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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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!

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!

NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction … Set-Up is Underway!

The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction set-up at Towers Hall, Fort William Henry, in Lake George, NY is officially underway for the upcoming NYS4-HSS event this weekend.

A great big pre-event THANK YOU to everyone working so hard behind and in front of the scenes to make this event the best it can possibly be, from our wonderful Staff to our highly dedicated Volunteers!

NYS4-HSS Volunteers, unloading trailors and setting up among the falling snow flakes on April 23, in Lake George, NY - Christine Hodorowski (L), Ron Surdyka (M) & Russ Lehr (R)

NYS4-HSS Volunteers, unloading trailors and setting up among the falling snow flakes on April 23, in Lake George, NY – Christine Hodorowski (L), Ron Surdyka (M) & Russ Lehr (R)

Be sure to check-out the Auction Preview Pages on our Website – we look forward to having you join us for a great night of fundraising and celebration of New York State 4-H Shooting Sports!

Join Us for the 2015 NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction in Lake George, NY

It’s Auction Time!

The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Annual Banquet & Auction will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Towers Hall, Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George, NY.

Tickets are $38.00 per person and include bountiful complimentary hors d’oeuvres through the early hours followed by a Grand Buffet Dinner served at 7 P.M. featuring beef, chicken and pasta selections plus much more with cash bar available. Doors will open at 4 P.M. to an abundance of outstanding items up for grabs to the highest bidder in both the Silent and Live Auctions along with many other offerings that make for an overall great evening that is not to be missed.

Our Live Auction features a variety of high quality items including Firearms – Safes – Archery – Knives – Sportsman Packages – Fishing – Golf – Carvings – Patriot’s Package – Farm to Market & Photo Safaris plus much more! (Auction services provided courtesy of Talk of the Town Auction — John & Bev Stanislowsky & Jim Carter Auctioneer.)

For 2015, our Artists of the Year will be Honoring Our Veterans in a very special acknowledgement of their service, dedication and sacrifice through several Veteran and patriotic inspired pieces – with contributions from both new as well as past NYS4-HSS named artists included in our auction event.

Those of you who are on the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction mailing list will be receiving your invitations in the mail shortly. If you are not on our mailing list and wish to attend, please contact NYS4-HSS through CCE Saratoga County at 518-885-8995 or visit our website for the Invitation & Registration Form which will be available for download shortly. Please remember to return your reservation forms to the CCE Saratoga office as early as possible ~ seating is limited.

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

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

Please join us for our most important evening of the year and make a real difference for the future – all proceeds from this event directly benefit the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program…we hope to see you there!

~ Stay Tuned to the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Website for Updated Event Information~

NYS4-HSS Live Auction – Kayak!

This Dagger Kayak, complete with Paddle and Life Jacket, from the generous folks at Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company will be up for grabs to the highest bidder in the Live Auction at the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Fundraiser on April 26, 2014 at Fort William Henry Resort, Lake George.

Dagger  Kayak

Dagger Kayak

You’ll be all set for the upcoming Saratoga Paddlefest in May, with this great kayak package.

Our sincere thanks to the Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Saratoga Springs, NY for their support!