AUSTERLITZ — Don’t leave the kids at home while you learn about the way our great grandfathers and mothers managed to survive in their times 150 years ago. Bring them along to the 20th annual Blueberry Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 28 at Old Austerlitz, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz, when the Austerlitz Historical Society opens a view to the past.
More than 50 vendors, demonstrators, artists and crafters will bring life to Old Austerlitz Village on this 20th Anniversary of an event that began humbly with 10 crafters and a few vendors in the summer of 2000 when a gentle intermittent rain cooled attendees, but warm spirits prevailed.
Activities for children, magic and juggling intermingle with the 50 booths and exhibits of 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, unique and highly talented craft vendors, artisans, fiber arts and sheep-shearing. There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods. Browse the permanent gift shop stocked with work from local artists, estate jewelry, glassware and toys, all at bargain prices. The encyclopedic book published by the Austerlitz Historical Society, The Old Houses of Austerlitz, will be available for purchase. An opportunity to bid on a piece of history is available at the Silent Auction.
Entertainment this year includes Magic with Omer Black, Alan Chartock and the Berkshire Ramblers, Roger the Jester, and Thomas Hooker Hanford- Musician and Story Teller for Children and Families.
The Blueberry Festival will be held rain or shine. Adults, $8; children 12 and younger, free.
There is an additional charge besides the admission for the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, adults, $8; children under 12, $4, Breakfast is served 9-11:30 a.m.
A complete list of participating merchants, crafters, and activities can be found at www.oldausterlitz.org.