Hop to it and hear Gehring speak

NEW SCOTLAND — Find out why the town of New Scotland is “hopping.”

“Hops in New York State: A Brief History of the New York State Hop Industry and Where We Stand Today” will be the program at the New Scotland Historical Association on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center in New Salem. 

For the last few years, Dietrich Gehring has been attempting to re-establish a commercially viable hop farm in the shadow of the Helderbergs near Indian Ladder Farms.

Hops were found growing wild by early Dutch settlers in the 17th Century and were commercially grown in New Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Gehring, a professional photographer, has successfully grown heirloom varieties of hops and plans to expand the operation, another form of preservation in the town of New Scotland.

The program is free and open to the public.  For further information, call 765-4212.

Editor’s note: Ethie Moak is the publicist for the New Scotland Historical Association.