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Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:44 am

Byron Heritage Festival

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CORRECTED VERSION:

Where is the center of the Universe?  On Saturday, July 26, it will be Byron, New York.  So look it up on MapQuest, orient your GPS and set your Bat-radar for Byron.  Your life will improve, the community’s spirit will be lifted, flags will wave, and the world will be better!  Just look at these great activities and special events taking place throughout the day:

 

8:00 – 9:00 AM            Fishing Derby at Trestle Park (sponsored by Byron Kiwanis & Sackett Merrill White American Legion Post), for ages twelve and under.  Sign-in begins at 7:30 AM.  No entry fee.  Prizes will be awarded.

 

8:30 AM                       5K Run at Fireman’s Park (sponsored by the Byron Rescue Squad).  Registration begins at 7:00 AM, the race begins at 8:30 AM, and results are posted at 9:30 AM. 

 

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM      Craft and Food Vendors (in Fireman’s Park).  Contact the Town Clerk (548-7123 x 10) to reserve a space.  Non-profits may reserve for free, and a modest fee for others.   During this time the Byron Fire Department will be offering activities and games for children to enjoy.

 

9:00 AM - ??                Town-wide garage sales.  Contact the Town Clerk at 548-7123 x 10 to have your location added to the publicity list.  Lawn space is available for free at the Presbyterian Church in the center of town (please call 548-2800 to reserve space).

 

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM     Raffles (tickets sold at the Gazebo in Fireman’s Park).  Winners announced 3:00 PM.

 

10:00 AM - ??              Bounce House at Fireman’s Park (sponsored by Fullerino’s)

 

11:00 AM                      Red, White and Blue Parade.  Fire companies, vintage vehicles, and community organizations are invited to participate.  Please register with the Town Clerk (548-7123 x 10).  The parade will form on Caswell Road.  A panel of judges will review the parade.  Prizes will be awarded to fire companies and to community groups. 

 

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM     Cruise In.  Vintage vehicles are invited to participate in the parade, and then park in Fireman’s Park for judging by the public.  Trophies and door prizes will be awarded.  No pre-registration required, no entry fee.

 

3:00 PM                       Garden Contest.  Please register with Jeanne Freeman (548-7197).  Entrants must be from the Town of Byron.  Photos of your garden will be taken and then the public votes for their favorites at Fireman’s Park.  Prizes will be awarded.  Winners announced at 3:00 PM.

 

4:00 PM                       Horseshoe Tournament in Fireman’s Park (sponsored by Sue Fuller).  You may sign up at any time before 4:00 PM.  Prizes will be awarded to winning teams. 

 

4:00 PM                       Chicken BBQ (sponsored by Byron Kiwanis) at the Byron Fire Hall.  Continues until sold out!

 

12:00 PM – 11:00 PM     Live Music in the Fireman’s Park Pavilion

12:00 - 2:30 PM   “Side By Side”.  

3:30 PM – 6:30 PM   “M.A.C.”

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM    “Savage Cabbage”

 

9:30 PM                       Fireworks (best location for viewing is Fireman’s Park)

 

For up-to-the-minute information about the Byron Heritage Festival, please visit Town of Byron Heritage Festival on Facebook. 

Event Date and Time

July 26, 2014 - 7:00am - 11:55pm

 

Monday, October 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

Haunted House for UNICEF

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There will be a Haunted House for UNICEF at the Byron Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, October 31, Halloween, beginning at 6:00 PM.  This "trick-or-treat" stop is free, but contributions to UNICEF will be happily received.  There are two paths to take through the Haunted House, including one for younger children.  

UNICEF is a world-wide program dedicated to reducing the number of hungry people -  especilly children - to zero.  In addition to the Halloween theme, there will also be a short video presentation about UNICEF at the Haunted House.    

For more information, please call 548-2800.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 12:58 am

Byron Heritage Day, Saturday, July 30 - Schedule of Events

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Byron Heritage Festival Calendar of Events

July 30, 2011

Fishing Derby    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (Ages 12 and under)  (Sponsored by Byron Kiwanis)    (sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)

5K Run     7:00 a.m. Registration  (Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop #13)                                 8:00 a.m. Race Begins.  9:30 a.m. Race Results

Craft and Food Vendors    9:00 a.m. – ?

Garage Sales      9:00 a.m. – ?

Bounce House    10:00 a.m. - ?    (Sponsored by Fullerinos)

Parade         11:00 a.m.

Cruise In        11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Byron Museum       Open to the public 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Raffles       Winners announced starting at 3:00 p.m.

Horseshoe Tournament        4:00 p.m.      (Sponsored by Sue Fuller)

Basketball Shootout           2:30 p.m. (Basketball Court)

Garden Contest      Winners announced at 3:00 p.m.

Chicken BBQ       4:00 p.m. until Sold Out   (Sponsored by Byron Kiwanis)

Ghostriders         1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Brick Band           5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Big Money Bob      8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Fireworks        9:30 p.m.

Outdoor Worship at the Byron Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.  Please bring lawn chairs.  For more information, please call 548-2800.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 9:23 am

Concert in Byron

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Mitzie Collins and "Striking Strings", the Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble of the Eastman Community School, will be performing at the Byron Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 4, at  2:00 PM.  The concert is free to the public, but there will be a free-will offering to support the Ensemble.  Refreshments will be served after the concert. 

Mitzie Collins is a world-renowned recording artist, performer and teacher.  She is currently on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester.  The Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble is composed of Mitzie's students.  Mary Ann Blair, one of the Ensemble members, is a member of the church, and made the arrangements for the concert. 

The church is just west of the intersection of Route 237 and Rt. 262 in the center of Byron.  For more information, please call 548-2800 or visit www.byronfpc.org.

Here is more detailed information about "Striking Strings", from one of their press releases: 

Striking Strings, the Eastman Community Music School Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble, was created in January of 2008 under the direction of Mitzie Collins.  Composed of students from the group classes that Collins has taught through the Eastman Community Music School and professional and amateur players from the community, the ensemble is has quickly won fans through its many performances in the Rochester area.   Hammered dulcimer ensembles, encompassing rhythmic and tuneful combinations not possible on a single instrument, are rare in the United States, but common in other parts of the world.   This group is modeled after hackbrett ensembles in Germany and yangqin ensembles in China.  Under Collins’ direction, the group is exploring a wide repertory that includes traditional dance tunes and classical compositions.  The Ensemble has performed at the Gardenscape at the Dome Arena, the Caledonia Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School, two private weddings, the Heart of the Alleghenies Festival in Bradford Pennsylvania,  The Harley School, The Genesee Country Village Fiddlers Festival and The Golden LInk Folksinging Society .  The Ensemble plans a number of appearances in the community during the 2009 holiday season. 

The director of the ensemble,  Mitzie Collins,  is widely acknowledged to be a leader in the revival of the hammered dulcimer.  A historian of the instrument, as well as a teacher and performe r,  she has made more than 30 recordings.   Some of her most popular discs are "Sacketts Harbor:  Historical Dance Music of Western New York State",   "St Patrick's Day in the Morning:  Music of Irish Inspiration";  and "Nowell  Music for the Christmas Season".    Collins teaches world music and hammered dulcimer through the Eastman Community Music School.  She received her bachelor of music with a piano performance major and her masters in music education from the Eastman School of Music. 

The group currently has ten members, but it is growing as more players audition to join the infectious enthusiasm of the group.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 1:14 am

Concert in Byron

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Mitzie Collins and "Striking Strings", the Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble of the Eastman Community School, will be performing at the Byron Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 4, at  2:00 PM.  The concert is free to the public, but there will be a free-will offering to support the Ensemble.  Refreshments will be served after the concert. 

Mitzie Collins is a world-renowned recording artist, performer and teacher.  She is currently on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester.  The Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble is composed of Mitzie's students.  Mary Ann Blair, one of the Ensemble members, is a member of the church, and made the arrangements for the concert. 

The church is just west of the intersection of Route 237 and Rt. 262 in the center of Byron.  For more information, please call 548-2800 or visit www.byronfpc.org.

Here is more detailed information about "Striking Strings", from one of their press releases: 

Striking Strings, the Eastman Community Music School Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble, was created in January of 2008 under the direction of Mitzie Collins.  Composed of students from the group classes that Collins has taught through the Eastman Community Music School and professional and amateur players from the community, the ensemble is has quickly won fans through its many performances in the Rochester area.   Hammered dulcimer ensembles, encompassing rhythmic and tuneful combinations not possible on a single instrument, are rare in the United States, but common in other parts of the world.   This group is modeled after hackbrett ensembles in Germany and yangqin ensembles in China.  Under Collins’ direction, the group is exploring a wide repertory that includes traditional dance tunes and classical compositions.  The Ensemble has performed at the Gardenscape at the Dome Arena, the Caledonia Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School, two private weddings, the Heart of the Alleghenies Festival in Bradford Pennsylvania,  The Harley School, The Genesee Country Village Fiddlers Festival and The Golden LInk Folksinging Society .  The Ensemble plans a number of appearances in the community during the 2009 holiday season. 

The director of the ensemble,  Mitzie Collins,  is widely acknowledged to be a leader in the revival of the hammered dulcimer.  A historian of the instrument, as well as a teacher and performe r,  she has made more than 30 recordings.   Some of her most popular discs are "Sacketts Harbor:  Historical Dance Music of Western New York State",   "St Patrick's Day in the Morning:  Music of Irish Inspiration";  and "Nowell  Music for the Christmas Season".    Collins teaches world music and hammered dulcimer through the Eastman Community Music School.  She received her bachelor of music with a piano performance major and her masters in music education from the Eastman School of Music. 

The group currently has ten members, but it is growing as more players audition to join the infectious enthusiasm of the group.  

 

Monday, July 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

Byron Heritage Festival on Saturday, July 25

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The Byron Heritage Festival is happening on Saturday, July 25th, with an incredible array of events for the public to enjoy from morning until midnight.  The Festival takes place in the park that is located behind the Byron Fire Hall on Rt. 262 near the center of town.  So please mark July 25th on your calendars, and come to Byron's Fireman's Park for a day full of fun, and dance the night away with live entertainment and beautiful fireworks. 

heritage festival 2009

 

8:00 - 10:00 AM - Kiwanis Fishing Derby (sign-in begins at 7:30 AM)

9:00 AM - 5K Kid's Race and 10:00 AM 5K Adult Race (sponsored by Boy Scout Troop #13, registration begins at 8:30 AM)

9:00 AM -5:00 PM - Craft and Food Vendors

9:00AM - Garage Sales throughout the town

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Cruise In

12 Noon - Chicken BBQ (sponsored by the Byron Fire Dept, til sold out)

11:00 AM - Geoffrey Clough

12:00 PM - Renaissance Man

1:00 PM - Magician James Swatt

2:00 PM - Belly Dancers

2:00 PM - Horseshoe Tournament (sponsored by Sue Fuller)

2:30 PM - Sack Race/Balloon Toss/3 Legged Race

3:00 PM - Ghostriders

4:00 PM - Hot Dog Eating Contest

5:00 PM - Pig Roast (sponsored by the Byron Presbyterian Church, til sold out, tickets $8, take-outs only, served at the Town Park),

5:30 PM - Beautiful Gardens of Byron winners announced

6:00 PM - Savage Cabbage (sponsored by the Byron Hotel)

9:00 PM - Midnight -Bandera

9:30 PM Fireworks

Portions of the day are made possible with funds from the Decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council of the Arts, administered by the Genesee-Orleans Arts Council through the Byron Bergen Public Library.  For more information about the Byron Heritage Festival, please call Debra at 548-7123x10, or look at the town web site:  http://www.byronny.com/

To complete the weekend, the Byron Presbyterian Church is having Sunday morning worship outdoors in the park next to the church bulding at 9:45 AM.  Please bring lawn chairs or blankets.  Refreshments on the front steps of the church will follow the service.  For more information about the church please call 548-2800.
Friday, May 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Memorial Day in Byron

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Memorial Day in Byron, Monday May 25th.

9:00 AM - Plant Sale at the Byron Presbyterian Church on Rt. 262. 

All Day - Food concession

All Day - Vendor tables with crafts and rummage

11:00 AM - Town Parade (begins on Terry Street and proceeds east on Rt. 262, concluding with a ceremony at the Byron Cemetery).

Noon - Free games for children in the park next to the Presbyterian Church on Rt. 262, also featuring "Mr. Squiggles" (Mr. Squiggles is sponsored by the Byron-Bergen Library through a grant from the NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Program).

1:00 PM - Big Auction on the lawn of the Presbyterian Church, Rt. 262.  Antiques and furniture are included. 

3:00 PM - Duck Race, sponsored by the Byron Town park Committtee - purchase your chances throughout the day at the park next to the church.  Watch the thrilling finish on the Trestle park Bridge, a short walk from the Presbyterian Church.

For more information, please call the Presbyterian Church, 548-2800.  For vendor table space, please call Laura at 548-2245.

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