Many "agreeable pursuits" planned for two days of old-fashioned Roxbury fun
Roxbury —The 10th annual Turn of the Century Days in Roxbury promises to be the best ever, with two full days of vintage baseball, Victorian fashion and exhibits, children’s pastimes, old world crafts and mountain music. It will all be accompanied with a feast of old-fashioned food, barbecue, a beer garden and as a special salute to 1898, a gala fireworks display on Saturday evening.
All day Saturday, visitors can chase the Candy Cart for vintage sweets and treats, have a “period” portrait taken, and be regaled by “Story Laurie” in the children’s rent from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children can also enjoy plenty of hands-on fun, making bean bags and dolls, weaving snowflake ornaments, playing with old-fashioned games and toys like hoops and stilts, and participating in a scavenger hunt. Kids should bring their favorite toy companion, teddy bear or doll for the Teddy Bear Tea at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
At 10 a.m., vintage baseball will get underway as the veteran hometown team, the Roxbury Nine, take on the tough newcomers, the Bovina Dairymen. There will be baseball action all afternoon. At noon, the Nine and the Mountain Athletic Club of Fleischmanns will face off, and at 2 p.m., fans can catch the very beginnings of baseball history with an 1864-style game between Bovina and the Brooklyn Atlantics. The final game on Saturday will get going at 4 p.m., between the MAC and Brooklyn teams, this one 1895-style play.
Grownups and kids alike will enjoy plenty of good eats starting at 11 a.m., at the Beer Garden in Kirkside Park, with sausages, hamburgers, desserts, and salad by Public Restaurant. Ommegang beers and Budweiser will be on tap and wine will also be available all afternoon. There will also be soda pop, lemonade and root beer.
At 11 a.m., the Roxbury Brass will be rousing spirits with bracing marches, Katie Boardman will play period tunes in the children’s tent from noon to 3 p.m. and at 3 p.m., visitors can enjoy the mountain sounds of fiddle and accordion.
At 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, visitors can marvel at a demonstration of all-but-lost Victorian art, as Sandra Johnson demonstrates how locks of hair were woven into intricate pieces of jewelry. Visitors can even order their very own “hairloom” from her! Many other traditional crafts, like weaving and spinning, will also be demonstrated.
As Saturday’s final baseball game winds down in the late afternoon, the “Masters of MoMo” will bring their own eclectic music jam, and the Cha Cha Hut will bring out their homemade barbecue to keep everyone entertained and fortified until the fireworks show at 8:30 p.m.
The fun continues on Sunday, with an ecumenical outdoor community service at 10 p.m. in Kirkside Park with the Roxbury Brass, the Parade of Period Fashion at 11:30 a.m., and vintage baseball games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Roving minstrels will be fiddling around, wood hewing and hair-jewelry weaving demonstrations will be offered all day, as well as exhibits of 19th-century life in the Kirkside Park barns. Community and church organizations will provide plenty of great victuals and treats, including pies, ice cream, chicken barbecue, watermelon, and hamburgers and hot dogs.
Don’t miss a moment of Turn of the Century Days, this weekend in Roxbury. Visit www.roxburyny.com or call 607 326-3722 for more information, directions and a schedule.