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Old-fashioned fun at Pruyn House

On Sunday, Sept. 13, visitors to the Pruyn House might feel like they are in a movie set in the 1800s as the historical Loudonville landmark celebrates its 25th annual Old Fashioned Sunday.

Named after a family who occupied the property for about 16 years in the 1800s, the Pruyn House is a cultural museum and icon in the Town of Colonie, located in the heart of Loudonville on Old Niskayuna Road. The town purchased the property in 1983, and it is the oldest standing house in the town.

With more than 180 years of history, the nonprofit group that works hard to keep the history alive, Friends of the Pruyn House, wants to ensure continued interest in the facility.

To promote the Pruyn House, the group sponsors several events throughout the year, including a summer concert series held in the Pruyn House barn and Old Fashioned Sunday, a day of crafts, information and fun.

According to Pruyn House curator Diane Morgan, this year's Old Fashioned Sunday will feature many of the same traditions as last year, with a few new ones. Those who attend can look forward to intricate autumn-themed floral decorations arranged by the garden club that tends the Pruyn House grounds weekly.

There will be three bands, said Morgan, including the Colonie Town Band, the Brass Choir and Concert Band and the South Colonie Friends of Music Big Band. The bands will set up a state in the barn, though visitors sitting outside will still be able to hear the music well.

Old Fashioned Sunday is expecting a few new vendors this year, Morgan said. One of the new vendors is George's Market, a state-of-the-art nursery in Latham.

Cathy Vogt, co-owner of George's, said she is not quite sure what the market will be bringing to Old Fashioned Sunday, but the products will likely be fall-oriented.

"We will probably bring some of our great produce," she said Friday, Sept. 4.

Old Fashioned Sunday will be held at the Pruyn House, located at 207 Old Niskayuna Road, on Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. Call the Pruyn House at 783-1435 for information.""

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