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Temple's festival pays tribute to area's heritage

The festival still holds onto its roots though, selling locally grown produce, plants and flowers along with pre-packaged meals. Fink said about three dozen artisans will be selling jewelry and various other crafts.

The band Geo and the Komrades is scheduled to perform during the day with other local musical groups. Magic 100.9, the festival's sponsor, is broadcasting live from the synagogue.

Another aspect of the festival is the various health displays. Fink said local medical professionals are scheduled to give mini seminars on health and offer medical screening tests, including one for blood pressure. Volunteers from the Niskayuna Police Department will offer child seat safety checks.

Festivalgoers will also have he opportunity to take a tour of the 115-year-old synagogue, where there will be a display about its early history including historic pictures, documents and artifacts, Merims said.

"It's going to be a good day," Merims said. "People can visit the crafters, look around at the nice building, meet a lot of their friends, grab some food and listen to good music."

Congregation Agudat Achim is located at 2117 Union St. at Route 7 in Niskayuna. The festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, and is free to the public. Visitors who make a $2 per-car donation will be entered into a raffle for a special prize package.

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