Not only will this weekend’s Bolton Harvest Festival feature the revival of the beloved Bolton Bed Races, but the family-oriented event will be featuring a performance by the Stony Creek Band, it was announced this week.
The Bolton Harvest Festival is to be held from 1 p.m. well into the night Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Bolton Conservation Center.
The Stony Creek Band will be offering their country rock music from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, preceded by square dancing with the Merry Mohicans at 6:30 p.m.
The festival also features canoe races on Edgecomb Pond, children’s field games, story telling, a bounce house, apple cider pressing, a barbecue and a community supper.
“The Festival will offer old-fashioned fun,” said Deanne Rehm, one of the event organizers.
Festival-goers may chose to bring a dish to share for a potluck meal on the patio.
The event is free with the exception of the chicken barbecue which is available for $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years; those under 5 are served free. The event also includes a baking contest. To enter, bring any homemade apple dessert to the Conservation Center by 4 p.m. Prizes are to be awarded, and the desserts will be served to attendees following dinner.
Everyone is invited to “warm their soul” from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 pm. Sunday, Sept. 25 at a free community dinner — featuring good fellowship — at the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Bolton Landing on Church Hill Road.
Thrift Shop hours
Henriette’s Attic, the thrift shop operated at St. Sacrament Episcopal Church, has shifted its hours with the arrival of fall. Until December, the shop is now open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The shop proprietors appreciate donations of gently used fall and winter clothing for men, women and children, delivered during open hours. Also welcome are toys, games, household items and giftware.
Lunch, cooking class
The Friends of Bolton Free Library have planned a benefit luncheon to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at La Bella Vita restaurant at The Sagamore.
During the event, a cooking demonstration will be offered by Sagamore Executive Chef Adam Savage. The menu for the luncheon includes roasted butternut squash apple bisque with Frangelico, chicken Saltimbocca, potato puree, Swiss chard, and spiced chocolate mousse torte with blackberry compote. Tables will be set up for two, four or six people. The cost is $25 if purchased by Sept. 23, and $30 thereafter. Payment is due with reservations. Call Megan at 644-2233 for details.
‘Haunted Trails’ help
Up Yonda Farm is bringing back their ever-popular Haunted Trails sessions for 2011, which offers spooky fun for youngsters while giving them exposure to nature.
Haunted Trails & Barns will be held at Up Yonda from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22.
Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down the ghostly decor, man stations, carve pumpkins and bake or donate goods for the refreshment table. To volunteer or obtain details, contact Peter at 644-9767.
Blessing of Pets
Pastor Henry Frueh of Emmanuel United Methodist Church and Kathie Sousa of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church invite people to bring their creatures to a Blessing of Pets ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 in the Catholic Church parking lot on Goodman Avenue. Virtually all pets are welcome including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, fish (bring water) and horses (bring a shovel).
“Whichever of God’s creatures brings love to your home bring them for a blessing in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi,” a church representative said this week.
Bolton Spelling Bee
The Bolton Community Spelling Bee, which generated so much enthusiasm last year at its debut, is back as an annual event.
The 2011 edition is set for Sunday, Nov. 6 at Bolton Central School, and teams are now being recruited to participate.
More than 200 people attended the event last year, and even more are expected this year. Registrations will be limited to 10 teams of 3 to 5 players each, similar to last year.
In 2010, members of the Adirondack Phantoms hockey team participated, alongside teams representing various area businesses and organizations. Participants grappled with fifth-grade level words — generating plenty of hilarity — as they raised money for the library. The proceeds provided much-needed cash to help fund the library’s budget which has been strained by recent cutbacks in government subsidies.
To register a team, set up a sponsorship or donate a prize, call Megan at 644-2233 for details.
Trustee of the Year
The Bolton Free Library has announced that one of its own was honored as “Trustee of the Year” by the Southern Adirondack Library System. The award was presented to Hal Heusner at SALS’ recent annual meeting, held at the Holiday Inn of Saratoga Springs.
Heusner has been a trustee of the Bolton Library since 2007. He also served the Library as president of the board until January 2011.
His dedication, spirit and unwavering support for the Library was recognized and applauded by his fellow trustees and library directors at a meeting that awarded innovation and progressive planning throughout the SALS Library community, Librarian Megan Baker said.
Heusner was president during a period of circulation growth and increased community involvement. He presided over the board when the library introduced its Cabin Fever Party and its Community Spelling Bee. The Cabin Fever Party afforded the community the opportunity to get together, in the dead of winter, to share a meal, listen to music and party as a group.
In addition to giving adults the opportunity to test their spelling mettle, the Spelling Bee provided first class entertainment and considerable comedy to the friends and neighbors who attended. This latter program was under consideration as Program of the Year by the SALS committee.
SALS officials hailed Heusner for program development, helping devise new fundraising programs, conducting needed repairs despite a tight budget, and for helping acquire a sculpture by internationally famous artist David Smith.
“Heusner is tireless in his determination to make the Bolton Free Library the best it can be,” a library spokesperson said this week.