COHOCTON — The bitter cold and rainy weather did not keep hundreds of people from the famous fall festival for some good local arts and food.
The Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a parade, arts and crafts, food, and entertainment. The festival ended Sunday at 5 p.m.
NY Icons All-Star Cheerleading owners Amanda Ruscitto and Bethany Adams set up a booth, and participated in the parade.
They sold pumpkins painted pink for breast cancer awareness to support both cancer research and the cheerleading program.
The program got its start in July and anyone in the world can come be part of it from age 3 and up.
They offer All-Star Cheerleading and tumbling classes. Boys and girls are welcome to join whether they are seasoned cheerleaders or just starting out.
Ruscitto and Adams both coach basketball at the Wayland-Cohocton Central School, and have tons of cheerleading experience.
“We offer tumbling and competitive competitions,” Ruscitto said. “We will start competing in January. We have 15 people in our team, and about 30 taking tumbling lessons.”
“We both love cheerleading and all-star competitions,” Adams said.
Ruscitto added the children needed something like this in the community.
“They needed something like this that gives them a good opportunity,” she said. “You would normally have to drive all the way out to Rochester for this.”
They can be reached at 606-661-2827, or stop by at 3530 State Route 21, Wayland.
Local author, Gus Kenney had his very decorative booth out to promote his book The Changeling and the Cupboard. The new book, The Changeling and the Borrowed Family, should be out this December. His books can be purchased at Amazon, Kindle, of Spice Box.
“It is going very well,” Kenney said about the fair. “My wife did all the designs of the booth.”
Kenney sold his books for $13 at the fair and signed them for anyone interested. He sold two for $25. If anyone wanted their name in his next chapter of Lucy’s adventure they could sign their name on a clipboard.
Hand-crafted fused glass artist Justin Sullivan and painter Jen Sullivan provided the public with their combined beautiful crafts. Justin Sullivan named his crafts ElevanGlass and it can be purchased at the fair or at Etsy.
“This is our first big show,” Justin Sullivan said. “We just started out our business.”
He started making lovely glass necklaces and rings about three years ago. His wife, Jen Sullivan began her paintings around the same time.
“I have sold a lot of mine at work,” Jen Sullivan said.
Justin Sullivan added he cuts the glass and shapes them by putting them in the kiln, and sometimes he needs to reshape them.
“I was looking around online for something interesting to do and found this,” he said. “I started doing it right away.”
John Kernan Quilts is proudly owned by John Kernan himself.
“I have been making my own quilts for about 10 years now,” he said. “I have always loved quilts, and my grandmother made crazy quilts.”
Kernan helped his grandmother on occasion when he was a child, but got really into it about a decade ago when he saw a tutorial on television.
“I went to Wal-Mart and bought a sewing machine and some fabric,” he said. “I had my first made in about 2005. My red,white, and blue one got third place at the Steuben County Fair about three years ago.”
Kernan really likes the look of the vintage tops, and will purchase them already made to sew into his quilts.
“I make most of them from scratch, but I have a couple vintage tops,” he said. “They are nice to hang on the wall, or have in a nursing home.”
“I like to see the old patterns,” Kernan continued. “Vintage is not perfect, and they were made to keep warm. They were not made to be pretty, but I like them a lot.”
Kernan believes quilt making is making a comeback.
“My grandma made a lot of them in the 50s and 60s,” he said. “I remember watching her make them in her dining room. I will be getting her old sewing machine soon, and will be thinking of her when I make my quilts.”
Kernan is proud to carry on his grandmother’s legacy.
You can purchase his quilts by going to JKernanQuilts.etsy.com or stores.ebay.com/jkernanquilts. You can reach him by email at JKernan178@aol.com or call 607-324-4032.