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Step back in time a town tradition

This year’s Old Fashioned Sunday to mark three decades running

The annual Old Fashioned Sunday will feature vendors and old time crafts, including a blacksmith, sheep shearer and basket weaving.

The annual Old Fashioned Sunday will feature vendors and old time crafts, including a blacksmith, sheep shearer and basket weaving.

— September is just around the corner, which means “olde tyme” craft demonstrations, vendors, music and historic exhibitions will once again fill the premises of the Pruyn House for the annual Old Fashioned Sunday.

Rolling into its 30th year, the Friends of the Pruyn House-sponsored Old Fashion Sunday will provide a free, family-fun afternoon reflecting an early-to-mid-19th century feel on the grounds of the historic site Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. at 207 Old Niskayuna Road in Latham.

The Town of Colonie first acquired the Pruyn House, a two-story, 15-room mansion built in the 1800s for tax collector Casparus Pruyn and his family, its 5 ½ acres of land and several other buildings in 1983. It took some time to preserve the land and its foundations as an historic site, but once completed, the house and its surroundings became open to the public as a cultural and historical museum.

Ready for the town to see, the Friends of the Pruyn House held the first-ever Old Fashioned Sunday with a small art show, a few vendors and tours of the new grounds. Now, three decades later, Old Fashioned Sunday has turned into an annual community event with hundreds of attendees.

Highlighting the historic house, the majority of the vendors, craft demonstrations, music and activities will reflect the era when the house was first built and used.

“Everything is supposed to be in some relation to old times,” Friends of Pruyn House Curator Diane Morgan said.

Similarly to previous years, next month’s event will feature more than 30 vendors, selling items including wooden toys, jewelry and pocketbooks. Several different historic demonstrations will take place, including basket weaving, quilting and sheep shearing.

John Ackner, who has participated at Old Fashioned Sunday for more than five years, will be demonstrating Colonial blacksmithing.

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