Help Us Reopen The Sherburne Inn
Partner with Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project and make a contribution below.
A Successfully Restored and Reopened Sherburne Inn Will Serve as a Testimony For All Who Strive Toward a Renaissance of Rural America.
In June 1917, The Sherburne Inn opened to great fanfare in a bustling upstate New York community, and for the next eighty-seven years served Sherburne as the hub of social activity on the village’s anchor corner. In the 1980s the Inn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation’s historic landmarks deemed worthy of preservation and part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. For the next twenty-some years, the Inn thrived.
In 2002 the new owner closed The Sherburne Inn. For a decade this iconic building – where so many around the state and indeed, around the country, had wed and dined and slept – sat abandoned, and in 2012 was threatened with demolition…to be replaced by a gas station. Then Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) came along, put a halt to the demolition, purchased the building, and got busy.
SSIRP, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has made great progress with repair and renewal of The Sherburne Inn since the 2015 groundbreaking. Thanks to the efforts of SSIRP’s volunteer board of directors, and funding from state and local grants, corporations, and in no small part to the outstanding contributions of individuals from 39 states around the country, SSIRP has been awarded more than $2.5 million of this $4.5 million project, enabling the nonprofit and its network of funders to complete Phases I and II of the four-phase undertaking. SSIRP is halfway home with a project that is of great importance not only as an historical treasure, but to all – near and far – who feel The Sherburne Inn, once opened, will be an economic driver for our region and will once again serve as the anchor property for the community.
Lee Ingraham – Sherburne Arts Festival
The 2023 Sherburne Arts Festival is proud to feature local artist Lee Ingraham, of Smyrna. Lee is a premier photographer with work focusing primarily on central and northern New York scenes, including landscapes, macro images of local flowers and wildlife, and composite photography that he has digitally manipulated to create a completely new sense of his subject matter. His images are often opportunistic as he walks through meadows, woods, and farmland looking for something to grab his attention. Sometimes he sets out with a specific project in mind. Lee’s photographs have been shown in group shows at the Hamilton Public Library, the Mad Art Gallery, Munson Williams Proctor’s annual sidewalk show, the Earlville Opera House, the Sherburne Arts Festival and solo exhibition at the Chenango Arts Council. Lee’s work has also been on display at the Image Light Gallery in Rochester and has received several Gallery Choice awards. He has also been published as a finalist in Outdoor Photographer and Digital Photography.
Please stop by Lee’s tent on June 10 in Gaines Park, Sherburne to see his work and visit with the artist.
Get Your Jury Documents in Soon!
PIE-MANIA at The Sherburne Arts Festival is a favorite! And this year we’ll be including other home-baked goods along with our famous pies. Mark your calendars for June 10, 2023, and come on down to Gaines Park in Sherburne!
The first round of juried work for the Sherburne Arts Festival has closed as of March 1st, and the artists who have been accepted into the show will be notified on or around March 15. The second round has commenced as of April 1st. If you are an artist or crafter who would like to participate in the 10th Annual Sherburne Arts Festival in Gaines Park, please contact [email protected]. (With a cc to [email protected]) for jury documents and information. If you have requested and received jury documents, please submit them asap to be included in the second review round.
We’re looking forward to a great day in the park!
10th Annual Arts Festival
It’s that time of year again! The 10th Annual Sherburne Arts Festival will be held in Gaines Park, Sherburne on June 10, 2023. As always, the show will feature regional artists and crafters exhibiting and selling their work, an SECS student art tent, a children’s interactive art tent, festival food, music, a featured artist, and much more. Please mark your calendar! A big change this year is that the 2023 show will be juried. If you ar e an artist/crafter, we ask that you send an email to our jury committee, [email protected], to request information about submitting your work for review. The committee will respond with instructions and requirements. All artwork must be submitted for review no later than March 1.
Though it’s snowy in Sherburne, all eyes are on sunny days in June!
As we get closer to reopening the building, SSIRP is offering to individuals and corporations guest room sponsorship opportunities, which are a wonderful way to support The Sherburne Inn Project as well as having your name, a loved-one’s name, or your company name permanently displayed at The Sherburne Inn. As well as being listed on our thank-you wall in the main lobby, room sponsors will be acknowledged on or above the room entry, per sponsor’s wording specifications (glass-etched transom or brass plaque, for example “The John and Jane Doe Guest Room,” “The XYZ Corporation Suite“).