Community Day in Andes August 9


Strolling Main Street, Andes is a treat any summer weekend. Especially this year, now that the highway project is finally completed and we can all enjoy the beautiful new sidewalks and other streetscape amenities. But Saturday, Aug. 9, for the Annual Community Day celebration is definitely a day not to miss!
Though walking is now a total pleasure, there will also be a hayride shuttle to transport folks from one side of town to another.
Visitors can begin your day by having a pancake breakfast at the firefall on the Tremperskill, 7-9 a.m. Of course, breakfast is also served at Woody’s Country Kitchen (the former Cassie’s Kitchen) and The Slow Down Café. Come to the Andes Central School tennis courts (Cabin Hill) at 9:30 or so and find out what the fun game of pickleball is all about (teens and adults). Visit on Main Street with old friends and new acquaintances, then find a perch around 10:45 to enjoy the down-home parade starting right after the bus goes through. Word has it that dogs up for adoption from the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society will be “marching” in the parade this year. (Pets for adoption can also be seen behind their gift shop next to Hogan’s.)
Printed schedules of the day’s events and locations will be available throughout the hamlet. Here’s a sampling: old fashioned children’s games, Paint the Man and Soak the Clown, Lake Delaware Boys Camp Drum & Bugle Corps and Drill Team Demonstration, fiddle Henry Hermann and guitarist James Kruger, Fortune Teller, Blue Ribbon Cloggers, Country Express, Jingles the Clown Magic Show, Beautiful Baby and Pet Contests, Watermelon Eating Contest, Historical Walking Tour of Main Street Homes and Businesses, spinning demonstrations, Epona the Giant Horse and Historic Exhibits (along with bratwurst and beer lunch) at The Hunting Tavern Museum, huge book sale at the library.
A horseshoe tournament hosted by Weathertite Improve-ments will take place at their barn on Redden Lane at 1 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee. Call Bill Day at 676-4912 to register, or just show up!
And, of course, the eclectic one-of-a-kind boutiques, gift and antique shops all welcome your visit. Andes now has a number of art galleries whose exhibits are open to the public. In addition, artist Roshan Houshmand will have an open studio at 495 Main Street for the day and Brian St. Cyr will open his barn art studio behind 493 Main Street both weekend evenings from 5 p.m. midnight. The Community Day brochure will list gallery exhibits and events throughout the hamlet.
You can stop for outdoor as well as indoor eating at Woody’s, The Andes Hotel, The Slow Down Café or Cantina. Hogan’s General Store offers eat-in space, take-out and sundries for all needs and tastes. Vendors will be set up at the school, and sidewalk sales will proliferate. When you feel those flip flops starting to lose traction, flag down that hayride shuttle. Have supper in town or enjoy the traditional community pork dinner at the Firehall beginning at 5 p.m.