Author: Ryan Geraghty
September in Schoharie County promises a whirlwind of enriching activities, from the soul-stirring beats of community drumming at Landis Arboretum to riveting tales at the Iroquois Museum's 40th Annual Arts Festival. Whether you're an art connoisseur, nature lover, or family adventurer, there's something captivating for you each week. Curious about what's unfolding week-by-week? Don't let FOMO take the wheel—discover all the exciting happenings.
40th Annual Iroquois Arts Festival
This event centers on the celebration of Iroquois creativity and self-expression by featuring an all Iroquois Art Market open to Iroquois artists by invitation only. Both traditional and contemporary arts and fine crafts are showcased. The Sky Dancers from Six Nations Reserve in Ontario will perform traditional Iroquois social dances, and may invite the public out onto the dance floor to participate. Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground will return with dramatic tales of daring feats and astounding adventures. Family activity area will feature participatory crafts. Local wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will discuss wildlife conservation in our region and present a variety of native animals including birds of prey. The Museum’s archeology department will be available to help identify archeological finds and give demonstrations of flintknapping and other early technologies. Learn more about the festival by visiting their website HERE.
Dragonflies and Damselflies! And Drumming too
We will walk around the various Arboretum ponds with different habitats and will capture, identify, and release these winged jewels. Children are welcome for this class, as they are the very best dragonfly catchers! Partial funding for this class was provided through a grant from Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.
Join us for drumming from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the first and third Wednesdays in September (6th and 20th). We’ll be in or near the Peace Pavilion to drum with leader Art Teale, a dedicated musician who welcomes seasoned drummers and newbies for a fun and relaxing experience. Please bring a drum, (or a plastic bucket that makes a nice sound when struck), or rhythm sticks, or other rhythm instrument. Get more information on our website HERE.
Fall Plant, Book & Bake Sale
The Landis Arboretum Fall Plant, Book & Bake Sale kicks off with the “Pick of the Pots", our exclusive members-only preview and plant sale Sept 8 from 4-6 PM! Members have the first choice of available plants, plus complimentary snacks and beverages. Not a member yet? Don’t worry – we’ll help you join at the gate! Saturday and Sunday, from 10 - 4, enter the Book Room and you’ll discover a world of treasures in print, everything from books on gardening and ecology to novels and biographies. A wonderful selection donated by discerning readers. Sales are by donation, with cash or checks accepted. Learn more by visiting the website HERE
Klinkhart Hal Arts Center
A mixum-gatherum of poetry, prose, and music, Muldoon’s Picnic comes to Sharon Springs after its summer tour of Ireland. The 2023 Sharon Springs appearance will feature Amy Rigby, novelist Susan Choi, poet Mark Doty and, of course, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon himself and the Picnic’s “house band,” Rogue Oliphant. Read more about Muldoon’s Picnin HERE.
Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce
Annual Sharon Springs Harvest Festival
The Annual Sharon Springs Harvest Festival is a bucolic celebration that has been a favorite of locals and visitors to historic Sharon Springs, NY for over 20 years with it’s focus on our local farms’ harvest along with the best of artisan specialty crafts, live music, and children’s activities while keeping all of the favorites of festivals that have come before. Sept 16 10-5 and Sept 17 10-4.
The Annual Sharon Springs Harvest Festival is a bucolic celebration that has been a favorite of locals and visitors to historic Sharon Springs, NY for over 20 years with it’s focus on our local farms’ harvest along with the best of artisan specialty crafts, live music, and children’s activities while keeping all of the favorites of festivals that have come before. Sept 16 10-5 and Sept 17 10-4. Find more information about the festival including a list of all of the vendors HERE.
Houseplant Swap! Is your home beginning to look like a jungle inside? Is it time to divide some of your lovely houseplants? Here's a great chance to give some of your plants a new home and find some new plants to try. Swapping begins at 11:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. Get more details HERE.
National Alpaca Farm Days
National Alpaca Farm Days at Jubilee Farms! Experience alpacas up-close. Feel alpaca fleece, and see how fleece is processed, including spinning demonstrations. Tour the farm, enjoy fun activities and have a fun-filled day! Join us and learn more by visiting the website HERE.
New York Power Authority Visitors Center
Animal demonstrations- kangaroos, monkeys, lynx, parrots, birds of prey, reptiles, etc. Petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, climbing wall, food trucks, local craft vendors. Dog agility skills trial. Learn more HERE.
Middleburgh NY Scarecrows
Visit Middleburgh's favorite goodwill ambassadors! The creativity exhibited by our scarecrow creators is amazing! Support your favorites in our People's Choice voting and help our local food pantries! Your vote (non-perishable food items or personal care supplies) will help the 4 food pantries that are part of our school district and our United Methodist Church's Blessings Box. Learn more about our Scarecrows HERE.
Full Moon Night Walk
Join us from 6:30 to 8:00 PM to walk when the moon is full along the Arboretum’s woods and fields exploring nature at night. Partial funding for this class was provided through a grant from Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program. Click HERE for more information.
Hero Fund America
Run 4 the Hills for First Responders
10th annual Run 4 the Hills for First Responders will be Saturday, September 30, in Sharon Springs NY. This event is sponsored by Hero Fund America, who supports training, education, equipment, and mental health care needs of fire, EMS, and law-enforcement departments. Come support our first responders in this 4-mile walk/run through our beautiful village and countryside. Race starts 9 AM - Information and registration information can be found HERE.
Mustang Valley Sanctuary
Nestled in West Fulton's picturesque hills, Mustang Valley is more than an equine sanctuary. It offers a unique haven for both rescue horses and vulnerable community members such as veterans and abuse survivors. With programs focusing on the transformative human-animal bond, a Day at the Sanctuary invites guests to explore the serene trails and meet the resident horses, fostering an atmosphere of healing, growth, and hope. Learn how to book your Day by clicking HERE.