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!

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!

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!

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~

Winter Instructor Training Continues!

Coordinators getting ready for Cross Training. Is your STEM project on target?

“As a coordinator I have the ability to assist the youth in their development of skills, firearms – but also have the ability to be a support system for the instructors as well.” – Kaitlyn Smith from Sullivan County

“Coordinators wear many hats.” – Tamara Healy from Fulton-Montgomery Counties

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Over in Archery, they are practicing their range commands and how to string recurve bows.

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“The most important thing I’ve learned in Archery is attention to detail and taking your time is the key to success” – Sean Clay from Dutchess County.

Some more quotes from our attendees at the Winter Weekend Training…

Most important thing they learned in pistol, “We had great instructors. Just have fun. Some people get too stressed out when they shoot. Relax.” – Isabella Fantauzzi from Saratoga County

“Range safety. All the parts of the firearm. Have fun.” – Phil Zschoche from Yates County

Most interesting thing I learned in Hunting and Wildlife is “The importance of Wildlife and the fun you can have teaching people about it.” – Blaise Cox from Yates County

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SHOT Show 2015 Wrap Up!

As we wrap up the SHOT Show 2015, Keith and John would like to extend their thanks to the many companies, individuals, colleagues and the Show’s host, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, that welcomed them at this premiere event that can only be described as epic or awesome!

Some of companies that they have not previously mentioned include:
Survivor Firestarters, a small company that makes several innovative and useful firestarters.
Zippo, a legend for their lighters, but also offers a line of outdoor tools that includes the Zippo 4 in 1 Axe and are now affiliated with W.R. Case knives.
Chiappa Firearms who now has a folding shotgun and a sub-caliber device.
Breakthrough Advanced Firearm Cleaning Technology a relatively new lubricant company that features non-toxic 100% synthetic gun oil.
Swab-its by Superbrush who introduced their Bore-Whips, which can best be described as a pull-through cleaner, with a non-lint, washable, reusable cleaning tip which can serve as both an open bolt indicator and cleaning whip. They are also working with Daisy to make a product that will work with their merchandise.

John Bowe, National 4-H Shooting Sports Booth

John Bowe, National 4-H Shooting Sports Booth

One of the show sponsors, GunBroker.com, was a very happening place where John also had the opportunity to thank them for donating to the International Hunter Education Association’s Champion of Hunter Education program of which John was one of those selected nationally to receive a Ruger American. The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Zack Snow discussed how important 4-H Shooting Sports is in the recruitment, training, and retention of youth leaders both throughout the country and in New York. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation also shared those same thoughts when Keith and John spoke with their representatives.

The SHOT Show is not just about firearms though – Crossbows were also in abundance. Barnett Crossbows have three new youth models, which are pictured here on the blog. They are available in 30, 60, and 100 lb. draw weights and come with a molded carrying case and you only need to remove a single bolt to break them down to a more manageable size.

Jesse McCarthy with the Barnett Recruit 60

Jesse McCarthy with the Barnett Recruit 60

Finally, a plug for the Transportation Security Administration in Las Vegas. When John went through, they made sure everyone who had attended the SHOT Show remembered to take anything out of their carry on and put into their check bags BEFORE we went into the final security line where we would have lost pocket knives, multi-tools, and other metal objects that may have failed screening. They were professional, courteous, and fun as they did so – it was a great job on their part!

Some Sights from the Las Vegas Strip

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Many thanks from all of us at NYS4-HSS to Keith and John!

NYS4-HSS at Day #2 of the 2015 SHOT Show!

Day #2 of the SHOT Show was more of a challenge, as shuttles ran late and many company representatives were busy in meetings with their largest clients. However, Keith and John were able to visit the booths of Mayville Engineering Company (MEC), Hornady, Hodgdon Powder, Brownells, Otis Technology and American Tactical, among many others.

You never know who you might see in the booths and halls of the SHOT Show! On Day #2 it was national personalities Michael Waddell, Jim Shockey, and Pro Shooters for Team Smith & Wesson, Julie Golob and Trevor Baucom. Trevor spent nearly half an hour speaking with John about teaching Shooting Sports to youth with disabilities. Our Reps also met up with Bob Jenks who was attending on behalf of the military, but is also a 4-H volunteer in Dutchess County, NY.

On the new connection side, Keith met with Camillus Cutlery, Ontario Knife Company, Queen Cutlery and Troy Industries. Meanwhile John reconnected with Joe Sementelli of Adventure Medical, where discussions included the development of standardized First Aid Kits for Shooting Sports programs.

New York contacts were also on the day’s agenda, Keith reports that Remington is interested in working with NYS4-HSS on youth models and that talks with AmChar Wholesale were also very positive.

In association with Keith’s role at campus working with returning military service men and women, he connected with a group called Freedom Hunters. A custom piece made from 7.62 shells has been acquired from Freedom Hunters for our upcoming 2015 NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction at Fort William Henry in Lake George, NY where you will see this amazing piece and hear the story that it tells about our American military families.

Freedom Hunters is also creating a very nice guitar, autographed by Rock & Roll legend Ted Nugent, to raise funds for our servicemen in need of support. Nugent was on hand at the SHOT Show interacting with these wonderful folks who work with wounded combat Veterans. Be sure to check out the Freedom Hunters website.

Overall, it was a great day!

Some Photo Highlights from the 2015 SHOT Show

Dave Baron  (C) and the Baron Technology Family - Outstanding Supporters of NYS 4-H Shooting Sports

Dave Baron (C) and the Baron Technology Family – Outstanding Supporters of NYS 4-H Shooting Sports

A glimpse into the SHOT Show Store

A glimpse into the SHOT Show Store

New York State 4-H Shooting Sports at the 2015 SHOT Show

The SHOT Show kicked off in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 20th with two different faces representing New York State 4-H Shooting Sports for 2015. Dr. Keith Tidball of Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources is attending the event for the first time and describes the show as “Keith’s Heaven.” Joining Keith is NYS4-HSS Assistant Director, John Bowe, who started opening day as the newest member of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee as Northeast Representative and then quickly on to his duties representing New York State at the Show.

The first day of the SHOT Show was a great success for NYS4-HSS with Keith and John spending quality time speaking with many long-term partners including Ryan Bronson from Federal Ammunition and Cathy Hale from Savage Arms – both companies are under the parent company ATK.

(L to R) John Bowe with Cathy Hale, Savage Arms and Ryan Bronson , Federal Ammunition

(L to R) Keith Tidball, John Bowe, Cathy Hale, Savage Arms and Ryan Bronson, Federal Ammunition

Wally Gardiner, President, Canal Street Cutlery, was proudly wearing his NYS 4-H Shooting Sports pin at his booth and showed Keith and John an exceptional new fixed blade knife they are just releasing.

Wally Garder, Canal Street Cutlery (L) with Keith Tidball (R)

Wally Garder, Canal Street Cutlery (L) with Keith Tidball (R)

John and Sherry Anthon welcomed our Reps at the GATCO/Timberline booth and shared the exciting news that they now have a Gas Monkey Garage line of knives and a new multi-task sharpener/fire starter. Our Reps also met up with Crosman Corporation’s Shooting Services Manager, Mark DeBoard, who showed them the highly impressive new Bulldog .357 pneumatic high-caliber air gun, powerful enough to take both white-tail deer and feral hogs.

John Bowe (L) holding the Bulldog .357 Airgun with Mark DeBoard (R) at Crosman

John Bowe (L) holding the Bulldog .357 Airgun with Mark DeBoard (R) at Crosman

Over at the North American Arms booth, President, Sandy Chisholm was both eager and very pleased to hear what 4-H is doing to educate youth about firearms safety. At the Baron Technology booth, the Baron family and staff spoke with Keith and John about their dedicated support to the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Program. For 2015, Baron Technology will once again be custom engraving a special Limited Edition Firearm especially for NYS4-HSS.

The folks at Columbia River Knife & Tool showed several great new knife offerings and our Reps also enjoyed meeting with knife designer Pat Crawford from Crawford Knives. In another meeting at the J.P. Sauer & Sohn booth, Keith and John discussed potential options the company may be able to offer the NYS4-HSS program.

Keith and John also connected with our colleagues from the National 4-H Shooting Sports program, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the National Muzzeloading Rifle Association, Project Childsafe, and the International Hunter Education Association.

After a long and busy day covering over 6 miles of the SHOT Show floor, and as part of their cultural education, Keith and John partook of traditional Japanese cuisine for dinner – Sashimi and Nagari. It was John’s first experience with Japanese cuisine and he said it was … Delicious!

Shibuya Chef Harvo - preparing Salmon Sashimi

Shibuya Chef Harvo – preparing Salmon Sashimi