Renaissance festival coming to New Scotland

Planning Board OKs special use permit, Indian Ladder Farms hosting event

— “We have had a lot of practice in trying to deal with that,” Ten Eyck said.

Kendall Hudson, festival director and owner of Kendall Hudson Events, said Indian Ladder Farms’ experience with crowds was part of the reason the site was chosen.

“It is a beautiful space,” Hudson said. “You kind of want people to be able to escape to that time period and it kind of gives you that escape from modern technology.”

Hudson has previously helped organize a Renaissance festival held annually in New York City, but said she wanted to host one near her hometown.

“I’m from the Capital District originally, and my whole family is here,” she said. “We wanted to bring one to the Capital District.”

Gerald Engstrom, of 478 Altamont Road, neighbors the farm and urged several signs be placed to clearly indicate where the event is being held. During the farm’s seasonal business, Engstrom said people often turn around in his driveway or lawn.

“I know they’re real good about taking cars off the road at the farm. They are not good at taking them out of my front lawn,” Engstrom said. “It is difficult for people that aren’t from around here to figure out where the farm is sometimes.”

He said his property, along with two neighbors, has been damaged by cars turning around. He places a cone at the end of his driveway.

“We’ve had quite a few people banging on the doors all times of the day, especially in the autumn,” he said. “I would strongly encourage … to sign this thing well.”

Ten Eyck appeared unaware damage had previously occurred and said it was “terrible” that had happened.

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