Roxbury turns back the clock on fun
Roxbury’s annual Turn of the Century Days is packed with “all the agreeable pursuits of 1898” on both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31. With many new events and features, this is definitely the time to visit the 19th century, even if you’ve been there before. Here is a handy guide to what’s happening when, so you won’t miss your favorite part of the 19th-century.
All weekend long, there will be vintage baseball games, the merriment and antics of “Clan Tynker” Vaudevillians, horse-drawn carriage rides, roving minstrels and brass marches, authentic victuals in abundance, weaving and chair caning demonstrations and hands-on crafts and pastimes for children. Both Saturday and Sunday, you can have a silhouette portrait cut (call 607 326-3722 to request a sitting time, it’s quick!) Mountain folkways and crafts vendors, the architectural treasures of Roxbury, suffragists on the march and some vintage characters like John Burroughs and Susan B. Anthony will be on hand all weekend too. On both Saturday and Sunday you can come to Turn of the Century Days via the Delaware and Ulster Railroad for some “no mileage fun,” just as visitors and country cousins did 100 years ago.
Saturday’s exclusive events include historic house tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with docent guides taking you throughout lovingly restored interiors, and on Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m., everyone in period dress will gather in Kirkside Park for a panoramic community portrait that will be available to order and for sale the next day. (You must be in vintage attire to participate in the photo, so if you need “outfit” assistance, call 607 326-3722 by Friday, August 22 to reserve your fitting time.) The Roxbury Parks Department is thrilled to have Juliet Polcsa, costume designer for HBO’s “The Sopranos,” assisting in organizing vintage attire this year. Saturday also features a beer garden and barbecue.
Turn of the Century Days culminate on Sunday, August 31, beginning with a community service at 10 a.m. Handsewn outfits from the 1860-1900 will be on parade in Sunday’s Fashion Show & Contest at 11:30 a.m., and you can have a “vintage” family portrait taken in period dress yourself.