2018 Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Save the Date:  Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, January 13, 2018, 4 – 7 pm at the American Legion, St. Rte. 49.  The dinner includes spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce by our experienced cooks, sausage, tossed salad, Italian bread, homemade desserts and beverages.  The price is $8.00/adults, $5.00/age 6-12 and under 5 free.  Take-outs will be available.  Silent auction items will be available for bidding.

The following is a summary of our activities from 2017 … 


  • In January we held our annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser.  We sold 79 dinners and received money from our silent auction, sales of books, dues and donations.
  • We sold copies of the book, History of Oswego County, which was published in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Oswego County.  The history of the cities, towns, villages and hamlets in the county were provided by local historians.  We received a profit from the sale of the books.
  • American Girl Tea Party – Marge Thomas hosted two parties, March and November.  All proceeds from the admission went to the society.
  • Ann Hopkins donated her collections of postcards of Constantia and Cleveland which Kathy Darrow had reproduced into a booklet and sold.


  • Rick Mansfield – glass blower and iron tray previous owner Helena Tong from her grandfather Vincent Cooper who worked at one of the glass factories.
  • Dawn Morse – painting by Grayce Wise
  • Jim Turner – Native American artifacts from Bernhards Bay
  • Henry Gloude – pictures from Soule Estate (Vanderkamp).  Kathy copied them and put them in a notebook for our library.
  • Ann Hopkins – books:  ­Reflections of Cleveland, NY; Charlene Weed, House Calls; Marvin Brown, MD, Promise and Performance; The Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corp. and small piece of glass from Cleveland Glass Works.


Cleveland Glassworks Theatre held two shows this year.  The plays are funded with a grant from CNY Council of the Arts.  Admission fees are donated to CHS.

  • July – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”
  • October – “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”


  • Andrea Cottet was the guest speaker at Vanderkamp’s Fire and Ice Dinner in February.  She spoke about the history of Vanderkamp including information about the Soule family who owned the estate in the early 1900’s.
  • Open House/Ice Cream Social was held on August 13.  We celebrated the 150th anniversary of St. James Episcopal Church which is now owned by the CHS.  The Marge Thomas Community Service Award was presented to Nancy James.
  • Guest Speakers in celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial:
    • August:  Mike Allen, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
    • October:  Joseph DiGiorgio, Canastota Canal Town Museum


  • Memories of the North Shore – published by Kathy Darrow, copies given to contributors and one for our records.
  • Gary Comins, webmaster, continues to do an excellent job researching local history and posting stories and documents on our website/blog
  • Keith Schmidt is working with Gary Comins researching the Gifford Estate/Country Manor.  Keith has also submitted interesting stories for the website.
  • Rick Mansfield is researching grants for restoration work at the “church”.
  • Kathy Darrow continues to assist those who are researching their genealogy. And assists Gary Comins with information for the website.
  • Joni Hinds has been researching Tommy Ryan, Hall of Fame Boxer from Cleveland


  • Pews benches need repair.
  • Roof shingles are coming off.
  • Shelving in kitchen, west wall.
  • Scrape and paint entry way in St. James Church.

How you can support CHS IN 2018 …


2018 membership dues can be paid at the membership table at the Spaghetti Dinner or by downloading our membership form.  $10/per person, $15/per couple, $20/family.
All members will receive information about the activities of the historical society by email throughout the year.


A Building Use Form is available for those who wish to use our facilities.  The fee is set at $100.00 unless the Board of Directors determines that the fee should be higher based on the usage.


Attend a fundraiser, one of our free summer lectures or any other our monthly meetings.  If you have a story, collection or family genealogy project you’d like to share, contact the webmaster.

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