Past and present merge

The Town of Charlton has been around since 1792, but in all those years, it really hasn't changed much.

There are no big changes. We've been pretty much a residential, agricultural town. We don't see a lot o f changes as far as what you see out there now, said Supervisor Alan Grattidge. "We're surrounded by these fast growing towns like Clifton Park and Malta, but Charlton has remained pretty much the way we've been."

The town is proud of its history and present culture, so for 43 years it's celebrated that link to the past with Charlton Founders Weekend. This year's event will begin Saturday, June 4, with the Charlton Heritage 5K Run and Walk and conclude on Sunday, June 5, with the Charlton Historical Society's 43rd Annual Founders Day parade.

"We were one of the earliest established towns in Saratoga County this weekend marks the founding of the town and the rich history that we've had through the years," said Grattidge. "We're celebrating the history, agriculture, the people, the veterans. It's a slice of Americana, if you will."

The race is a relatively new feature but has quickly gained popularity, drawing more than 400 participants and benefiting the Charlton Historical Society. The other "recent" event added 13 years ago is the Party in the Park on Saturday, sponsored by the town. Residents can enjoy food, a climbing wall, a magic show, a juggler, live classic rock music by The Rogues and a fireworks show once night falls.

"We always have a great turnout for the Party in the Park," said Grattidge. "We see it as a way for neighbors to get out and see each other who maybe wouldn't be able to see each other during the year."

A free ice cream social will take place after the parade in honor of June being Dairy Month.

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