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Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector, NY is ringing in the holidays in style! “Giving Back” weekend will be a two-day, fun-filled extravaganza benefitting Seneca Santa and the Humane Society of Schuyler County. 


The winery will be collecting cash donations and “Wish List” gifts on both days for the Humane Society. A portion of food and drink sales on Saturday will go to Seneca Santa with the same benefitting the Humane Society on Sunday.


To provide the perfect setting, the winery and its grounds have been transformed into a magical winter wonderland. The theme for Giving Back weekend is “It’s a North Pole Fashion Show”. Guests are encouraged to dress like their favorite North Pole characters. Those who do will be eligible to win prizes.


Other weekend activities include the opportunity for guests to take selfies with Santa and Mrs. Claus on both days. On Saturday, Mike Cavalier will be performing Acoustic Funk and Rock tunes in the Oasis from 1 PM until 4 PM. Dancing is encouraged! Sunday is “Doggy Photo Day”. Folks can bring their pets and use their phone to capture a special keepsake memory with jolly old St. Nick!


In the Oasis, Hazlitt’s picturesque post and beam party pavilion, there will be specials offered all weekend. Along with usual selections of wine, beer, and hard cider, there will be plenty of holiday-themed cocktails and seasonal foods to choose from including the world-famous Hazlitt French Onion Soup.


To view the Humane Society of Schuyler County’s “Wish List” go to or call them directly at (607) 594-2255. For more information on the “Giving Back” weekend visit or call the winery directly at 607-546-9463.


About Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

The Hazlitt family has been growing superb grapes on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, NY for over 150 years. Established in 1984, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards continues the family tradition of award-winning viticulture and wine production. In 2010, Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars was founded when the Hazlitt family purchased the 3+ million gallon Widmer Wine Cellars in Naples, New York from Constellation Brands. 

The family’s internationally renowned wines include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Cabernet Franc. Most notably, Hazlitt is infamous for its Red Cat, White Cat, and Cabin Fever – some of the most popular and best-selling New York State wines. For more information, please visit

About the Humane Society of Schuyler County

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a limited admission, no-kill shelter. Incorporated in 1987, it is the only full-service animal welfare organization serving the needs of the county. The Humane Society provides shelter for stray and surrendered animals, offers animals for adoption, provides a low-cost spay/neuter program, delivers educational resources, and manages programs to help area residents care for their pets. Its mission is to provide safe, loving care and a comfortable environment for every animal and hold the highest possible standards, and work to ensure that the needs of each dog or cat are met on a daily basis.

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing animal welfare in our community.

About Seneca Santa

Seneca Santa, a not-for-profit organization, was founded by a group of Watkins Glen businessmen in the 1940s to provide Christmas gifts for Schuyler County’s underprivileged children ranging in age from birth to 12.  Seneca Santa accepts donations of money, hats, mittens, coloring books & crayons, family board games, and children’s books. Monies raised are used to provide an age-appropriate toy along with fruit, holiday snacks, and the previously mentioned gifts.