Hyde Hall

Hyde Hall to Host Tourism Industry Brochure Exchange – May 17, 2017


Email johnbower@hydehall.org.mylampsite.com by 5pm, Friday, May 12. Include your business name and names of those attending.
NOTE: If you have already registered, Thank You!

On Wednesday, May 17th, the Regional Tourism Industry will gather at Hyde Hall in Springfield, NY for the Annual Regional Tourism Industry Brochure Exchange.

Starting at 5:00 PM, Tourism Industry members including accommodation providers, restaurants, attractions and museums will check-in, park their cars, open their trunks, share printed promotional material.  Registered attendees will enter through the main entrance of Glimmerglass State Park and proceed to Hyde Hall.

“This is the best free networking opportunity for restaurants, attractions and hotels to gather area information for distribution at their properties,” says Bill Michaels, owner of the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard.  “I attend annually to distribute printed brochures and meet fellow industry members.”

Tourism businesses and organizations from Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie and Chenango Counties are invited to participate in the exchange.  Attendees are encourage to bring displays to further showcase their properties at the exchange.

“This annual event is a wonderful, invigorating way to kick off the tourism season, exchange tourism brochures with partners throughout the region and – just as importantly – network with tourism colleagues – to further promote one another during the 2017 season,” says Deb Taylor, Director, Cooperstown & Otsego County Tourism Program.

Following the event a reception will be held in the Hyde Hall visitor’s center and tours of the Hall will be provided.  Pre-registration is required through JohnBower@hydehall.org.mylampsite.com or by calling 607-547-5098 ext. 6.

This Tourism Marketing event is sponsored by Erie Canal Cruises, Hyde Hall and the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard and supported though the Central New York Tourism Region, County Tourism Programs and Chambers of Commerce.

This tourism industry marketing and networking opportunity is free!  Interested members of the media are also welcome and encouraged to register. See you there!

FAQ’s about a Brochure Exchange!

Q: What is a brochure exchange?
A: A brochure exchange is an opportunity for area tourism business to exchange, collect and distribute their printed promotional materials among each other and learn more about what products, programming and promotions are schedule for the busy summer season.

Q: How do we do it?
A: Participants gather at Hyde Hall, open their trunks, and share their brochures, menus, maps and MORE!  Many exchangers create a “mini showcase” of their business such as menu samplings, complimentary tickets, wine & beer tastings & give-aways.  Be creative and have fun in creating your displays!

Q: Who comes?
A: Lodging Providers, Attractions, Chambers & Restaurants from throughout the Central NY Region.

Q: Is this only for managers or owners?
A: Definitely NOT!  This is a valuable tool to educate and inform your front-line people about all the opportunities available for your guests or clients to enjoy during their visit.

Q: I don’t have a brochure?
A: You don’t need a brochure.  This is a chance for properties to collect information to share with their guests or clients to make their visit more enjoyable.

Q: I don’t distribute other organization’s brochures!
A: Doesn’t matter!  It is still an opportunity for you to meet your fellow tourism industry members and promote your operation and network!

Q: What’s in it for me?
A: FREE Marketing Distribution, FREE Networking Opportunities, FREE Business Development Opportunities, FREE venue to show off your business, FREE snacks and drinks, oh, and plenty of FREE PARKING!

Place: Hyde Hall Historic Mansion, Cooperstown, NY 13326. (Please enter via the Glimmerglass State Park Entrance)
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Rain or Shine
Time: 5:00 PM Brochure Exchange followed by a ground floor tour of the Historic Mansion, Wine, Cheese, and a Light Buffet. Registration is required.


Hyde Hall selected for Cooperstown Chamber Inaugural Hall of Fame

Hyde Hall is honored to be recognized for its contribution to the attraction of the Cooperstown Area.

On April 27, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will honor eight historic local businesses at part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. These businesses will be welcomed into the Chamber Hall of Fame, as the inaugural class. Each business, carefully selected by a special committee of Chamber members, has been a strong supporter of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce over the years, and has had significant impact and involvement in the community. Additionally, each of this year’s honoree businesses were established over a century ago. The 100th Anniversary of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will be a true celebration of business in the Cooperstown area and a showcase of the positive impact the Chamber and its member businesses have had in the greater Cooperstown area over the past century.

The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s honorees:

  • Church and Scott Pharmacy (1886)
  • Clark Sports Center (1891)
  • Fly Creek Cider Mill (1856)
  • Freeman’s Journal (1808)
  • Hyde Hall (1817)
  • Inn at Cooperstown (1874)
  • Mohican Flowers (1901)
  • Otesaga Resort (1909).

“In looking at how the Chamber would celebrate its 100th anniversary, we felt it was only appropriate to celebrate our membership.” says Matt Hazzard, Executive Director for the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce. “These eight businesses have each had a long-standing presence in our community, and have helped make Cooperstown what it is today.  The opportunity to pay tribute to their contributions, while celebrating our own anniversary, will make this an event to remember.”

Hyde Hall, named after the Clarke family’s ancient seat in England, is a stunning reminder of a bygone American era. Conceived and constructed by George Clarke, Hyde Hall will be celebrating 200 years since the land was purchased 1817. Sitting on Mount Wellington, on beautiful Lake Otsego, the estate was built over a 17-year period. The Clarke family lived in the home throughout construction, unfortunately Clarke died in the estate shortly after completion and was unable to enjoy his creation. Hyde Hall has been declared one of the “three or four great buildings in America of its time” by The New Yorker magazine. The neoclassical country mansion is the only National Historic Landmark in Otsego County. In 1964, the Friends of Hyde Hall, later to be renamed Hyde Hall, Inc. was formed to help save and maintain the house for public use and enjoyment.

Hotch Potch – A Perfect Stew for a Winter Day

A recipe from Ann Low Cary Cooper Clarke’s Time (1819-1842), The Ladies of Hyde Hall


Hotch Potch

2 lbs of lean beef, cut into mince
2 onions
2 carrots
½ can tomatoes
1 bunch sweet hops, chopped
Salt and pepper
2 potatoes
1 cup corn
2 turnips
2 stalks celery
½ small cabbage
2 tablespoons butter

Wash, scrape and slice the vegetables and put all except the tomatoes into a pot.  Cover with hot water and boil gently for 10 minutes.  Drain off the water.  Put a handful of the mixed vegetables, including the tomatoes , in the bottom of a stone jar.  Pepper and salt, minced raw beef…repeat the order until your materials are all in the pot.

Fit a top over the mouth, tie down with stout greased paper, set it within the oven and let it alone for 5-6 hours, except that you must look now and then to see that the paper does not take fire.  Prevent this by greasing it abundantly.

At the end of this time, turn out the hotch potch.  Stir in the butter and, if needed, additional seasonings.  Serve it in a tureen.

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