The 2018 Annual SPOOM conference schedule is outlined below. Please contact Kajsa Harley at 607.278.5744 or via email if you have any questions.
- Wednesday, October 17
- All Day: Millers Training at Hanford Mills Museum
- All Day: Visit area attractions on your own
- Thursday, October 18
Explore the industrial History of the Northwest Catskills (Delaware County). Buses leave from Clarion Hotel Oneonta. Boxed lunches will be provided. This day-long adventure will include stops that feature Delaware County’s industrial history and entrepreneurial innovations and traditions. Highlights include:
- The Delaware & Ulster Railroad: We’ll enjoy a scenic train ride that passes by rural hamlets, farmland, and historic sites. Much of the trip parallels the East Branch of the Delaware River. The grade traveled by the train is relatively flat, but the Catskill Mountains frame the tracks for much of the trip. More information at durr.org/.
- Hubbell Family Farm Mill: The Hubbells have farmed and run various enterprises on the same parcel of land since 1848. A Nationally Registered Historic Landmark, the farm includes an operating 1870s sawmill and cider mill, sap house, and existing land use patterns over a century old. The farm includes Scottish Highland cattle, Berkshire pigs, and chickens. Our visit will feature a tour of the mill and its working equipment from Boomer & Boschert in Syracuse, NY, which has been owned by the Hubbell Family for over six generations. The sawmill and cider mill are both powered by a 100-year-old Fairbanks Morse single-cylinder 15-horsepower gasoline engine. More information on their facebook page.
- Friday, October 19
Explore Two Centuries of Agriculture and Industry at the Headwaters of the Susquehanna River (Otsego County). Buses leave from Clarion Hotel Oneonta. This day-long adventure will include stops that feature Otsego County’s agricultural history and the businesses that have grown from and supported local agriculture in the past and present. Highlights include:
- The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown provides visitors with the opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through demonstrations and interpretive exhibits. The museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The visit will provide additional historical context to the mills that we’ll be visiting. More information at www.farmersmuseum.org/.
- You’ll be able to eat, shop, and explore at the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, a historic, water-powered mill on the banks of Fly Creek. The Mill Store Marketplace is the heart of activity with a sampling of over 40 specialty food products, many made right at the Mill. In 2016 the Mill was completely renovated to allow for expanding viewing of the second-story cider-making area. The new Learning Center is now the prime viewing area to witness the cider-making process on fall weekends. More information at www.flycreekcidermill.com.
- Evening: Banquet at the Morris Conference Center on the campus of SUNY Oneonta. Buses will provide transportation back to the Clarion Hotel Oneonta.
- Saturday, October 20
Morning sessions at the Morris Conference Center on the campus of SUNY Oneonta. Buses will provide transportation to/from the Clarion Hotel Oneonta.