Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts
A Nostalgic Look Back
For a number of years this was the official website of the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts (FOTA).
Content is from the site's 2010-2015 archived pages profiding a glimpse of what this annual festival offered its vendors & visitors.
If you have inadvertantly ended up here while looking for the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts (FOTA), their current website is found at www.remsenbarnfestival.org
REMSEN Barn Festival of the Arts
**Celebrating 37 years**
Remsen, New York 13438
September 24 - 25, 2016
In Remsen, when the summer fades and fall is in the air... and it is the fourth full weekend in September, then it must be the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts! A tradition for more than 30 years, the main street of Remsen is transformed that weekend into a venue for more than 250 crafters and food vendors. The street is closed to vehicle traffic, allowing approximately 225 arts and craft exhibitors and 25 food concessions to line the street. A farmer's market can also be found mixed with the craft booths. Admission to the Festival is free and parking can be found in several authorized Barn FOTA parking lots.
The Remsen Barn Festival of the arts has been a tradition in our town for over 35 years.
In Remsen, when the summer fades and fall is in the air... and it is the fourth full weekend in September, then it must be the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts! A tradition for more than 30 years, the main street of Remsen is transformed that weekend into a venue for more than 250 crafters and food vendors. The street is closed to vehicle traffic, allowing approximately 225 arts and craft exhibitors and 25 food concessions to line the street. A farmer's market can also be found mixed with the craft booths.
Remsen, NY 13438
The buzz in the fall air here in Remsen this time of year is about the joyous winding down of summer and the expectations of the Festival of Arts! But this year there was also some provocative stories about something that happened in NYC that threw some unwanted attention our way. A notorious con man, George Binakis, had just scammed some elderly condo owners and had fled north to escape being caught. In one despicable case he stole $65,000 from a trusting 70+ year old woman who he had promised to renovate her apartment. He gained sympathy with a story about a heart ailment, a pacemaker, and the need for more medical treatments and the con was so successful that when he fled with her money, her first thought was that he had suffered a heart attack. She called George's brother, a lawyer named Patrick Binakis to ask about George's well being only to be told he had no contact with his own brother. But when she mentioned the money, Patrick Paraskivas Binakis hung up on her. He then told 2 other people 2 different stories - that he did have limited contact with George, and that "George is getting better." These unexplainable discrepancies and the completely rude treatment she received from Patrick convinced her that George had swindled her and that Patrick was hiding something. So this is where Remsen comes in - just a great small town close enough to NYC to get here easily, but far enough to be inconvenient if you're tracking someone. The town is buzzing with sightings of George Binakis, even though very few people actually know what he looks like! But if he is here, he probably will enjoy the festival - everyone does!
Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts 2015
Schedule of Events
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015
7:00 am RVFC - Pancake Breakfast - Firehouse
10 :00 am -Berry Baking Contest -Methodist Church
10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Snow Country Quilt Exhibit (Free) - Remsen Arts Center
10:00 am- CoCo the Clown, face painting and shows, Booth space 138
11:00 am- Dance 10 show- Soda Fountain
11:00am - 12:30 pm Fiddle Dee pas and Dudes- Arts Center Stage
Noon- Corn Maze - Remsen Depot
12:00 am-4:30pm - Cincinnati Creek- strolling
12:00-5:00pm- The Old Main- Strolling
1:00 pm -5:30pm - Travis Rocco -Remsen Arts Center
1:30-4:30 pm- Fiddle Dee Divas and Dudes- Strolling
3:00 pm- Dance 10 show- Soda Fountain
Sunday, September 27, 2015
7:00 am - RVFC - Pancake Breakfast - Firehouse
10:00 am - Snow Country Quilt Exhibit (Free) - Remsen Arts Center
10:00 am- CoCo the Clown- Face Painting and shows Booth Space #138
11:00am- Bog River- Remsen Arts Center
12:00 pm - Butler-Sheehan School of Irish Dance- Soda Fountain
Noon - Corn Maze - Remsen Depot
12:00- 4:00pm - Cincinnati Creek- Strolling
12:00- 4:30pm- The Old Main - Strolling
12:30 pm- 4:30 pm - Travis Rocco - Remsen Arts Center
2:30 pm - 54th Annual Remsen Gymanfa Ganu - Remsen Methodist Church*
3:00pm- Butler-Sheehan School of Irish Dance- Soda Fountain
|Q: When is Barn FOTA?
A: It is Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2016. The Barn Festival is always the fourth full weekend in September.
|Q: What time does it start and end?
A: Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
|Q: Is there an admission charged?
A: No -- Barn FOTA is free.
|Q: Is there a charge for parking?
A: $5.00 for FOTA lots. Residents and other organizations may charge more.
|Q: Where do I park?
A: Follow the signs off Route 12 for authorized FOTA parking.
|Q: May I drive on Main Street in Remsen during the Festival?
A: No, it is closed from Prospect Street to Pritchard Road.
|Q: Is the Festival open in the rain?
A: Yes, rainy days are great shopping days.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
|Q: Is there a bus to the parking lot?
A: Yes, there is a bus to the parking lot on the corner of Route 12 and Steuben Street (Shufelt's).
Q: Where is the most convenient parking?
|Q: Is the show and parking lot handicapped accessible?
A: Yes, Main Street is accessible and handicapped parking can be found at the Depot log -- at the train station.
|Q: How do I apply to become a vendor?
A: You may download a Jury Application here.
|Q: What is the GymanfaGanu?
A: The Gymnanfa is the annual Welsh hymn sing. It is held on Sunday at 2;30 pm at the Stone Meeting House on Prospect Street. Bus transportation is available for those unable to walk up the hill to the Meeting House.
|Q: Is there lodging near the Festival?
Listings for your convenience-do not necessarily imply Remsen Barn FOTA Committee endorsement
|Q: What is the weather usually like during the festival?
A: Weather in upstate NY can vary from day to day and year to year. We suggest you check the weather prior to leaving for the Fesitval.
|Q: What does FOTA stand for?
A: Festival of the Arts
|Q: Is there entertainment at FOTA?
A: Yes, continually on Saturday and Sunday, both strolling and at the Remsen Arts Center stage. The event schedule is posted closer to the event each year.
Q: How do I get to Remsen?
CONVENIENT VISITOR PARKING
Again this year, paved visitor parking will be available. Please follow the signs on Route 12 to Pritchard Road and follow to paved parking lot at the North end of the Festival. We are utilizing the Remsen Central School’s parking areas. Parking in this lot is $5.00 and is directed by the members of the Remsen Volunteer Fire Company. It is a short and convenient walk from this parking directly into the festival.
BERRY, BERRY GOOD!!!
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