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Join us for OCTavern Festival next weekend!

It’s October and that means it’s almost time for our inaugural OCTavern Festival (it’s a mashup of October and Tavern–get it?!) at the Stone-Tolan Historic Site. Next weekend, on Friday, October 8th and Saturday, October 9th,  the site will host a celebration of all things autumnal.

Reserved Seatings

On Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday, our 200-year-old rural house and tavern will host small groups of guests for reserved seatings. You’ll enjoy live music, local beer provided by Strangebird Brewery, cider, and seasonal fare.

Tickets will be sold by the table for groups of 2-8. Your reservation gets you your first beer or cider, a commemorative pint glass, a soft pretzel from Flour City Bread Co., and a light charcuterie plate to share.

Outdoor Festival

In addition to our reserved seatings, we will also be holding a site-wide festival on Saturday, October 9th, 11 AM – 5 PM with a curated selection of local artisan vendors, regional food products, lawn games, a campfire, live music, and more!

Some of the artists that will be at OCTavern Festival include:

  • Unstrung Studios: Woodburned botanical, anatomical, and Rochester themed pieces, both fine art and functional wares that are burned entirely by hand.
  • Earth Friendl.e: Handmade, sustainable macrame art including plant hangers, wall hangings, keychains, and market bags.
  • Allie Push Arts: Hand-bound journals made from recycled and repurposed materials.
  • Pinnacle Pottery: Handmade stoneware pottery, including kitchen and tableware.
  • Spalted Creek: Turned pens, bottle stoppers, wood flags, and other items made of wood or reclaimed wood.
  • Pure Best: All-natural luxury soaps.
  • Sonnaie: Landscape paintings and Risograph prints.
  • Stick & Poke Florist: Uniquely stunning bouquets of forever flowers, beautiful palettes presented via dried flowers.
  • Rosy Candle Co: Coconut soy candles, wax melts, aromatherapy mood, room and linen sprays.
  • mac and zim: Wool rug-punched pillows, blankets and other home items featuring original artwork.

Admission to the Stone-Tolan Historic Site grounds to enjoy the outdoor Festival on Saturday is free!

The 2021 OCTavern Festival is sponsored by:


Learn more & purchase tickets!

NEW: Living Landmarks video series

We are proud to present a new video series to share our impactful work with the public.  Our intention is to convey the present-day vitality of historic (or Living) Landmarks – they are not frozen in the past, they evolve with time. These short videos will highlight Landmark Society properties and projects and the benefits of employing historic preservation practices to neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and community building – how we, at The Landmark Society are Living (our) Landmarks.

Our host, Landmark Trustee, local artist, and changemaker Shawn Dunwoody, will welcome and close out each video with his charm and humor showing that preservation can be fun as well as serious business. Landmark Associate Director, Larry Francer, is the writer and director; videography by PhotoPryntz.

Watch the first episode

Register for our window glazing workshop

How to Putty a Window – October 16th

Fifty years ago, almost every painter, carpenter, and homeowner knew how to putty (glaze) a window. Today this relatively simple task is usually done by painters but is often neglected as more and more windows are replaced.

Led by noted window specialist and author of The Window Sash Bible, Steve Jordan, this short workshop will introduce the materials and tools needed to glaze a window, including traditional oil-based and water-based materials as-well-as quick-drying shop-specific products. We will demonstrate how to remove old putty, spot glaze, and replace broken panes of glass. Safe measures for working with lead paint and putty will be part of the tutorial.

Saturday, October 16th | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Stone-Tolan Historic Site, 2370 East Avenue | Cost: $30


New classes from the YUPs!

The YUPs have a few brand new classes coming up this fall and winter. Classes are held through the Rochester Brainery and registration is available on the Brainery’s website (follow the link below).

11/1 – Architecture in Film and Media: Spooky Edition

The Shining, Psycho, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Amityville Horror, Halloween, Hocus Pocus … Historic architecture is used throughout film and media to convey a sense of mystery and to elicit suspense and fear. This creates an unconscious association in the audience, adding a cloak of misunderstanding around certain architectural styles. How many of us have looked at a Second Empire-style house or a farmhouse with peeling paint and thought, “Oh, that house is creepy and haunted”? In this class, we’ll discuss how architecture has been used throughout film’s history to create that sense of spookiness. We’ll then look at examples of these same styles from around our region and unpack the architectural details that make certain styles perfect for scary movies.

11/9, 12/6, 1/10 – Old House Interior Design: A 3-Part Series

When it comes to designing for the interior spaces of our home, it’s hard to define an authentic style we truly love, particularly for older homes. But it doesn’t have to be! Whether you own an old house or would like to discover your interior design style, this class will teach you how to honor the history and embrace the character of houses from the 1830s through the 1960s. Find which characteristics in common house styles suit your personal aesthetics and learn solutions to common old house pitfalls (like small kitchens). We’ll explore products, materials and sensitive design solutions that enhance your home’s original features – without sacrificing your unique style.

YUP Brainery classes

Thank you to our past event sponsors!

The Landmark Society of Western New York is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

The Landmark Society receives support from Monroe County through the Mid-Size Arts Organization Grant

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