By Chris Hoffman
(Earlville, NY – July 2012) The Community Days weekend kicks off on Friday July 20 with a block party at the Huff Brau on West Main Street. Rock cover band My New Obsession (Connie Silverbrand, vocals; Marc Funaro, guitar and vocals; Dave Burch, bass, keys and vocals; and Stephen Bitzer, drums) will perform live from 6 to 10 p.m.
On Saturday July 21 beginning at 9 a.m., the Earlville Free Library will hold its annual book sale. All other events on Saturday will be held at the old school on Fayette Street, unless otherwise noted.
Quincy Square Museum, on East Main Street, will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring new and expanded exhibits of memorabilia from Earlville’s history.
The Earlville Opera House will be open from noon to 3 p.m. featuring six contemporary quilt artists, including Shelley Baird from Ohio, Cynthia Corbin from Washington, Jennifer Day from New Mexico, Sally Dutko from Ithaca, Nancy Hicks from East Rochester and Kathleen Loomis, from Kentucky.
A special EOH Kids Art Happening will include watercolor paintings, sidewalk chalk art, and tissue paper flowers, as well as Flower the Clown.
Dove Creek performs live with an eclectic Americana mix of bluegrass, folk, country and blues, featuring mandolin and guitar.
MAD Art, Inc., in conjunction with the Earlville Opera House, presents 3X: One Family/Three Generations of Artists, with work by Katherine Stillwaggon, Denise Stillwaggon Leone, Anne Stillwaggon, and Peter Stillwaggon Leone, at the Abbott Studio Gallery, 2 Abbott Ave. in Earlville. The gallery opens at noon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and a reception for the artists will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Children’s activities include games (from 10 a.m. to noon), a bounce house (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and a magician at the Pavilion near the old school (1 to 2 p.m.).
Special activities this year include a Cornell Cooperative Extension Program at the Pavilion (10 to 11:30 a.m.), a car cruise-in (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), a garden tractor pull (1 to 6 p.m. behind the school), and a Balloon Walk beginning at 11:30 a.m. across from the old school on the corner. If the weather cooperates, there will even be helicopter rides.
Mayor Bill Excell has volunteered to sit in the dunk tank this year, which will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Three balls cost $1, and all proceeds go the Earlville Food Pantry.
Food will be served all day, including hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausages, as well as chicken barbeque (10 a.m. until sold out), and pulled pork barbeque (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the firehouse)
The Chenango Canal Association will be selling ice cream and root beer floats from 10 a.m. until sold out, and there will be a bake sale at the new ball field.
The Earlville Fire Department parade starts at 6 p.m. at Quickway, in celebration of the EFD’s 125th anniversary.
Katie Stewart performs from 7 to 9 p.m. and a fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m.