Roxbury begins its heritage tourism fun this Saturday in Kirkside Park
Come to Roxbury this Saturday and take a “no gas mileage” holiday. Roxbury will be bustling with the agreeable pursuits of 1898, and all the fun and food you’ll need is within easy walking distance. There’s even a horse-drawn coach headed your way to ferry you around the corner.
At noon, find a sunny spot in the bleachers for a game of 19th-century-style vintage baseball, played in the broad-green expanse of Kirkside Park. Watch the hometown Keator Cup champs, The Roxbury Nine, take on the Vintage World Series champions, the Westfield Wheelmen from Massachusetts. The entire family can learn how the sport was played 100 years ago, with wooden hand-turned bats and no fancy equipment.
Children can have plenty of hands-on fun all day with crafts and games in an activities tent designed just for them. While in town, the whole family can enjoy the rich architectural treasures of Roxbury from the leisurely vantage point of the elegant horse-drawn hotel coach or a shady stroll under the 100-year old maples on Main Street. You can even learn some resourceful skills as you watch Martha Bremer, master weaver, show you how to hand cane a chair at 1 p.m.
Starting at 2 p.m. you’ll be ready to fortify yourself with barbecue and relax “al fresco” in the beer garden at the Public Lounge on Bridge Street. Savory local sausage and specialty ales add the perfect taste of 19th-century comfort food.
You can even bring the family to Roxbury via the Delaware & Ulster Railroad from Arkville (train departs at 11 a.m. from the Route 28 station in Arkville). Once in Roxbury, there’s an authentic train depot with displays of 19th-century rail history.
Experience the ease, fun and authenticity of the Catskills of 100 years ago in Roxbury this Saturday. History, Victorian architecture, vintage base ball action, and a warm hometown sense of hospitality will provide an unforgettable day for your entire family and complete your transformation into a Catskills state of mind. If you would like to be part of the heritage tourism action yourself, volunteers in “historical immersion” are welcome to contact the Roxbury Parks department at the number below. There’s plenty more 19th-century fun to come on Saturday, July 5 and all Labor Day weekend. For reservations on the train or info call: 607 326-3722.