History Days Weekend
“History Days” Weekend Plans Underway
Town of Johnsburg’s annual History Days Weekend is growing into a major fun event involving several town organizations. Johnsburg Historical Society, North Creek Railroad Depot Museum, Our Town Theatre Group and the newly formed GEM Radio Theatre are collaborating to produce a weekend of back-to-back activities which will focus on the town’s unique history. Save the dates: September 14, 15 and 16, 2018 at multiple locations throughout the town.
Friday, September 14, 7 p.m.: GEM Radio Theatre presents “Dessert with the Dead” following a dramatic Graveyard Walk through Main Street’s Union Cemetery adjacent to the North Creek Baptist Church. Actors in period costume will portray some of the former town residents buried there. Family names will be familiar, since many generations have remained in Johnsburg’s hamlets for more than two centuries.
Wear comfortable shoes! Lighting and lanterns will be provided, but additional flashlights would be appreciated.
Dessert and beverages will follow at the Fellowship Room of the adjacent Baptist Church.
We are indebted to Ken and Sharon Hammond of the North Creek Baptist Church. The Hammonds have worked tirelessly to maintain the Union Cemetery, which is in dire need of professional upkeep, and they have provided us with valuable historical information on many of the deceased.
Reasonably priced tickets will be on sale during the summer months. Reservations are suggested.
Saturday, September 15: JHS will be offering displays, newsletters, books for sale, and a quilt raffle at the Ski Bowl Park pavilion. A folk art program will feature well-known woodcarver Jack Masten at his home workshop in North Creek (carpooling from Ski Bowl Park is encouraged).
North Creek Railroad Depot Museum hosts Open House at the Depot Museum and an exhibit at the Owens House at the railroad complex. Gore Mountain is offering free gondola rides! Last year’s popular “Touch a Truck” will return.
Sunday, September 16, 2 p.m.: Singer/actress Eileen Egan Mack will entertain the audience at Tannery Pond Community Center with her famous portrayal of Jeanne Robert Foster. This free program, ‘Voice of the Mountains,” recreates the people and lore of the Adirondack Frontier in story and song. The program is based on the works of poet and author Jeanne Robert Foster.
This collaboration among Johnsburg Historical Society, North Creek Railroad Depot Museum, Our Town Theatre Group and GEM Radio Theatre is a positive step forward towards improving the quality of life in the Town of Johnsburg.