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!

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Eastwood Gardens

We recently had the privilege of touring Eastwood Gardens on the grounds surrounding the home of Tony Eastwood, NYS4-HSS Instructor and his wife Judy Eastwood, NYS4-HSS Volunteer.

Eastwood Gardens are the culmination of a 17 year labor of love for Tony and Judy in creating an inspired and extraordinary botanical wonderland. Full of whimsical detail, treasured Brian Ruth chainsaw carving sculptures are perfectly tucked among the vivid garden beds and hidden paths that meander throughout the property. Meticulous design and beautiful horticultural displays laden with tall trees, lush greenery and colorful fragrant flowers are everywhere.

Both Tony and Judy are Certified Master Gardeners who have volunteered with the Horticulture Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Saratoga County for many years. In 2014, Tony received the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding and distinguished service.

Gardening pursuits run deep in the Eastwood family. Tony and Judy’s son, Scott Eastwood and his wife, Teri, are also Certified Master Gardeners who own and operate their own specialized horticultural service business, The Plant Keeper, LLC – a long-time NYS4-HSS supporter/sponsor.

Below are some photo highlights from our visit to Eastwood Gardens.

Butterfly in back garden bed by Brian Ruth

Butterfly in back garden bed by Brian Ruth

Cardinal by Brian Ruth

Cardinal by Brian Ruth

Gorgeous greenery

Gorgeous greenery

Perched Lion overlooks the gardens

Perched Lion overlooks the gardens

Blue Jay by Brian Ruth - presented to Tony Eastwood as the recipient of the 2014 CCE Saratoga County Volunteer of the Year Award

Blue Jay by Brian Ruth – presented to Tony Eastwood as the recipient of the 2014 CCE Saratoga County Volunteer of the Year Award

Brian Ruth Bears abound throughout the forested garden areas …
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Brian Ruth Storybook House

Brian Ruth Storybook House

Many thanks to Tony and Judy Eastwood for sharing their incredible gardens with us!

Judy and Tony Eastwood

Judy and Tony Eastwood

The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program and the CCE Certified Master Gardener Program are just two of the many fine and varied program areas that offer Volunteer training or certification opportunities through Cornell Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact your local CCE Office and get involved today!

Editors Note: Brian Ruth has done four exceptional chainsaw carving sculptures for NYS4-HSS that will be up for grabs to the highest bidders at our upcoming 2017 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event in April – please stay tuned to our blog and website for upcoming details!

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!

NYS4-HSS Artists & Artisans Abound at the Saratoga County Fair!

The Saratoga County Fair is home this week to many fine artists/artisans who have graciously and generously contributed their time and talents in support of New York State 4-H Shooting Sports.

Brian Ruth, world renowned Masters of the Chainsaw Artist and X-treme Power Sculptor – 2012 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year – has been busy creating his very special brand of absolutely amazing Chainsaw Sculptures.

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Larry Tibbetts of Larry’s Woodcrafts is known for his outstanding Scroll Saw Art carvings and signs – if you’re looking for that perfect signature piece, Larry is the one to see. Larry is based out of Sanford, Maine and makes his way to the Saratoga County Fair every year. Last year, Larry very kindly made us an extraordinary woodcraft sign that now hangs above the entrance door to the new Ranger Cabin (built by many NYS4-HSS Volunteers) in Conservation Village. Larry has been a strong donor to NYS4-HSS providing us with many of his fine Saw Art works for our Annual NYS4-HSS Auctions too.

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Lynn Escher, along with her husband Charlie Escher of Studio in the Pines – 2014 NYS4-HSS Artists of the Year – have been turning for hours on end creating incredibly beautiful crafted wooden pieces at their booth in the Conservation Building.

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Rich Johnson, Spruce Mountain Photography – 2009 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year – (shown here with Geraldine Johnson), offers a exceptional display of breathtaking Adirondack, Nature and Wildlife photography in his booth at the entrance of Conservation Village.

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Chris Templin, Re-Enactor, in authentic period attire gives visitors a glimpse into real Living History inside Conservation Village. Chris, who is also a NYS4-HSS Volunteer/Instructor, has been a contributor to many NYS4-HSS Auctions providing us with exquisite handmade items such as his custom Colonial Powder Horns.

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Deborraha Burnett (shown with NYS4-HSS Director, Bill Schwerd) comes to us all the way from Arkansas. Known affectionately known around the fairgrounds as “The Soap Lady,” Deborraha has made her way to the Saratoga County Fair (as she does to many other fairs across the country) for several years now where she pitches her own period tent, works in period dress and displays her much sought after Scottish Lye Soaps – all handmade from a 200 year old family recipe in an authentic antique iron pot. Deborraha has kindly donated many of her wonderful soaps to our NYS4-HSS Auctions, including the upcoming 2015 Banquet & Auction.

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Thank you to ALL our New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Artists and Artisans, we appreciate all you do and are truly honored to have your support!

2014 Banquet & Auction Fundrasier

Reservations will accepted until Wednesday April 23 (unless sold out prior to this date) for the 2014 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event to be held on Saturday April 26th at Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in beautiful Lake George.

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

If you would like to attend this important annual event please contact NYS 4-H Shooting Sports directly at 518-885-8995 for seating availability.

A limited number of Special Overnight Packages for the evening of April 26th are also still available only through the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Office. Package price includes the Banquet Dinner plus Overnight Accommodations at Fort William Henry Hotel with Breakfast Buffet overlooking Lake George on Sunday morning, April 27th.

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Be sure to also check out our Auction Preview Pages with many photos and lists of items that will be available at this great event including a Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy Military Tribute Edition Rifle with Display Case.

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Please join us on April 26th, we cannot do it without your support!