Cobleskill ArtWalk still on, rain or shine

The likelihood of rain won’t get in the way of today’s ArtWalk planned for Main Street in the villag

The likelihood of rain won’t get in the way of today’s ArtWalk planned for Main Street in the village, but organizer Katie Horn-Scarpulla said the weather might force the sidewalk chalk drawing contest indoors.

“It is a rain or shine event,” said Horn-Scarpulla, who said the Tri-County Arts Council’s past three ArtWalks enjoyed wonderful weather.

The slate of artists may be pared down in the event of rain to avoid destroying artwork for sale, Horn-Scarpulla said.

Humidity can warp photography even if it’s covered in plastic or framed, so some artists may decide not to display, she said.

Alternate sites are in place for some of the entertainment, Horn-Scarpulla said.

Belly dancing, Irish step dancing and performances by drummer John Dixon could be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.

Today is the final day of the farmers market on the corner of Union and Main streets. The sale of vegetables and other products will go on as planned, she said.

Musical performances will be “unplugged,” Horn-Scarpulla said, so they can go on as planned regardless of the weather.

A drawing contest will be held during the day, and dozens of gift certificates will be given to adults and children after judging. The gift certificates will yield art supplies from Harmony Acres, Horn-Scarpulla said.

Schoharie County is hosting two other events today; it was unclear late Friday if inclement weather would affect them.

The New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center will be holding its annual Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature live exotic animals and, for the third year, will incorporate informational features for homeowners interested in reducing their energy costs.

Local businesses and government organizations attending have experience, advice and services aimed at helping consumers lower energy bills. Among the presenters are the U.S. Green Building Council, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Renewable Power Systems and Elot Recycling.

Attractions at the Wildlife Festival will include raptors and alpacas, while musicians, storytellers and a circus comedy show entertain guests, according to the authority.

Food for sale at the event will include hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecued chicken and homemade pies.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor Center is located 17 miles south of Middleburgh on state Route 30.

More than 800 runners are expected to attend this year’s Fam 5K run/walk, an event that raises money to benefit Catholic Charities of Schoharie County. The event will include a children’s run, entertainment, community booths and food. It is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on the Cobleskill Fairgrounds in the village.

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