Ital­ian Fest, Forsyth Fall Fest planned for Sun­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­ paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

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.

Main stage

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

Chil­dren’s stage

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 info@forsyth­na­ture­cen­ 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.

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