Capital Region Scrapbook: A look back at autumn 1987

Monday, October 1, 2012
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The city’s Oktoberfest celebration was held Oct. 10, 1987.
The city’s Oktoberfest celebration was held Oct. 10, 1987.

Apples, pumpkins, popcorn, quilts and fried fish were all on the autumn agenda in 1987.

Local orchards began making pies and ciders. People with a little time on their hands visited apple yards and soon had a few bushels in their hands.

In Ballston Spa, the Old Tyme Harvest Festival at the Brookside Museum took visitors back to Colonial days.

Old-fashioned ways of sewing quilt, making shoes for horses and making music for people were all part of the proceedings.

Another open house took place in East Glenville, where town firefighters lined up prizes such as a 10-speed bicycle for lucky kids.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Fairview Avenue in Schenectady was also open for guests. On Oct. 2, the church renewed its long tradition of serving fried fish and potato dinners. The nights out had begun in 1937, and now were held monthly in October, November, March, April and May.

The meal was a deal — $6 for adults and $3 for children age 6 and over. And the trimmings included tartar sauce and cabbage salad.

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