Spafford Area Historical Society "SAHS"
Spafford Area Historical Society                      "SAHS"

The Storytellers Tour

Mike Powell, Charlie Orlando, Chris Merkley

Saturday April 14, 2018 7:30pm

$10pp/$20 per family



Mike Powell


Mike Powell left the Town of Champion in 2001 and went on to Syracuse University where, in four years, he became the most decorated college lacrosse player in the history of the sport. After college, despite being the number one draft pick in both professional lacrosse leagues, Mike declined the offers to play professionally and instead packed up his guitar and hit the road to play music in coffee shops and folk houses all over the American west. He is an open-chested free spirit and an absolute prolific writer with over 200 songs already in his arsenal. His words are honest and his performances are captivating, intimate, and interactive. His powerful silky voice is oozing with blue-eyed soul. He somehow blends folk with soul and country to create a sound that is as unique as his personality.


Charley Orlando

Charley Orlando is the essence of heart in music. Having released 16 albums Charley continues to paint outside the lines of convention! In his 25 plus year career he has been added to the GRAMMY entry ballot a total of 28 times and played over 3,000 shows in North America! The current sound Charley has created is called "Organica Groove" which builds on his groundbreaking sound of "Acid Folk" from his early days on the road. This music comes from the heart and combines an acoustic approach with modern technology by using Ableton Live (computer program) as a platform to build and explore his songs. His songwriting is in the realm of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Jeff Tweedy but at the same time nothing like any of them! There are artists who ride waves and artists whom part the sea creating a new sound! Charley has been parting the sea his whole career and this music is no exception!

Chris Merkley


Chris Merkley has performed over a thousand shows from the streets of Paris to venues throughout Europe and across the United States.   He has released nine albums with a variety of groups, which include songwriting duo Merkley & Morgan, acoustic American roots rock band The Crooners, and the swampy blues rock trio of Digger Jones. In addition to an extensive career of recording and touring, Merkley has composed and produced an extensive catalog of original music for TV and has songs featured in several independent films.  In 2008, he created a number of original compositions for HBO's critically acclaimed series, 'Generation Kill' and has since collaborated with Free Man Music and fellow Old Boy artists to compose custom original music for Cinemax, HBO Latino, and Max Latino. Merkley is currently performing solo, as well as with Merkley & Morgan, The Crooners, and Digger Jones in the New York area.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 7:00pm


Kevin Barrigar and Dusty Pas'cal and friends will provide great music with a X-mas flare. A portion of the proceeds will support the continued renovations of the Borodino Grange. $10pp or $20 per family. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00pm, Boom and Bust: America's Journey on the Erie Canal

This 30 minute documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of the Erire will be shown. Directed by Academy Award-winning film maker Paul Wagner, the film debuted in 2015 and was an official selection at the Syracuse International Film Festival and the Virgina Film Festival. Dr. Daniel Ward, a member of the Board of Directors of the Canal Society of New York State will be here to answer questions. Ward, a folklorist and historian, is co-producer of Boom and Bust with Steve Zeitlin.

Admission Free.



Wednesday November 1, 2017, 7:00pm


The Spafford Democratic Committee is hosting a “meet the candidates” night on November 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Spafford Area Historical Society (Grange) Hall, 1861 East Lake Road (Rt. 41) in Borodino.


All candidates (not just Democratic candidates) on the ballot in Spafford for Town and contested County-wide races (November 7th) have been invited.


Come meet the candidates for Town and County office!


Light refreshments will be served



Thursday October 26, 2017, 7:00pm


A public meeting to discuss expansion of broadband access in our area will be held on October 26 at 7:00 pm in the Borodino Grange hall (1861 East Lake Road in Skaneateles).  Ana Rua, Director of Outreach, Innovation & Broadband at Empire State Development will be attending virtually (by phone) to give an update and answer questions. This event, organized by Joe Paduda, is open to everyone. 


Also Spectrum has created a website where you can find out if your address is included in Spectrum's New York State broadband expansion plan service area---  in other words, if and when you can expect broadband at your home or office.  Go to  to look up your address. 


Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:30m, The Cadleys:

The Cadleys perform everything from country mountain ballads to bluegrass ballads. $10 per person. $20 for families.


Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:30pm, Genesee Ted

Rich folk and Americana music to warm your hearts and stomp your feet. $10 per person. $20 for families.

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7:00pm , Borodino Community Center

Come hear author Sheila Meyer share the history of the Durant Family and their life and impact on the Adirondacks during the late 19th and early 20th century. A book signing for all three of Sheila's books in the trilogy will also take place. Proceeds will support the continued renovation of the Borodino Hall. Admission Free.

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Sheila Myers is an Associate Professor at Cayuga Community College. She traveled to England, and visited several libraries and museums throughout the U.S. to research the Durant Family Saga. Her website and blog about the research journey for this project can be found here:<< New image with text >>

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