This Saturday, the kids will want to tag along for the annual Children’s Day festival. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the market will be enlivened with Cajun music by Cleoma’s Ghost; face-painting by Maggie Green; the Ivy Vine Players’ Puppet Show, featuring the humorous and ingenious Grian MacGregor; and Art Lab, a community group whose members will be showing kids how to construct their own musical instruments. Diane Reeder, managing director of the Queens Galley soup kitchen in Kingston, will offer a cooking class at noon, followed by a hula hoop class at 1 p.m. Girls from the Bruderhof Platte Clove Community will be making beautiful garlands from wildflowers and blooms from their garden. All in all, it should be a delightful day, as much fun for the young at heart as it is for kids. Visit www.saugertiesfarmersmarket.com for more info.
July 23 will also be a bonanza for yard sale aficionados, with at least 75 vendors participating in Saugerties’ Townwide Yard Sale. No early birds are allowed, with the hours scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Most of them are located outside the village, so a map is essential; you can pick one up the McDonald’s on Route 212, just off the Thruway exit. Organizer Marjorie Block, who is also the town historian, said that the event was conceived as a great way to show off the town on the occasion of its 200th birthday. It will be held rain or shine.
The historic Kiersted House should be included on your itinerary: as part of the town’s annual Art Tour, the 1727 stone house, which is also the headquarters of the Saugerties Historic Society, will be exhibiting a selection of artworks by local artists depicting views of the village and environs.
The Kiersted House is noteworthy in itself: It was built by the DuBois family, who were Huguenots from New Paltz. The family occupied the house for 50 years before selling it to the town’s first doctor, Christopher Kiersted, who lived there with his wife, Leah DuBois, until the 1950s. With so little turnover in ownership, much of the original structure is intact, including the windows, doors and fireplaces.
Block said that the house very much belongs to the community (hence the art show), but soon its historic attractions will be enhanced with a new addition: a rare 1760s Dutch barn, which was dismantled from Kings Highway and is currently being stored on the grounds. Block said that the Historical Society has put out a call for volunteers and is hoping to erect the structure within the next six months.
In the meantime, mark August 6 on your calendar, which is Old Timers’ Day: The highlight will be a race of beds on Partition Street. Now that should be a first: a dreaming-while-awake sight not to be missed.