The Ye Olde Landmark Tavern is hosting its annual Summer Brew Dinner on Thursday, June 28th at 7:00.  This year's dinner features the culinary creations of Chef Andrew Hengst and the brewing creations of Brooklyn Brewery.

Chef Andrew Hengst has put together a fantastic menu and it is paired nicely with five beers from the Brooklyn brew kettles.  Add in the intimate setting of Ye Olde Landmark, and all the pieces for a great food and beer pairing are in place.  The dinner features five courses, each paired with a different beer:

1st Course:
Smoked Asparagus Vichyssoise
crab, pistachio
Beer: Brewmaster's Reserve Gold Standard

2nd Course:
Lamb Carpaccio
arugula, tomatoes, preserved lemon, flatbread
Beer: Sorachi Ace

3rd Course:
Barbecue Duck Tostada
tomatillo salsa, black beans, red onion, ricotta salata
Beer: East India Pale Ale

4th Course:
Ancho-Coffee Braised Short Ribs
cheddar polenta, corn relish, okra
Beer: Brown Ale

5th Course:
Pecan Brownie Torte
vanilla ice cream, salted caramel
Beer: Black Chocolate Stout

The cost of the dinner is $45 a person and reservations are a must.  You can make your reservations by calling Ye Olde Landmark at 315-893-1810.

Fiber, anyone?
            Wool production in New York State in 2010 was 245,000 pounds, according to the U.S. Agriculture statistics Service.  Add to that fiber from alpacas, llamas, rabbits, goats, and exotic animals such as camels, buffalo, and yak, and you have a LOT of yarn!! 
            There seems to have been an explosion of knitters, spinners, weavers, felters and other practitioners of the fiber arts in recent years.  Guilds are springing up in every part of the country.  Getting fiber from local farm to local artist can sometimes be tricky, however. 
            Enter the CNY Fiber Artists and Producers, and the annual fiber fair they host in Bouckville, NY.
            The fair had humble beginnings, held for two years in conjunction with the Madison County Fair, with a handful of fiber vendors.  It became obvious early on that a larger site was needed, according to organizer Pamela Haendle.
            “Our hope was to showcase fiber animals and the products that can be produced from them,” said Pam.  “We saw a need for a local festival that would highlight the many fiber producers in our area, and connect their products with local fiber enthusiasts.”
            Pam obviously had the right idea.  The first year at the site in Bouckville, over 45 vendors sold a variety of fiber, fiber-related, and farm products to over 600 attendees, in spite of a rainy weekend.  There were workshops offered, and well as food, and children’s activities.  Animals, including sheep, alpacas, goats, llamas, and rabbits were on display. 
            This year’s festival will be held on June 9 and 10, at the Butternut Campground on Route 20 in Bouckville.  Workshops will again be offered, as will children’s activities, and maybe a few new surprises.
            “We hope to grow every year, but don’t want to lose our hometown feel,” says Pam.  “If we can educate the general public about our animals, and provide an enjoyable afternoon for people interested in the fiber arts and local farm producers, we will achieve our goal.”
            Visit the group’s website at www.cnyfiber.org for more information on the organization and this year’s festival.
Country music superstars Big and Rich are the headliners for a new country concert festival set from July 13th and 14th in Bouckville.  NY Country Jam will feature eight bands over two days at the site of the Madison Bouckville Antique Festival in Bouckville. They will be joined by Cowboy Troy and Bradley Gaskin when the "Save a Horse" musicians take the stage on Saturday night.  Hotels and campsites will fill up quickly so find a room or site today.
Country Music sensation Gretchen Wilson will headline the Friday night portion of NY Country Jam.
Known for her sizzling lyrics and delivery, country music fans will get to see Ms. Wilson sing all of her hits including “Redneck Woman” and “Here for the Party.” Opening for Gretchen Wilson is 2012 Academy of Country Music Duo of the Year nominee Steele Magnolia. The winners of CMT’s “Can You Duet” made headlines when their bracing take of “Keep on Lovin You” broke through as the highest charting debut single by a duo in Billboard history and climbed all the way to No. 5 on the Billboard Country Charts.  Taking the stage before Steele Magnolia is newcomer Lyndsey Highlander. In 2012 she has opened 4 sold out Travis Tritt concerts and will tour this summer with Reba McEntire and Little Texas.

Coming off of a highly successful 2011 Madison Bouckville Antique Show, the shops in and around Madison and Bouckville have decided to have a pre-holiday open house event in November. 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 4-6th over 15 shops will be open special hours for your shopping delight.  You will find art, furniture, antiques, cut glass, handmade items and more. 
The shops will be open from 1-7 on Friday and from 10-6 on both Saturday and Sunday. 
For more information on the event visit the promoter's website. 

It was a very busy week in Madison and Bouckville for the 40th annual Madison Bouckville Antique Week.  The show received good reviews from dealers and visitors and the hotels and restaurants of Madison County had a very successful week too.  Be sure to mark your calendar for next year's show August 13-19, 2012 Here is a recap of stories from around the internet.
Madison Bouckville Antique Show in Full Swing (WKTV) This WKTV story tells about the 35% of the antique show that is inside the festival gates.
Antique Future Bright in Bouckville (Oneida Daily Dispatch) A nice look at the future of the Bouckville Antique Week.
Plenty to see, do and buy as antique extravaganza in Bouckville  celebrates 40 years (Syracuse.com) A good overview of the show from one end of town to the other.
Madison Bouckville (maya*made blog)This blogger was looking for and finding crates at the show
Madison Bouckville Antique Festival Slideshow (The Utica O-D) The OD credits the Festival Field with these pictures, but they were taken all over the town inside and out of that field.  Great times!
Madison Bouckville Review (52 Flea) This blogger had a great time and took outstanding pictures
Stormy Hen Living's Review (Stormy Hen Living) Another fun review of a successful trip to Antique Week
Treasure Hunting at Bouckville (Jen Spends) They spent most of their time on the festival field and enjoyed the experience
550 Dealers at Madison-Bouckville Antique Show (CNY Central) --They miss the mark on the number of dealers, but there is good video of the show.
Vintage Junk in My Trunk (VJiMT Blog) They spent a ton of time in Bouckville and were happy.

The 16th Annual Madison County Hop Fest fun-filled weekend starts at the Ye Olde Landmark Tavern in Bouckville for the Hop Fest’s Paired Beer Dinner on September 16 at 6 pm.  The five-course meal created by Culinary Institute Chef, Andrew Hengst will be paired with a variety of craft beer styles from Southern Tier Brewing Company.
The first course is a roasted vegetable samosa of chickpea salad with cilantro chutney paired with Southern Tier’s 422 Pale Wheat Ale. The second course is a garlic soup served with crispy chorizo and parsley oil paired with Southern Tier’s Phinn and Matt’s American Pale Ale.  The third course is crispy shrimp cake accompanied with a tomato and corn salad drizzled with jalapeno vinaigrette and paired with Southern Tier’s IPA. The fourth course is Pork Tenderloin, served with apple and herb stuffing, fried brussels sprouts, macaroni and cheese in a mustard aioli paired with Southern Tier’s Harvest Extra Special Bitter. The fifth course is a pumpkin cheesecake finished with a caramel praline sauce paired with Southern Tier’s Pumking Imperial Pumkin Ale.
Tickets for the dinner are $45 and seating is limited.  Please contact the society to reserve your seat online at www.mchs1900.org/hopfest, or by sending a check payable to the Madison County Historical Society by September 9th.

The rain has arrived, but that is actually good news on a Wednesday in June.  It just means the selection at the farmer's markets this weekend will be more robust.   So on a rainy day, we've spotlighted some light reading for you about things going on in Madison County.  Enjoy!
Buy Local Week Kicks off with Fresh Gala (Madison County Courier) This event is quickly becoming one of the best summertime events in all of Madison County.  It highlights farms all week long and celebrates the foods available from our neighbors.

Owera Vineyards is bottling their first crush (Owera Vineyards Facebook Page) Everyone at Madison County Tourism is excited that our first vineyard and winery will have product to sell within weeks.

The Central New York Community Foundation Awards Grants (Oneida Daily Dispatch) The Stone Quarry Hill Art Park receives $15,000 and Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum receives $5,000.

Cazenovia Installs Boulders Along the Lake (Syracuse.com)The battle to keep invasive species out of the lake took another turn as the town limits access at the south shore parking area for boaters and fishermen.

Young Composers Take Part in Cazenovia Counterpoint (Syracuse.com) Many people know about Skaneatales's Chamber Music Festival, but Cazenovia Counterpoint is another great summer arts festival.

And now a new daily feature.  We will also comb the vast resources of You Tube to bring you images of Madison County too:

You Tube Video of the Day: 2008 Madison Bouckville Outdoor Antique Show

A great day for golf here in Madison County.  Weather today looks like it is headed for the low to mid 80's.  Summertime is such a nice reward for our sometimes brutal winters.  There are a few links and stories out there this morning to share with you, so without further ado, here we go:

A good story and some nice video of the Peterboro Civil War Weekend (Oneida Daily Dispatch)
The Madison County Courier is celebrating local business this week (Madison County Courier)
The Barnwell County, SC paper has a blurb about local residents who attended Oz-Stravaganza! in Chittenango (The People Sentinel)
I Love NY wants to know what your summer vacation plans are (I Love NY Facebook Page)
The Chittenango Rotary will be hosting a Brazilian Dinner (Madison County Courier)
Boxing Hall of Famer Larry Holmes will get his diploma (The Morning Call)
Plans continue for 40th annual antique show (Auction Central News)
The Red House will be performing Shakespeare in the park Sunday in Cazenovia. (syracuse.com)

The Late Great Alexis Arguello and a fan
It's Thursday and that means all eyes are on the weekend.  What a weekend of events coming here in Madison County.  The Fiber Fair, the Boxing Hall of Fame Induction and Peterboro Civil War Weekend are all on tap.  Here are some links of interest for you on this busy summer Thursday.
What is Mike Tyson's True Legacy? (ESPN)
The Fighter hasn't changed Micky Ward (Oneida Dispatch)
ESPN to be at Boxing Hall of Fame (Boxing News 24.com)
4th of July will be great in Hamilton (Utica OD)
Antique Week to Continue (Mid York Weekly)
Eating and Biking the Erie Canal (Unchained Restaurants)
Oh yeah!  Lobster Mac and Cheese (syracuse.com)
Lorenzo Hosts Gala Garden Party (Madison County Courier)