Hyde Hall season to open May 25

May 9—Hyde Hall, within Glimmerglass State Park in the town of Springfield, will reopen its doors to visitors on May 25. Visitors "can anticipate ongoing restoration efforts, guided tours of the mansion and expanded programs and events highlighting the area's rich history," according to a news release.

Tours will start on May 25 and run every hour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. throughout the summer season. Tour options will "explore diverse histories, provide unique tasting experiences, and grant exclusive access to often unseen areas within the mansion and its fascinating collection," the release said.

Shortly after reopening, Hyde Hall will host the Otsego Dance Society for a contra dance featuring Garry Aney as the dance caller and Bog Hollow providing music from 7:30 to 10 p.m. June 7. All experience levels are welcome; beginners can receive brief instructions at 7:15 p.m. before the dance.

Other scheduled events inclide a poetry open mic night, "Get Lit!" (a historic lighting and cocktails tour for ages 21+), music, wine, and cheese pairing at "That Aged Well!" (ages 21 and older), Tea with Eleanor Roosevelt, "Death and Dinner" (an evening exploring the history of funerals with a harvest dinner), and "Hyde & Shriek!" ghost tours. New holiday tours, including Hyde Hall's Victorian Candlelight Christmas, have been added to the season's roster. Visit Hyde Hall's website for a full list of events and programs.

The winter "was pivotal in advancing significant restoration initiatives, broadening the museum's offerings, and developing programs that deepen historical engagement with our area's history," the release said. For further details, visit HydeHall.org.