Reviews and photographs by Stanley Johnson
Last Saturday I found myself faced with a list of no less than eight events, most of them involving low-cost or free entertainment. You can’t be everywhere, but you can run around and try to hit up as much as possible. The winters around here are so miserable, that when the weather is hot with no serious storm threat, I decided to wring every last drop of fun out of the day. Or at least that was the plan.
I started out not far from home at the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction on the banks of the Mohawk River. (The river theme was essential on a 90-degree day). The Mabee House and the Franchere Center were hosting the Two Row Wampum Festival and visitors were coming by way of a lot of varied means, including a bicycle rally and by canoe. The Six Nations paddlers were scheduled to arrive to welcoming drums along the Mohawk, as part of an official ceremony along with many hands-on displays and activites at the farm. There were workshops and teaching lectures, such as “Creation Stories” by Kay Olan of the Mohawk Wolf Clan and “On Water Drums” by Dawn Standing Woman of the Mohawk Turtle Clan. We listened to the drum circle, watched a yarn spinning demonstration and learned about snapping turtles.