione, Acting Director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway. "This year we are incredibly excited to partner with all the communities, museums, historic sites and heritage organizations that are working together to make New York Heritage Weekend a success. With the bounty of our heritage resources, Heritage Weekend will provide people of all ages an opportunity to experience the rich heritage landscape of New York State while helping to grow our economy.  Tourism is a 75 billion dollar part of New York State's economy and tourists interested in heritage have been shown to spend more and stay longer."  In 2009, thousands of visitors celebrated the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial during the inaugural launch of Heritage Weekend in the Hudson and Champlain Valleys. Tioga and Broome Counties are proud partners  of New York Heritage Weekend.  New York Heritage Weekend is sponsored in part by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Endowment for the Arts    For more information on the Heritage Weekend sites in Tioga County, visit www.visittioga.com or call 800-671-7772.