Summer Festival


Aerial Photo by Dylan Longton


Senator George Amedore and Peter Ten Eyck shake hands. Photo by Brian Sweeney.


Indian Ladder Farms historic marker unveiling. Photo by Dylan Longton.


Indian Ladder Farms Historic Marker


Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery and Brewery Ribbon Cutting. Photo by Brian Sweeney.


Summer Festival Face Painting. Photo by Brian Sweeney.


Summer Festival guests toast with commemorative beer glasses.


A young Festival participant enjoys a pony ride. Photo by Brian Sweeney.


Summer Festival volunteers oversee the event coloring contest. Photo by Brian Sweeney.


2016 Summer Festival Aerial Photo by Dylan Longton

“The Conservancy’s Summer Festival and Hike-a-thon was a celebration to be remembered! 

The combination of great weather and so many wonderful accomplishments made for a perfect summer afternoon.  The 100th year of Indian Ladder Farms and the opening of their newest endeavor, the brewery and cidery, were reason enough for a celebration and combined with Conservancy’s Summer Festival and Hike-a-thon, there was truly something for everyone to enjoy.  Many thanks to everyone who made the day such a success.”

States MHLC Executive Director Mark King, about the 2016 Summer Festival, which took place on Sunday, July 17 at Indian Ladder Farms.

2016 marked the fifth year of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s Summer Festival and the first to take place at Indian Ladder Farms. This year’s event celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Indian Ladder Farms and the grand opening of the Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery and Brewery. Over 3,000 guests and 50 exhibitors enjoyed a perfect summer day at the farm. Kids could ride a pony or get their face painted, while guests of all ages could see wild birds, snakes and lizards up-close, learn how to Irish stepdance, take a hay ride around the farm, or simply enjoy an ice cream cone while listening to a band play. The event commenced with speeches by local dignitaries, the unveiling of a new historic marker, a ribbon cutting ceremony and an aerial photo.

Albany County Executive, Daniel McCoy, New Scotland Town Supervisor, Doug LaGrange, Congressman Paul Tonko, Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball, Senator, George Amedore, Senior Vice President of the Open Space Institute Erik Kulleseid, Indian Ladder Farms owner Peter G. Ten Eyck III, and MHLC Executive Director Mark King all spoke during the event opening ceremonies in the Apple Barn. Each speaker congratulated Indian Ladder Farms on its 100th Anniversary and shared their excitement at being a part of the momentous occasion.

In addition to celebrating the 100-year milestone, Indian Ladder Farms unveiled a new historic marker in front of a crowd of onlookers at the Summer Festival. The blue and yellow sign now stands in front of the farm, commemorating its establishment in 1916 by Peter G. Ten Eyck.

Across the street from the historic marker, towering hop plants reminded visitors to stop in to the Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery and Brewery for a glass of beer or cider, made with locally grown ingredients. Sunday marked the grand opening of the Cidery and Brewery and included a ribbon cutting ceremony on the front steps of the newly created tasting room.

The farm’s landscape and picturesque views of the Helderberg Escarpment provided a perfect backdrop for the festivities. Thanks to a conservation easement with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, the fields, forests and gently rolling hills will remain undeveloped landscapes for the next 100 years, and beyond.

The Summer Festival enabled visitors to celebrate with the Ten Eyck family, and experience local musicians and artists alongside thousands of other community members, all while being surrounded by protected forest and farmland. We couldn’t have asked for more!

To our volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, partners and Board of Directors:  thank you for your support, time and hard work. Without you, the work that the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy does would not be possible.

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