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Wine and pasta event slated

JOHNSTOWN — Friends of Johnson Hall will hold its first-ever “Wine and Pasta Pairings” fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sam’s Seafood Steakhouse, 281 N. Comrie Ave.

According to the Friends group, proceeds will directly benefit the Johnson Hall State Historic Site on Johnson Avenue. Money raised will benefit ongoing historic interior restoration.

Friends of Johnson Hall is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation and education programs of Johnson Hall, the 18th Century historic Johnstown estate of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant and their family.

The $20 per person tickets are limited, but are available at Romana’s Italian Kitchen and at the Johnson Hall State Historic Site during regular business hours.

Four different pasta and wine parings will be available. In addition, there will be raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle and music.

The public can obtain further information about the event by contacting Megan at (518) 774-3964; or by visiting the Friends Facebook page; or by writing to: friendsofjohnsonhall@gmail.com.

According to a news release issued this week by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, historic restoration of two rooms in the Hall are nearing completion. They are Sir William and Molly’s bedchamber and the children’s bedchamber. Meanwhile, restoration of the center halls and stairway have begun with plaster and wood-graining repair and installation of a reproduction floor cloth and hall lantern.

Funds are now being raised to print and install the reproduction pillar-and-arch wallpaper.

Sir William Johnson was the largest landowner and most influential individual in the Colonial Mohawk Valley, historians say.

The release indicated that his success in dealing with the Six Nations had a lasting impact on their relationship with the English, and largely influenced England’s victory in the Anglo-French struggle for control of Colonial North America.

The main house and flanking stonehouses, originally surrounded by a 700-acre farm, now interpret the Johnson family through guided tours of the period room settings, educational programs and special events, the release said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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