CANASERAGA — With summer winding down it is time to focus on pumpkin spices, apple cider, and fall festivals.
Canaseraga Fall Festival has been a highlight for that sleepy village for many years, and there are people who look forward to it every single year. It took place Sept. 16 and 17 at Canaseraga Village Park this year.
Joy Kernan said her husband, Jason, of Canaseraga have recently become a beekeeper, and they are selling their honey at the festival.
“He (Jason) started two years ago, and it has become a labor of love,” she said. “This is something we have always been interested in.”
The Kernan’s wanted to make a difference, and do what they could to save the honeybees.
“This is all raw honey and still has all of the antioxidants in it,” she said. “It is good for allergies and can be used as a natural sugar.”
“This is all natural, and I feel like we need to get back to that,” Kernan continued. “There are too many preservatives.”
Kernan said she has come to the festival for many years, and they always have a good time.
“You get to see people that you don’t normally get to spend time with,” she said. “We love coming to the festival every year.”
The Lain Cider Mill is busy at the festival every year, since people come from all over for their fresh pies, cider, and donuts. The family has taken over the cider industry for about 53 years now.
Becky Armstrong of Friendship said she helps her parents by making the pies every year.
Harry Lain of Canisteo said his father started it after the old cider mill had shut down.
“Our local cider mill died and my father said somebody had to do it,” he said. “This will be my 54th season making apple cider. I do it for the pure enjoyment of it.”
The Lain family farms the rest of the year on their beef and dairy farms, so this cider business only lasts about eight weeks.
“This is a family business,” he said. “All of my children come back home to help out, and they bring the grandkids.”
The Marjorie Dieter Mastin Historical Society gave some insight into the importance of this small town.
Charlie Spencer said that the society is named after a very important woman who took it upon herself to gather the history of the town she loved.
“She spent about 40 years gathering stories and photos from people in town,” he said. “She wrote volumes of things on the community. She owned the Mastin Grocery Store and my mother worked there. She would talk to older people, and get their stories so they wouldn’t be lost forever.”
Holly Spencer, Charlie’s wife, is the town historian now, and she works hard to fill those shoes.
The Burns Jail established in 1873 is the oldest village jail still standing in New York State. Spencer said he opens it to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from about 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Hotel Kingston was an elegant place to stay back in the days of the railroad.
Chuck Mann of Canaseraga owns the hotel and is working on getting it fixed up. It went from being a booming business for the captains of the railroad industry to being apartments. It has been abandoned for some time now.
“Chuck wants to preserve as much of Canaseraga as he can,” Spencer said. “He has bought a few buildings to fix up.”
Lisa Scott is working on Partyin For Parkinson’s on Seot. 24 from noon until 6 p.m. at the Canaseraga Legion. This is her second year doing it, since they raised $5,900 for the National Parkinson’s Foundation in Rochester.
Scott said raising awareness on this disease is important to her since her fiance Griffith and her cousin suffer from it.
They are starting a support group at the YMCA in Hornell the second Saturday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and it is for those who suffer, the family, and the caregivers.
The benefit for Parkinson’s on Sept. 24 will have a 50/50 raffle, chinese auction, live music, horseshoes, and lots of good food. Some of the donated items to the auction involve popular sports idols like Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers. There are also hot items like Corning Glass Museum and Darien Lake.