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Upcoming Events - 05/08/2014

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Updated: 2:11 PM

-- Weekend Farmers Market and Antique Mall opening May 9

PALATINE BRIDGE -- A Farmers Market and Antique Mall will open in Palatine Bridge, at 6014 State Highway 5, on Friday, May 9. The market will be open every Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Antique Mall will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The market and mall will host vendors from across New York from May through November each year. Public auctions are also planned.

"We are hoping local farmers, ranchers, furniture makers, cheese makers, bakers, artists, gardeners, antique collectors, food producers and crafters will take advantage of this public market to help grow their businesses, said Palatine Commons and GreenMarket Inc. President Jesse Quackenbush.

He continued, "With food concessions, a small animal petting farm and live music, our goal is to establish a family friendly, weekend event for local folks and visitors to enjoy.

Vendors interested in participating must apply in person. Vendor stalls will be rented on a first-come/first-serve basis beginning May 9. Veterans, school fundraisers and senior citizens will receive 10 free vendor stalls per day. All food vendors must provide 15 percent discount to senior citizens for food purchases as a condition of participation.

Quackenbush may be contacted directly at (505) 301-9888 or by email at

-- Canajoharie Library to hold Town Hall Info Session May 13

CANAJOHARIE -- The Canajoharie Library will be holding a Town Hall Informational Session on May 13 at 7 p.m. at the library, 2 Erie Blvd.

The Canajoharie Library is asking residents to provide $100,000 in annual community based funding in order for the library to restore and expand its services and programs. A vote on the Library Funding Proposition will take place at the Canajoharie High School on May 20, from 12-9 p.m.

As stated in an informational flyer created by the library, "The Canajoharie Library's funding in recent years has been shrinking. Currently, less state and federal grants are available than in years past. As a result, we have had to make some very impactful changes to have our spending reflect the decreased income. Some of the reductions we've had to make include: reduction of hours from 52 to 37 per week, budget for books and DVDs dropped from $21,000 to $7,300, loss of a full-time librarian position, loss of a part-time programs assistant position, reduction of four to one sessions of storytime per week, teen programs reduced."

The $100,000 will allow the library to add staff, open hours, new computers, more family and adult programs, books, movies and music, and new technology.

If the Library Funding Proposition is approved, the average taxpayer (owning a $100,000 home) will pay $28 annually, which equals about 54 cents a week.

The Town Hall Informational Session aims to provide details and give residents a chance to ask questions about the proposition.

For more details about the proposition, visit

-- Donors needed for OESJ Ponytail Drive

OPPENHEIM -- Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School will hold a Ponytail Drive on Tuesday, May 20. In the past five years, local districts have contributed a total of 75 ponytails to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which is enough to create 12 wigs for those in need. The wigs are distributed for free through the American Cancer Society's wig bank.

On May 20, from 3:30 to 8 p.m., a licensed hair stylist will cut eight inches of hair from donors at the OESJ Middle School cafeteria. Refreshments will be available to donors, who will also be entered in a drawing to win salon quality hair products.

Participants should come to the school with washed, dry, un-styled hair with no products in it.

To sign up, there is a downloadable form on the school's website: Please return the form by Monday, May 12 to book your appointment. After booking, each donor will be assigned an approximate time slot.

-- Springfest Celebration to be held May 8-10

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce sponsored annual Springfest celebration will be held throughout the village May 8, 9 and 10.

Throughout the event there will be village wide garage sales and vendors lining the streets. A list of sale locations can be picked up at the NBT Bank or Village Office. Register with village office to be placed on the list. There will be a blow up playground and games for kids of all ages across from the American Legion.

The Little M will have a $1 hot dog and soda deal Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday, the St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce will hold a baked goods sale at NBT Bank from 12-4 p.m. At 6 p.m., the Springfest Youth Pageant will take place at the OESJ High School. Pick up forms at Small Town Pizzeria, NBT Bank or at Entrants must pre-register by May 5.

On Friday, a Jail-N-Bail will kick off at 9 a.m. The St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce will host a chicken barbecue from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dinners are $7 each. Pre-sale tickets are available at NBT Bank or by contacting a chamber member.

A live broadcast by WKAJ with Rick Morrison will take place from 3-6 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, St. John's Reformed Church will hold a pie sale from 9 a.m. until sold out. Also Saturday, a morning tea will be held from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the House of Bread. The annual Springfest parade will kick off at 1 p.m. Following the parade, a concert, featuring Elmwood Drive, will be held at the House of Bread.

A Facebook Flea Market and Indoor Rummage Sales will be held at the Masonic Temple from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will feature a bake sale to benefit local food pantries and to fund the purchase of public holiday dinners. Tons of new and used items, along with hot food and beverages, will be available.

The 26th Annual Towpath Run will take place Saturday at the St. Johnsville Marina. There will be 10K and 2 mile runs. Registration will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the run will kick off at 5:30 p.m.

A Dance Party with DJ Mike Catalina (with a light show) will take place at the Masonic Temple from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. The dance is sponsored by the St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce.

On Saturday, the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, 19 Kingsbury Avenue, will host guided tours from 9:30 a.m. to Noon.


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