Italian Fest, Forsyth Fall Fest planned for Sunday
Forsyth Park will host the 14th annual Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival on Sunday.
The festival at the Lucas Avenue park, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a benefit for the adjacent nature center and its programs.
Games and crafts at the festival will include Peacock Pop, Funny Farm Hunt, Flick a Frog, sand art, spin art, pumpkin painting and more.
There also will be hayrides, bounce houses, the Homespun Merry-GoRound, the Broadway Photo Booth, the Little Brays of Sunshine miniature donkeys and the Wild Mountain birds of prey.
Admission to the festival is free, but tickets must be purchased for some games and craft activities. Available at no charge will be face painting, a corn maze, a bike rodeo and creating leaf crowns and pine cone bird feeders.
“We are very appreciative of the community in their attendance and volunteerism at the festival,” said Mak DeDea, the Forsyth Nature Center’s caretaker “This is a day the community can help us to continue improvements at the facility, better the visitors’ experience and enhance the resident animals’ conditions.”
The festival schedule is as follows.
10-10:15 a.m.: Welcome by Kingston Mayor Steve Noble
10:15-10:45 a.m.: Musicians Amy Fradon and Jim Barbaro
11-11:40 a.m.: Musicians Deb Martin, Lauren Tully and Jeff Entin
Noon to 1 p.m.: “Hook, Line, and Sinker” presented by Arm of the Sea Theater
1-1:40 p.m.: Musician Ami Madeleine
2-2:40 p.m.: Musical group The Fabulous Hackers
3-3:40 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Annie DiRusso
3:40-4 p.m.: Raffle and 50/50 drawings
11 a.m. to noon: Karen Pillsworth, storyteller
Noon to 1 p.m.: Stephanie Morgan, storyteller
1:45-2:15 p.m.: Ukulele lessons for children by Woodstock Music Shop
2:25-2:50 p.m.: Ukulele lessons for children by Woodstock Music Shop
3-3:30 p.m.: Ukulele lessons for children by Woodstock Music Shop
••• Chef Joe Beez will be making hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, chili, French fries and his “Prodigy” sandwich. He will also offer vegetarian options, including roasted corn, veggie chili and eggplant/pepper club rolls.
The festival also will feature a bake sale with cookies, cupcakes, pies, cakes, candies and breads. People wishing to donate items for the bake sale should call (845) 339-3053, email email@example.com or simply bring the items to the festival. The festival has raised more than $125,000 over its 13-year run. Last year’s total was about $15,000.
Money raised in past years has been used for such things as new fences, buildings for the animals, a permeable paver walkway, a pond, a gazebo, a greenhouse, a turtle exhibit, new signs, landscaping and energy-efficiency upgrades.
Volunteers gathered at the Andy Murphy III Midtown Neighborhood Center in Kingston on Friday to make pies and crisps that will be sold at the Fall Festival. Pictured, from left, are Celeste Valle, Dick Morra and Donna Romeo, all of Kingston.