Fleischmanns First hosts House Tours

Fleischmanns — Village residents will open the most interesting historic homes for tours and hosts an entire day of family fun and baseball on Sunday, Oct. 11 during “Fleischmanns First Floors Historic House & Garden Tour,” starting at 11 a.m.
In addition to the house and garden tours from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the Mountain Athletic Club vintage baseball team will play their final game of the season at 3 p.m.  Get your last taste of Delaware County vintage baseball for the season, and your kids will have a great time at the creative, crafty Children’s Tent starting at 3 p.m.
The historic ‘grand dames’ of Fleischmanns will be the stars of the day. During the house tours, you can find out how much architectural beauty you could build for just $500 in 1899, and learn which Main Street bed and breakfast once housed local schoolteachers. Get a fascinating snapshot, house by house, of one of the Catskills most historic resort towns. 
“Sharing our historic homes gives us a chance to literally open our doors to welcome visitors,” said Fleischmanns Mayor Dave Morell, adding, “This event is just one of the successful revitalization efforts of Fleischmanns First, a group founded several years ago to promote Fleischmanns’ history, culture and its economic growth. It’s open to anyone who would like to help our community prosper.” 
The weekend will also be the season’s closing hurrah for Fleischmanns’ charming Museum of Memories (behind the Skene Memorial Library on Main Street), which features some new displays this year. 
Don’t miss this chance to walk inside some Catskills’ “Grand Dames,” most of them lovingly restored; all of them full of interesting detail and historical curiosities. On Sunday, house tours will run from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., with the ball game and the children’s tent starting at 3 p.m.
House tour tickets are $12 and available at the Wagner Avenue ballpark or in advance by calling The MARK Project at 586-3500. All other events are free, with donations much appreciated. For  more information, e-mail peg@markproject.org.
The day’s events are funded in part by the Kenneth Pasternak Family Foundation and the O’Connor Foundation, with technical assistance by the MARK Project.