News

Written by Laurie Marr

Director of Public Affairs and Communications,
Development Authority of the North Country

 

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We Are Honored!

We are thrilled to be the recipient of the “Best Destination Marketing Initiative” award, given by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce at their 1st Annual St. Lawrence County Tourism Awards event!

Our hats are off to Hammond residents, businesses and civic/town/village organizations for your support and encouragement. We look forward to many more years of bringing beauty, joy, community pride and tourism recognition (and dollars) to our community.

Click here to read all about it! http://northcountrynow.com/business/county-chamber-honor-potsdams-clarkson-inn-hammond-barn-quilt-trail-tourism-awards-may-11

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The awards dinner is open to all on May 11 at Hammond’s own Bella Brooke Vineyard. Hope to see you there!

http://business.northcountryguide.com/events/details/1st-annual-st-lawrence-county-tourism-awards-dinner-389?_ga=1.128776908.1592041563.1415721980

 

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The following article is courtesy of TAUNY’s website ( tauny.org ).

Barn Quilt Documentary Screening

Sunday, April 3

2:00pm

In 2001, a quilter named Donna Sue painted a quilt on her barn in Ohio to honor her mother, also a quilter. Next, she persuaded others in her town to paint quilt squares on their barns. People began to drive around to see them, and a tourist project was born. The idea spread and in 2014 reached the North Country. A grassroots effort in the town of Hammond to establish a barn quilt trail has inspired other North Country towns to do so, too. Quilts are symbols of rural America. Heritage tourism projects that celebrate rural heritage are a natural economic development tool for challenged rural communities.

For the past year, Clarkson University social documentation student Emily Baker has been working with TAUNY to document the emergence of barn quilt trails in St. Lawrence County.   Residents of Hammond, Canton, Colton, and towns in between are painting large quilt squares to display on their barns or houses, and inviting travelers to come by for  a look. It’s a great story of grassroots efforts to develop economic opportunities around heritage tourism.

On April 3, at 2 p.m., we will screen a 30-minute documentary that Emily has produced about the barn quilt scene in the North Country. You’ll learn where the idea came from, why people are doing it, how they are doing it, and what the results are. You may leave wanting your own barn quilt. Following the screening there will be a Q&A session and refreshments, and South Colton resident Ruth McWilliams will demonstrate barn quilt painting.

(Photo: Jen McGregor’s Scottish Pride in the snow with the critters just below. Courtesy Hammond Barn Quilt Trail)

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∼THE FEASTIVAL TOUR∼

Enjoy “feasting” along our barn quilt trail!

August 13, 2016

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Hammond Barn Quilt Trail’s Feastival Tour

August 13, 2016

10:00am – 2:00pm

You are invited to make six special stops along our barn quilt trail,

enjoy six special food dishes and go home with six recipe cards!

Pre-sale tickets only from June 1 to August 6 (60 tickets will be available)

Purchase tickets at:

Hammond’s Farmer’s Market

Spicy Olive

Schermerhorn Harbor

or

contact the committee through our website

Cost is $20 per person. Transportation is not provided.

 Feastival Tour starts at 10am at the Hammond Museum

1A North Main St. (Rt. 37)

Hammond, NY

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Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail ~ August 21st & 22nd at the Hammond Museum!

The August 22, 2015 Grand Opening of the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail is fast approaching and we are so eager to share the barn quilts that Hammond residents, organizations and businesses have created in this past year!  We look forward not only to everything that has been planned, but also to those moments during the day when we pause and take the opportunity to appreciate what can happen when a beautiful idea comes to life. The members of the Hammond Barn Quilt Committee are truly touched and inspired by the enthusiasm and support of our community for this project. (And sometimes we are a little shocked – like WOW! Look what has happened in a year!)

Please join us on this special day – to admire the quilts in the quilt show, to enjoy the bus tour of our amazing barn quilts, and to celebrate the dedication of the trail, in gratitude for Hammond’s community spirit!

Hammond Museum Quilt # 1 0P4A1131

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