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Spring Migration 2009

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8th Annual Spring Migration Nature Arts, Crafts and Children's Festival
May 2nd and 3rd
10am - 4pm
$4 - non-members
$3 - members
$1 - children 12 and under

Presenting This Year:
Saturday and Sunday:
-  TALONS! A predatory bird show at noon & 2 PM Saturday & Sunday: Talons is known nationwide for their show.  Talons will be presenting both days with their hawks, owls and other predatory birds. "Conservation through interaction"...Thrilling while educating, with Raptors the way they were meant to be....Flying!  See these beautiful birds fly through the audience and learn about their habitats and lifestyles. Visit Lorrie Schumacher's (Master Class Falconer) website at:
-  Our very talented Nature Artists, featuring Marilyn Vona, Artist of the year: Our annual tradition of having nature art continues.  Come view and purchase these nature themed art pieces.
-  Crafts: This year, our festival has expanded to include crafts as well. We will have a variety of crafters set up on the front lawn.  These include all types, from quilts to jewelery to wooden crafts.
-  Horse Drawn Wagon Rides: Weather Permitting, the Chapin's wiill be back to share the luxury of their horses while offering rides through our fields.
- Renewable Energy: SUNY Morrisville Dr. Phillip Hoffmeyer
- Go Mining! Olde Erie Mining will be here to allow children to get the chance to "mine" different stones in a real mining environment.
-  It's a Small World:   Come visit a variety of different exotic animals, including Wallaby and Kotimundi.
-  Geocaching:  Come learn the art and science behind geocaching. Get the opportunity to meet others in the area who share the interest, or get pointers on how to start.
- Energy Wright: take a ride on stationary bike which spins a generator attached to lightbulbs, and produce your own electricity. Compare the difficulty of powering an incandescent bulb with a more efficent florescent.
- Children's entertainment such as petting animals, sand art, face painting, make-n-take crafts, games and more fun.
- LIVE MUSIC! Throughout the weekend we will have live performance by the Technicolor Trailer Park.  Hear their music at  They play a great variety of folk, bluegrass, country and childrens music.
-  Also new this year, visit some of our local farms! Promote "green" practices and buy local! A variety of different farms will offer their products and have educational experiences as well! See babydoll sheep, and learn about bee keeping!
- Lamplit Farms will be visiting and bringing a draft horse to show everyone the importance of Horses through history and agriculture! Visit them at
- Civil War Encampment, 157th Volunteers
- Tractor rides to the Overlook 
- Trout Unlimited
- Madison County Links Trail
- Reynolds Game Farm Pheasants 
- Beaver Lake Nature Center
Saturday Only: Special Presentations
-Dr McCrimmon from Cazenovia College, who has studied rookeries in NYS & at the GSC, will do a powerpoint presentation "The Great Blue Heron" at 11 AM & 1 PM.
- WoodCreek Reptiles: Get the chance to touch, pet and learn about different reptiles throughout the day!
- Ducks Unlimited
Many Thanks to our Festival Sponsers:
Alliance Bank
Bill Magee, Assemblyman
Blue Ribbon; Isadore A. Rapasadi & Sons, Inc.
Kimes Hardware
Oneida Nation Foundation
Oneida Savings
Rosemond Gifford Zoo
Tom Lenweaver

Artist of the Year: Marilyn Vona
Marilyn is a self taught artist.  She began drawing at the age of five and with much encouragement from her mother she continued to draw eventually leading to paint.  Watercolor first, then oils.
Her father was an outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, etc. and often took her with him.  He would explain everything about nature especially while hiking in the woods pointing out differennt trees and what the wildlife ate.
She started out drawing horses and eventually replaced them with deer leading to Adirondacks Scenes and wildlife. 
The first painting she sold was at the Tupper Lake Art Show.  It was a painting of a buck.  She had given it to her father for his birthday.  He took it to the show and showed it to Ray Jackman who was in charge of the show.  He took it and put it in the show.  It was the first one sold.  Thats when she realized people liked her work.
She had a one woman show for fourteen years at the "Bird World" in Sherrill, Ny. She exhibited for many years at "the Old Forge Woodmakers". She also exhibited at Beaver Lake and won "best of the show" at Tupper Lake.  She won 1st prize at a show in Portland, Oregon and 3rd prize at the Old Forge Art Show.
She was commissioned to do a painting of the camp on Rondox Lake belonging to the president of BMW Corporation.  The painting is set at his home in Switzerland. 

She also did a series of China Paintings for pins, necklaces for a jewelery distributor (Porcelain Pendants).  One of her followers has over 40 pieces of her art.  Her work can be seen in her home.  She has a studio and small gallery

Kimes "Do It Best"
Oneida Savings Bank