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WESTERN NEW YORK CLOGGING ASSOCIATION

Western New York Clogging Association

The Nickel City Clogging Festival, because of the sponsorship of the WNYCA, grew from 50+ to 600+ Cloggers. Memberhsip benefits, especially from Nickel City, has boosted club affiliated members, as well as individual membership for the WNYCA. While member teams have transformed, changed Directors, disbanded, and emerged, all of our Western New York-based member teams and most of our New York-based teams can trace their lineage to the WNY Rhythm Cloggers.

The original goals remain the code for this ever-changing organization. We have started to increase the number of events that we host, by adding FiddleFest and a Fall Fun Dance. Our member teams have banded together for exhibition purposes on multiple occasions, and we continue to explore new avenues to grow Clogging in and around the geographical areas where our members clog. Geographical areas that have expanded from five counties of Western New York to New York, Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and beyond.

One other important aspect has to be considered. All of this came about because of a desire to get together for fun, friendship, and Clogging it was never organized for profit, and would have never achieved what it has without the enormous contribution of the volunteers who are really the foundation of it’s success.

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BUTTER CHURNING

CHECK OUT GRANDMA BUTTER AND AUNTY HERB BUTTER CHURNING

 

Grandma Butter and Aunty Herb

Grandma Butter, Jolene Hawkins does butter churning demonstrations, needle felting demonstrations, photography (found at JoHawk Photography) hula hoop weaving for kids and is a dedicated volunteer of the Concord Historical Society specializing in genealogy research at the Lucy Bensley Center. She also volunteers her time for countless Springville organizations including Echoes Through Time Learning Center and is a freelance writer for the Springville Times.

Aunty Herb, Jennifer L.S. Weber adds the fresh herbs from her garden to the equation as an active gardener and amateur herbalist, is a historical reenactor for the French & Indian War, War of 1812 and Revolutionary War time periods, a freelance writer for the Springville Times and avid blogger at All Things Jennifer and volunteers with many local organizations including the Concord Historical Society, Inclusive Theater of WNY, Leadership Niagara, Old Fort Niagara, Springville Center for the Arts and the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation.

 

 

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BLACKSMITH

 

John Riese - BlacksmithVisit local Black smith John Riese to learn more about this important trade.

The role of the Black smith to Village life was very important and very diverse. He was the local toolmaker but was often times called upon to do dentistry, surgery, veterinary medicine, horse dealer and undertaker.

The Black smith often held important offices in the village such as magistrate or Church warden. He was the obvious choice for these positions because his blacksmithing background meant he had a certain level of intellect, math skills and business sense.