Craft Fair, Cruise-in Sunday first big events for Constable Hall year

Published Jun 14, 2017 at 4:00pm

CONSTABLEVILLE — The 47th annual Craft Fair & Cruise-in on Father’s Day Sunday are the first events of the year at  Constable Hall, 5909 John St., which opened May 24. The events include tours of the hall, garden and grounds.

Constable Hall is the foundation of the settlement of this area that dates back to Macomb’s Purchase in the 1790’s.

The Craft Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Cruise-in is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., gate opens at 10:30 a.m. Additional actives include a silent auction and a pie stand in the carriage house.  

Admission for the craft fair is $4 per person, which includes access to all of the vendors as well as a tour of the Constable Hall and its Garden. Active Military are admitted for free and their dependents $1. Only service pets allowed.

The registration fee for the Cruise-in will be $10 per vehicle. This includes two admissions (children under 12 are free) and a commemorative dash emblem for the first 125 entries. There will be prize drawings at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. A people’s choice award will be award at 2:45.  

Some of the quality crafts featured this year will be handcrafted jewelry, one of a kind stoneware pottery, handmade fishing lures, handmade sewn and knitted items, repurposed and restored furniture, home décor, fishing lure jewelry, homemade jams, goat’s milk soap and lotions, hand poured scented candles, bee keeper, wood carver and more. 

A silent auction will be located in the shop building. Visitors can stop in, get a number and bid on items donated by local businesses and individuals.  

A quilt made and donated by Lynn Robinson of Stash Away Quilt Shop in Rome, will be on display and tickets will be available for purchase.  Drawing for the quilt will be at the hall’s closing in September.  

AJ McCall and the Lowville Village Band will provide music on the back veranda of the Hall.  Visitors are advised to bring a chair to enjoy this program. 

Food will be available from Bellinger’s food stand.

Constable Hall is a Georgian style mansion built between 1810 and 1819 by William Constable, Jr. His father William Constable gained a large section of Northern New York as part of the McCombs purchase in 1791. The purchase included portions of Lewis, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Herkimer and Oswego.

After William Sr’s death William Jr. inherited the land and opened it up to European settlers. His family lived in the hall off and on until it was sold to Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Lewis and Mrs. Grace Cornwall in 1947. They restored the hall and opened it as a historic house museum in 1949. The hall is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1-3 p.m. until Sept.10 with admission is $6, $4 for children. Community support helps keep The Hall and grounds in good repair and open to the public for events and tours. 

Visit the website: constablehall.org or call the Hall at 315-397-2323 for more information. Volunteers are always welcome especially in the garden.