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Cobblestone Museum staying busy in offseason with several programs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 March 2019 at 9:05 am

Historic Masonry Workshop returns Saturday after being sold out

Provided photo: Brian Daddis leads a hands-on workshop on historic masonry last Saturday at the Cobblestone Museum’s schoolhouse. Daddis demonstrates the correct method to remove failing mortar in the cobblestone schoolhouse basement.

GAINES – The Cobblestone Museum doesn’t open for the season until June 1, but the museum has already had a packed schedule of events before opening day.

The museum is teaming with the Landmark Society of Western New York for a workshop on historic masonry. Brian Daddis, who specializes in repairs to historic masonry, is leading the class. The workshop was sold out last Saturday, which prompting the museum and Landmark Society to offer the program again on Saturday.

The workshop includes a class discussion, which is held in the Cobblestone Universalist Church. The students do hands-on work in the basement of the cobblestone school.

The workshop focuses on the repointing process for reconditioning mass stone composite basement walls. Daddis also discusses the different methods for removing old mortar, mixing lime mortar, placing fresh lime pointing mortar, curing the lime mortar, and finishing techniques.

• The museum for the second season is teaming with Patricia Greene, a Medina artist, for a Sunday Painters class. The fourth Sunday each month, beginning in January, Greene leads art workshops with students completing a painting at each session.

The topics include:

January 27 – Black & White & Shades of Grey: Starting a foundation for painting.

February 24 – Glass: How to create the illusion of clear.

March 31 – Metal: Seeing metal for what it is.

April 28 – Drapery: Understanding the effects.

A grant from the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is helping to fund the program.

• The museum also will take a bus load of people on a maple syrup tour to Angelica on March 30. This is the second time the museum has led a maple bus tour. Last month, the museum also organized a bus tour on Feb. 9 to the George Eastman House in Rochester to see the Dutch Bulb

• On April 14, the museum will host an old-time fiddle music concert featuring a band called Elderberry Jam. The eight musicians will play music with fiddles, guitars, a banjo, a hammered dulcimer, a mandolin and a bass.

• The museum will have its second annual membership dinner on May 1 at the remodeled Carlton Recreation Center. This event is catered by Zambistro in Medina and includes a live and silent suction. Last year’s debut membership dinner raised more than $40,000 for the museum.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Christ Church was one of the stops last May in the Cobblestone Museum’s first progressive organ concert. Darryl Smith performed on the 1877 Steer & Turner Pipe Organ at Christ Church. The progressive organ concert returns this year on May 11, featuring three churches in Medina.

• A Progressive Organ Concert returns on May 11. Last year it featured organs at Albion churches. This time the event with include three historic churches in Medina. The concerts will be held in progressive fashion at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church. The meal, served at St. Mary’s, will be catered by Zambistro.

• The museum on May 18 will lead a bus tour of cobblestone structures in Monroe and Wayne counties, with a tour of the Alling Coverlet Museum and a lunch stop included.

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