Enjoy upcoming fair fun and more end-of-summer events, and catch up on local Glens Falls news tidbits, including a bookstore for sale.
Upcoming Events to Check Out Around the Area
Here’s what’s going on today into next week:
- Thursday Market & Food Truck Corral: August 19 (and other dates)
- Walking Tour of the Historic District of Fort Edward: August 20 (and other dates)
- LARAC – Exhibit Opening of Show VI: Eyes Wide Open: August 20
- Pet Adoption Day at Walker’s Farm, Home & Tack: August 21
- NCA – Journey’s Exhibition Opening: August 21
- Whiskey River at Hicks Orchard: August 21
- Nietzsche! The Musical at For Salem: August 21
- Grandma’s Table: August 22
- Firemen’s Family Summer Festival & Craft Show in Lake George: August 20 – 22
- 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Charles R. Wood Theater: through August 22
- GFCT Family Theatre in the Park – Charlotte’s Web: August 24 & 31
- Take a Bite: August 25
- Lake George Music Festival: through Wednesday, August 25
- Books on Carts in the Park: August 25 & September 8
- Lake George Dinner Theatre at Charles R Wood Theater – Buyer & Cellar: August 26 – 29
Updates on the Fair, a 5K & More in the Glens Falls Region
Washington County Fair Starts Next Week, Should Be Fairly Normal
The Glens Falls Chronicle reports that the 131st annual Washington County Fair, which runs August 23 to 29, has its usual packed schedule, and will run “much as always” despite COVID. Fair-goers can look forward to the usual favorites like the demolition derby, tractor pulls, the rodeo, livestock shows (it has been specified that you can still pet the animals with permission from the farmers), and more, including of course the rides and food.
Attendees are encouraged to buy their tickets online this year, so check out the schedule and firm up those fair plans.
Get In On This Year’s Rotary 5K & Corporate Challenge
This year’s Rotary 5K & Corporate Challenge is September 11. The beneficiaries are Southern Adirondack Independent Living (SAIL), the Ben Osborn Memorial Foundation, and the Glens Falls Rotary Foundation.
Last year the event went virtual; in prior years, it’s taken place at SUNY Adirondack, and this year it’s at a new location, Haviland Cove Park. Make sure you register for this popular area event that supports such important causes!
Beloved Bookstore With Fun Backstory Up for Sale
Owl Pen Books of Greenwich has not only been covered by the Times Union, but also Adirondack Life, the Washington Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. The roots of the bookstore started in 1944 when New York City editorial assistant Barbara Probst had her car break down in front of an abandoned farmhouse and felt motivated to make change. She started a new farm life that year, and then later on in 1960 opened Owl Pen Books in a space that previously housed hogs.
In 1980, Probst sold the business to neighbors and bookstore fans Hank Howard and Edie Brown. Now, 41 years later, Howard has passed on and Brown is looking to sell to someone who wants to keep the bookstore a bookstore. You can find them on Facebook and at their website: https://owlpenbooks.wordpress.com/
Heads Up for Possible Feeder Canal Flooding
As the rain pours down today (Thursday the 19th) be on the watch for flooding in the area. As of this morning, there is a sign and barricades up at the Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail on River Street in Queensbury that says “Life jackets required beyond this point.”
A Flash Food Watch is currently in effect until 8pm this evening for parts of Warren, Washington, Saratoga, and other Counties.
- Campus News: Unique Upstate New York bookstore, 200-year-old home for sale
- Glens Falls Chronicle (print edition): Washington County Fair runs Aug. 23-29; much as always despite COVID