Come one, come all and 'Celebrate Baldwinsville'

Pack up the family and head to Baldwinsville this weekend for Celebrate Baldwinsville.

Held in the heart of the village, Celebrate Baldwinsville is a conglomerate of organizations providing a variety of events and entertainment for all to enjoy. Activities range from children's games, a book fair and cookie decorating to music concerts, theatrical performances and an antique car show.

In 1997, Baldwinsville commemorated the village's 150th anniversary and, according to Barbara Godfrey, president of the Celebrate Baldwinsville Foundation, Inc., this was the beginning of the annual event. The Celebrate Baldwinsville Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with a 12-member board that organizes the annual event. The foundation formed in 1998 and the first Celebrate Baldwinsville was held at the four corners of the village during winter. Due to a huge snow storm, the foundation decided to hold the event in the fall instead of the winter.

What to expect

All of the activities associated with the event are free including no admission to any of the three venues at Paper Mill Island, Mercer Park and the South Shore West Trail.

"The goal of Celebrate Baldwinsville is to highlight the accomplishments and people of the community and provide a venue for many of the local organizations and not for profits to raise funds for their own organizations," Godfrey said. "It is to showcase what Baldwinsville has to offer with our local businesses and enjoy the many amenities Baldwinsville has to offer."

Some of the events that will be offered at all three venues include an antique car show (6 p.m.) and performances by Elephant Shoes (5 p.m.) and Primetime (7 p.m.) Friday.

Saturday features a three-on-three basketball tournament (10 a.m.), foul-shooting contest (noon) and celebrity basketball tournament (1 p.m.) at Mercer Park. From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, children can enjoy Polka Dot the Clown, face painting, Beaver Lake Nature Center demonstrations and displays, activities with the Baldwinsville Public Library and much more at Mercer Park. The Baldwinsville Optimists Club will sponsor pony rides from 1 to 4 p.m. at the park. Fingerprinting by the B'ville Police Department will also be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park, but parents must call the police department in advance at 635-3131 to schedule an appointment.

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