CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — The arrival of Labor Day is a clear sign to most residents that summer is over, school is back in session, and weekends will be filled with a surplus of events.
For residents of southern Saratoga County the four weekends this month offer them a chance to complete household chores, relax by celebrating the agricultural heritage of Clifton Park and Halfmoon, get that favored electric appliance, hand tool, toy repaired at Clifton Park’s Repair Café, and take in some free acoustic gypsy jazz at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.
The fall weekend activities get underway on Saturday, Sept. 7 with Clifton Park’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Residents from Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Ballston or Malta who registered by the Sept. 3 cut-off date can dispose of a variety of household hazardous materials from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 22 Ray Road in Clifton Park.
Clifton Park’s annual Farm Fest the following weekend, Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 will give the greater Capital Region a variety of events to choose from as they crisscross the town.
Farm Fest features two farms where visitors can pick their own apples, adoptable pets, a large garage sale at the Historic Grooms Tavern, an antique and vintage market at the Vischer Ferry General Store, and free music, hayrides, English-style folk dancers, taking a walk with a herd of sheep, demonstrations of wool carding, spinning, felting and dyeing, and sampling cheese.
Taking place the same time as Saturday’s Farm Fest events is the Town of Halfmoon’s first annual Town-wide Garage Sale. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the town Park, 162 Route 236 visitors can inspect and purchase items like beverage glasses, vases, picture frames, ornaments, kitchen items, electronics, miscellaneous office, decorations, cookbooks, gardening equipment, power tools, candles, bowls, mirrors, baskets, dvds/cds, jewelry and much more.
For some free, upbeat acoustic gypsy jazz, the public can take in the sounds of the Hot Club of Saratoga the following day starting at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 375 Moe Road, Clifton Park. The musical group moniker is an homage to the Le Hot Club du France that produced world famous musicians Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli.
On the third Saturday this month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21, the Town of Clifton Park’s G.R.E.E.N. Committee will host its first Repair Café in the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park. This event allows anyone in the Capital Region with small items that no longer work (toasters, CD players, lamps, toys) or are damaged (a sweater with moth holes) an opportunity to see if they can be repaired by skilled volunteers while learning how it’s done. The cost is a voluntary contribution.
On the final Saturday of the month the Town of Halfmoon will honor its agriculture heritage from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 with the annual Harvest Fest at the Halfmoon Town Park, Route 236. This event gives youngsters a chance to burn energy in the bounce houses, pick out a pumpkin to decorate for their doorstep, be entertained from the park stage, and watch a variety of demonstrations.
This year the town has brought back the much-missed Harvest Fest parade. The parade with its floats will start at 10 a.m. on Harris Road and travel Route 236 to the park.
For more information on the events visit the appropriate websites for the two towns or the library.