one time, the discriminating woman was never without her handheld fan. It not only provided essential relief in a sweltering room; its unique language was equally effective in the fine art of courtship.
This artistry, passed from generation to generation, will be shared again on Mother's Day, May 12, during Genesee Country Village & Museum's opening weekend.
Opening Day is Saturday, May 11, the first day of a weekend also laced with demonstrations and tastings of historic chocolate along with custom-brewed beer (from the CB Brewing Co. for ages 21 and over).
Mother's Day, when all mothers are admitted free to the museum, will offer youngsters a card-making craft, fashion shows, 19th-century dancing, a quilting bee and instructions in the language of the fan. For instance, fanning slowly indicated the owner was married. Touching the lips meant "kiss me." Tapping the right cheek said "yes;" the left cheek, "no."
The museum will be open 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Admission is adults $15.50, youth 4-16 $12.50 and children 3 and under are free.
There will be much to experience at the museum this season, including the new Celtic Faire on June 29, a celebration of Celtic heritage featuring the music, dance and food of Scotland and Ireland.
The War of 1812 Bicentennial and Jane Austen Weekend includes a fancy-dress 1813 Netherland Ball the evening of June 22.
A series of historic village-centered events are introduced this season, including Dairy Weekend on June 8-9, Victorian Day on Aug. 24, Gender Equality Day on Aug. 25 and Fire! Fire! Fire! on Sept. 21-22.
The Civil War Re-enactment will engage large numbers of soldiers afoot and on horseback on July 20-21. Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Aug. 3-4 will see another Little House on the Prairie
celebrity and massive engaging activities for young pioneers.
On Aug. 17-18, the largest showcase of traditional music in Western New York returns to the museum in its Old-Time Fiddlers' Fair. On Oct. 5-6, the harvest celebration Fall Festival recreates the agricultural fairs of old.
The John L Gallery, following a full renovation completed last year, will feature a variety of exhibits, including an 1890s Cunningham Park Drag-an elegant private coach-later in the season.
This year the historic village is also featuring Hosmer Dinners, authentic 1836 tavern dinners in an 1808 stagecoach inn. The Pioneer Experience also invites families to once a month to spend a weekend living in an 1809 log house.
For more information, call (585-538-6822) or visit http://www.gcv.org/
Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York State and the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, with its John L. Wehle Art Gallery and Genesee Country Nature Center, is open May 11-Oct. 14, and located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo. For more information, visit www.gcv.org or call (585) 538-6822.
Hours: May 11- Sept. 2
Hours: Sept. 4-Oct. 14
- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, weekends and holidays
- Closed Mondays, except for May 27 & Sept. 2
- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, weekends and holidays
- Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, except for Oct. 14