May 31, 2020 – Celebrating the Arts at Mexico Point Park
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this event was carried out remotely. See the Casey’s Cottage page to see the video of this event.
May 18, 2019 – Casey’s Cottage is getting 18 Tiffany style stained-glass windows
The Mexico Independent Mirror reported that the Richard S. Shineman Foundation has awarded the Friends of Casey’s Cottage a grant to fund the creation and installation of 18 Tiffany style stained glass windows. More information is available at:
April 20, 2019 – Celebrating the Arts at Mexico Point Park on June 9, 2019
Mexico Point State Park will hold its first annual interactive music and arts festival, Celebrating the Arts at Mexico Point Park on the afternoon of June 9th from 2-5pm. It is free to the public, and will feature live music by two local groups, The Tug Hill Players and Native Immigrants. The Tug Hill Players create their own blend of music that in the words of one listener, “transports you to another place.” Their musical arrangements have roots in Celtic, bluegrass, country, Appalachian and folk music. Native Immigrants are a musical duo that performs on Native American flutes and many different percussive instruments.
There will be a musical instrument “Petting Zoo” where adults and children can actually hold and play an assortment of instruments, such as cello, trombone, or flute to name a few of the instruments you may try under the guidance of local musicians. (The instrumental mouthpieces will be sanitized between individual uses.)
There will also be yoga, Tai Chi and art demonstrations to participate in. You may paint a painting, print a picture or make a glass mosaic tile to take home. Artists will demonstrate print-making, carving and stained-glass construction — art techniques used by Severn Bishoff and William Casey’s college students to create the art that adorns Casey’s Cottage, which is part of the Park.
The Park’s history goes back to the American Revolution, with stories of spying on the British, dancing through the roaring 20s, defying Prohibition and the transformation of Casey’s Cottage from a humble carriage house to a medieval manor house. Walking tours will leave the Park’s entrance every half hour during the festival to tell these stories. More information about the history of Mexico Point Park is available on the History page.
The highlight of the afternoon will be the announcement of the 18 winning designs from the Stained-Glass Window Design Contest for Casey’s Cottage. Drawings of the winning designs will be posted in the windows for which they will be made. There is still time to submit a design for the contest — For more information about the Stained-Glass Window Design Contest go to the Casey’s Cottage page.
This festival is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts, a regional arts council in Syracuse.
April 5, 2019
The Richard S. Shineman Foundation informed the Friends of Mexico Point Park that we were awarded a $5000 grant for our Creating Community Designed Stained Glass Windows project. This one-time grant will help us pay for the materials and labor for the stained glass window artists to create and install the windows. The Friends of Mexico Point Park is very grateful for this generous grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. More information about this project is on the Casey’s Cottage page.