BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The leaves have begun their color change and will soon begin to fall, marking the arrival of regional harvest festival. The Adirondack Museum will make their contribution Oct. 2-3 with their annual extravaganza.
The traditional festival will feature two days of family activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also kick off the museum's annual effort to offer free admission to year-round residents of the Adirondack park during the month of October.
"The Harvest Festival is an affordable and enjoyable fall getaway for every Adirondacker," said Adirondack Museum marketing director Susan Dineen.
The museum offers a host of season-appropriate activities including hay and pony rides courtesy of Circle B Ranch in Chestertown during the entire weekend; "Extending the Season" demonstration by Chef Tom Morris of the Mirror Lake Inn Saturday, Oct. 2; harvest related food demonstrations by Sally Longo of Aunt Sally's Adirondack Catering Sunday, Oct. 3, and much more.
Bill Hall will set the weekend to an Adirondack tune, entertaining with his original music.
"Hall's love of music and the Adirondacks has inspired his original compositions about early Adirondack logging, mining, and railroading," said Dineen.
Other Harvest Festival highlights include cider pressing, barn raising for young and old, as well as pumpkin painting and crafts inspired by nature. Kids will also have the opportunity to jump in a giant leaf pile on the museum's center campus.
The museum will also be accepting donations of food and winter clothing for a full month this fall, in collaboration with Hamilton County Community Action. From Sept. 20 through Oct. 18, donations of dried or canned foods, winter outerwear to include coats, hats, scarves, mittens, or boots for adults and children, as well as warm blankets, comforters, or quilts will be collected in the museum's Visitor Center.
"The Harvest Festival is the perfect time to make your family's contribution," said Dineen.
For a complete schedule and more information on the festival, call 352-7311 or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.