Roxbury’s Turn of the Century Day is Saturday

Turn of the Century DayTurn of the Century DayAll the old-time mountain fun of 1898 comes but once a year in Roxbury’s celebrated Turn of the Century Day festivities. This Saturday, Sept. 4 the entire family can enjoy vintage baseball, children’s crafts and games, a parade of fashion, vaudeville acrobats, spectacular fireworks at dusk, and as always, plenty of vintage victuals, including grilled sausage sandwiches, chicken barbecue, fruit pies and beer and wine for the grownups. 

With all the fun crammed into just one Saturday, you won’t want to miss a minute of 1898: vintage baseball games start at 10 a.m, with those faithful city visitors, the Brooklyn Atlantics, facing teammates from all three Delaware County clubs in an 1864-style slow pitch game. At high noon, the 1890s style baseball game takes the field, with Fleischmanns’ Mountain Athletic Club facing the Bovina Dairymen, and the winner of that game taking on the hometown Roxbury Nine, at 3 p.m. in Kirkside Park. 

Kirkside Park will be filled with vendors offering handmade, organic goods, including beeswax candles, Locust Grove soaps and lotions, John Knapp’s hand-crafted wooden toys, landscape artistry and Judith Millar’s expert herbalist craftings, including herb infused honeys, elderberry immune syrup, rose facial toner, salves, elixirs, dried herb bundles and more. Whatever you do, though, watch out for the smarmy fellow trying to pawn off his dubious Aqua Perfecta potions. There’ll be handmade children’s dresses, Jill Cline’s felting creations, and wood-hewing and fiber-arts demonstrations — all once a daily part of our great-grandparents’ “sustainable living.”

The children’s activity tent will be bustling with hands-on fun, including cornhusk dolls, spool knitting, potholder looms, clothespin dolls, and for children 10 and older, basket weaving. Hoops, stilts and other 19th century toys will be on hand. Children even have their own dress-up event, the Teddy Bear Tea at the Gould Children’s Playhouse from 1 - 3 p.m., where dolls, teddies, and other companions converge at a children’s high society event. Pinafores, knickers and other 1890s child attire will be available for the fashion conscious. Cookies and treats will be on offer, of course and children will also be scouting all day for the charming “Miss Candy,” selling old-fashioned sweets from her market cart.

More fashion will be on parade at the Period Fashion Show at noon, and children and adults alike will delight at the roving antics of the vaudeville acrobats of Clan Tynker all day. An authentic barbershop quartet, Roxbury Brass marches and mountain fiddlers will keep your toes tapping and all of Roxbury’s civic and church organizations will keep you well fed, with ballpark fare, sausage sandwiches, chicken barbecue, ice cream, fairy floss, fruit pies, and watermelon. Public Restaurant will have ice-cold bottles of beer and keep the wine flowing throughout the afternoon and evening. 

Fun begins in Kirkside Park at 10 a.m. and continues right through the evening with a show by Clan Tynker at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. Visit for more information.