October 2, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15th Annual Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival Scheduled for
Sunday, October 8th
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival, which will take place on Sunday, October 8th from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Forsyth Nature Center and Forsyth Park.
“Fifteen years later and the Forsyth Nature Center is bigger and better than ever thanks to the continued support of the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center and the countless community volunteers who donate their time and resources to this educational institution in Kingston,” said Mayor Noble. “I am so proud to have been involved with the Nature Center all of these years and look forward to continuing to support the Nature Center’s efforts for many years to come!”
There will be a variety of games and crafts for children including Peacock Pop, Funny Farm Hunt, Udder Putter, Sand Art, Spin Art, Pumpkin Painting and many more. Hayrides, bouncy houses, Homespun Merry-Go-Round, Little Brays of Sunshine miniature donkeys, and Wild Mountain Birds of Prey will also be present.
The event and all entertainment is free, but tickets for games and crafts are available for purchase. Free activities include face painting, corn maze, leaf crowns, and pine cone bird feeders.
A great entertainment lineup is planned for this year's event, including:
10am-10:15am Welcome: Mayor, Chair Charles Seymour, MCee Jimmy Buff
10:15-10:45am Jerry Mitnick
11:00-11:40am Payne's Grey Sky
Noon-1:00pm Arm of the Sea Theater
1:00pm-1:40pm The Fabulous Fiddlers
2:00pm-2:40pm The Fabulous Hackers
3:00pm-3:40pm Deb Martin
3:40pm-4:00pm Raffle and 50/50 Drawings
11:000am-12:00pm Karen Pillsworth Story Telling
Noon-12:30pm MHVFCU Bernstein Bears
12:30pm - 1:00pm Hudson Valley Youth Chorale
1:00pm - 2:00pm Stephanie Morgan Story Telling
2:00pm - 2:40pm Bruce Wistance bluegrass music
Joe Beez will be offering delicious food items including burgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, french fries and the famous "Prodigy" sandwich, as well as vegetarian options. La Ruta Del Sol will also be serving Latin American favorites including rice and beans and empanadas.
The fall festival will also host the annual bake sale booth with cookies, cupcakes, pies, cakes, candies, breads and many more tasty treats. Anyone willing to donate a bake sale item can bring them the day of the festival or contact the FNC at [email protected] or 845-339-3053 to arrange for pickup or drop off.
“We are very appreciative of the community in their attendance and volunteerism at the festival,” said Mark DeDea, Forsyth Nature Center Caretaker. “This is a day the community can help us to continue improvements at the facility, better the visitor’s experience, and enhance the animals’ conditions.”
The fall festival is the primary fundraiser of the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center and all money raised directly benefits the facility and programming. Over the past 15 years, the annual fall festivals have raised over $125,000. This money has been used for many of the facility upgrades including fencing, buildings for the animals, a permeable paver walkway to replace the blacktop, an expansion of the facility including a pond, gazebo, greenhouse, and turtle exhibit, signage, landscaping, and many energy efficient upgrades including solar panels and new windows. The event is sponsored by the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center.