Andes will be hopping Saturday at annual Community Day event


Andes — On Community Day in Andes, which will be held this Saturday, Aug. 8, the town is always hopping. Visitors can start out with the pancake breakfast at the firehall from 7 to 9 a.m. Then grab a bench on Main Street around 10:30 a.m. for the parade, which begins after the Trailways bus goes through. This year the parade will include all 100 campers from the Lake Delaware Boys’ Camp, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Watch the drill team and drum and bugle corps demonstration in front of the reviewing stand at The Andes Hotel. Parade watchers might identify a dog in the parade they have a yen to adopt. Cat lovers can find a kitty to adopt at the Heart of the Catskills Human Society gift shop.
Brochures listing scheduled and all-day events will be all over town. Here’s a sampling: hayrides and hayride shuttle, a farmers’ market, games for adults and kids such as “Soak the Clown,” a watermelon eating contest, beautiful baby and pet contests, fortune teller, music by Henry Hermann and James Krueger on the Andes Hotel porch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., chicken barbecue and country folk, blues and rock music by Panhandle in the Summershack from 2 to 6 p.m.
Weather Tite Home Improvement’s Horseshoe tournament will be held at 1 p.m. in the Weather Tite Barn on Redden road, off Main Street. Charge is $10 per person, draw for partners, triple elimination, with 1st-5th place trophies donated by The Delaware National Bank of Delhi. There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds going to the Community Day fund.
Visitors can catch the Schoharie Cloggers and Country Express near the vendors across from the school. Other vendors and lawn sales will be scattered throughout the hamlet.
Why the second Saturday in August? This day commemorates the 164th 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.
The Hunting Tavern Museum on Main Street has a permanent Anti-Rent War Exhibit and books on the subject. It is also currently showing an exhibit featuring photographs of the interiors of early Andes homes.
The first floor Pepacton Room offers a visually moving testament to the fate of the Andes towns flooded to make way for a New York City water supply reservoir. The historical society is selling bratwurst and potato salad as well as beer at lunchtime, and there will be a raffle drawing at 3:30 p.m.
Nearby is the Andes Public Library adjoining Bohlmann Park, a good place to rest. Visitors can get acquainted with the library programs and take advantage of a book sale, or Wi-Fi Internet access. Top off the day with a barbecued pork dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. at the firehall pavilion, with music by Country Express from 6 to 9 p.m.