Chris Fesko educating on Farming
Chris was born and raised on a farm, and is a former teacher with a Master’s degree in Education. Shown here with Koby, an animal star of the On The Farm video series, Chris has a great love for all animals.
Chris has spoken and presented workshops internationally, and may be available for your upcoming event.
Together with their three children and employees, Chris and Rick operate a 1,200 acre dairy farm. Crops include; corn, wheat, oats, alfalfa, and soy beans. 350 Holstein cows are milked twice daily.
The Fesko farm is located 11 miles down the East side of Skaneateles Lake, just South of the Hamlet of Borodino. Nearby, Chris has a Discovery Center, which is an educational facility located in a restored barn.
Open house events are scheduled at the Discovery Center throughout the summer months for individuals to visit. Field trips and group visits may be arranged by appointment. For directions to the Discovery Center, please select this link.
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Chris Fesko Enterprises
1181 Woodworth Road
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Text and photo from: http://www.fesko.com/chris.html
Patchwork Plus Featured in Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler
Patchwork Plus Quilt & Yarn Shop in Marcellus is a featured shop in the Spring 2009 issue of Quilt Sampler, which goes on sale May 12, 2009. The magazine, published by Better Homes and Gardens, profiles 10 shops across the United States and Canada in each of its semi-annual issues.
“We were incredibly thrilled to learn of our selection,” says Judi West, co-owner, with her husband, Tom, of Patchwork Plus. A crew from the magazine visited the shop for two days in mid-October—taking photos, conducting interviews, and experiencing the shop’s ambiance.
To be considered for the honor, quilt shops submit an application with details on their history, business promotions, charitable work, teaching schedules and design philosophies. The selection is made by a panel of quilt experts led by Jennifer Keltner, group editor of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
“Quilt makers from all over the world eagerly await these issues,” says Keltner. “Once the magazine is in their hands, quilters turn every page to see the newest fabrics and patterns from each shop.”
The multi-page profiles include photos of each featured shop and its staff; details on what makes it unique; photos of, and a full-sized pattern for, an original quilt designed for the magazine; and a listing of area hot spots.
The quilt submitted by Patchwork Plus, “Lady of the Lake Baskets,” was designed by Skaneateles Falls resident Judy Sheridan and Skaneateles resident Patty Elkovitch. A fabric kit will be sold on the Patchwork Plus website, http://www.patchworkplusquiltshop.com, this spring.
Inclusion in the magazine proves a boon for business: According to Better Homes and Gardens, chosen shops are inundated with visitors and with requests for the shop’s quilt patterns and fabrics. Quilters are known to try to visit all 10 shops in each issue, getting the signature of each shop owner in their copy of the magazine.
Patchwork Plus, established in 1987, is the result of two friends’ genuine love for quilting and the dream to bring a better selection of affordable fabrics to their quilting friends. “Our wonderful customers, who come from all over the world, have made us into the store we are today,” says Judi West. “I can’t thank them enough.”
The shop’s 5,000-square-foot facility, on Cherry Valley Turnpike (Route 20), has more than 7,500 bolts of fabric, two large classrooms and a fireplace, and is bathed in natural light. Patchwork Plus also is a Gold Standard dealer of Bernina sewing machines and offers instructional classes year-round.
A magazine signing party is planned for the spring.
Snake Oil Glassworks, Inc. is a privately owned hot glass studio that produces handcrafted art glass, using traditional off-hand glassblowing techniques. Our store and gallery, with its observation window, is open to the public Thursday through Sunday every week.
We offer a wide selection of vases, bowls, paperweights, and other pieces both decorative and functional. We may also be engaged for commission work by architects and designers for a variety of custom projects. Browse through our gallery here for a sampling of the pieces we make.
Our studio is located two miles north of the village of Skaneateles in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York State. We invite you to visit if you are in the area.
Open Thursday and Friday 12pm-6pm Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 11am-4pm
4251 Jordan Road
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Studio: (315) 685-5091
Holly Knott is a Finger Lakes, NY artist who could never call just one medium her own. In 2004, she “retired at a young age” from a 17-year career as an interactive systems designer and usability testing specialist in Princeton, NJ, and moved from beautiful Bucks County, PA, to equally beautiful upstate NY so that she could devote 100% of her time to her fine art. She spends her free time working in a wide variety of media, including contemporary art quilts, photography, watercolors, hand-painted furniture, and web/graphic design. She is also co-author of the book “Quilted Garden Delights,” to be released by C&T Publishing in February, 2008. See her “Our book” page for more information.
Inspiration for her work comes from her surroundings, including her love of local colonial and Victorian architecture, cityscapes, rural landscapes, historical sites, cottage gardens, nature, and the enchantment of nearby riverside and lakeside towns.
Holly’s photographs and art quilts have won awards, and her art quilts are exhibited in juried art shows, quilt shows and galleries nationwide. Her work has appeared in several publications, including on the cover of Quilting Arts magazine (June 2005), in Life in the Finger Lakes magazine (Summer 2005), in the new C&T book, “Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts,” the International Quilt Festival’s 2004 Chicago show brochure, and on the cover of 2004 St. John’s University alumni brochure, Conversatio (see images and links below for more information on all of these). She also wrote an article for Quilting Arts magazine, and her art quilts have been included in several slide presentations given by other fiber artists in the U.S. The Alliance for American Quilts included Holly in their “Quilters’ – Save Our Stories” interviews. You can read her interview here.
She holds an A.A.S. in Advertising Design from Mercer County Community College, NJ, where she received scholarships and awards for artistic excellence. She is a member of IQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and the Art Quilters Alliance of New York.
Contact Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skaneateles resident and career teacher Bob Comenole is the author of five books. He is now completing work on a screenplay, a sequel to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and has written a special five-part serial to be published each Sunday for the holiday season. The chapters will be posted each week below:
Chapter 1: A Forgotten Rose
Chapter 2: A Christmas Bandit
Chapter 3: Colloquy on a Narrow Staircase
Chapter 4: Three Wise Guys & The Little Zippo Girl
Set squarely in the tradition of “A Christmas Carol” and “The Grinch,” this novel follows the adventures of a lonely, homeless woman, a miserable old man, three immigrant families, and a lost boy, all of whom find peace and redemption through a series of unexpected miracles on Christmas Eve. Heart wrenching and rewarding, this is just the tale to put you in the holiday mood. The Long Night of Clement C. Craggogre has that true, rich 19th Century feel.
About the Author
Bob Comenole is the author of “Bushel & Lamp,” a collection of essays and short stories. A winner of the Sinclair Award for Prose, and the Harmon Award for Fiction, Comenole has also written twenty children’s books, including “The Glassblower’s Daughter,” and “The Silversmith of Marblehead.” Comenole has taught writing, rhetoric and literature at Miami University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and SUNY Geneseo. Currently he teaches at the State University of New York at Cortland. He is completing work on a football novel, “The Kismet of Oblong Objects.”