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.)
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.