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.

— “The blacksmith was the tool maker. During the 17th and first part of the 18th centuries, carpenters went to blacksmiths … they made iron, steel, part of tools,” Ackner said.

This year, Ackner will show how to make tools for cooking, including forks and skewers.

The day will also be filled with face painting, pony rides for children and rope making. Local magician Jim Snack will perform his tricks and Beth Bomba will tell classic stories in the barn.

Three locally affiliated bands – The Colonie Town Band, The Brass and the South Colonie Friends of Music Big Band – will rotate performing throughout the day.

“Some people just plant themselves in chairs … just stay the whole afternoon listening to the bands,” Morgan said.

Those who are hungry will find plenty of options, too. Besides vendors selling cotton candy, cider donuts, popcorn, ice cream and other fall treats, the Kiwanis Club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs.

Claudia Russell, owner of Homemade Jams and Jellies, will be selling her handmade condiments with ingredients directly from the gardens at the Pruyn House. Russell, a member of the Fort Orange Garden Club, plants herbs in the gardens and uses them for her jellies, including rosemary apple, sage apple, parsley chardonnay and mint.

All of the premises’ eight other buildings, including the Buhrmaster barn and schoolhouse, will be open for exploration. Earlier this summer, the Colonie Art League taught an art class to students in the schoolhouse behind the Pruyn House; some of their artwork will also be on display during Old Fashioned Sunday.

Morgan said she’ll have some displays of Colonie history in the basement of the main house, and Colonie Town Historian Kevin Franklin will be unveiling an historic marker sign about the house.

Knowing the historical importance of the house, Franklin said Old Fashioned Sunday is a fun event for the community to experience.

“Old Fashioned Sunday brings the complex back to its roots and gives people an experience, at least at a very minimum, of what life would have been like early-to-mid-19th century,” Franklin said.

With no rain date, Morgan said she hopes for a gorgeous day, as has been the case for the past few years. If it does rain, everything will be moved into the Buhrmaster barn.

“It’s just a big community get together … (with) people you may only see once a year,” Morgan said.

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