Tuesday, July 3, 2012


SELECTED LOCAL VENDORS AT ROXBURY STREET FESTIVAL 6/30/12 Photos by Rusty Mae Moore The Annual Roxbury Street Festival was held on Saturday, June 30, this year. The booths for the street festival are set up on the lawns along the Main Street (Route 30). Jenn Schuman, who has been a key organizer of the event in recent years told me that there were “more booths than last year” we we arrived to set up our Pine Hill Books booth. In spite of this, it felt as if attendance of people at the festival was about half that of recent years.
The Roxbury Volunteer Fire Company cooked the burgers and hot dogs for people browsing through the festival.
The Senior Citizens Club had a large and active booth, as well as one of the most attractive signs.
Ice Cream from the Roxbury Rotary Club was one of the hot items selling at the food booths. The scoops were gigantic. A one scoop cone of Chocolate, Vanilla, or Butter Pecan could be had for $2.00, a welcome respite on a blazing Catskill summer day.
Spirits were buoyed by the appealing “old time music” of the festival played by the Shoe String Band.
Booths sold products ranging from household decorative items and antiques to jewelry.
For those wanting to create a low maintenance barnyard scene on their lawn there were the whimsical “Handmade in America” animals of the Morgan Metal Works.
The residents of the Kirkside Home in Roxbury had a large garage sale style booth, Selling things ranging from canes and walkers, to well used books, and even classical movie posters.
Many family venders were selling used ceramic items, while the Loving Earth Studio had an attractive offering of new handmade pottery.
Jay Gould, the infamous Robber Baron, was a presence at the Roxbury Street Festival through the town’s dominant architectural feature, a Christian church which memorializes him.
The Locust Grove Soap Company represented its “Made in the Catskills” products.
WIOX Radio had an active informational booth, reaching out to visitors to the festival. The all volunteer Staff of WIOX is putting Roxbury on the map as it broadcasts on-line to a worldwide audience.
Greatwoods Farm, which was recently a featured Catskill business in the “Watershed Post” Had an active booth selling grains and heritage tomato plants.
Families with children often took a “reading interval” at the Pine Hill Books booth, which feature books on local history, magic, horror, and the occult along with the children’s boks.

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