A look at yesteryear

SPOTLIGHT: History Days

OBSERVER File Photo The Fredonia History Days two-day celebration kicks off Friday.

Turn an eye toward yesteryear on July 13 & 14 as the village of Fredonia turns back the clock to celebrate the past with a variety of events for the annual Fredonia History Days – Yesterdays of Fredonia.

The two-day celebration kicks off Friday (July 13) with a classic car show, live music and food in Barker Common and a Historic Candlelight walking tour. The festivities continue Saturday (July 14) beginning with the regular Fredonia Farmers’ Market on Church Street at 9 a.m. A wide variety of vendors and merchants will set up in Barker Common, and there will be LOTS of historically-themed kid’s activities on Church Street between Temple and Center Streets! We will be showcasing six different organizations/interests throughout the day! Featured parties will be:

Fredonia Grange No. 1

DFT Communications / The Maytum Family

Fredonia Normal School

Fredonia Architecture

Fredonia Hart Gas Well

J.S. Lambert Hook & Ladder Company

There will also be a “Chinese” basket auction & 50/50 fundraiser over the two-day festival, including a very special fundraiser of steel artwork of the Fredonia Grange No. 1 courtesy of Echevarria Designs, LLC! Part of the proceeds will benefit Festivals Fredonia’s annual “Give Back” donation made during the Miracle on Main Street and village tree-lighting event in December. The 2018 “Give Back” recipient is The Fredonia Grange No. 1, celebrating 150 years and the first grange in the US!

Schedule of events:

Friday, July 13

6 – 9 p.m. Classic car show on Church and Park Streets and live music with “The Freeze” in the gazebo in Barker Common. Registration at 5 PM

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. History-themed guided walking tours of the Village – meet at the Visitor Booth in Barker Common (fee)

Big Melch’s Smokin’ BBQ will be onsite selling pulled pork, brisket and ribs!

Saturday, July 14

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. History Tent(s) – Barker Common – Local historical agency displays

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Craft & various vendors will be set-up in Barker Common for display and sales

Noon – 4 p.m. Historically-themed kid’s activities on Church Street between Temple and Center Streets, along with face painting with Caren Hurlburt, rock painting with Cherish Mignoli and cookie decorating with Odd Birds Bakery (fee). Northern Chautauqua Catholic School is donating use of historically-themed costumes for purposes of a “vintage” photo booth!

Noon – 3 p.m. Free concert with “Sunset Bluegrass” in the Gazebo in Barker Common.

3-6 p.m. Free concert with “Midnight Recovery” in the Gazebo in Barker Common.

7:30-9:30 p.m. History-themed guided walking tours of the Village — meet at the Visitor Booth in Barker Common (fee)

Onsite starting at 11 a.m. will be several food trucks and wineries including:

Big Melch’s Smokin’ BBQ

Lomo Lomo

Franklin Honey & Apples (Kettle Corn)

Siri Thai Cuisine

Woodbury Winery

Ongoing throughout Friday night and into Saturday, all day, there will be a raffle for a DNA kit in the history tents, courtesy of Joanne Mansfield, and an opportunity for kids to win a prize if they visit all of the history features and have their Passport validated, courtesy of Dr. Judy Horowitz. Also, local businesses will be participating in displaying a historic picture or painting of what their business looked like several decades ago. Festival attendees are encouraged to pick up a festival brochure at the Festivals Fredonia visitors table, the village welcome booth or the participating businesses, have the participating business validate that you were there with a sticker from the proprietor and be entered in for a drawing for a Shoptauqua gift certificate, courtesy of Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce!

About Festivals Fredonia

Festivals Fredonia’s mission is to contribute to a high quality of life in Fredonia and surrounding communities by presenting lively, varied recreation and cultural opportunities to Village and area residents. Festivals Fredonia is always looking for energetic volunteers to assist in executing each year’s festivals. Contact us at festivalsfredoniany@gmail.com