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Cornwallville Day began as a way to celebrate the hamlet’s history and develop community spirit. The second Cornwallville Day is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 19, 2019 05:06 pm Updated: August 19, 2019 11:06 pm

CORNWALLVILLE — Residents will show off their community pride at the second annual Cornwallvile Day on Saturday.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with most activities taking place at the firehouse on County Route 20. A community-wide yard sale will be held simultaneously with the event. Visitors can purchase maps for $1.

Cornwallville Day began because residents wanted to get in touch with the roots of the community, said Karen Rivers, one of the event organizers.

“We wanted to know more about the history and develop community spirit,” Rivers said.

Historically, the hamlet was all about community, Rivers said.

“When you look at the church history, people got together for social events at the church hall,” she said. “There is nothing like that anymore.”

And the church is gone as well, Rivers said.

“The Cornwallville Church is at the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown,” she said.

The old church was carefully dismantled and reassembled at the Farmers’ Museum by the spring of 1964. The site chosen was at the south end of the Village Crossroads section of the Farmers’ Museum, overlooking a small pond, according to Greene County Historian David Dorpfeld.

In April 1998 it w2 moved again. The church was moved 490 feet to a more central location so as to make the historic village a more complete representation of a hamlet from 1845 upstate New York, according to Dorpfeld.

Rivers said she hopes the annual gathering will bring people together.

“The main thing is to meet people and get a sense of where it is you live and who are your neighbors,” Rivers said.

Organizer A.L. Steiner said it is not only locals who attend.

“We had people from around the area,” Steiner said. “Other people stumbled upon it.”

County Route 20 is a scenic byway that people travel on the weekends, Steiner said.

The event is for all ages, Steiner said.

“We have face painting,” she said. “Last year we had alien drawing.”

The addition of the yard sale this year will attract a different crowd, Steiner said.

“We were very successful last year,” Rivers said. “We’re hoping we get lots more people this year.”

Activities at the firehouse include Jerry Cunningham speaking about running his family’s farm since he was 18 at 11 a.m., barn dance music by David Woodin and Jonathan Byron-Woodin at 12 p.m. and a foraging talk with Rob Handel, chef at Heather Ridge Farm at 1 p.m.

Tours of the Greene Bee Greenhouse gardens and the Stone House located on Strong Road will be held 9 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

All food and vendor stands, as well as the Paula Lalala Mvsevm will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The yard sale will run for the duration of the event.

A new addition this year is a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the firehouse, Steiner said.

“The proceeds from the auction support next year’s event,” Steiner said.

The organizers also generate funds through lemonade and cookie sales, as well as a fundraising barbecue that was held prior to the event, Steiner said.

The barbecue generated over $500, Rivers said.

Additionally, the organizers received a $500 Wayne C. Speenburgh grant from the county, Rivers said.

“Our former legislator Aidan O’Connor had mentioned that there might be funding available,” Rivers said. “After our last event, I contacted Patty Handel and asked if she knew anything about it. She was really helpful.”

Between the fundraising efforts and the grant, the organizers were in good shape for 2019, Rivers said.

“There was plenty for us to pay expenses,” she said. “We even had a banner made.”