Austerlitz welcomes autumn for 22nd year

AUSTERLITZ–The Austerlitz Historical Society’s 22nd annual Autumn in Austerlitz festival is Sunday, October 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Austerlitz, 11550 State Route 22, just a bit south of Route 203. There’s plenty of parking and traffic control is courtesy of State Police and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Autumn in Austerlitz offers a glimpse into the past, a hearty lunch with soup and bread, musical entertainment, and local merchants and artists. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Rain or Shine. Attendance averages more than 750 each year.

Autumn in Austerlitz began in 1997 as a homegrown festival to raise money for the Austerlitz Historical Society and the society’s ambitious project: to create a living history museum in the town of Austerlitz that would depict life in the 1830s and serve as a center for historical investigation for Austerlitz town history.

That history includes the legend of the naming of Austerlitz by a United States senator and president to celebrate one of Napoleon’s most important victories. (There is also a Waterloo, NY, commemorating his ultimate defeat.)

What has Napoleon Bonaparte got to do with the Town of Austerlitz? The answer can be found at the town Historical Society’s Autumn in Austerlitz festival Sunday, October 7. Photo by Peter Flierl

At the festival site the display barn is full of tools from the 19th century, including a wooden roller that was horse drawn along the roads and byways. Each building on the grounds has a story to tell and a unique history.

In addition to the food and history there will be live music.

• Crafters and Vendors this year include: Bonnie White Folk Art, Canaan; Hands To Work Textiles, Shelburne Falls, MA; BH Upcycled Designs, Bristol, CT; The 19th Century Tinsmith Walter Fleming, Ballston Lake; Country Primitives, Cassie Schneider, Las Vegas, NV; Shaker Reproductions & Wood Turnings, Donna & Ed Mullet, Stephentown; Stonecreek Candles, Kathleen Williams, Great Barrington, MA; Salt and Stone Pottery, Noel & Susan Strobino; Wooly Spruce Farmstead, Chatham; Pamela Dalton, Scherenschnitte, Harlemville; Joy Newton, West Granby,CT; Hudson Valley Fiber Arts, Pine Plains; Ton Kenny Wood Bowls, Chatham; Fly Tyer, Bill Newcomb, Hillsdale; Antiques At 7 Oaks, Judy Yaroschuck, Nassau; William & Peggy Holland Watercolors, Spencertown, Sandy’s Soaps, East Nassau, O’Boys Soap Company, LLC, North Chatham; Lady and the Thread, Kinderhook; Taconic Brass, Spencertown; Carolines Scottish Bakery, North Adams, MA, Grant House Press, East Chatham; Quilting by Diane Lill and Margie Quinn, Canaan and Austerlitz; 18th, 19th & 20th Century Prints, Sam Skinner, Ghent; and Glass by Gail-Gail Chamberlain, Valatie.

• Farmers’ Market and Food Vendors include: Ballston Lake Apiaries, Rick Green, Ballston Lake; The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, Hudson; Olde Chatham Kettle Corn, Lisa Tuthill, Chatham; Schober Farm-Hans Schober-Pasture Raised Beef

• Tasting Area includes: Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent and Yankee Distillers, Clifton Park

• Non-Profit Organizations: St. Peter’s Church, Spencertown and Berkshire Hills and Dales Spinning Guild, Lee, MA along with your hosts and volunteers from the Austerlitz Historical Society.

• Special Exhibitors/Demonstrations will include: Sheep Shearing by Fred DePaul, Plymouth, VT; Wild Goose Chase NE, New Lebanon; Tony Cashen and Friends, Cider Press; Wanda Halten, Heritage Poultry Breeds, Canaan; Berkshire Hills and Dales Spinning Guild, Lee, MA; Jake Kuhnen & Friends, Blacksmithing in the Forge; Fly Tying by Bill Newcomb,-Hillsdale; and Tin Smith-Walter Fleming, Ballston Lake.

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