Shandaken gearing up for late summer festivities

The Shandaken Day Committee together with the Town of Shandaken has announced its list of events scheduled to celebrate Shandaken Day on Saturday, Aug. 29. This year marks the sixth year of the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Big Indian Park on Route 28 and which will showcase the hamlets of Big Indian and Oliverea.
The schedule of events planned for the day includes kids’ games, hikes, bike rides and tours as well as the unveiling of a statue and ceremonies by Native American groups from throughout the Hudson Valley. Also slated to be on hand are various arts and crafts vendors as well as local educational, historical and community service organizations.
The statue that will be unveiled is 14 feet tall and is sculpted from a log in Big Indian; it will be situated as a welcoming figure along the Route 28 corridor and will be unveiled at the beginning of the event in honor of Winisook, the “Big Indian” of local lore.
Shandaken Day is held in different hamlets each year to highlight, educate and reinvigorate interest in some of Shandaken’s geographic points of interest.

Wooden Nickel Program
The committee also announced the start of the Shandaken Wooden Nickel Program, an effort to raise funds to continue the Shandaken Day event and promote business into the end of September. For $2, a patron may purchase a wooden nickel with the Shandaken Day moniker on it, which they may keep as a souvenir or redeem at participating area businesses for a discount equal to or greater than the value of the initial purchase. Wooden nickels are available for purchase at the following local businesses: Belleayre Plaza (Pine Hill); Pine Hill Arms (Pine Hill); Peekamoose Restaurant (Big Indian); Morra’s Market (Big Indian); Brio’s Restaurant (Phoenicia); Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina (Phoenicia); and Hanover Farms (Mt. Tremper), as well as at the Shandaken Town Clerk’s office.
For more information: June LaMarca at 254-5318 or Rob Stanley at 254-6705 or the clerk’s office at 688-5004.