Fleischmanns will be busy over Columbus Day weekend

Fleischmanns — Homeowners in this historic village are opening some of its most interesting homes for tours and hosting an entire day of family fun and base ball on Sunday, Oct. 12 during “Fleischmanns First Floors Historic House & Garden Tour.” With the Belleayre Fall Festival located just a few minutes away in Arkville this year, you can easily spend some time at Fleischmanns’ all-day festival of fun without missing a thing.
In addition to the house and garden tours from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., the “Fleischmanns First” community group has gathered a host of activities for every age: the Mountain Athletic Club vintage base ball team will play their final game of the season against the Newark Eurekas at 1 p.m. Children’s activities in Wagner Avenue Ballpark will include a Hay Ball Maze, fall-themed face painting by the fabulous Karina Von Marvelina, and “Make a Scarecrow” that you can take home. Children will also enjoy scouting out the fun details of the old-timey houses along Wagner Avenue with an “Architectural Scavenger Hunt” designed just for them. All materials will be supplied for children’s activities, but feel free to bring some “retired” children’s clothing or old costume items to help dress your scarecrow.
The popular quilt show is back at the Fleischmanns Community Church on Main Street, with a pie and bake sale to support community activities and a worship service at 9:15 a.m. Sunday. Of course, there will be plenty of festive ballpark food, including bratwurst, in Fleischmanns’ historic Wagner Avenue Village Park to keep you fueled for all the fun. When you’re ready for dinner, just show your house tour ticket for a 15 percent discount from La Cabana on Main Street.

Haunted house and more
During the house tours, you can peek inside a “haunted house” perched high atop a hill, find out how much architechural beauty you could build for just $500 in 1899, and learn which Wagner Avenue grande dame was designed by the famed architect Stanford White. 
The weekend will also be the season’s closing hurrah for Fleischmanns’ charming Museum of Memories (behind the Skene Memorial Library on Main Street). On Saturday, Oct. 11, local historian John Duda will lead a walking tour of the village, beginning at 2 p.m., starting at the library. 
On Sunday, the Fall Festival gets underway at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., with the ball game beginning at 1 p.m. House tour tickets are $10 and available at the Wagner Avenue ball park or in advance by calling The MARK Group at 586-3500. All other events are free, with donations much appreciated. For specific questions or more information, you can also e-mail peg@markproject.org. The day’s events are funded in part by the Kenneth Pasternak Family Foundation and the O’Connor Foundation.