Andes Community Day will be Aug. 14

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Andes —We’ve lost count of how many years Andes has had an August Community Day celebration. But we haven’t lost our sense of old-fashioned fun that will take place this year on Saturday, Aug. 14.

It’s fun for returning Andes folks to greet old school chums and neighbors. It’s fun for Andes and Delaware County locals and second homeowners to watch the parade, play some games, and admire each other’s dogs and children. And it’s fun for new visitors to partake of our hometown atmosphere and delight in some old-timey traditions while exploring our one-of-a-kind and with-it shops and galleries.

Start off with a pancake breakfast from 7 – 10 a.m. at the firehall on Tremperskill Road. Then grab a bench a bit after 10:30 (after the bus goes through) to watch the parade.

Find a schedule of events so you can decide whether to visit vendors on the school lawn, have the kids join the three-legged race or soak the clown, watch the Schoharie Cloggers, get some chicken barbecue at The Andes Hotel, participate in a watermelon-eating contest, have your fortune told and stay for a barbecued pork dinner. Hitch a ride on the hayride shuttle to get from one end of town to the other, or stroll and stop for lawn sales, to visit shops and eateries, or to buy used books at the library.

The August Community Day commemorates the 165th anniversary of the Anti-Rent War incident in Andes that led to the end of feudal law in New York State. Farmers dressed as “Calico Indians” on August 7, 1845, 69 years after the Revolutionary War, protected Moses Earl on Dingle Hill from losing his cattle at a forced tax sale.

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson in The Uses of Great Men, these men were “…great in their patriotism, great in their devotion to principle.” For a fuller picture of this intriguing local history visit the permanent Anti-Rent War exhibit at the Hunting Tavern Museum where you can buy a bratwurst lunch and the kids can enjoy a “What is it?” demonstration.

Get the idea? Old-fashioned fun and history for the whole family. Rain or shine. For more information call 676-3980.