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




Recent Events


August 30, 2019 (Friday) 7:30 pm

Dean's List Concert

Dean's List is a popular Central New York family vocal band in love with great harmony and fun presentation of great songs, whether they be Motown, classic rock, current pop, or original.

The band is an inter-generational revamp of the outstanding Dean Brothers. It includes brothers John Dean and Bob Dean on guitar, bass, and vocals-- and picks up Kate Ellen Dean (Bob's daughter) and Caroline Manring Dean (niece-in-law at large) on vocals and fiddle.


Tickets at the door: $15/person, $30/family

Free parking. Handicapped accessible.


August 15,2019 (Thursday) 6:30 - 8:30 pm


Cruise Skaneateles Lake on the Judge Ben Wiles


Come cruise with us and enjoy a summer evening with music, refreshments, and appetizers donated by local businesses.

Watch the sun set and the full moon rise as we return to the dock in Clift Park. 

Please RSVP by August 1 by calling Bill Mayo at (315) 427-4233. Tickets are $75 per person.



August 2, 2019 (Friday) 5 - 7 pm

August 3, 2019 (Saturday) 8 am - 4 pm

Annual Barn Sale


This sale is huge--two full floors and a huge outdoor tent! There is a $5 admission fee just for Friday night so you eager beavers can get first chance at all the goodies for sale. We never know what people will donate, but examples of past treasures have included furniture (such as the table that Nate Culbertson is carrying in the photo above), lamps, sheets/towels, rugs, kitchenware, camping equipment, children’s toys, holiday decorations, boats, tools, patio furniture, garden tools, exercise/sports equipment, and LOTS MORE!!!

Please park in the church lot across from Borodino Hall. The entrance is around the corner on Rose Hill Rd./Rte 174.



June 25, 2019 (Tuesday) 7 - 9 pm

 History Program on Steamships of

Skaneateles Lake


Join us to hear David Miller, a board member of the Skaneateles Historical Society, talk about the history of steamboats on Skaneateles Lake and the major part they played in public transportation, mail delivery, and freight hauling beginning in the 1830s. The program is co-hosted by the Skaneateles, Glen Haven, and Spafford Area Historical Societies. It will be held at Borodino Hall Community Center, 1861 East Lake Rd., Skaneateles, NY. Refreshments will be available. Free parking and handicapped accessible.


June 8, 2019 (Saturday) 7:30 pm 

Eileen & Shirley and Austin MacRae Concert

Kick off the summer with a great concert by Ithaca-based Austin MacRae who will share the stage with Eileen Rose and Shirley Stevens from the Syracuse area.


Eileen and Shirley love to share their heartfelt music with folks who like old time, folk, bluegrass, 50s and 60s tunes, blues, gospel, a few originals, and anything else that strikes their fancy. You may hear the songs of Elvis Presley, Pete Seeger, Bill Monroe, John Denver, or Chris Stapleton, all with the clean, fresh-air sound of the mountain dulcimer and the guitar, along with beautiful harmonies. 


Austin MacRae is  known for his lyrical and vocal intensity. With a sensitive finger-picking style, MacRae crafts songs rich in wordplay and story.  He has performed at many venues such as Club Passim, Kerrville Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, Homer Center for the Arts, and Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic. 



May 26, 2019 (Sunday)

after Borodino Memorial Day Parade which starts at 1:00 pm

Open House and Free Refreshments



May 19, 2019 (Sunday) 5 pm

Loose Change Concert

Loose Change is a country music group out of Cortland Country Music Park. They will be playing classics by country music stars such as Johnny Cash, George Jones, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams. They’ll also include some of what they call “old-school rock and roll.”

It promises to be an enjoyable evening!



May 7, 2019 (Tuesday) 7 pm

Meeting of all volunteers interested in helping with the Annual Barn Sale (August 2 and 3)

We need help with receiving donations on the three Saturdays before the sale, with organizing and pricing the items, and with assisting customers on the days of the sale. We can customize shifts to suit your needs. Please come to the meeting to see how you can help.



April 27, 2019 (Saturday) 8 pm

Mike Powell and Loren Barrigar Concert 

Two of our best CNY Singer/songwriters on stage together with their acoustical guitars, songs, and stories. 


"By the Fireside" Concert on Friday, March 29, 2019

Do you like Irish and traditional music and the sound of dulcimers and fiddles? If so, be sure to join us at Borodino Hall Community Center at

7 pm for a very special musical evening. Tickets at the door. $15/person or $30/family. Address: 1861 E. Lake Rd, Skaneateles, NY. Free parking.


John Wilmot and Jacqui McCarthy have been entertaining audiences in Central New York for over 15 years.


Jacqui plays the fiddle and the guitar and shares Irish ballads or traditional folk song. She has released a solo CD, “Courting and Trees,” as well as a Bluegrass CD with the McCarthy Paisley Band. From Elbridge, NY, Jacqui is also a founding member of the “Perennials."


John Wilmot plays the hammered dulcimer and also performs with the group In Harmony or solo for weddings, worship services, and historical events throughout the area. John is from Port Byron, NY.



    January 25, 2019 (Friday) 7 p.m.           Mike Powell in Concert 


Singer songwriter Mike Powell in concert at

Borodino Hall Community Center, 1861 East Lake Rd,

Skaneateles NY.

Come join us for an evening of great music

in our beautiful 1830s building. 

Storytellers are the heart and soul of songwriting, and Mike Powell is one of the best. From Carthage, NY, the songwriting veteran brings his acoustic guitar, his harmonica and some of the more than 200 songs that he has written. Many of these songs are included on the four albums that he has produced. Many more have found their way into his solo acts or performances with the five-member band that he fronts, Mike Powell & The Black River. 


"He is like a polite rebel. A truly unique and inspiring

American voice." -- Boston Globe

Tickets at the door: $15/person, $30/family

For a sample of Mike's work, listen here to "Tell Me Why"-



Get Plugged Into Your Community!

Find out how you can become a SAHS volunteer                                           Saturday, January 12, 2019                 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Borodino Hall Community Center

The Spafford Area Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization. We are working to preserve for the public two significant 19th century buildings:                                               * Side Hill School, where area 4th-graders come for a day to experience what learning in a one-room school was like.

* Borodino Hall Community Center where we host history talks, concerts, and community meetings and events. 


Examples of things our volunteers do for us:

* Take care of our garden      * Mow the lawn

* Teach at the one-room schoolhouse

* Write articles for our newsletter

* Sell tickets or bake cookies for our events             

* Help with maintenance, repair, and cleanup of the buildings                   

* Promote our events

* Manage our Web site and Facebook pages 

* Serve as a Board member


Come join us for coffee and hear about all the ways YOU can be involved whether you have a little or a lot of time to share!   


For more information, call Dave Hempson, SAHS vice-president, at 315-685-6969.

Delaney Brothers in Concert

Friday, December 14, 2018,  7:30 p.m.

The always popular Delaney Brothers are coming back to Borodino Hall. Enjoy the holidays at our historic 1830s building and hear some great bluegrass music.


Tickets at the door:

$15 per person, $30 per family.

1861 East Lake Road, Skaneateles

Free parking.

Handicapped accessible.


Proceeds support the ongoing renovation of the building and the work of the Spafford Area Historical Association.


Questions? Call Sal Strods at 315-263-5783.

Community Dinner

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 6:00 pm

It's time for the Spafford Area Historical Society's (SAHS) annual community potluck dinner to celebrate the holidays. We hope you can join us!


SAHS will provide ham, turkey, and non-alcoholic beverages. People joining us should bring a dish to pass.

There is no charge for the dinner. It is our gift to you.


Please register in advance so we know how many guests to expect. You can do that by calling Becky Culbertson, SAHS board secretary, at 315-673-7332.  If there is no answer, please leave a message with your name, phone number, the number of people, and what you plan to bring, Becky can also help you with ideas of what to bring.


The dinner is for SAHS members and any other community members who would like to celebrate with us. We'll look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, August 25th, 2018


Ruddy Well Band

$15pp/$30 per family


A homegrown entity from Syracuse, New York, and two time SAMMY Award winner for People’s Choice and Best Americana, the Ruddy Well Band has roots in Americana folk and rock with strong harmonies and high energy-driving rhythms. Although members of the band have played together in different forms since 2008, officially the Ruddy Well Band was created in 2011 with the release of their self-produced album, Little Blue Marble. Continuing to evolve, they produced Change of Course in 2013 and Building a Fire in 2015. In 2017, Ruddy Well orchestrated the album Common Ground at SubCat Studios featuring original songs sung by the band as well as local Syracuse area musicians. All proceeds of the album were given to the non-for profit In My Father’s Kitchen.

Friday, August 3, 2018, 7 - 9 pm (Preview and Sale: $5 admission)

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 9 am to 5 pm

Annual Barn Sale


Two floors of treasures just waiting for you. We can't tell you what will be there since every year is a surprise. So you'll just have to come see for yourself. In the past, people have donated furniture, linens/drapes/rugs, toys, holiday decorations, tools, bikes, sporting and camping equipment, pet items, antiques, a drum, boats, and so much more. Plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. All proceeds go to support the Spafford Area Historical Society to help with the ongoing renovation and maintenance costs for our beautiful 1800s buildings you see on this page. 


Saturdays, July 14, 21, and 28, 2018, 9 am - 1 pm

Drop-off Days for Annual Barn Sale


Do you have "stuff"?? Things that you just don't need or  want anymore? Or maybe things you still love but just don't have room for anymore? Please consider donating them to our annual "Barn" Sale. It's our #1 way of raising money to support the Spafford Area Historical Society and and to continue the renovation and maintenance of our 1800s buildings. We accept almost anything but ask that electrical items be in good working order and that you not bring books, magazines, clothes, mattresses, 

box springs, TVs, or components for sound equipment. If you have questions or need to arrange for a pickup of large items, please call Sal Strods at 315-263-5783 or Dave Hempson at 315-685-6969. If no answer, please leave a message. Thank you for your support!


Friday, May 18th, 2018, 7:30pm

The Cadleys

$10pp/$20 per family


The Cadleys are one of the most popular acoustic bands in the Northeast. Following in the tradition of great male-female duets like George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, John and Cathy show how two voices blended in seamless harmony can produce one powerful sound. In concert you’ll hear The Cadleys perform everything from traditional mountain ballads and bluegrass classics like “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” and Bill Monroe’s “Blue and Lonesome,” to Alison Krauss’ “The Lucky One,” to the Louvin Brother’s “Cash on the Barrelhead,” to Cathy’s knockout version of “Over the Rainbow.” You’ll also hear some innovative acoustic arrangements of favorite Beatles tunes like “I Will,”plus a generous sampling of John’s original songs, many of which have been recorded by national bluegrass artists like Jim Hurst, Missy Raines, Tony Trischka, Amy Gallatin, and Lou Reid, who took John’s song “Time” to the #1 spot on the national bluegrass charts. Rounding out the band is first-call veteran bassist John Dancks, a member of the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame, and Perry Cleaveland, one of the most in-demand mandolin players in Upstate New York. Perry’s virtuoso playing has been featured in just about every prominent acoustic act in the area, recorded and live, bluegrass and otherwise. In short, a live show by The Cadleys does everything audiences come to a concert for: great singing, solid musicianship, entertaining rapport, and the feeling that they’ve enjoyed a truly special night of music.


For more information, visit 


Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:00 pm

Book Talk: Mysteries and Memories

Open to the Public. No charge.

Thinking about writing a memoir? Enjoy mysteries? Or just love reading? Come hear award-winning poet and prose writer Nancy Avery Dafoe. Borodino Hall Community Center. More info: (607)749-2937



Saturday, April 28, 2018

APHNYS (Association of Public Historians of New York State) Region 9 meeting

9:00 am - 1:00 pm [attendance by invitation only; not open to the general public.] More info:




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 Myers 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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