The time for fall festivals and antique sales is growing near

SPECULATOR--The fun doesn't stop after Labor Day. Yes, autumn brings cooler weather, shorter days and colorful foliage, but it also is the time for fall festivals, antique and rustic furniture shows, craft fairs and flea markets, community feeds (you're invited) and more.

Take to the water to see the spectacular fall foliage, or ride Oak's chairlift to the top for the panoramic view. The peak of the flamboyant display is sometime between the last two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October each year.

The great outdoors beckons. The cooler temps mean more comfortable hiking and paddling, fishing and hunting, bicycling and jogging.

The Fifth Annual Inlet Volunteer Emergency Services Barbecue and Clam Bake will be Saturday, Sept. 7, from 3-10 p.m. Enjoy clams, burgers, hot dogs, barbecued chicken, corn, salads, beer, wine, soda, water and more along with entertainment at the IVES Building on the corner of Limekiln Road and Rt. 28. Come early and explore Inlet's good nature and many shops.

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake will hold Hidden History Tours Friday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its off-site Collections Storage and Study Center (last tour departs at 3:30 p.m.), featuring special curator-led tours of the boat and rustic furniture collection. The Collection Storage and Study Center is on Rt. 30. There is a $10 fee. Be aware the museum will close early Sept. 13 to prepare for its Rustic Furniture Fair.

The Adirondack Museum on Rt. 30 in Blue Mt. Lake will hold its 26th Annual Rustic Furniture Fair Sept. 14-15, with over 50 rustic makers, artisans and artists from all over the United States. Find handcrafted furniture, furnishings, Adirondack paintings and more for home or camp. Exhibitors will answer questions about their work or discuss custom pieces. An early buying opportunity is available Saturday from 8-10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased for $25 online through the Museum Store website.

The Wells United Methodist Church will hold a Back to School Dinner Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy on biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage and homemade pies, cakes and cookies. The cost is $8.50 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12 and free for under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The church is near the center of Wells on Rt. 30.

Come to the heart of the Adirondacks to find amazing rustic and camp furniture, hunting and fishing antiques, boats, taxidermy, antlers and more when the Town of Indian Lake holds its Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show Sept. 18-22. Vendors will be set up all over town and at Byron Park off Rt. 28. Spend a leisurely day strolling the hamlet and enjoying a fall day in the heart of the Adirondacks.

Moving to the northwest corner of the county, over 70 vendors will sell food, novelties, crafts, furniture, clothing, raffle tickets and much more at the Inlet Fall Festival Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fern Park on Loomis Road in the Town of Inlet. Admission, shuttle and entertainment are all free. Find children's activities in the Kid Zone, jugglers, live music and food. Go to www.InletFallFestival.com.

The Town of Long Lake's Long Boat Regatta will be Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Town Beach. The races start at 11 a.m. with the North American War Canoe and C-4 Championships and the Adirondack Kayak Championships. Other, shorter events for both youth and adults are scheduled. Go to www.MacsCanoe.com.

The fun moves back to the Town of Indian Lake the following weekend for the Great Adirondack Moose Festival Sept. 28-29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with all kinds of family fun: a craft fair, self-guided tours of the Moose River Plains, whitewater rafting, guided hikes, a turkey shoot, children's games, an Adirondack "Art" Moose Hunt, fly fishing casting, an open house at the local museum, a Moose Calling Contest, the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center, a cruise on Blue Mt. Lake and more. Email indianlakechamber@frontiernet.net; call (518) 648-5112 or 648-5636.

Down the road Speculator's Apple Fest will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Speculator Pavilion at the ball field on Rt. 30. The event will be packed with family fun including children's games, food and craft vendors, pumpkin painting and face painting. A barbecue begins at 4 p.m. For more call (518) 548-4478.

Head back up Rt. 30 for the clambake that will be held at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in the Town of Long Lake Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1-5 p.m.

Check out the Flea Market and Luncheon Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Piseco Community Hall on Old Piseco Road in -- wait for it -- Piseco. The Cafe opens at 11:30 a.m. with homemade soup and chili, egg salad sandwiches, hot dogs, desserts and more. A Bake Sale starts at 10 a.m. All proceeds benefit Piseco Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance.

With Halloween approaching The Historical Society of Lake Pleasant & Speculator will host a tour of Fish Mountain Cemetery in the Town of Lake Pleasant  Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 7 p.m. Come meet people of the past and learn their stories. Meet at the cemetery at the end of Fish Mt. Road off Rt. 8. Refreshments will be served. For more call (518) 548-4478.