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Capital Region Scrapbook: Saying so long to summer

Company picnics and fairs wound down season in ’66, ’67

Monday, September 3, 2012
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Porky, an 8-month-old Yorkshire pig, is groomed by Joe Pleickhardt, right, 16 (right), of Howes Cave, and Thomas Brennan, 17, of Long Island, during the 1967 Cobleskill Sunshine Fair.
Porky, an 8-month-old Yorkshire pig, is groomed by Joe Pleickhardt, right, 16 (right), of Howes Cave, and Thomas Brennan, 17, of Long Island, during the 1967 Cobleskill Sunshine Fair.

For Dave Reynolds, last call for summer meant one more meal in the dining room at Camp Boyhaven.

Don Tuttle got the chance for another rural-urban party at Pine Grove Farms in Duanesburg.

Jodi Pangman used the last days of fading August to meet friends at the Cobleskill Sunshine Fair.

That’s how people wrapped up their summer days and nights in 1966 and 1967. The season began in traditional fashion — with swims in pools and lakes, Fourth of July fireworks shows, picnics and ice cream cones. Now, in late August, it was nearly time for sweatshirts on cool September nights, high-school football games and autumn leaves.

In 1966, area Boy Scouts prepared to move out of Camp Boyhaven in the Saratoga County hamlet of Middle Grove. The camp had opened in early July and would close in late August. The 900 young men who had visited during the season learned skills in swimming, archery and field sports.

In 1967, farmers and city folks met at Pine Grove Farms in Duanesburg for the annual rural-urban mixer. Broiled chicken, corn on the cob and potato salad were on the menu for the late August outdoor supper. So were speeches.

“For city people and farmers, it’s not just knowing each other that counts, but it’s knowing how the other fellow and his operation work into the total view,” said Don J. Wickham, then commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

In 1967, kids and adults both kissed summer goodbye by socializing at the annual Cobleskill Sunshine Fair.

There were other diversions. Square dancing, sewing and company picnics gave people chances to enjoy a few more hours under the sun . . . and think about next summer.

 
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