Nelson Odeon, one of CNY’s coolest audio venues, to close down

Nelson, N.Y. — For a ten years, the Nelson Odeon welcomed a prolonged checklist of acoustic, roots and Americana audio functions to the phase of its rustic, approximately 200-calendar year-aged setting up at the “Four Corners” in the coronary heart of Madison County.

Now, a yr into the Covid-19 pandemic, house owners Jeff and Linda Schoenfeld declared they are calling it quits. They are putting the creating just off Route 20 in Nelson up for sale. It is been closed, apart from for a number of outdoor events final September, considering the fact that March 2020.

For a great deal of the pandemic, the Schoenfelds held out hope they could reopen.

“I don’t consider we acquired significant (about closing) right up until a handful of months back,” Jeff Schoenfled claimed right now. “We just did not see much alter in the leisure sector. It just feels like this could go on for venues like this, and we couldn’t experience a different winter season of possessing the area empty.”

The Schoenfelds declared the closing in a observe to “Dear Buddies of the Nelson Odeon.”

The Nelson Odeon opened in the spring of 2011 in what was then the 170-12 months-outdated former Nelson Grange creating, just north of the intersection of Route 20 and Nelson Street. The location is about 5 miles east of Cazenovia.

The Odeon (a word applied for overall performance venues in historical Greece and Rome), grew to become a essential player in the development of the location recognised as the Four Corners, which is also household to the Nelson Farms Country Store and has hosted an array of dining and consuming spots and other stores more than the several years. (An ice cream stand, called Nelson Creamery, is envisioned to open subsequent thirty day period).

The stage at the Odeon has welcomed acts like people singer Anna Tivel, jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, Brooklyn-primarily based ragtime and blues group The Wiyos, and the Quebec people team Le Vent du Nord.

Jeff Schoenfeld said he finds it tough to title his most loved present or performers.

“I was content with each and every single show,’ he mentioned. “Even the ones I didn’t genuinely like, or at least didn’t know, I felt like I uncovered one thing from them.”

The setting up, which housed an antiques shop before the Schoenfelds bought it, is shown with agent Kevin Dewan of Berkshire Hathaway. The outlined price is $149,000.

Jeff Schoenfeld said he’d adore to see anyone take it in excess of and run it as a songs location. (There are relatively new seem and lighting techniques that could be additional in at a negotiated price in that scenario).

Usually, he claimed, it could revert to its previous use as a retail shop.

The Schoenfelds acquired the aged Grange building in 2009 right after living just up the road for about 30 a long time. At initially, they didn’t know what they prepared to do with it.

“So without having any knowledge or true plans to do it, we turned it into a spot exactly where people liked the new music and we made a lot of friends,” he mentioned. “It was a great 10 a long time.”

CNY's Nelson Odeon to close

The Nelson Odeon at the 4 Corners (Route 20 and Nelson Road) in Nelson, Madison County. File photo / Peter ChenSYR

Don Cazentre writes for, and The Article-Standard. Reach him at [email protected], or abide by him at, on Twitter or Facebook.

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