SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

 

Around the middle of the 19th century, hops was one of the most important agricultural crops in upstate NY and people from urban areas would come to Schoharie County on vacation for the sole purpose of helping with the hop harvest.  No doubt, part of the draw was the fun and frolicking in the evenings that followed a hard day’s labor.  (Read more about hops and how local beers are being developed by clicking here.)

In 1890, the following item appeared in a local paper:

“The hop house dance with orchestra on flour barrels, will soon be rife.  Without it hoppicking would be a failure to a goodly percent of pickers.  It’s lots of fun for those that like it, and many a girl in a calico dress, to the music of the non-aristocratic mouth organ, without the enchanting influences of lofty surroundings, goes through the various dances with a grace that would do credit to the bespangled and diamond-rigged belles of high society.”

A disastrous trifecta of soil depletion, blue mold and the passage of the 18th amendment led to the rapid decline of the hops harvest in Sharon Springs… but not for the need to party.

As part of our annual Harvest Festival, we’re hosting a Harvest Hop–destined to become a legend.

This year’s Hop will be held in the town fire hall on Friday, Sept 14

Join us, a fantastic live band and a dance caller that will get everyone burning up the dance floor!

Each female ticket holder will get their own dance card for the evening, so put on your best calico dress and muck boots and get ready. And every ticket holder gets a drink ticket to sample the best of Ommegang’s new brews!

Click here for ticket information (space is limited to 150 people)

 

by Josh and Brent

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Patty

Brent, can you please ask Sandi if she still has a tix to the Harvest Hop for tonight? I am going to try to beat the traffic going upstate tonight!

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Sandi

I have 2 tix available…schedule muck up and we can’t go. If anyone needs tix, please let me know.

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suzanne spina

Is it required that women wear a skirt or dress. We would like to wear jeans and boots…Texas fancy of course. Is that allowed at the Hop? Of course we have the back up skirts in the closet ready for dancing.

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Darcell

How cool is that dance card. I really enjoy how you are bringing back the past and I love the wording on the card. Back then it was so cordial. I wish everyone a lovely time. I will be there in spirit also. Please take lost of pictures and post them for all to see.
darcell

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Laurie

I love this! I can be at the hop in spirit! (I’ll be at the pig roast at the Sharon Tavern that night!).

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Karen

Some hard cider would be awesome for those of us who aren’t fond of beer (or allergic to it).

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S Wiese

Brent, this is not about the hop but I want to say Kudos to you and Josh for bringing attention to the need for the local farmers and families in your area after Irene! You are the example of what community really is about.

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S Wiese

Brent, will you and Josh be at the Hop? There are so many fun things planned on Saturday, hope to make all of them!

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Darcell

That is so nice. I bet though if she wrote down a name and he was secretly seeing someone he would still have to accept the dance.

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Dr. Brent

Historically, gentleman would ask ladies to dance. She would right their name on her dance card and when the next song came up, the next name on the list got the dance

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Linda Schnell-Leonardi

Wish I could be there. 🙁 But I will be dancing at my nieces Bat Mitzvah that day 🙂

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sue tolbert

Took care of the tickets last night. Now the search for the perfect calico dress. Tim and I are excited to be apart of the first Harvest Festival Hop. sue t.

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Skip Haughay

This is exciting! I love the Leftover Cuties. For any music-philes out there, these guys are worth a listen. Their quirky coffee house alternative sound uses a lot of ukulele, and evokes a sort of sultry retro appeal. The lead singer is quite a chanteuse. I’m reminded of Feist’s 1234.

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