Strawberry Season

MAYFIELD – Despite the chill in the air, people lined up to get their hands on the first strawberries of the season at the Strawberry Festival at the Rice Homestead on Saturday.

The annual event, put on by the Mayfield Historical Society, marked the opening of the Homestead for the summer season.

The event featured strawberry shortcake, tours of the Rice house and a loom weaver in the barn. Musician Gary VanSlyke also performed for guests.

Sandi Sparks was busy making strawberry shortcake for guests during the event. She said guests had been coming in steadily all day.

“It’s pretty good for a nasty, cold day,” Sparks said.

Carol Johnston, publicist for the Mayfield Historical Society, greeted guests inside the Rice house to help answer questions during tours.

She said the event had been busy, with the colder weather bringing more people inside for tours. Johnston said the society finished a renovation of the house’s second floor last year.

The house itself was set up for guests, with the dining room table set, the kitchen preparing coffee and many labeled artifacts set out to peruse.

Johnston said the home has had renovations done in the last few years, including the Victorian living room and 18th-century kitchen.

Mayfield Historical Society Treasurer Christine Dahl was taking donations for the event.

Dahl said she was happy the skies stayed dry for the event, because the historical society did not have a rain location for this year’s event.

Dahl said the event helps get people to the site.

“It gets people out to see us,” Dahl said.

Abby Frederick of Mayfield brought her son, Roman, to the event. She said her son and grandmother, whom she also brought, love strawberries, so she thought it would be fun to bring them.

Frederick said she had been to the Homestead once for a school trip when she was younger, and thought it would be nice to come back.

The Homestead, which is located at 380 Riceville Road, is open for tours during the summer. To find out more about the Homestead and the Historical Society, visit www.mayfieldny.org and search under community groups for the historical society.