Andes gearing up for Community Day


Andes — The tinhorns are sounding from hill to hollow in every corner of Andes, and beyond. From Palmer Hill the message travels up Canada Hollow, echoing throughout Dingle Hill, down to Perch Lake, and branching off to the Barkaboom and Shaver Hollow, swinging around the reservoir to Fall Clove, their echoes reverberating through Wolf Hollow until it emerges on the Tremperskill. They are not announcing a forced cattle sale as in the early 1840s.
These ethereal modern-day Calico Indians are calling one and all to Andes Community Day, celebrated on the second Saturday of August since time immemorial in commemoration of the seminal anti-rent War incident that took place on August 7, 1845. (If you are interested in the history visit the permanent exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Hunting Tavern Museum at 288 Main Street.)

Community Day will be held on Saturday, August 11 this year. Events will festoon the day, starting with a pancake breakfast at the fire hall from 7 to 9 a.m. Grab a perch on Main Street after 10:30 a.m. to watch the parade. Brochures listing scheduled and all-day events will be all over town. Here’s a sampling: Kids’ games (10 years old and under) immediately following the parade on the Presbyterian Church lawn; Chester the Clown Magic Show, 12:30 p.m. at Bohlmann Park.

Also: Hayrides at 11 a.m. in front of the Andes Hotel; Rails to Trails Nature Walk, 1 p.m. at the train depot on Route 2, Cabin Hill. Vendors will be set up at the school where Country Express will play from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; corn on the cob and watermelon eating contests at The Andes Hotel Summershack; museum tours at The Hunting Tavern Museum; Paint the Man at Delaware Trading Post; a book sale at the library (where you can get WiFi connection). The fire department is putting on an Antique Classic Car Show with a DJ and dancing on the lawn behind the bank, 314 Main Street, from 110 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Food and music all over town. And as always the great shops, galleries, eateries and lawn sales peppered throughout the hamlet.
So get out your own tinhorn and spread the word!