Visit the Flint House museum,
enjoy the activities and displays, picnic under the trees,
and gather at the tent for a concert of music from the early 1800s with the Musicians of Ma’alwyck.
Join us in Scotia on Saturday, June 3, for an Open House at the Flint House and a free concert by the Musicians of Ma’alwyck.
The Open House is from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature tours of the house museum, a craft project for kids with Barbara Bennett, plein air artist Deborah Angilletta, artist Juliet Konieczny, and archaeology with Dr. Steve Jones. The Scotia Fire Department will display the 1873 hand pumper.
Bring a picnic, a blanket or lawn chairs, and enjoy a relaxing end to your day. Beverages will be available, including beer from the Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, and the Electric City Roasters with coffee. There will be free sundaes, donated by Stewarts, starting at 6 (as long as they last!).
In the first half of the 19th century, before public parks were common, entrepreneurs would open pleasure gardens where visitors could stroll among the trees and flowers, enjoy various entertainments, have refreshments, and listen to music.
In the spirit of those days, from 6:30 to 7:30 the Musicians of Ma’alwyck will set up under the tent and present a concert of music from the early 1800s, a time when Scotia was still a small rural community and the Flint House, then the Reese homestead, was new.
The music will include excerpts from an 1817 vaudeville The Ship’s Captain, the Pic-Nic Quadrilles, music of Steven Foster, and music played in early America in the homes of the Schuylers, Rensselaers and others. Some World War I songs will be included to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war.
The Musicians of Ma’alwyck, founded in 1999, are in residence at the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site in Albany (the home of General Philip Schuyler, Revolutionary War leader and father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton) and Schenectady County Community College. Violinist and Director Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz is joined by guitarist Sten Isachsen, flutist Norman Thibodeau, soprano Tess McCarthy and baritone Charles Schwartz.
The Flint House is at 421 S. Reynolds Street and is one of the oldest houses in Scotia. The open house and the concert are free and no reservations are needed. Beverages will be for sale.
The rain date is June 4, in case of severe weather.