2017-08-09 / Events

Andes Community Day activities run Fri.-Sun.

By Paula DeSimone

When a community’s been doing something for 91 years, it’s a good bet the effort is important and worthwhile. And when Andes Community Days kick off this weekend, celebrating history, farms, businesses, art, and abundant outdoor recreation, the activities will not just be important and worthwhile, but loads of fun for people of every age and every demographic. Just as last week’s Margaretville Flea Market served as an “old home week” sort of celebration for both natives and newcomers, Andes Community Days every August, bring out the best of the old and the new, with natives returning and newcomers learning just how special the hamlet is.

One of the area’s “must -do” annual events, Andes Community Days have expanded in recent years from one day to three and “something for everyone” is no cliché here. Among the offerings are a classic car show, magic, face painting, craft vendors, food, children’s activities, art shows, clowns, dancing, lawn sales, and of course, a parade!

Friday night start

The entertainment starts on Friday night, August 11 at 7 p.m. at the Andes Central School (ACS) where students are presenting Broadway favorites performing A Summer Cabaret. According to John Bernhardt, five Andes Central School Alumni, young actors with a cumulative 40-plus years of ACS show experiences, will return to the Andes stage Friday night as the Drama Club presents its summer Cabaret. The program schedule will be comprised of 15 or more Broadway show tunes and will begin at 7 p.m.

Saturday at 11 a.m. is the 91st Annual Parade with antique cars, ACS Marching Band, animal floats and the ever-present Calico Indians. Restored antique tractors are an addition to the parade this year, graciously being brought by the Franklin Doodlebug Club.

Waiting after the parade, are arts and craft vendors along with face painting at the school, and a hula-hoop contest. Jingles the Magician will be on the street and Story Laurie will be spinning her tales at 1 p.m. Those arts activities are backed up by watermelon and corn on the cob eating contests following right after the stories. Coney Island’s Nathan’s Hot Dog contest has nothing on this bunch.

For those interested in checking out the talent involved in stained glass and pottery there are demonstrations going on in the afternoon. And horse and buggy rides are available during the day. All this fun and more is going on all around the hamlet of Andes.

The 5th Annual Michelle MacNaught Memorial Art Auction gets underway with viewing of donated fine art items at 11 a.m. at 160 Main Street. (See related story). Visual Arts for Margaretville Central School students, spoken word programs for Roxbury Central students and the Roxbury Arts Group, a Walton Middle School Magical Creatures Coloring Book project and Delaware County Fair youth art awards, in addition to funding cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering all benefit.

Music and dance

Dance artists from the Catskills and New York City transform the Ballantine Park area with an art installation of music and dance. And toes will be tapping all day with music by Blues Maneuver, Stoddard Hollow String Band and an evening concert by the Tremperskill Boys.

With activities scheduled all day Saturday until 6 p.m., visitors will want to break and wander off to local restaurants for libation, food, music, and a chance to sit down and rest tired feet.

But Sunday has a whole new line-up starting with the pancake breakfast at the Andes Fire Department going from 8 to 11 a.m. An Argyle Farm tour, hike on the Shavertown Trail and an incredible paddling adventure on the Pepacton Reservoir make Sunday as memorable as Saturday. Maps and schedules can be found at most retail outlets and eateries in the hamlet showing all the times and places for these wonderful events. Or visit on facebook.com/AndesCommunityDay. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor and sharing this wonderful adventure can call Maria 845 676- 3437 for more information.

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