Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Adirondack Museum Fall Fest, Fiber Arts Fair Saturday

AdirondackMuseum-FallFest_WagonRidesThe Adirondack Museum’s annual Fall Fest and Fiber Arts Fair will be held from 10 am to 5 pm, this Saturday, October 4th.

Museum admission is free for year-round Adirondack Park residents with proof of permanent residency (such as a driver’s license) through the museum’s last day of the season, (Columbus Day, including the Fall Fest and Fiber Arts Fair.

From October 1st to 13th, the museum is collecting donations of canned/dried foods and new/gently used winter outerwear and blankets to support Hamilton County Community Action.

During the festival, visitors of all ages can climb aboard a rustic wagon, sit on a hay bale, and take a ride around the museum’s campus, surrounded by the foliage of Blue Mountain.  Younger children can also enjoy a pony ride (ages 10 and under).  Both equine experiences are available from 11 am to 4 pm during the event and provided by Circle B Ranch, a four-season ranch located in Chestertown.

Musical events throughout the day will include songs and stories of the Adirondacks with folk musician Chris Shaw at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm, and fun family tunes by Seth & the Moody Melix at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.

Other hands-on activities from 10 am to 4 pm will include: pumpkin painting (while supplies last), apple cider pressing and cider samples (also while supplies last), and fall crafts such as pinecone mobiles and fall leaf prints. The Fall Fest and Fiber Festival will also feature the museum’s traditional giant leaf piles for jumping into.

Demonstrations and displays from 10 am to 4 pm will include: a visit from Valley Forge Rabbitry and their fluffy Holland lops and Lionhead bunnies, wood burning with Vicki Virgil, needlework artistry with Northern Needles, blacksmithing demonstrations with Valley Forge Blacksmith, wool arts with the Serendipity Spinners group, and a visit from the Utica Zoomobile.

The museum’s Lake View Café will be open during the event, along with many public programs (including art-gallery talks, audio tours, and numerous children’s activities) and all museum exhibitions, including the new shows Sonic Hotel: Lost and Found Sounds of the Adirondacks, an audio art installation; Gone Camping: Outfitting the Adirondack Campsite, a look at how camping equipment has evolved over the last two centuries; and Arto Monaco and the Land of Makebelieve, a collection of items from the early theme park and its creator; Great Wilderness, Great Expectations: Masterworks from the Adirondack Museum, a collection of fine art depicting the Adirondack Landscape; and Traveling with Stoddard, an exhibition about the early photographer.

The Adirondack Museum shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 32-acre campus in Blue Mountain Lake.  For additional information, call (518) 352-7311 or visit

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