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


Wednesday, April 25, 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

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:



Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and June 6,    6 - 8:00 pm

Writing Series

Empower Yourself: Writers as Creative Thinkers

Writing creatively will empower you. A 6-week mini-course offered by professional writer and educator Nancy Avery Dafoes is designed to guide participants in the use of creative writing techniques. The course will asist you in strengthening skills to develop innovative thinking in poetry, prose, short story, essay, blog posts, and vignettes. For more info about the content or fee: 607-749-2937.



Friday, May 18th, 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.


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Saturday, August 25th, 7:30pm

Ruddy Well Band

$10pp/$20 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.
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