A Family-Friendly, Hop-Centric Event

Saturday, August 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Get your tickets online. Purchase a two-way ticket with Fenimore Art Museum and also enjoy their Art by the Lake event - just across the street!

Celebrate Otsego County's king crop at our new family-friendly, hop-centric event––Hopsego! The event brings together traditional methods paired with contemporary craft. From the growing of hops to the making of food, beer, and other products, families will get an all-encompassing experience and learn how the hop flower and vine rooted our region, formed family traditions and brought us into the resurgence of hop growing and craft brewing today. Find music, food, family-friendly activities, beer tastings, and more!


-Make and Do!-

· Families can partake in activities such as making handcrafted items together, inspired by hop flowers and vines - all to be taken home as mementos of the day.

· Have conversations with specialists in the field about the history of hops in our region. Lend a hand by helping us set and pull hop poles and pick the hops from the vines, all while bringing the hop yard to life.


-Play Like a Kid!-

· Kids and families can earn hop tickets by doing specific hop-related tasks all day long! "Hop to It" and make your own task-log booklet at the arts & crafts tent, get it stamped for each task completed throughout the day, collect your earned tickets and get a special prize for your hard work!!

· Traditional and contemporary games such as croquet, giant Jenga, and Cornhole will bring family members and friends together in our family-centered arts and crafts activity area.  

· Take a spin on the Empire State Carousel, the museum you can ride on!


-Four-Legged Friends & Dirt!-

· Those looking to get their hands dirty, can stay “down on the farm” and do some more work in our hop yard or hop barn. Hang around a while and see animals graze while talking to our expert staff and volunteers about what it was like to raise livestock.


-Making and Crafting the Brew! Taste a Treat!-

· Some folks may not know that hops were used to flavor and preserve beer. Beer, popular at a time when water was mostly unsafe to drink, became a daily household drink. Did it really help settle a nomadic culture? Let’s find out, try a couple brews, and nosh on some tasty nibbles, while we’re at it. 

· Guests (ages 21+) can sample beer (2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) from regional New York State craft breweries. $5 gets you a Hopsego Tasting glass and six tickets to sample some of the best beer the region has to offer. (Visitors must be 21 years or older with a valid government-issued ID to sample alcoholic beverages.)

New York State craft breweries featured:

Cooperstown Brewing Co.
Brewery Ommegang - Brewery Ommegang will reveal a new beer at Hopsego! 
Council Rock Brewery
Red Shed Brewery
Davidson Brothers Brewing Co.

“He was a wise man who invented beer.” (Plato)

· Adults and children will enjoy soda pop tastings in Bump Tavern from 11:00-1:00 p.m.!


-Make the Vessels and Drink the Drink!-

· Contemporary ceramic vessels for storing and drinking brewed and fermented beverages will be thrown on a modern-day potter’s wheel, and similar items will be available for purchase.  


-And Then, There Was Food!-

· Hungry? Get it here! Pick-up a BBQ’ed burger or sandwich and chips, a soft drink or tea, and cookies at our own Crossroads Café! Want ice cream? We have some of that, too!


-Chat, Laugh and Stay Awhile!-

· Form a sense of community on the Bump Tavern Green or in a biergarten-style atmosphere while listening to live music by 18-year-old protégé Kayla Rae. Stomp your feet and dance to the jams of the Spectacular Average Boys and listen to NYS singer-songwriter, Marc Delgado as he draws you into the fold with his voice, humor, and storytelling. See a full performance schedule below.

· It is human nature to want to be social, to want to be with others, to want to converse, to laugh, to joke, to tell stories and to hear music, to dance. Join us on the Bump Tavern Green and find your community, or a new community here at The Farmers’ Museum!


-See “the Stuff!”-

· Photographic images, documents and the actual tools used to do the work will be on view in the Main Barn. During "What is it? Hop Tool Display and Conversation" (11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.), ask questions of our Collections Specialist and learn all about the actual objects that were used to get the work done. 


-Learn, Observe, Discuss!-

· Our blacksmith, printer, pharmacist, and weaver will demonstrate how hops were incorporated into daily life, from making reproduction tools used in the hop fields, to creating ointments and cures using hop flowers, to printing broadsides and hop tickets. Food items using traditional recipes incorporating hops will be cooked and baked. 

· What are hop pellets? How do brewers use them and
how are today's hops harvested and processed? Join Ian Porto of Northern Eagle Hop Pelletizing for a conversation in the Hop House!

· (Book signing canceled.)  Dietrich Gehring and Laura Ten Eyck, authors of "Hop Grower's Handbook: The Essential Guide for Sustainable, Small Scall Production for Home and Market," will be on the Carousel Green for a book signing. (Book signing canceled.)


-Check It Out!-

· In the Main Barn, watch historical short films of hop pickers and view a pop-up hop exhibion. 


-The Cloth That Bound! The Wood That Stored!-

· A trained tailor will create patterns for clothing and sew them using nineteenth-century methods as visitors talk and chat with him about making your own clothing in the 19th-20th centuries. A Cooper using 19th-century methods will make a hand-hewn cask used to ferment and store beer in years gone by.


-Take Something Home to Remember Your Day!-

· Visit The Farmers' Museum Store and Todd’s General Store for hop-related items, all day long!

· Get your Hopsego Tasting glass at Todd’s General Store! Only $5 a glass!


Otsego County was the largest hop growing area in the United States during the early twentieth century. The rich tradition of the hop industry and agriculture supported local families and migrant workers and resulted in ancillary businesses related to the niche trade. Hopsego, a new event at The Farmers’ Museum for the summer of 2017 will celebrate the history and tradition of hops growing, harvesting, and related industries in Otsego and surrounding counties from the 1800s to today. 

Tell us what you think of the event and you could win four passes to Harvest Festival on September 16 and 17, Tractor Festival on October 7 and 8, or Candlelight Evening on December 9! 

What’s more? Visit the exhibition Hop City Pickers! open Monday – Friday, 10-5 at the Research Library!


Performance Schedule

Marc Delgado, singer-songwriter (11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
Marc Delgado is a traveling solo performer. In the last year & a half he has played over 200 shows. His songs are eclectic & unexpected & portray characters trying to make sense of The American Landscape. Delgado also writes, sings & records with Alt-Rock, Americana group Wounded Knee. Their last record: High in a Neon Dive (Narcissus Records) is a spiraling tour through the seedy motels & dive bars of Central California where Delgado grew up. He is currently at work on his newest effort Wildwood Road which will be released later this year. Marc lives with his wife Melanie & their dog Spike in Woodstock, NY.  

Box & Cox, a trunk show featuring the popular comedy written in England by John Maddison Morton in 1847. The New York Times called it “the best farce of the nineteenth century.” (12:30-1:00 p.m.)  

Kayla Rae, singer-songwriter (1:30-3:00 p.m.)
Kayla Rae is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from Lagrangeville, NY. As a soulful, jazzy-pop vocalist, with influences from Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, and Lady Gaga. In 2016, her single "Lullaby" captured the hearts of fans everywhere and is loved by many industry elites. With more than 60 performances all across the Tri-State area and beyond in just the past year, she's electrified crowds, entertaining for tens of thousands at some of the biggest festivals in NY and NJ. Her dedication earned her work to be featured in several films and television shows over the past few years. She spent over a month in California this past October as a contestant on Season 12 of "The Voice."

The Spectacular Average Boys, (3:30-5:00 p.m.)
The Spectacular Average Boys have carved a name for themselves in the foothills of Upstate New York over the past several years by infusing a rock vibe into the more traditional folk and mountain music that has so emanated from the region for over a century. Their post-Americana blend has earned the favor of music listeners and festival goers young and not-so-young alike, effectively wielding the characteristic vocal harmonies of lead-singer and banjoist Ned Brower and bassist Joel Shue that might be described as classically folky and hipster-nonchalant all at once. As kids growing up on 90’s alt-rock in an environment rich in musical history, Brower and Shue together with childhood schoolmate and guitarist Justin Ploutz endeavored to develop an inspired style that kept true to their Oneonta hometown, a railroad town on the Susquehanna River. Billing themselves as “The Spectacular Average Boys,” the band fast became known locally for raucous live shows and memorable songwriting. Following a packed hometown gig, the band was approached by drummer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Pfeiffer who, having only very recently moved to the area from a much different musical climate in central New Jersey, quickly fell in love with the sounds of the region. Pfeiffer immediately gained the approval of loyal fans and completed the SAB lineup.

Currently holed up with their instruments in a rustic creek-side cabin, the group prides itself on a do-it-yourself attitude, steadily self-booking hotspot gigs and festivals throughout the region while continuously producing quality contributions to a lively Upstate New York music culture.



Stay tuned for more Hopsego info to be announced soon––including the local and regional New York State craft breweries featured!

Museum Members receive free admission to Hopsego. If you would like to become a member, call Kate at 607.547.1536.

Tastings and activities provided by OmmegangCooperstown Brewing CompanyCouncil Rock BreweryDavidson Brothers, Hager Hops , Muddy River Hops CompanyNorthern Eagle Beverages, Inc., and Red Shed Brewery.