A Whole Lotta Harvest & More: The Gore Mountain Harvest Fest in North Creek
Two simultaneous events will be happening this weekend in North Creek, bringing one heck of a Columbus Day weekend celebration to this favorite Adirondack town. First is the two-day Gore Mountain Harvest Festival, which runs from 10am to 4pm October 9th-10th and features a veritable smorgasbord of entertainment, fall-themed food, children’s performers and games, Adirondack vendors, outdoor activities, and last but not at all least, a performance by the venerable blues musician, Ernie Williams. Second is the Autumn Street Fair in North Creek, with an Oktoberfest celebration, the best beer and food around, a sale tent, performances by the Stony Creek Band, vendors, artisan demonstrations & more. (Click here for info on North Creek’s Autumn Street Fair.)
Gore Mountain has gone all out for this fest, giving attendees the chance to engage in a variety of fun, family-friendly activities, such as guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin that was grown by a local farmer (from 10am to 2pm both days). Forty-five minute juggling shows will also take place at noon on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday, featuring Penelope the Clown. The combined activity of choosing and making your own hiking stick and using it for a scenic nature hike will start at 1pm on Saturday in the Base Lodge. The nature hike will take children through the Gore Mountain grounds, led by knowledgeable guides along the way. Sunday brings a variety of children’s games to the table. From 11:15-noon, field-day type activities will be open to all. First, a pumpkin rolling race will test the strength and speed of participants. Following this is a 3-legged race, where kids can partner up to exercise their balance and coordination. Last but not least is a time-honored tug-of-war. Ending the day at 1pm will be a Halloween Egg “Haunt,” where costumes are highly encouraged.
Live music will also be provided from 10am-1pm Saturday and 10am-noon on Sunday. Brian “Chip” Chevalier will be performing his acoustic tunes. Chevalier has been performing in different styles, with various groups, for 30 years throughout the US. His original CD, Absolutely Adirondack, is a local favorite. More information about Brian is available at his website, www.songspun.com
On Saturday from 1pm to 4pm comes the venerable Ernie Williams band. The band includes front man Ernie Williams, Charlie Vatalaro on saxophone, Rocky Petrocelli on drums, Michael Kelley on keyboards, Michael Dunn on bass, and guitarist Bernie Branch. Ernie Williams has been playing the blues since he was a 13-year-old boy on a Virginia plantation. Now a seasoned musician at 80 years old, Williams can say that he has played the Apollo Theatre in New York, Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, and the House of Blues in Boston. He and his instantly recognizable voice have been fixtures of the Albany blues community for many years. For more information about Ernie Williams and his band, visit www.erniewilliams.com
From noon to 4pm on Sunday, the improvisational band Raisinhead will take the stage. Formed in 2001, the band includes Rob Beaulieu and Ted Grey on guitar and vocals, Sean Sullivan on bass and vocals, Gary Nowik on drums and vocals, Brian Mangini on keyboards, and Jason Townley on sound and recording. Raisinhead finds inspiration in styles as diverse as rock, blues, jazz, R&B, and gospel. For more information about Raisinhead, visit www.raisinhead.com
Beyond the main events of the weekend, vendors and other activities will be open throughout the days. Jewelers, photographers, artists, and furniture makers will be among the many Adirondack artisans selling their wares. A climbing wall and inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses will be available for use. Guests can admire the foliage in a scenic helicopter ride over the mountain’s four developed peaks. Gore Mountain’s usual fall activities will also be available for Harvest Fest visitors. Half-hour scenic gondola sky rides bring you over the High Peaks of the Southern Adirondacks, culminating at the 3200’ summit of Bear Mountain. Debarking at this destination provides opportunities for hiking and picnics. Unlimited use of the Gondola is also included with purchase of mountain bike tickets for the challenging 1700’ vertical terrain.
For more information about Gore Mountain Ski Resort or the Harvest Fest, call 518-251-2411 or visit www.goremountain.com. Admission to the event is free.
–This article was co-written by Monica Sirignano and Jessica Nicosia.
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