Fall Fest equals fantastic family fun

BLUE MT. LAKE - In the midst of the peak leaf-changing season, in the heart of the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Museum's annual Fall Fest will offer autumn activities for everyone in the family from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

Museum admission is free for year-round Adirondack Park residents with proof of permanent residency (such as a driver's license) through the museum's last day of the season, Oct. 14 (Columbus Day), including Fall Fest.

From Oct. 1-14 the museum is collecting donations of canned and dried foods and new or gently used winter outerwear and blankets to support Hamilton County Community Action. Everyone is invited to donate what they can in the Visitor Center lobby.

During the festival visitors of all ages can climb aboard a rustic wagon, sit on a hay bale and take a ride around the campus, surrounded by the fiery-leafed ridges of Blue Mountain. Younger children can also enjoy a pony ride. Both equine experiences are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the event.

Music throughout the day will include stories and songs with folk master Bill Smith at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and music by teacher / musician Seth Warden at 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Other hand-on activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include a kids' fishing derby at the museum's pond, pumpkin painting (while supplies last), apple cider pressing and cider samples (also while supplies last) and fall crafts. A "body-on" activity will feature a giant autumn-leaf pile perfect for jumping into.

Demonstrations and displays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include quilts and quilting with the Adirondack Regional Textile Artists Association; invasive species with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; needlework artistry with Northern Needles; Julie Branch and her fiber-arts sculptures; Maria Wulf and her recycled fiber-art creations; and the heritage hidden in rag rugs, with former museum curator Hallie Bond.

All the museum's history and art galleries will be open, including the new shows Great Wilderness, Great Expectations: Masterworks from the Adirondack Museum and Traveling with Stoddard, both featuring many works never before displayed in public.