farmers-museum-candlelight-evening-2010-2.jpgCooperstown, N.Y.  - You're invited to one of Central New York's best-loved holiday traditions, Candlelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, Saturday, December 10, from 3-7 p.m.   During Candlelight Evening, the landscape of the museum takes on a magical appearance, decorated in greenery and illuminated by hundreds of candles. Visitors can ride through the museum's grounds in wagons pulled by draft horses adorned with full sets of harness bells. Complimentary wassail, warmed in kettles over open fires, is served throughout the afternoon and evening. Caroling is scheduled throughout the event. Visit with Saint Nicholas at the Filer's Corners Schoolhouse from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. Members of the Congregation of the Christ Episcopal Church will present "A Living Nativity," with performances at 5:00, 5:20, 5:40 and 6:00 p.m. at the Morey Barn.  (Seating is limited.) There will be a book signing from 3-4 p.m. in the Louis C. Jones Center featuring TV's "Fabulous Beekman Boys."  Meet Josh and Brent and have them sign a copy of their new book: "The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook."  Copies will be on sale during the event. An array of seasonal musical programs will take place at the Cornwallville Church, highlighted by the group GladTidings - featuring holiday music from centuries ago and also some recent favorites. Sandra Peevers, Erik House, and Diane Ducey will entertain with a variety of instruments including fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, cittern, and concertina.  Other performances include the Catskill Chamber Singers, the Catskill Choral Society Girls' Choir, and the Northern Comforts Men's Quartet. Ron Johnson will provide caroling in the More House.   Children can take part in holiday arts and crafts activities at the Filer's Corners Schoolhouse from 3-4:15 p.m. and The Empire State Carousel will be open for rides throughout the event.   Warm up with a serving of chicken and biscuits, pulled pork, or BBQ vegetarian riblets along with gingerbread and hot beverages in the Louis C. Jones Center - located inside the Museum's Main Barn. The Crossroads Café next to Bump Tavern will also be open for the evening. Admission is $12 for adults; $10.50 for seniors; and $6.00 for children ages 7-12. Members and children under 6 years of age receive free admission.  Visit for a complete schedule of the evening's activities.   Candlelight Evening is sponsored in part by NBT Bank, Cathedral Candle Company, Haggerty Ace Hardware, and The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard. Candlelight Evening is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.   A visit to the Museum this holiday season is not complete without a stop at The Farmers' Museum Store and Todd's General Store - where a large selection of handcrafted items from the museum are available as well as other seasonal favorites. Candlelight Evening visitors should dress warmly and wear boots.  Please visit our website for updated parking and shuttle information.  Visit or call (607) 547-1450.  


Candlelight Evening Saturday, December 10, 2011
  • 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Admission: $12 adults, $10.50 visitors age 65 & over, $6 children age 7-12, free for children 6 & under and members of the New York State Historical Association.  


Photo:  Candlelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum in 2010.


About The Farmers' Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late- nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes toplows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. For more information or images, please contact: Todd Kenyon, Public Relations New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: