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Friday, 18 September 2015 13:06

Fall Festivals

Nature Fest

GANSEVOORT — The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park is hosting Nature Fest, a family-friendly day of nature related activities, on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 

Visitors will learn about live birds of prey, meet a talking crow and hear his story, performed by Beth Bidwell. Other events include pumpkin painting, birdhouse building, a scavenger hunt and crafts. There are also many interesting demonstrations for all ages, such as old-fashioned rope making, learning about Native American life and reptile/amphibian rehab with live specimens to touch and learn about. The Park Naturalist, Gary Hill, will be demonstrating the art of fish filleting and frying, with samples to share. 

Representatives of local parks and rescue programs will be there, as well as opportunities to participate in conservation programs, like recycling, composting and rain gardens. 

The Friends of Moreau Lake will be selling lunch foods and baked goods. There will also be a silent auction, with plenty of great items to bid on. Proceeds from sales will be used by the Friends to support environmental education programs and the Nature Center. 

 Art in the Park, Part TWO!

SARATOGA SPRINGS — If you missed the first day of Art in the Park this summer, Saturday, September 19 is your last chance to see this popular fine arts event until next year. The second day of this exhibition will feature up to 70 artists from the greater Saratoga and Capital Region. 

Artists will display and be on hand to discuss their drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography, print-making and work in other media. This event will include Best in Show prizes, local music, great food and a Kidz Art Zone. 

Located in Congress Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this event is free and open to the public.

 Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival

GREENWICH — Featuring over 120 vendors from all over New York and New England, The Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Located at the Washington County Fairgrounds, parking is free and admission is $5. Children 13 years and under get in for free. 

The Fiber Festival will include many demonstrations and workshops, including sheep shearing, sheep and duck herding, spinning and weaving, 3D felting, finger knitting and a homemade paper workshop, plus much more. There will also be musical performances, food vendors and a farm museum. 

The festival’s raffle benefits a local non-profit organization dedicated to caring for others in need. Vendors donate items to be raffled over the two day event, including yarn, roving, fiber related tools, books, gift bags, and more. Proceeds will go to Lions Club and Camp Abilities, a one week sports and recreation camp for children and teens who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind. 

 Adirondack Museum Antiques Show and Sale

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — Antique specialists from over a dozen states will be displaying and selling their rustic goods from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, at the Adirondack Museum. The event is included with general museum admission. 

The high quality items at the show include antique camp, cottage, patio and Mission furniture, rare books, vintage boats, vintage sporting goods, taxidermy, quilts, vintage leather items, historical fine art, folk art, prints, posters, oriental rugs, Native American jewelry and more. 

“Delightful events like this one don’t happen by accident,” said the event’s organizer, Rod Lich. “We’re very selective about which dealers we invite to participate. We want to create an antiques show that serves a wide range of interests, from beginning collectors to serious connoisseurs.” 

“You don’t need to be a serious antique buyer to find something unique for your home,” said Christopher English, of Antediluvian Antiques and Curiosities. 

For those who can’t wait for the show’s general public hours, there will be an early buying opportunity during a benefit preview, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18. Tickets to this special event cost $100 and support the museum’s programs and exhibitions. The event includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and it provides ticketholders with an exclusive chance to meet the dealers and make purchases before the general public hours. Tickets may be purchased in advance by phone at (518) 352-7311, ext. 119.

Beyond the antiques, there is much to see and do at the museum, including garden tours, children’s activities, and all museum exhibitions. 

The museum’s Lake View Café will be open during the event. Shipping services will be available through the on-site staff of the Lake Placid UPS Store.

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