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Baldwinsville’s Colonial Festival celebrates 30 years

At the Baldwinsville Central School District’s Colonial Festival, volunteer Jack Gramlich shows fourth-grader Summer McClintic how he cuts tin.

At the Baldwinsville Central School District’s Colonial Festival, volunteer Jack Gramlich shows fourth-grader Summer McClintic how he cuts tin.

— About 400 fourth-graders in the Baldwinsville Central School District took a step back in time to colonial New York at the district’s annual Colonial Festival held June 7 and 8. Because there are so many students, the festival ran for two days to accommodate all of them.

Artisans demonstrated colonial skills and crafts such as weaving and quilting. Students rotated through hands-on activities, including butter making and candle dipping to experience colonial tasks.

The district created the festival over 30 years ago in response to the state’s mandate to include local history in the fourth-grade curriculum. Baldwinsville’s Colonial Festival has served as a model for other local school districts.

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