Geneva Historical Society will host an old-fashioned family social from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Rose Hill Mansion. Enjoy the sounds of yesteryear with the Excelsior Cornet Band, watch old-time square dancing, see the illusions of magician Aaron Isaacs, and play a variety of 19th century games. This event replaces the canceled Civil War encampment, and will feature food available for purchase.
Throughout the day visitors of all ages can try out historic games and toys like graces, hops, ball and cup, Jacob's ladder, jackstones, marbles and croquet. There will also be a 19th century craft activity for children to make and take home. In the tradition of 19th century traveling magicians and vaudeville performers, magician Aaron Isaacs will perform at 12:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. the Friendship Squares, a local square-dancing group, will demonstrate square dancing and invite audience members to learn and participate.
The Excelsior Cornet band will perform at 2:30 p.m. Central New York's only authentic Civil War brass band, the band was founded in 2001 by seven Syracuse-area professional musicians dedicated to the performance of original Civil War era music using actual instruments of the period.
Admission is $2 per person (age 6 and up), $5 per family (two adults and two children under 18). Tours of Rose Hill Mansion will be available for an additional $2 per person (members and children nine and under tour for free). Visitors are invited to bring blankets or chairs for the concert. For more information call 789-5151.