CHESTERTOWN Adirondack Waterfest, a celebration of the region’s waterways — featuring various activities and expositions for various ages — is to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday July 12 on the field behind the Town of Chester Municipal Center, 6307 Main St. in Chestertown.
The free event includes interactive exhibits highlighting preservation of water quality and protection of aquatic resources.
Adirondack Waterfest also features musical entertainment, a magic show, a bounce house, children’s water games, live animal displays, balloon sculpting, T-shirt printing, and storytelling, as well as various expositions.
Also planned for the event is a boat-washing station to demonstrate how boats are inspected and cleaned of invasive species. Information on preventing erosion and septic system maintenance is also to be available.
The event starts out at 10 a.m. with a talk on Logging in the Adirondacks in the 1800s by John Hastings of the state Department of Environmental Conservation in the auditorium in the municipal center. At 10:30 a.m. planned is a Rain Barrel workshop, at which for $10, attendees can obtain a rain barrel and associated hardware to capture water for use in irrigating their home landscape.
A concert by the Zucchini Brothers is to start at 12:30 p.m. Eric Bright is offering two presentations on guitars, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 11:30 a.m. focusing on making the instrument.
A presentation on invasive species in the Adirondacks is to be given at 2:30 p.m. by William Martin.
A variety of conservation groups, lake associations and municipalities are sponsoring the program.
Photo by Thom Randall