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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Douglas City Days planned for July 14-16

By Ruth Huggler - reporter / photographer

By: Contributed Photo
Depot Street in Long Eddy will be one of the locations of the Douglas City Days Sesquicentennial Celebration, to be held this summer from July 14-16.
LONG EDDY — The date April 19, 1867 might not mean much to today's residents of Long Eddy, but 150 years ago, this river hamlet changed on that date to Douglas City. In a few months from now, Douglas City's bylaws will be revived in celebration of the 150th anniversary of its founding. The Basket Historical Society is planning a return of old-time Douglas City days for one weekend this summer, beginning Friday, July 14 and continuing to Sunday, July 16. There are events being planned to entertain you and the whole family.
Friday evening, July 14 kicks off the weekend with a square dance with calling by Jim and Rita Greier. Saturday, July 15 will feature a parade at noon with firetrucks, antique cars, and local groups participating, followed by a Veterans' Salute with Civil War reenactors.
Musical entertainment will play throughout the day, and kayak and canoe races are scheduled, also a literary reading by local authors, and an antiques roadshow-type appraisal of family heirlooms. Activities for the kids will include sack races and other games in the park. An art exhibit of local talent, and a walking tour of the historic district will be available. Exhibits of the bluestone and logging industries will be displayed at the Basket Historical Society Museum, and a demonstration of cooking with local edible wild plants is planned.
Later on Saturday, July 15, at the Chestnut Cafe, you can enjoy dinner and a showing of the movie “White Cargo,” which is based on the novel “Hell's Playground,” by Vera Simonton.
Sunday, July 16 festivities include a morning hike, a rubber duck race fundraiser in Hoolihan Creek, and a fly-fishing demonstration, along with musical entertainment during the day, and a walking tour.
A commemorative Douglas City Days tee-shirt will also be available for purchase, and details about how to order will be announced shortly.
The next planning meeting will be held Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Long Eddy Hotel. Volunteers who would like to help are encouraged to attend. If you are interested but can't be there, or want more information, send an email to: BasketHistSociety or check the Basket Historical Society's Facebook page for announcements. Call (845) 887-6703 for more details.

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