On Saturday, September 13th, Crailo State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Crailo present Harvest Faire, an outdoor event free to the public (a nominal donation is asked to enter the museum exhibit), and part of the Hudson River Ramble. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday, September 14th. The festivities run from 11 am to 4 pm.
Crailo’s grounds set the scene for 17th- and 18th-century re-enactors, music, and demonstrations. Among the re-enactors are 17th-century Dutch settlers, a rope-maker and tinsmith, and Native Americans with a recreated wigwam. This year will also include demonstrations of wheat threshing.
For children there will be pumpkin roll races and an opportunity to paint a pumpkin in their own design ($1 per pumpkin while they last). The Jolly Toy Lady offers the younger set a glimpse at childhood in the 17th and 18th century with wooden toys such as the Game of Ninepins, stilts, French hoops, and Tug-o-war. Tom Hooker Hanford will be performing historic stories and songs under the tent. There will be free ice cream while supplies last.
In addition, this is a great opportunity for visitors to casually tour Crailo’s award-winning exhibit, “A Sweet and Alien Land, Colony of the Dutch in the Hudson River Valley” stop by the museum gift shop.
This program is supported by Stewarts Shops, Walter S. Pratt and Sons, Curtis Printing, The Albany Yacht Club, Market Block Books, The Honest Weight Food Co-Op, The Country Trunk, and the Times Union at the time of this release. Volunteers and the Friends of Fort Crailo donate their time and effort to help make this event possible.
Once the Van Rensselaer family’s fortified home, Crailo is the museum of the Dutch in the Hudson River Valley located at 9½ Riverside Avenue, Rensselaer, NY. For more information call 518.463.8738.
State Historic Site is one of 35 historic sites and 176 parks administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. For more information visit www.facebook.com/CrailoStateHistoricSite.