Fairs and Festivals
Delaware County Fair
The County of Delaware will celebrate its rich heritage by presenting the 114th Delaware County Fair 2000 from August 14 through the 19, in Walton, New York - six fun-filled days of exhibits, competitions, entertainment, and lots of activities for the kids. There will be a petting zoo, chain saw carving, a balloon blowing goat, a mechanical man, and a magician.
Some of the highlights of this crowd-pleasing event are a Demo Derby on Monday the 14th and Friday the 18th beginning at 7:30 pm each day. A concert on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm featuring fifteen-year-old singing sensation Jessica Andrews, followed by Montgomery Gentry, Columbia Records' boundary-defying duo. On Saturday, the 19th there is a Livestock Auction at 2:00 pm, and every day at the Fair there will be an art show and antique engines.
This is New York State's Finest Agricultural Fair and is for kids of all ages. Last year's event drew more than 60,000 people. Wednesday is Children's Day with games and contests, during which 50 bikes will be given away. Five hundred 4-H Exhibitors will on hand and there will be over two thousand 4-H Exhibits. Some of the other exhibits will include, fruit, flowers, horticulture, and vegetables. There will even be reindeer. You won't want to miss the exhibits of art, photography, collectibles, and crafts. And, we don't want to forget the animals. The Draft Horse Show is a must see, and they'll also be oxen and mules, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, rabbits, and Llamas. Thursday night following the Horse Show, a Team Penning Competition will take place at 7:30pm.
Walton, New York is surrounded by outstanding natural beauty and the residents enjoy a quality of life and family environment that beckons back to the early days of the 20th Century. The town is completely modern, however, and is nestled in the Catskill Mountains, just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the New York Metropolitan Region. Walton's history goes back to 1785, so when you're in the area having fun at the Fair, be sure to take in some of the area's cultural festivities.
There's a lot more fun Fair activities and you can check out all of it by visiting the Fair's Web site at www.delawarecountyfair.org. The site also has links to the area's history that you'll want to explore.
The New York Wine and Food Classic, to be hosted by Scribner Hollow Lodge, in Hunter, NY will take place on August 30 and 31. On the 30th there will be a professional wine competition open to all 137 wineries in New York State. On the 31st the event will be open to the public. Entitled "TasteNY!" visitors will be treated to the tastes of New York's finest artisanal food producers, as well as New York wines.
The Empire State is the third largest grape-growing region in the United States and the quality of New York wine is due, in part, to the State's microclimates that duplicate those found in classic European wine regions.
At noon on August 31, Scribner's award winning restaurant will open its doors to the public. The afternoon event will continue until 6:30 pm. A jazz reception will take place on the hotel's Sunset Deck from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, and beginning at 7:30 pm, a buffet dinner will be served in the restaurant. Admission to "TasteNY" is $25 per person and will include wine and food tasting, as well as hors d'oeuvres. Light lunch will be available throughout the day at $10 per person. The buffet dinner is $20 per person and the jazz reception is free.
As part of the Prospect's summer theme nights, the restaurant will present "An Evening in Old Moscow" on August 5th, featuring the cuisine of Russia.
For additional information and reservations, call 518 263 4211 or visit Scribner's Web site at www.scribnerhollow.com.
Hunter Mountain Festivals kick off its summer season on August 12 and 13 with a German Alps Festival. Rooted in Bavarian tradition, it crosses all ethnic lines and will be fun for the whole family. Featuring daily expositions of crafts, fashion, and foods, along with a wide variety of brews from all over the world. Performers from Austria, Switzerland, and Germany headline the weekend, along with strolling musicians, and guests will have an opportunity to take a dance lesson. You can also sign up for two airline tickets to Germany, courtesy of Lufthansa.
The festivities at Hunter Mountain continue on August 19 and 20 with the International Celtic Festival, during which the haunting sounds of 1,000 bagpipers and drummers will be heard over the Catskill Mountains, creating a dramatic "spine tingling" processional down the mountain by the players.
There will also be sheep herding demonstrations, saber-tossing contests, step dancers, free dance lessons, and many other activities. A wealth of Celtic entertainers will delight attendees with the beauty of traditional music.
A Contemporary Christian Music Festival will be held on August 26 featuring a full day of inspirational music, by performers like Jaci Velasquez and Aaron Benward. There will be crafts, and other vendors, as well as the Family Outreach Clowns.
Over the Labor Day Weekend, Hunter Mountain Festivals, Inc. The Native American Music Association and Elbel Productions, Inc., will present "Indian Summer 2000 at Hunter Mountain".
By showcasing the best of Native America as it is today, the festival will present a vibrant, culturally diverse art presentation that also celebrates and preserves past traditions while boldly embracing new artistic initiatives. It will serve as a great family outing for both the Native and non-Native communities, as well as an educational and entertaining gathering of the rich and diverse culture of Native America.
The festival will feature dance demonstrations and explanations, traditional Native American arts and crafts, an authentic Indian Village, traditional and contemporary music performers, dancers, storytelling, foods and much more.
Special guests will include dance performances by Gathering of Nations Traveling Dance Show, Deer Chaser, which is children's Lakota dance, Danza Aztecal, and the Iroquois Smoke Dancers. Featured musical guests are Joanne Shenandoah, Robert Tree Cody, Six Nations Women Singers, Gypsy Red and Jimmy Wolf. There will also be educational demonstrations like Native American Horse Wisdom, Archery, and Bonecarving.
The Native American Music Association & Awards have been highly acclaimed for its professionalism, beauty, and inspiration and has been featured in national publications like the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, and the Boston Globe. Recent activities of NAMA include formatting a commemorative event for the 5th Anniversary of their awards, as a Cultural Olympaid program during the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002; establishing a new Native American Music category in the Grammy Awards; providing educational scholarships, and establishing the nation's largest national Native American Music Archive featuring over 3,500 hours of Native American Music recordings.
A portion of all of the festival's proceeds will be donated to NAMA's scholarship fund and MTV Networks will attend the Festival to recruit Native American employees as part of the NAMA's placement program.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Hunter Mountain Festivals is looking forward to promulgating its mission of bringing together diverse communities. Located in New York's beautiful and breathtaking Northern Catskill Mountains, Hunter Mountain Festivals has diligently worked to expand and refine the setting in which their professional Festivals are held and to ensure that each person who attends will have the opportunity to experience, first hand, the culture and diversity that is featured during the individual festival.
They have paved and expanded the former gravel areas on which a single tent was located and added additional performance tents. The main one is 140 by 340 feet, one of the largest in the country.
For additional information and ticket prices for all of Hunter Mountain's Summer 2000 Festivals, please call (518)263-4223 or visit their Web site at www.huntermtn.com. The Web site has additional information on the Microbrew, Wine & Fine Food Festival held on September 23 and 24th and also the Oktoberfest held on September 30, and October 1, 7, 8, and 9.
Rip Van Winkle has inspired many other works of art, including paintings and drawings, stage and screenplays, advertising art, even a Kentucky bourbon! Now Rip is the subject of an exhibit and festival being staged by the Mountain Top Historical Society on Rte. 23A in Haines Falls, NY.
This August, The Society will kick-off its new exhibit, "Rip Van Winkle: American Icon in the 21st Century," with a free weekend festival held in Rip's honor. The festival, which is funded by the Greene County Bicentennial Committee, promises to provide plenty for the family to see and do. Arts and crafts vendors; local food vendors; storytelling; a book-signing by Forest Ranger Edward Henry; an exhibit of pinhole photographs of the Mountain Top's special places by Marianne Neuber; Catskill Mountain pottery; the landscape photography of Francis Driscoll; exhibits of agricultural life; a modern day version of Rip by the "Arm of the Sea Theater, featuring larger than life puppets; and the Greene Room Players "Fairy Tale Theater" performing their version of "Rip Van Winkle" with music from the 1920s. These are just some of the treats this local festival holds in store.
Up, Up and Away
It's nightfall in the country. No ambient light to speak of. Then what are those colorful round spheres in the sky?
Fifteen tethered balloons lit from within, the colors illuminating the clear August night. A fireworks show rounds out the magnificent light display that opens the second annual "Great Northern Catskills Balloon Festival" that will touch down in Greenville, NY on August 18, 19 & 20.
Fireworks will kick off the event Friday night and close the festival Sunday night. Craft and food vendors from up and down the East Coast will be on hand offering everything from friend dough and steak sandwiches to wooden balloon ornaments and souvenir t-shirts.
Live entertainment all weekend will be provided by such groups as Conehead Buddha, Northern Fury, Future State, Circle of Friends and more. Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends will be there to get their pictures taken with the kids, as well as games and rides for the little ones. There may even be a clown or two!
Local organizations and craftspeople will offer demonstrations ranging from floral arranging to chainsaw art. Antique fire trucks from the Hudson Mohawk Gas Engine Association, and Wheels of Time Classic Cars will be making special appearances throughout the weekend.
So kick your shoes off. Settle back. Relax under a tree. Watch the clouds (or a balloon!) roll by. Count the stars at night. Rip Van Winkle came back. The Geenville area Chamber of Commerce hopes you will, too.
Get your passes now. Three-day passes are now on sale for $12 at Catskill Savings Bank (Bryant's, Greenville), Bank of Greene County (Greenville), Pine Lake Manor, Balsam Shad Resort and the chamber gazebo. One-day passes are also available for $5. Children under 10 are free and parking is free for festival attendees. For more information call the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce at 518-966-5050. Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 11-5, Wed 7-1, Sat 10-4.
The Magic is Back
The Magic of Lexington's 3rd Annual Festival is scheduled for August 26th and 27th. This annual festival offers live entertainment both days, Brook's Bar-B-Q and all the trimmings. Games, crafts, antiques, a pet show and contest, a produce contest, educational exhibits, and a Chinese Auction will all add to the magic of the day.
On Saturday, August 26th, Hilton Kelly & His Sidekicks will call a square dance from 8-10 PM. Admission and parking are free. The festival is located on Route 42 in Lexington, NY.
On that same day, the Lexington Historical Society will house the Greene County Historical Society's Bi-Centennial traveling exhibit, which includes Staffordshire earthenware. This pottery was produce in the Staffordshire industrial section of England in the 1800's in great quantities and was exported to North America where it served as inexpensive everyday tableware. Designs were used to stir national pride: The Landing of the Pilgrims. The Erie Canal, and beautiful American scenery including Catskill Mountain scenes. A quilt show accompanies the Staffordshire exhibit. The Lexington Historical Society is located in Church Street in Lexington. The exhibit will open at Noon and close at 4:30 PM. For more information, call 518-989-6027.
A River of Words
The Bright Hill Press/Word Thursdays 8th Annual Speaking the Words Poets and Writers Tour and Festival: A River of Words, will take place Aug. 11th, 12th, and 13th at Bright Hill Farm, near Treadwell, NY and at various other places throughout Delaware County including libraries, supermarkets, and other unusual venues.
Events will include readings and performances by special writers; open readings; dead poets' readings' the Word and Image Art Exhibit; readings by senior citizens, the Word Thursdays Workshop kids, and the Share the Words student poets; mural-making workshops for kids; and starlit choral readings of "Summer" and "Roads" by the great American poet Amy Lowell. This year's featured artists include Paul Genga, poet, Stuyvesant, NY; Loss Pequeno Glazier, poet, Williamsville, NY; Dennis Nurkse, poet, Brooklyn, NY; Lidia Ramirez, playwright, New York, NY; Sharyn J. Skeeter, poet, Stamford, CT; and others. For more information, contact Bright Hill Press, P.O. Box 193, Treadwell, NY 13846 or email them at email@example.com.
A New Beginning for Old Traditions
And don't forget to check out the mother of all fairs and festivals, the 124th Cobleskill Sunshine Fair on August 8-13 at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds in Schoharie County, NY. Fair attractions include the Marionette Star Theater, Great Little Bear Show, Indian Lumberjack Show, and a host of arts, crafts and natural demonstrations in the fairground's Country Living Building, Fruits & Vegetable Building, and Hall of Agriculture. Entertainment features live performances by Joe Diffie, The Platters, The Beatlemania Band, Crossfire, and much more. For more information, contact the Cobleskill Agricultural Society at 518-234-2123 or visit them on the Web at www.cobleskillfair.com.