Railride Into Yesteryear in Roxbury July 5

Saturday, July 5 will offer the best in Roxbury’s summer bounty and fun, when “Railride into Yesteryear” meets Roxbury’s annual community street fair, Sidewalk Fest. Come to Roxbury via the Delaware & Ulster Railroad or drive in for the day and enjoy all the agreeable pursuits of 1898, from food and vintage baseball to Roxbury Brass fanfares and damsels in bustles. Roxbury’s shady Main Street will also be bustling, with vendors, music, children’s activities, craftsmen, cloggers and food galore. You and your family will have the best time of two centuries.
Among the traditional crafts this year is a hands-on basket weaving demonstration by master weaver Martha Bremer. A spirited community parade steps off at 10 a.m. There will be ice cream, chicken barbecue, and plenty of other treats to go with the musical sounds of the day: the Tisch Family Trio, Henry Hermann’s mountain fiddle, Skip Parson’s ever popular Dixieland Jazz at Kirkside Retirement Home and the foot-stomping good time of the Schoharie Valley Cloggers. In the Roxbury Central School lawn, you can enjoy browsing student activities and projects.
Come to Roxbury in 19th-century style via “Railride into Yesteryear,” which will carry your family from the train station in Arkville through glorious summer Catskills scenery to the authentic Roxbury Depot (with its own rail museum). You can take a historic guided tour of Roxbury on foot, or let the majestic Belgian drafts and elegant hotel coach ferry you to Main Street’s shopping galore.
The old-fashioned ball game between gentlemanly rivals, the Roxbury Nine and Elizabeth Athletics begins at noon with ballpark fare available, and you can chill out at the Public Lounge’s Summer barbecue and beer garden on Bridge Street in the afternoon, with beer specials, local sausage, homemade peppers and onions, and Argentinean skirt steak.
The combination of “Railride” and Sidewalk Fest makes the ideal family destination because there’s something for everyone in the family: mom can shop and stroll in the shade, or enjoy the hamlet’s showcase of Victorian architecture on a hamlet walking tour. Kids will have plenty of supervised hands-on fun. For dad, there’s baseball and lots of food
The Sidewalk Fest opens at 10 a.m. and the train departs from Arkville at 11 a.m. for Railride passengers and returns to Arkville at approximately 4:30 p.m. Named a Preserve America community by the White House for its dedication and excellence in creating vibrant heritage tourism, Roxbury captures the unspoiled folkways and fun of rural mountain life for you and your family to experience firsthand. Visit www.roxburyny.com or call 607 326-3722 to learn more about summertime delights in Roxbury.

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