Ferrisburgh Day is back

The day will “highlight the long history of the town of Ferrisburgh and our cultural heritage” and offer a “time to thank our volunteer fire department and town leaders and volunteers."— Jean Richardson

FERRISBURGH — After a six-year absence, Ferrisburgh Day will make what organizers are calling a timely return on Sept. 26.

The day — which will include open houses at Ferrisburgh’s museums, town buildings and many businesses, plus food, music and more — should give residents a good opportunity to connect as the town and state continue to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our hopes are to host a great post-pandemic celebration of all things Ferrisburgh,” said co-organizer Jean Richardson in an email.

“Such as our many skilled artists and craftspeople, wonderful children in our local school, to the amazing diversity of farmers from dairy and sheep to flowers, vegetables, strawberries, hemp and the new farmers market; and our many small, vibrant businesses and restaurants.”

She and other organizers, including Gail Blasius and Ashley LaFlam, are working on a daylong slate of activities that will run from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The Lake Champlain Maritime and Rokeby museums have signed on already, as have the Basin Harbor resort and other businesses.

According to a letter from the organizers, the day will offer “open houses, workshops, crafts for sale, food to eat and live music,” with other participants on board including the town’s selectboard, Ferrisburgh Central School, the Friends of the Union Meeting Hall, and the Ferrisburgh Historical Society.

In an email, Richardson said the day would “highlight the long history of the town and our cultural heritage” and offer a “time to thank your volunteer Fire Department and town leaders and volunteers.”

The first modern Ferrisburgh Day was staged in 2010, when members of the Ferrisburgh Historical Society revived the 1970s Ferrisburgh tradition of annual “Good Neighbor Days,” during which residents gathered and picnicked.

Back in 2010 historical society members said they hoped Ferrisburgh Day could help neighbors once again become better acquainted.

They noted over time that Ferrisburgh, although still hosting a strong agricultural sector, had become more of a bedroom community from which residents commuted to work.

The most recent Ferrisburgh Day, in September 2015, introduced the community to the town’s then-new $1.05 million, 5,940-square-foot, six-bay highway garage on Little Chicago Road across from Ferrisburgh Central School.

Now, organizers said, the COVID-19 pandemic has isolated residents for much of the past year-and-a-half, and Ferrisburgh Day could again provide a welcome antidote.

According to their letter, “events scheduled to take place all over town” will be widely advertised in social and print media in the weeks leading up to Sept. 26.

Organizers are still seeking donors to offset marketing expenses, citizen volunteers and are asking business owners to participate “on a level that works for your business,” listing special offers or hosting open houses as examples. Marketing signs will list donors, and participating businesses will be included on a public list, organizers said.

Organizers can be reached at: Blasius at [email protected]; LaFlam at [email protected], and Richardson at [email protected].

Richardson summed up their goal: Creating “a time to come together and celebrate with good food, music and activities.”

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