The Fall Foliage Festival Parade in downtown North Adams was greeted with rain and dreary weather instead of the usual fall weather.
The Dog Day of Fall Parade transformed into a dog costume party on Holden Street, while the Farmer’s Market across from Mass. MoCA remained an outside event. The only event to move inside was the Fall Foliage Arts and Crafts Festival. Although inside instead of outside, the crafters did not let the rain get them down.
“You gotta do what you gotta do,” said Michael Hussey. “It was good they were able to make arrangements to do it inside.”
Hussey, surrounded by his collection of tie-dye shirts, said that the event is a lot of fun. Although this was only his second time at the festival, Hussey has been making these dyed shirts for 30 years.
Kim Smith, vendor of Forever Fancy, said she would rather be indoors than out in a tent on Main Street in the rain. Smith’s table was lined with handmade gifts for small pets, kids, and others, including little Red Sox and Yankees blankets, collars, and signs. This is also Smith’s second time at the festival.
“I love the event,” she said. “It’s like the beginning of fall for me.”
Even though the huge Fall Foliage Parade is usually the highlight of the weekend every year and at 57 years, has been around a lot longer. Veronica Bosley, North Adam’s tourism director, said they usually have a good turnout for the festival.
“It’s really important in a small community to support the local businesses and the local crafters,” she said, adding that people come out to meet others and start their holiday shopping at the Fall Foliage Festival. Bosley said that people come from everywhere to attend the Fall Foliage weekend and that people who really like the Berkshires plan their visits around it and enjoy the festivities.
“In general, all the residents of North Adams and beyond really like the fall season,” Bosley said. “It’s just a really nice time to come out and celebrate.”
Visitors had access to two rooms within the American Legion that held 30 crafters and their various goods. These goods included jewelry, pictures, dolls, towels, wallets, bags, a variety of homemade items, food, and even sock puppets.
Kim Robert started making sock animals two years ago and displayed them at the fair this year along with other things she makes, including purses made from ties. She goes to all the craft fairs she can and said she would love to sell sock puppets if there were ever a craft fair at the College.
“You can throw them at each other and they don’t hurt,” Robert said with a smile.
The puppets are made with pairs of socks and include many different animals, including cats, owls, elephants, and an octopus known as a “socktopus.”
“Each has a personality,” Justine Pecor, Kim’s daughter, said. “It’s amazing what you can do with a pair of socks!”
Posted in: News– October 6, 2011