Autumn street festivals*

Posted 8/30/18

Sat., Sept. 8 Milford Septemberfest 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mostly Harford and Broad streets, plus the Ann Street Park and the Milford Theatre This is the second installment of the Milford …

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Autumn street festivals*


Sat., Sept. 8

Milford Septemberfest

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mostly Harford and Broad streets, plus the Ann Street Park and the Milford Theatre

This is the second installment of the Milford Music Festival, sponsored by Milford Presents, which represents the Milford merchant community. The first installment takes place in June; at both, visitors to town can stroll the streets listening to a variety of musical performances outside, while the shops move food and shopping outside as well. As of press time, Bobby Kyle and the Administers have been confirmed at Ambience Fine Gifts on Harford Street and “Saints and Sinners: Young Dubliners” at the Milford Theater at 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 15

Jeff Jamboree

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Main Street and Callicoon Creek, Jeffersonville, NY

The long-time centerpiece of Jeffersonville’s premier street fair is the Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan (JEMS) duck race, which takes advantage of the village’s location on the banks of Callicoon Creek—the racecourse. No, the ducks aren’t live; they are rubber duckies, and you can buy a steed for the sum of one duck for $5, three for $10, five for $15, eight for $20 and 12 for $25. The more you buy, the better your chances—in fact there will even be a pokey-duck prize for last place. Purchase them at the Jefferson Pharmacy, ‘Specially U Salon, or The Secret Garden, or by calling Cat Scott at 845/701-1020. The ducks will take off at 2:30 p.m. at the mill pond.

Other features are a tractor parade (12:30 p.m.), a dog parade (12 noon), laser tag, a best-baked-pie contest (10 a.m. drop-off, 11:30 a.m. judging) and a rock climbing wall. And new this year, there will be a Live Birds of Prey show.

Von Steuben Day Germanfest

12 noon to 6 p.m.

Firemen’s Field, Yulan, NY

The Yulan Fire Department’s Von Steuben Day Germanfest is modeled after New York City’s annual Steuben Parade and accompanying Oktoberfest in Central Park, a tradition since 1958. The Yulan version includes plenty of activities for the kids; German folk dancers; live music; and new this year, a horseshoe tournament—and of course plenty of German food, including a stellar sauerbraten. Proceeds benefit the Yulan Fire Department.

Sat., Sept 22

Honey Bee Fest

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Main Street, Bridge Street and The Union on Erie Ave., Narrowsburg, NY

At the fourth annual Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest there will be local honey, bee-related crafts, beekeeping experts and an invitation to dress up like a bee—or, as the organizers say on their promotional poster, “like a bear dressed up as a bee.” You can even dress up your dog as a bee. Costume awards will be given for best adult, child and dog costume.

Vendors will line the streets with a variety of bee-related products throughout the day. Special events include a parade down Main Street at 12:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at which experts discuss beekeeping, gardening and the current problems facing bees and other pollinators at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge Street at 1 p.m. The Wallenpaupack High School Marching Band will perform bee-inspired songs. More events are being added as we go to press.

Sun., Sept. 23

Port Jervis Fall Foliage Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Downtown Port Jervis

Facebook: Fall Foliage Festival Port Jervis

This is the 26th year for the Fall Foliage Festival in downtown Port Jervis. This one is a biggie: last year’s attendance was estimated at 12,000-plus visitors. There will be more than 150 vendors, including hand crafters, food, local retailers, information booths and more. Chris Clark Stunt Bikes will present a stunt show, and there will be a petting zoo and pony rides, an apple-pie-baking contest and the traditional classic car show. There’ll also be live music on two stages.

Sat., Oct 6

Pumpkin Fest

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Behind the Carriage House, 3351 Rte. 97, Barryville, NY

BARRYVILLE, NY — This year’s annual Pumpkin Fest will be held behind the Carriage House, 3351 Rte. 97. The entrance is next to the Barryville/Shohola Bridge, and the river views provide an idyllic country setting.

In addition to loads of vendors and live music, there is a plethora of contests: a bakeoff of sweet or savory recipes featuring pumpkin; pre-decorated and pre-carved pumpkins; scarecrow design (participants will actually design the scarecrows during the day, and winners will be announced at 3 p.m.); costumes for adults, kids and pets; and of course pie-eating, with separate categories for adults and kids. For more information about Pumpkin Fest, see the focus story on page 27.

Giant Pumpkin Party

9 am. to 4 p.m.

Grahamsville Parade Grounds, Grahamsville, NY

The benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library opens with a children’s costume parade (open to children of all ages). Marchers assemble on the library front lawn at 8:30 a.m. and march to the fairgrounds, where costume winners will be announced. There will be day-long live music, including the band Thunder Ridge Road; children’s games; craft activities; handmade crafts; a raffle; and of course, fair food. There’s also a variety of contests: the Giant Pumpkin Growing Contest (adult and children’s categories), Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Country Bake Contest, Obstacle Course and Hay Bale Throwing Contest. A collection of gently used books will be featured in the Giant Pumpkin Party Book Sale.

Sat., Oct. 6 and Sun., Oct. 7

Callicoon Artwalk

12 noon to 8 p.m.

Downtown Callicoon

Callicoon ArtWalk 2018 will be themed “Regeneration.” It will use the festival as an opportunity to explore alternative relationships between ecology, landscape and technology that aim for more redemptive and socially useful ends, through installations, events and performances. It will be curated by Stephen Zacks, a journalist, architecture critic and urbanist.

On Saturday evening, music, performances, projections and light art centered around Callicoon Depot will turn the center of town into a cultural fairground. On Sunday, open studios allow residents and visitors to tour a selection of live-work spaces within the area. For a small sampling of the proposed projects: an inflatable structure by Jesse Seegers in front of Callicoon Depot creates an unlikely gathering space, including areas for lounging and eating; and a farm stand by Andrea Reynosa becomes a community dinner in collaboration with Unclebrother.

Harvest & Heritage Days

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to

4 p.m. on Sunday

Downtown Honesdale, PA . 570/253-5492

This festival is two days of fall fun in downtown Honesdale. Craft vendors will line Main Street—eight blocks of historic buildings just right for a shopping stroll—on both days. Old-fashioned hayrides will be offered downtown, for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

At the Fred Miller Pavilion (on Main Street) on Saturday there will be several Harvest & Heritage demonstrations and pumpkin painting near the Honesdale National Bank’s Corporate Center from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday evening will feature an antique car cruise around Honesdale’s Central Park from 4 to 9 p.m.

The Soup ‘R Chili Taste-off will be a Sunday highlight, taking place in front of the Honesdale National Bank from 12 noon to 3 p.m. To participate, call 570/253-3055 or 570/251-8994 before September 24.

Also on Sunday is another favorite: Dessin Animal Shelter’s “Pets on Pawrade” costume competition. Registration begins in Central Park at 12 noon and the parade around the park begins at 1 p.m. ; call 570/493-3377 for more details.

Sat., Oct. 13

Hawley Harvest Hoedown

10 a.m.

Downtown Hawley, mostly Keystone and Church streets

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Harvest Hoedown, sponsored by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, features a wide variety of traditional games, events and entertainment throughout the day and evening. There will be cider tastings, contests, locally grown foods, shopping and more. In keeping with the name, the event typically concludes at 7:30 p.m. with an old-fashioned bluegrass/folk concert at the Ritz Theater, 512 Keystone St., featuring The Hickory Project, Serene Green and Man About a Horse.


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