Right on time for the Fall Foliage season, the annual FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair in Blue Mountain Lake will feature fiber arts demonstrations, a vendor fair, and family activities from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Adirondack Museum.
Museum admission is free for year-round Adirondack Park residents beginning Thursday, through the museum’s last day of the season, Monday, Oct. 12 (Columbus Day), including for the FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair.
From October 1 to 12 the museum will collect donations of canned/dried foods and new/gently used winter outerwear and blankets to support Hamilton County Community Action. Everyone is invited to donate what they can in the Visitor Center lobby when visiting or passing by.
Lovers of fiber arts can enjoy a knit-in hosted by artisans Jane MackIntosh and Aaron Bush (who writes on the Fiber Arts blog for the Albany Times Union) from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Visitor Center, quilting with Northern Needles, wool arts with the Serendipity Spinners group, and a vendor fair featuring a wide variety of knitted, quilted, and woven products available for sale from around the Adirondack region and beyond. Find a list of participating vendors here. A variety of artisanal demonstrations and displays will include: Mohawk basketry with basketmaker Carrie Hill, wood burning with Vicki Virgil, and more.
Family musical performances throughout the day will include songs and stories of the Adirondacks with folk musician Chris Shaw at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, and Seth & the Moody Melix at noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm.
Visitors can also enjoy a leisurely rustic hay ride. Younger children (ages 10 and under) can partake in a pony ride around the museum’s great lawn. Both equine experiences are available from 11 am to 4 pm and are provided by Circle B Ranch.
Other hands-on activities include pumpkin painting (while supplies last), old-fashion apple pressing and tasty cider samples (also while supplies last), animals brought by the Utica ZooMobile, a family scavenger hunt, fall crafts, and a giant leaf pile for jumping into!
The museum’s Lake View Café will be open during the event, along with many public programs, audio tours, and all museum exhibition.
FallFest visitors can also experience five temporary shows before their Oct. 12 close: A Sense of Place: Ellen Phelan’s Kenjockety, Weaving A Legacy: Mohawk Basketry Traditions, Sonic Hotel: Lost and Found Sounds of the Adirondacks, Gone Camping: Outfitting the Adirondack Campsite, and Arto Monaco and the Land of Makebelieve,
The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 32-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks. For additional information, call (518) 352-7311 or visit www.AdirondackMuseum.org.