Geneva, N.Y.: Spend the afternoon at Rose Hill Mansion and explore the sporting life on Saturday, July 20 from 12 to 4 p.m. From early spectator sports to semi-pro teams, athletic pursuits have been part of Geneva community life since its early days. Activities at the event will include lawn games, a special scavenger hunt of the mansion, and exhibit panels from the Geneva Historical Society’s newest exhibits, Panthers and Saints: High School Sports in Geneva and Come Out and Play: Sports and Recreation in Geneva. There will also be booths sponsored by community organizations, including the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and the Seneca Yacht Club. Historical Society Curator John Marks will share a presentation on Geneva's Forgotten Sports Stories at 1 p.m. and Lock 52 Jazz Band will perform a concert of sport-themed music from 2 to 4 p.m.
Admission for The Sporting Life is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children 10 to 18. Geneva Historical Society members and children 9 and under are free. The family rate for two adults and one or more children is $25.
Rose Hill is administered by the Geneva Historical Society at 543 South Main Street, Geneva, New York. The Sporting Life is supported in part by Geneva Rotary and the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation. The event is being held in conjunction with the Geneva History Museum exhibits Come Out and Play: Sports and Recreation in Geneva and Statesmen, Herons, & Lakers: College Sports in Geneva. For more information about the event, Rose Hill, or the museum, call the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151 or visit genevahistoricalsociety.com.
Rose Hill Mansion is located at 3373 Route 96A, about a mile south of Routes 5&20, near Geneva, New York. The house is open May 1 to October 31, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The grounds are open year round, free of charge. For more information about Rose Hill, call 315-789-3848.