Bolton Fall Festival this weekend!
Bolton’s new community festival which includes residents contributing homegrown vegetables to a communal soup — as well as zany bed races and family-oriented activities — is scheduled for this weekend.
The annual Harvest Festival sponsored by the town of Bolton is set for Saturday Oct. 5 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Bolton Community Center at Conservation Club Park off Edgecomb Pond Road. Once again, bed and canoe races will be featured, along with an apple dessert contest, apple cider press demonstrations, square dancing, children’s games, storytelling, and a performance by the Stony Creek Band.
The bed races revive a beloved tradition in Bolton from decades ago. For years in the early 1980s, several thousand people were annually drawn to Bolton Landing to watch a dozen or more teams push beds down Lake Shore Drive in a zany festival that included wild partying.
The 2013 Harvest Festival is more oriented toward local residents. It features a community meal with attendees bringing pot-luck dishes to share and the younger set making s’mores.
Participants are encouraged to bring along local produce to contribute to the “stone soup” to be concocted and served. Area residents are also encouraged to bring their own canoe or kayak and paddle around the scenic pond.
The festival starts at 2 p.m. with games for children, and the apple press demonstrations. At 3 p.m. canoe races commence, followed by the bed races at 4 p.m..
Prizes will be awarded for the best homemade apple dessert, and entries must be in before 4 p.m.
Bring a dish to share for the 5 p.m. dinner and some local produce to add to the stone soup. Square dancing begins at 5:30 p.m., and the Stony Creek Band begins their performance at 8:30 p.m.
For details, contact Susan Wilson at 644-3056 or: firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is sponsored by the Bolton Conservation Park Committee and the Town of Bolton Recreation Commission.
Fire Safety Prevention Week arrives
In conjunction with the Bolton Volunteer Fire Co., Bolton Central School will be participating in National Fire Safety Prevention Week Oct. 6 through 12.
Activities for students in prekindergarten to 5th grade will culminate with a visit to the Bolton firehouse, where the firefighters will be demonstrating fire prevention practices and showing their firefighting equipment.
For details, contact school principal Michael Graney at 644-2400.
BCS Booster Club golf tourney set
The Bolton Central Booster Club is holding is annual golf tournament Sunday Oct. 27 at The Sagamore golf course. Participants receive lunch, dinner and prizes will be awarded. For details or to register, contact Susan Cady, owner of Finishing Touches, at 644-3411.
Haunted Trail returns to Up Yonda
Friday Oct. 18 and Saturday Oct. 19, Up Yonda Farm is hosting a night of thrills and chills as guests venture through the woods where monsters of the night will be waiting. Included this year is a “No Scare Area” for younger children featuring games, crafts and an inflatable haunted house. The Haunted Trail also includes spooky stories by the campfire and free refreshments. The event will be held rain or shine. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 19, there will be a non-scary trick-or-treat trail. Admission is $8 per person, $5 for Bolton residents and Up Yonda members. Children under 4 are free. For details, see: www.upyondafarm.com.
Craft fair, townwide garage sale coincide
Bolton sounds like the place to be Saturday Oct. 12 and Sunday Oct. 13, when the ever-popular always popular arts and crafts fair will be held in Rogers Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair of quality art and crafts is organized by Gail Street and benefits the Bolton Landing Rescue Squad.
These same two days, Bolton is hosting its annual Town Wide Garage Sale. Shoppers can pick up a sale map starting on Friday Oct. 11 at the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce log cabin.
If that isn’t enough, there’s a new addition to the celebration with a Chili Cook-Off from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 1.
Stop by the Chamber office to purchase tasting coupons — Attendees get to pick which chili is their favorite. Prizes will be awarded, but the contest is really about the bragging rights. For details on the chili cook-off, call the Chamber office at 644-3831 or call event organizer Kelly O’Neil-Teer, owner of Serendipity Boutique at 644-2120.