Women producers and artists of the Finger Lakes — wine and cider makers, chefs, farmers, glassmakers, carpenters and musicians — will come together this summer in Seneca Falls, N.Y., to host “Confluence,” a benefit event for the rehabilitation of the Seneca Knitting Mill, the future home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Featuring dinner and drinks, as well as an auction, a candlelight tour of the Mill and an after-party, the fundraiser on Thursday, July 13 evolved alongside a series of other summer events in Seneca Falls. During Canal Days, July 7, 8 and 9, the Corning Museum of Glass will launch its GlassBarge along the Erie Canal waterways. Convention Days, which mark the 1848 women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, begin the following weekend, July 14, 15 and 16. In honor of the 2017 New York State Suffrage Centennial, the Susan B. Anthony house-inspired “VoteTilla” will launch in Seneca Falls on July 17, docking at several towns and villages along the week-long route to Rochester.
“Out of this synchrony of location and planning came the idea for a fundraising event lifting up the significance of ‘Confluence’ in a waterfront midsummer evening’s dinner — a night of breaking bread and boundaries to benefit the Hall. A night where fusions of talent find their collective aim: the Mill rehabilitation project and the ongoing making of women’s history as American history,” says Betty Bayer, professor of women’s studies and co-president of the board of directors of National Women’s Hall of Fame, in a recent Finger Lakes Times editorial.
Along with Bayer, Jessica Giles ’98, who works at the Hall and has been a trailblazer in the Finger Lakes food and wine industry for nearly 20 years, is helping organize the event, coordinating with area women artists, chefs, winemakers (including Julia Hoyle ’11, winemaker at Hosmer Winery), and more. Carly Simmons ’16 also designed banners in tribute to New York’s Suffrage Centennial. On display in Seneca Falls, the banners were supported through an action grant from Humanities NY.
The “Confluence” fundraiser will begin with a cocktail hour followed by a harvest-style dinner, featuring glass decor created by women glassmakers on the GlassBarge and benches made by the students of Hammerstone Carpentry School for Women. Local purveyors will deliver wine, cider, food and fare by water from Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. The Ithaca-based folk-jazz group Jen Cork and the Good Hope will provide the evening’s musical entertainment. Following dinner, a sunset auction and a first of its kind candlelight tour of the Mill will be held. The after-party will begin at 9 p.m.
Tickets for the dinner are $250 each, $400 for two, or $1,500 for eight. Tickets for the After Hours Party, which are available separately, are $45 each, or $80 per pair.
For tickets, visit the Hall website https://www.womenofthehall.org/event/confluence-hours-party/ or for more information, contact Giles at firstname.lastname@example.org