Forestville Fall Festival set for this weekend

“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower,” penned the famous French philosopher, Albert Camus.

Fall is officially upon us, even if the weather has been dryer and warmer than most Western New Yorkers are used to during this time of the year. Still, the leaves are doing their thing, their carotenoid pigments washing out the green, blanketing the sidewalks and yards in a myriad of ambers, scarlets, crimsons, bronzes, marmalades, tawny tangerines and merigolds, crisp and crunchy beneath our feet.

Out come the flannels and windbreakers, into the storage closets go the shorts and sandals.

Out goes the ice coffees and — love it or hate it — in comes the pumpkin spice. The air gets brisker and breezier, the sports talk turns to football, hockey and the old Fall Classic.

Autumn, that period of transition between summer and winter, is a latin word meaning “harvest.” It’s twin word “Fall” reportedly came into use in the 17th Century as a poetic complement to “spring.”

Cultures celebrate a variety of festivals honoring this colorful season.

There’s the Jewish festival of Sukkot, which commemorates when ancestors had spent time in exile, by giving thanks.

In North America there’s Halloween (All Hallows Eve), All Saints’ Day, and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Across the pond, the Brits celebrate Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night).

Hindus celebrate Diwali (The Festival of Lights).

China and Vietnam celebrate the Moon Festival (a harvest celebration).

In Thailand they celebrate Yi Peng festival, where people decorate baskets and float them down rivers.

And in our neck of the woods, there’s a relatively new festival, less than a decade old, but gathering momentum as a popular way for locals to say farewell to the summer and welcome in the changes autumn inevitably brings.

It’s called the Forestville Fall Festival and it’s happening this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8, and features a wide variety of events.

The festival will be highlighted by two special activities: the Historic Adams House Tour and Sunday’s Annual Parade.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. and will include floats, the Forestville Central School Marching Band, classic tractors and cars and other items of interest.

Jeff Geblein will be honored as the parade’s Grand Marshall. Geblein has served as the FCS music and band teacher since 1971 and is expected to retire after this year.

Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes and wagons in a fall theme and arrive at the J. Carter Knapp Legion at 12:30 p.m. for assembly.

Other events are as follows:

¯ Historic Adams House Tour: Forestville High School students will act as docents celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s suffrage (right to vote).

¯ Craft show, featuring over 40 vendors.

¯ Children activities: face painting, pumpkin carving/painting, etc. — all FREE.

¯ Food vendors: Franklin’s Kettle Corn; Charlie Meli’s Fried Dough; Tina Strano (hot dogs, sausage, breakfast sandwiches, drinks).

¯ Chili cook-off: enter at noon on Sat. (minimum five quart pot) and don’t forget to name your chili.

¯ Amateur art and photo contest: Judging at 8 p.m. on Friday. Prizes will be awarded to elementary-age, middle school and high school-age and adults.

¯ Cider press demonstrations and antique apple peeling.

¯ Antique appraisals by Jim Tosil — $5/item. (Saturday)

¯ Pork Dinner @ St. Rose of Lima Church, 11 Center Street, noon to 6 p.m. (Saturday)

¯ Meat party at American Legion, 7 p.m. (Sat.): Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, ticket drawings for $100, $50, $25 and $20.

¯ Chicken barbecue at the Forestville Fire Hall, noon until sold out. (Sunday)

¯ Parade: begins at 1 p.m. at the J Carter Knapp Legion (Sunday)

¯ Decorate your bike contest for the parade.

¯ Dress up you