by Tom Walogorsky
The Pawling Chamber of Commerce (PCC) has been hard at work planning events for the community this fall to support local commerce and enhance the quality of life for merchants, residents, and visitors at perhaps the most magical time of year for Pawling and the Harlem Valley.
Enterprise and trade will be in the air on Saturday, September 9, as Pawling bustles with activity for the twenty-third annual Community-Wide Garage Sale. Residential vendors can either sell items from their homes, or use limited space to be made available on Charles Coleman Blvd on a first come, first serve basis.
Anyone wishing to participate can register at The Yarn & Craft Box, 24 Charles Coleman Blvd. The PCC will hold a 50-50 raffle and provide free maps to all sale locations. These maps and raffle tickets will be available at the Chamber of Commerce building, 55Charles Colman Blvd. Overall, more than 100 merchants are expected to participate. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
On Saturday, September 23, the PCC will present the twenty-fifth annual Festival of Arts and Crafts. On Charles Coleman Blvd from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. residents and visitors will have access to a multitude of vendors selling knitting, crocheting, pottery, quilts, jewelry designs, and original artwork. Admission is free. The festival will be held rain or shine. Vendors wishing to participate may fill out an application at the PCC building in the village, or email Patricia Martin at MartinSCC@aol.com.
On Tuesday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m. the Chamber and the Pawling Beautification Committee will be sponsoring an auction and raffle at the Mizzentop Day School, 64 East Main Street. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Beautification Committee’s efforts to maintain and improve areas in the town and village. Among the items being auctioned are a king-size Amish quilt, paintings, jewelry, wine, and a variety of gift certificates donated by Pawling merchants. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. In previous years, the Committee has used funds raised from the auction and raffle to replace signage throughout the town and village, replace the brick sidewalk outside the village mini-park, and reconstruct an historic stone wall on East Main Street.
A centerpiece of the fundraising effort is the colorful, handcrafted Amish quilt sewn by Pawling resident Lilly King. The quilt is currently on display in the Yarn & Craft Box. Tickets are $2 each, or six for $10, and are available for purchase at the Chamber of Commerce building, the Yarn & Craft Box, and Good Tidings Gift Shop, at 2 Charles Coleman Blvd.