Behold! New Lebanon Announces Rural Guide Tours

Behold! New Lebanon Announces Rural Guide Tours

Behold! New Lebanon Announces Rural Guide Tours

Anna Duhon and Paul Rix will welcome guests to spend time learning what it takes to be farmsteaders through Behold! Lebanon.

Anna Duhon and Paul Rix will welcome guests to spend time learning what it takes to be farmsteaders through Behold! Lebanon.

Behold! New Lebanon, the living museum of contemporary rural American life is a new ‘museum without walls’ celebrates the rich historical and cultural heritage of New Lebanon, N.Y., with a variety of tours by locals who welcome visitors to their farms, studios and workspaces. These presenters are not costumed actors or docents recalling old-world skills; they are the real townspeople of today, whose lives and work challenge the quaint myths about country life.
The schedule for Saturday, July 18, includes a variety of excursions. Take a leisurely stroll along the Wyomanoc Creek following the footprint of the once-famed Rutland Railroad for ‘Corkscrew Choo! Choo!’ from 10 to 11:00 a.m., with Joe Ogilvie, vice president of the Corkscrew Rail Trail Association. In ‘Homestead Living: Making Farmer’s Cheese’ from10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, homesteaders Paul Rix and Anna Duhon invite you to join them in a day’s work. What have they learned in their years on the land?
In ‘Coffee Talk,’ from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Fred Cashmere, who started Liquid Assets Coffee Tea and Spice Company 25 years ago, discusses his “farm to cup” philosophy. Learn where he gets the best beans and how to roast and brew the perfect cup. Or join Peter Watson, historic preservationist and Shaker Museum trustee, in the circa 1860 North Family Shaker great stone barn for ‘Building for the Divine’ from 2 to 3 p.m. Peter will share the story of the barn and introduce you to other magnificent odes to the divine created by the Shakers through their architecture, furniture, invention and social action. ‘A Jam for All Seasons‘ from 4 to 5 p.m., features chef Deborah Gordon, who will show you how to turn your seasonal produce into a delicious treat to enjoy for months after harvesting.
With 60 different tour programs over the course of the summer, Behold! New Lebanon offers a chance to meet real people as they practice cooking, farming, cattle raising, automobile racing and mechanics, wood-working, foraging and more. Tour shuttle buses depart from the Behold! Station and General Store, located in a picturesque Victorian house at 438 Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. Tickets and information, including shuttle times, can be found at beholdnewlebanon.org or call 518-720-7265.

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