NYS4-HSS Artist, Molly Pokrzywka, Takes Top Fair Honors!

2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Artist of the Year, Molly Pokrzywka, captured top honors in the Fine Arts Division at the Saratoga County Fair held July 19-24 in Ballston Spa, NY. Molly won Best of Show and First Place for these two exceptional oil on canvas paintings shown below.

Molly Pokrzywka's  "Brave" took Best of Show at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Molly Pokrzywka’s
“Brave” took Best of Show at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Molly Pokrzywka's  "Snowy Day on the Farm" took First Place at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Molly Pokrzywka’s
“Snowy Day on the Farm” took First Place at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Congratulations Molly!

Molly is presently serving as a Summer Intern at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County under the direction of Capital Mohawk PRISM Coordinator, Laurel Gailor. Molly has been working on several web design and graphic arts projects including this Regional Invasive Species Management program poster, below, that was part of an educational display inside the Forest Ranger Cabin at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds throughout Fair week.

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Molly Pokrzywka

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Be sure to visit 4-H Shooting Sports at a County Fair near you this summer and the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports booth at the Great New York State Fair from August 25 – September 5, 2016…we’ll be there!

In Memory of Annelore Lehr

With great sadness, we are writing to let our community know that long-time New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer and Artist, Annelore Lehr, passed away on June 30.

To many in our audience, Anne was known for her beautiful Wildflower Art often featured at the annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction events. Incredibly kind and giving, Anne was always there to contribute far beyond her cherished artwork having donated decades of time and devoted service alongside her husband, Instructor Russ Lehr, to the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports and Saratoga County 4-H Programs.

We are exceedingly grateful to Anne for all she has given and done for us through her generosity, her dedication, and the heartfelt inspiration she shared with so many over the years. Anne was loved by all who knew her and she will be most dearly missed.

Our deepest sympathies are with the Lehr Family.

Donations, in memory of Annelore Lehr, may be made to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County Education & 4-H Training Center in care of CCE Saratoga County, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

In Memory …
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Wildflower Candle ~ by Annelore Lehr

2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event Photos

Over 150 photos from the 17th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George, NY are now online.

Please click here to view these on the NYS4-HSS website.

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Many thanks to our photographers, Dave Felano & Bill Weatherby!

Join us next year for the 18th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Tower’s Hall, at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, please mark your calendars and plan now to attend – we look forward to seeing you there!

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!

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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!

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

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Day 4 – 2016 SHOT Show Wrap-Up!

By the end of day 3 of the show, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director John Bowe, Instructor Colleen Kimble and Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee headed back home safely to New York leaving Director Bill Schwerd and Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson to wrap-up the last day of the 2016 SHOT Show for the NYS4-HSS Program.

Day 4 found Bill and Kenyon meeting with numerous industry friends and strong supporters of 4-H Shooting Sports including Baron Technology, Burris Scopes, the Great American Tool Company, New York based companies KutMaster/Utica Cutlery, Empire Pewter, Redding Hunter and many others.

Director Bill Schwerd (R) with Mike Mathews (L), National Sales Manager for KutMaster/Utica Cutlery

Director Bill Schwerd (R) with Mike Mathews (L), National Sales Manager for KutMaster/Utica Cutlery

Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson (L) visiting with Michele Dougherty (R) of Empire Pewter

Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson (L) visiting with Michele Dougherty (R) of Empire Pewter

Bill and Kenyon also met with reps from Spypoint of GG Telecom, a company that is working on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) component of NYS4-HSS programming in areas involving computers and cameras.

Other visits made throughout the final day of the SHOT Show covered several safe storage of firearms booths by companies such as Gun Storage Solutions, Snap Safe, Sentry, Browning and Liberty as well as booths featuring firearms safety related gear and equipment including new lux trends in protective headgear for women. It was a very full day!

Kenyon Simpson, NYS4-HSS Education Specialist, trying out some Vegas bling - lux protective earmuffs from Pack'n Heat Products

Kenyon Simpson, NYS4-HSS Education Specialist, trying out some Vegas bling – lux protective earmuffs from Pack’n Heat Products

Thank you to our 2016 NYS4-HSS representatives, Director Bill Schwerd, Assistant Director John Bowe, Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson, State Instructor Colleen Kimble and Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee for making the trip to Las Vegas and for the many miles you logged on the SHOT Show floors representing the program during the week too.

Role model for young shooters, Eva Shockey (L), talking with 4-H Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (R) during the 2016 SHOT Show

Role model for young shooters, Eva Shockey (L), talking with 4-H Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (R) during the 2016 SHOT Show

New York 4-H Shooting Sports wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to the National Shooting Sports Foundation and our many friends, donors and sponsors at the 2016 SHOT Show for their gracious and vital support!

Be sure to follow us here on the NYS4-HSS Blog and on our website at
http://www.nys4-Hshootingsports.org for news, upcoming programs and calendar events including forthcoming information on our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Annual Banquet & Auction – where you just might find some amazing items from this year’s SHOT Show!

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