Old-fashioned fun planned in Fleischmanns for holiday weekend

For those who remember the days when the arrival of warm weather meant old-fashioned fun, the Village of Fleischmanns will offer a trip down memory lane on Memorial Day weekend.
With streets and parks ready for a summer of fun, Fleischmanns will kick off the holiday weekend with music and food, ball games, quilt shows, flea markets, rides in a horse-drawn carriage, a traditional parade, and a whole lot more.
“We’re taking all the traditional fun of Fleischmanns, multiplying it times 10, and putting it all into one great Memorial Day weekend,” said Peggy Kearney, one of the weekend organizers and a member of both the Museum of Memories Board and Fleischmanns First (FF), an ad hoc group doing revitalization work in the Village.
Fleischmanns First had a great head start with Memorial Day weekend, because it’s always been festive in Fleischmanns. “Traditionally it’s the opening of the Museum of Memories, and Skene Memorial Library holds a sale with books, plants, and baked goods,” said Library and Museum Trustee John Duda. For several years, a growing number of other vendors—crafts, maple syrup, antique postcards, and tag sale items, have set up at the event. Vendors or organizations can join the fun at no charge, but need to contact Museum Trustee and Fair Organizer Peggy Kearney at 254-5311 to secure a spot.
Duda has spent several years crafting a walking tour of Fleischmanns history for Skene Library which will have its debut on Saturday, May 24 (1 p.m.) and Sunday, May 25 (10:30 a.m.), beginning at the library and ending up at the ball field on Wagner Avenue in time for the Mountain Athletic Club vintage baseball games. Comfortable walking shoes should be worn by all. Contact John Duda at 254-4104 for more information.
Tennis professional Mark Birman will host drop-in tennis instruction for kids and adults from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Organizers anticipate more vendors than ever this year, so much so that Main Street and the library grounds will be set aside for the book and tag sales and the village gazebo will be the hub for crafts and music.
The Catskill Mountain Boys will be twanging away from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 - 2 p.m., and Hilt and Stella Kelly will take the stage from noon - 1 p.m. and get some square dances going. The village will also be filled with color, with the Second Annual Quilt Show and Sale at the Fleischmanns Community Church.

And what would Memorial Day be without chicken barbecue? Luckily the Fleischmanns Fire Department doesn’t have just any barbecue, they have Karl Von Hassel’s famous chicken barbecue with his wife Bertha’s delicious salads.
Another great Fleischmanns tradition takes off this year, as the revived 1895-style Mountain Athletic Club opens their second season of vintage base ball with more home games than ever. Just so you get your base ball history straight, the M.A.C. will host the Bristol Blues of Rhode Island for two games on Saturday, showcasing the earliest form of base ball’s 1861 rules. The Blues will take on M.A.C. at 2:30 and our other local vintage team, the Roxbury Nine, after that. Sunday at noon the rivalry will be red hot, as the two local teams, the M.A.C. and the Nine, mix it up in a doubleheader and you get to see the game as it was played in the 1890s.
Monday the whole town will turn out to support parade participants at 9 a.m. for a truly old-fashioned Memorial Day parade. “Anyone interested in participating or volunteering in any capacity can contact me,” said Peggy Kearney (845.254.5311). You can also learn more about the fun in Fleischmanns by e-mailing memorialday12430@hotmail.com.