History Where You Eat returns to Cazenovia – Eagle News Online

CAZENOVIA – The Madison County Distillery will host this year’s first and only “History Where You Eat” event on Monday August 30 from 6 to 7 pm.

The event will explore the stories of neighboring Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (SQHAP) and one of the community’s oldest industries, distillation.

“Madison County, and Cazenovia in particular, had a fairly long history of commercial distillation and the sale of products like fine wines. [— a spirit that has undergone its final distillation and is ready for dilution and/or maturation —] to other business entities that would then turn them into a finite mind, ”said Matthew Urtz, Madison County historian. “[Cazenovia] started distilling basically from the time people arrived because the water would need to be distilled, but commercially you’re talking about the mid-19th century to the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century.

Attendees will hear about Urtz and SQHAP’s Hilltop House and Studio Manager Sarah Tietje-Mietz, tour the Madison County Distillery, and receive a voucher for a discounted Hilltop House tour.

Hilltop House is the former home of ceramist, sculptor, author, preservation activist and SQHAP founder Dorothy Riester (1916-2017). The house was designed and built by Riester and her husband, Robert, with the help of local contractors. In 2014, Hilltop House – with the original 23-acre property – was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its importance as a perfectly intact example of a mid-20th-century modern home and workshop. artist.

History Where You Eat will also include the unveiling of the first “Madison County Cocktail,” featuring products from the Madison County Distillery.

“Dorothy Riester was a great party planner, so we’ll be making a special drink in her honor,” said Urtz. “The event is free, but we hope you’ll stay for dinner or a drink and support a local business. “

Madison County plans to present a History Where You Eat series last year, according to Urtz, were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When we came back to it this year, we thought it would be nice to incorporate [two neighboring facilities]”said Urtz.” The current [original] quarry is right in this area where the two properties are located. . . The North Country Trail runs through both properties and a lot of people enjoy hiking this trail. We thought it would be great to have this partnership since they have collaborated before. Our goal is always to create a bit of activity for a local restaurant on a non-busy night and learn a bit of history.

The Madison County Distillery is located on an 80-acre farm at 2412 Rt 20, Cazenovia.

To reserve a place, send an email [email protected]

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