Geneva, N.Y.: The Geneva Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, June 12 in the Meritage Ballroom at Belhurst Castle, 4069 West Lake Road, Geneva. The evening will begin with a cash bar at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m.
A short business meeting will be held to highlight last year’s activities and elect new officers and trustees. The Historical Society will also honor Diane Khouri as Volunteer of the Year.
Following the business meeting, Jane Oakes will discuss “Hop Growing and Beer Production in the Genesee Country.” For part of the 19th century, New York State was the chief location worldwide for the raising of hops. From pioneer to immigrant, everyone enjoyed beer as a healthier alternative to often-polluted well water. Learn how hops were grown and beer was made in the time of our ancestors.
Jane Oakes has been involved with historic education for over forty years. She has taught classes in open hearth cooking, 19th-century schooling, and historic architecture for Genesee Country Village & Museum; was a museum studies and local history teacher for BOCES; and was the School Tours and Education Coordinator for the William Mills Mansion Museum in Mt. Morris. Ms. Oakes holds a BA in Theater and an MA in History.
The dinner is open to the public, but reservations are required. Tickets for the dinner are $35 per person and reservations must be made in advance. Entrée choices are boneless pork chop with apple and ginger chutney, chicken breast with wild mushroom and tarragon sauce, baked white fish with tomato and roasted corn salsa, or vegetable Napoleon. The meal includes salad, roll, and dessert. There will be a cash bar during the event. Reservations can be made by calling the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151 by June 5.