A few photos from our 18th Annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction Event!

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our 18th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction event on Saturday night – we greatly appreciate all you do!

Here are a few crowd photos from the Live Auction portion of our event…

Special thanks to Talk of the Town Auction House, John and Beverly Stanislowsky and our Auctioneer, Dusty Cleveland.

Auctioning off the 2017 Gun of the Year by North American Arms with Special Engraving by Baron Technology:

It was a full house for the 2017 Banquet & Auction…

More photos will be up on our website in the future, please stay tuned!

2017 Banquet & Auction!

We are almost one week away from our 18th Annual gathering for the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event at Towers Hall on the ground of the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George, NY. And, we’re expecting another full house!

There are over 300 items in this year’s event… way too many items to mention or photograph for our website. Plus, we always have a few things to surprise our guests along with some yearly mystery offerings too.

Some of the items highlighting this year’s event, including many from crowd favorites, will be:

2017 Artist of the Year, Wayne Trimm

Bramble, The Great Horned Owl, original pastel by Wayne Trimm

Special Tribute to Annelore Lehr

One of two sets of Annelore Lehr Prints (shown) ~Our 2017 Event is Dedicated to the Memory of Annelore Lehr – Cherished Volunteer, Artist and Friend of 4-H Shooting Sports~Proceeds from these Special Tribute items will be used towards the Annelore Lehr Memorial Wildflower Garden established by 4-H Shooting Sports at the
Cornell Cooperative Extension & 4-H Training Center in Ballston Spa NY.

2016 Artist of the Year, Molly Pokrzywka

Hand Painted Oars by Molly Pokrzywka

2015 Industry Artists of the Year, Baron Technology & Henry Repeating Arms

Golden Boy, EMS Tribute Edition Rifle

2013 Artist of the Year, Gene Matras

Wolves by Gene Matras

2012 Artist of the Year, Brian Ruth with all Carvings Hand Painted by Artist, Lisa Casorio

Lisa Casorio (L) & Brian Ruth (R)

Black Bear with Trout Carved by Brian Ruth and hand painted by Lisa Casorio with Large Handmade Fly by Master Fly Tyer, Paul Sinicki

2009 Artist of the Year, Richard Johnson

Pheasant in Handmade Frame by Photographer, Richard Johnson, Spruce Mountain Photography

2008 Artist of the Year, Bill Staulters

Custom Flint Knife of the Year by Master Flint Knapper, Bill Staulters

2014 NYS4-HSS Youth Artist of the Year, Brooke Thivierge

Whitetail Deer on Handsaw by Brooke Thivierge

PLUS…

Original Artwork by David Mayak

Original Watercolor in Handmade Frame by the Artist, David Mayak

Handmade Duck & Goose Calls by Rich Parks

Custom Calls by Rich Parks

Hand Tied Flies by Lee Weil

Four Bass Bug Flies Hand Tied by Lee Weil

Handmade Quilted Wall Hanging by Laurel Gailor

Handmade Quilted Wall Hanging with Sporting Motif by Laurel Gailor

Handmade Traditional Pack Basket by Doug Perkins

Handmade Traditional Style Pack Basket by Doug Perkins, Bear Paw Baskets

PLUS SO MUCH MORE including … a large sampling of firearms, knives, safes, outdoor sports and equipment, 2 Kayak packages, fishing and fishing equipment, photo safari, getaways, golf packages, tools, quilts, decorative items…you name it and we just may have it!
For additional photos of items in this year’s event please see the 2017 Event Preview Pages on our website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join Us for the… 18th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction!

Please join us at the 18th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction to be held on April 22, 2017 in historic Towers Hall overlooking beautiful Lake George, NY on the grounds of the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center. Doors open at 4:00 PM for bountiful complimentary hors d’oeuvres with cash bar available. A grand buffet dinner featuring beef, chicken and pasta selections will be served at 7:00 PM prior to the Live Auction.

This year’s event will feature noted Wildlife Artist Wayne Trimm as our 2017 Artist of the Year with four of Wayne’s exceptional pieces of artwork up for grabs to the highest bidder including this original pastel of Bramble, the Great Horned Owl.

Bramble, The Great Horned Owl, original pastel by Wayne Trimm

As always, there will be hundreds of incredible items available throughout the event with something for everyone including many items from past Artists of the Year too. Auction services will once again be provided courtesy of Talk of the Town Auction Hall, John & Beverly Stanislowsky with Dusty Cleveland serving as Auctioneer.

The cost of this event is $75.00 per couple or $40.00 for a single dinner ticket. Specially priced overnight packages are also still available only through NYS4-HSS. Seating for this event is limited and has sold out many times in the past – please be sure to get your reservations in as early as possible. Reservations are due by April 13, 2017. To download a copy of the Invitation/Registration please click here.

Stay tuned to this blog and our website for upcoming details and more information on this year’s event!

Thank You From All of Us at NYS 4-H Shooting Sports!

New York State 4-H Shooting Sports wishes to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended and donated to our 17th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event held in Lake George last night. We greatly appreciate your support and all you do for us and the future of the Shooting Sports!

Auctioneer, Chris Ward, conducting the Live Auction to a packed house at the 17th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event  in Towers Hall at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George, NY on April 23, 2016.

Auctioneer, Chris Ward, conducting the Live Auction to a packed house at the 17th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event in Towers Hall at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George, NY on April 23, 2016.

Special thanks to Talk of the Town Auction House – John & Bev Stanislowsky and Auctioneer, Chris Ward for their support and generosity in conducting the Live Auction portion of our event.

Friday Event Update!

The countdown is on to the 17th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event at Towers Hall, Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in beautiful Lake George, NY.

Please note – there is some road construction and paving being done on Route 9, the main road, heading through Lake George to the Hotel but you can still access the Fort William Henry property at either of their main entrances.

Our wonderful Volunteers and Staff are busy working hard in Towers Hall setting up the hundreds of items in this year’s event. There is truly something for everyone!

View of Lake George from outside Towers Hall

View of Lake George from outside Towers Hall

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday – doors open at 4PM!

2016 Banquet & Auction Event Update!

Be sure to visit our Banquet & Auction pages for photos and listings of several of the over 300 items in our 2016 event. We will continue to add to our photos and listings, as possible, until April 23.

Thanks to the generosity of our many donors, sponsors and friends, we have an incredible selection of items in this years Live Auction, including this great Cub Cadet Mini Tiller provided courtesy of Emerich Sales & Service.

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We’ll also have more beautiful jewelry items like this handmade beaded necklace set by Mary Jenney.

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If your looking for firearms, we’ll have many in our event by makers such as Henry, Savage, North American Arms, Ruger and Mossburg as well as Crossman Airguns – more than we have room to show on our site. There’s also archery equipment, gear, ammo, safes, hunting, fishing, camping, cooking, outdoor packages and so much more!

For those new to our event and the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, parking areas are indicated in grey on the map below. Please note, there is no parking directly next to Tower’s Hall. If you require assistance in getting over to our event, please go to the main entrance/lobby area of the Hotel (indicated as “1”) and we will help get you to Tower’s Hall. (Please click on the map for a larger version.)

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Questions? Please contact the NYS4-HSS office at 518-885-8995.

To view photos from our past Banquet & Auction Events, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sneak Peek! 2016 Banquet & Auction Preview

Item photos and listings for the 2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event will be on our website soon.

In addition to the amazing artwork of this year’s Artist of the Year, Molly Pokrzywka, shown in our previous Blog post, here’s a sneak peek at some of the other items in our 2016 event!

Setting Up for Dives, Lake Ontario - Original Watercolor on 12"x18" Canvas with Handmade Walnut Frame by the Artist, David Mayack

Setting Up for Dives, Lake Ontario – Original Watercolor on 12″x18″ Canvas with Handmade Walnut Frame by the Artist, David Mayack

Hand Turned Burl Wood Bowl by our 2014 NYS4-HSS Artists of the Year, Studio in the Pines - Lynn & Charlie Escher

Hand Turned Burl Wood Bowl by our 2014 NYS4-HSS Artists of the Year, Studio in the Pines – Lynn & Charlie Escher

Flies, Matted/Framed Prints by Vermont Illustrator S.M. Aronson

Flies, Matted/Framed Prints by Vermont Illustrator S.M. Aronson

Loon on Slate by 2009 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Rich Johnson, Spruce Mountain Photography

Loon on Slate by 2009 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Rich Johnson, Spruce Mountain Photography

Labrador Retriever with Mallard Duck - Chainsaw Carving by 2012 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Brian Ruth

Labrador Retriever with Mallard Duck – Chainsaw Carving by 2012 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Brian Ruth

Handmade Flint Knives by Master Flint Knapper, 2008 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Bill Staulters

Handmade Flint Knives by Master Flint Knapper, 2008 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Bill Staulters

Ring Necked Duck Decoy, Hand Carved & Painted by Rich Parks

Ring Necked Duck Decoy, Hand Carved & Painted by Rich Parks

Hand Blown Glass Pendant by Larry Rutland, North Creek Studios

Hand Blown Glass Pendant by Larry Rutland, North Creek Studios

Handmade Quilts - Just One of Several   in Our 2016 Event

Handmade Quilts – Just One of Several in Our 2016 Event

In addition to the above items, there will be many other beautifully hand made items along with an exceptional selection of firearms, safes, knives, scopes, hunting and fishing equipment as well as fishing and golf packages, photo safaris, overnight packages, fun and outdoor packages, camping equipment, restaurants galore and so much more!

Be sure to check back on our website and here on our Blog for further information as we get closer to our Event -we hope to see you there!

It’s Almost Banquet & Auction Time!

Our 17th Annual Banquet & Auction Event is quickly approaching!

On Saturday, April 23rd, we will be gathering in historic Towers Hall at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in beautiful Lake George, NY to Celebrate Our Youth, featuring amazing artwork by our 2016 Artist of the Year, former 4-H’er Molly Pokzrywka, while raising vital funds for the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Each year, this event draws an average of 300 attendees for a very special evening of friends, food, fun and fundraising.

Doors to Towers Hall open at 4PM – come early and join us for the Silent Auction, Games and Table Drop Items while enjoying a fabulous array of hot and cold complimentary hors d’oeuvres with cash bar available.

Salsa, Chips & Bruschetta Bar

Salsa, Chips & Bruschetta Bar


Cheese & Crackers, Fresh Fruit

Cheese & Crackers, Fresh Fruit


Fresh Vegetable Platters & Dips

Fresh Vegetable Platters & Dips


Hot Hors d'oeuvres & Chef Created Soups

Hot Hors d’oeuvres & Chef Created Soups

At 7PM, a grand buffet dinner of beef, chicken and pasta selections with vegetable, potato, salad, rolls, coffee, tea and desserts will be served followed directly by the Live Auction. Auction services will again be provided courtesy of Talk of the Town Auction – John & Bev Stanislowsky with Chris Ward as Auctioneer.

Thanks to our many generous donors and sponsors we have an extraordinary array of items available in this year’s event with something for everyone. We invite you to take advantage of our specially priced Overnight Packages which include dinner tickets, accommodations in the Grand Hotel section of the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center as well as tickets to our private Breakfast Buffet in the Tankard Taverne overlooking Lake George on Sunday morning. Tickets to our Annual Banquet & Auction event often sell out, please be sure to get your reservations in early!

To download an Invitation with Reservation Form, click here.

All proceeds from this event directly benefit the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Please join us on April 23rd and help us exceed our goals – we hope to see you there!

~Follow Our Website for Updated Event Details & Information~

Fort William Henry Hotel

Fort William Henry Hotel

Special thanks to the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center for their continued support in hosting our event and their outstanding management, staff and service!

Please Join Us for the 17th Annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction!

The 17th Annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction Event will be held in historic Towers Hall at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George, NY on Saturday, April 23.

Invitations to our most important event of the year will soon be arriving in the mail to our past attendees. If you are not presently on our mailing list or would like more information, please contact the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports office at 518-885-8995.

Invitations, including Reservation Forms, are also available for download from our website by clicking here.

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Doors open at 4:00PM with lavish complimentary hor d’oeuvres and cash bar available. A Grand Buffet Dinner featuring beef, chicken and pasta selections as well as soups, salad, vegetable, dessert, coffee and tea will be served at 7:00 PM followed directly by the Live Auction. Event Dinner Tickets are $40 per person.

Our popular Overnight Packages will also be available and have been held at 2015 pricing to help our guests take advantage of this very special offer. (Please note this offer is only available with reservations placed directly through the NYS4-HSS office, see our Reservation Form for pricing details). Relax and spend the night in a Grand Room at the Fort William Henry Hotel and enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet on Sunday morning in the newly redesigned Tankard Taverne overlooking breathtaking Lake George.

Hundreds of items will be up for grabs! This event features an extraordinary variety of quality items including Firearms, Safes, Archery, Knives, Sportsman Packages, Golf Packages, Fishing Trips, Art, Carvings and Handcrafted Items, Patriot’s Package, Farm to Market Products, Hunts & Photo Safaris … too much more to mention! Auction services will again be provided courtesy of Talk of the Town Auction – John & Beverly Stanislowsky with Chris Ward as Auctioneer.

Former Saratoga County 4-H’er and crowd favorite, Molly Pokrzywka, has been chosen as the 2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Artist of the Year as we celebrate the full circle accomplishments of our youth. Molly has contributed several incredible pieces of artwork for this year’s event including a beautifully detailed Sugaring Scene on Vintage Sap Bucket and a strikingly vivid Wood Duck Scene on Canoe Paddle.

Sugaring Scene on Vintage Sap Bucket by Molly Pokrzywka, 2016 Artist of the Year

Sugaring Scene on Vintage Sap Bucket by Molly Pokrzywka, 2016 Artist of the Year

Wood Duck Scene on Canoe Paddle by Molly Pokrzywka, 2016 Artist of the Year

Wood Duck Scene on Canoe Paddle by Molly Pokrzywka, 2016 Artist of the Year

Please stay tuned to our website for forthcoming event information including auction item photos and listing details as we get closer to the event date.

Plan now to attend – we hope to see you there!

Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center -  Lake George, NY

Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center – Lake George, NY

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What Did You Take Home From the 2015 Banquet & Auction?

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – you just never know what you might end up going home with from one of our Auction Events!

Here’s a small sampling of this year’s take home items …

Guest of Honor, Sgt. Gerald Esposito with his #24/24 celebrated Red, White & Blue NYS4-HSS Knife of the Year by Canal Street Cutlery, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artist of the Year

Guest of Honor, Sgt. Gerald Esposito with his #24/24 celebrated Red, White & Blue NYS4-HSS Knife of the Year by Canal Street Cutlery, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artist of the Year

The Bushey Family from Essex County going home a great patriotic print and a Husquvarna Chainsaw

The Bushey Family from Essex County took home a great patriotic print and a Husquvarna Chainsaw

Jason Armer with his new Parker Bows Bushwacker Crossbow

Jason Armer with his new Parker Bows Bushwacker Crossbow

Dave Baron (Baron Technology, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artist of the Year) took home a Tackle Box of Dreams and 2 beautiful Annelore Lehr prints

Dave Baron (Baron Technology, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artist of the Year) took home a Tackle Box of Dreams and 2 beautiful Annelore Lehr prints

Gary Foutch took home the highly collectible Henry Military Tribute Rifle by Henry Repeating Arms with engraving by Baron Technology, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artists of the

Gary Foutch took home the highly collectible Henry Military Tribute Rifle by Henry Repeating Arms with engraving by Baron Technology, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artists of the Year

Darcy Foutch heading home with artwork by past NYS4-HSS Youth Artists of the Year, Brooke Thivierge and Molly Pokrzywka

Darcy Foutch heading home with artwork by past NYS4-HSS Youth Artists of the Year, Brooke Thivierge and Molly Pokrzywka

Karen & Tom Collins went home with spring flowers and a great Dewalt Power Tool Set

Karen & Tom Collins went home with spring flowers and a great Dewalt Power Tool Set

John Bowe, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director, was ready to paddle his way home in his new Old Town, Fish 10, Kayak

John Bowe, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director, was ready to paddle his way home in his new Old Town, Fish 10, Kayak

And last, but certainly not least, even “IT” went home with someone too…ITs newly adopted family, the Kimble-Lees (to which we are all eternally grateful!)

A very happy Devon K-L with a happily adopted IT. (We hear IT is now being called "Steven" - there might just be more to this story coming - please stay tuned!)

A very happy Devon K-L with a happily adopted IT. (We hear IT is now being called “Steven” – there might just be more to this story coming – please stay tuned!)

We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped make the 16th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event on April 25, 2015 a great evening and an outstanding success. We are deeply grateful to all our attendees, donors, sponsors, contributors, volunteers and staff for their enthusiastic and unending support – thank you all, we cannot do it without you!

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

More photos from the 2015 New York State Banquet & Auction Event will be on our website soon!