This year’s edition of the Swart-Wilcox House’s Summer Sundays Series will cover a variety of topics — from clothing and quilling to murders and icons.
The oldest surviving house in the city of Oneonta will present its programs from 1 to 3 p.m. every Sunday in July and August. All events are free, and light refreshments are offered. Tours of the house, which is on Wilcox Avenue, will be offered before and after the programs. Many programs encourage audience participation, with memories, ephemera or other objects being shared.
The schedule is as follows:
July 7: “Quilling” by Heide Mahlke. Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is then glued at the tip and these shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves and various ornamental patterns.
July 14: “Hartwick College: Stories From the Hill” by Len Pudelka. Participants will hear the history behind the college from the former professor at the college. Attendees will be welcome to share their stories.
July 21: “Growing Up on the East End During the 40s” by Garth Radley. Radley and audience members will share their memories.
July 28: “Old Mills of the Area” by Anna Elwyn and Bill Brindle. They will talk about the time mills were a major part of Oneonta’s landscape.
Aug. 4: “Batter Up” by John Pecora and Al Colone. These two sports lovers will share their tales of the local Little League with stories, photos and more. Attendees may bring their own ephemera and memories of Little League baseball to share.
Aug. 11: “Remembering an Icon: Carl Delberta Sr.” Carl Delberta Jr., Angela Delberta Bellavia and other relatives will share their pride and love of Carl Sr. with a talk about their memories. Audience members will be welcome to share their memories.
Aug. 18: “The Mysterious Eva Coo” by Taylor Hollist. Hollist has researched the life of Coo, who was convicted of murdering a man in Oneonta and was executed in 1935.
Aug. 25: “Hysterical ... no, Historical Clothing!” by Dorothy Rathbun. Rathbun is a seamstress at The Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown and has a great deal of knowledge about the working clothing of the mid-19th century. The Swart-Wilcox clothing collection will also be on display.
For more information or directions, call Tina Morris at 432-0665.