Fishing Heritage Day 2013
The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), hosted the fifth annual Fishing Heritage Day. The free event, held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the State Fish Hatchery and the Otselic Town Park in South Otselic, NY, was very successful. One of this year's special features for Fishing Heritage Day was Remington Ryde, who performed throughout the day in the Town Park. Special guest Mary Jeanne Bialas, director of Victorian Whispers, presented her living history program focusing on the the impact of Victorian society and politics upon the fashions, gender roles, education, travel and transportation, social expectations, and life in general during the 1800's, in the First Baptist Church. In addition to the trout fishing clinics, and tours of the hatchery facilities, fishing educator Mike Riordan of Central Square, NY offered several program activities aimed at helping kids and their parents learn the basics of fishing.
Several non-profit organizations were in the Town Park, along with vendors demonstrating and selling their crafts and artwork. Across the street, Gladding Braided Products, LLC demonstrated one of their vintage braiding machines and offered various rope products for sale. Food and drinks were provided by local nonprofit organizations, and the Otselic Valley Grange hosted their community-wide garage sale, and successfully sold out of their beef barbecue luncheon at the nearby Grange Hall. The U.S. Postal Service introduced the 2013 special stamp cancellation, featuring the artwork of Otselic Valley Central School student Ryan Gillette, whose entry in 2012's art contest, displayed at The Daily Grind, won the most votes. Buyers from twenty (20) states ordered this limited, one-of-a-kind postal cancellation from the South Otselic Post Office.
Over these past five years, Fishing Heritage Day has provided an opportunity for hundreds of families to enjoy the heritage of this historic community, with its tie to the sport fishing industry. For more information on how to become a member of the Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association, or to participate as a vendor or sponsor in next year's event, please see the links on this website or call 315-653-7490.