Monday, July 25, 2016

Angelica Heritage Days - a must see event!

August 6 & 7
Fairbank 200th, Music, Food—And a Look at Angelica’s Hamilton! nnection—Will Highlight 47th Annual Heritage Days Festival


If you come to Heritage Days in Angelica for the focus on local history, you’re sure to enjoy this year’s program. The weekend celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Rev. Calvin Fairbank, a Methodist minister and abolitionist who was born in Pike in 1816. He died at his home in Angelica in 1898 and is buried here in Until the Day Dawn Cemetery.

Fairbank has been called “one of the most remarkable Americans of the 19th Century—abolitionist, friend of Abraham Lincoln, Horace Greeley, and Frederick Douglass and one of the most conspicuous figures in the anti-slavery movement. He freed 47 slaves and helped them to escape North. As a penalty he was twice sentenced to the State’s prison in Kentucky and in all served seventeen years. He was flogged almost every day and received more than 35,000 lashes to his bare body.”

Local historian Bill Heaney will speak on Calvin Fairbank’s amazing story on Saturday and again on Sunday, 1:30 p.m. each day, in the Grange building. Heaney will highlight Fairbank’s acquaintance with Douglass, and the many parallels to their lives and causes.

Also in the Heritage Days spotlight will be the town’s connection to the hit Broadway show, Hamilton! The relationship between Alexander Hamilton and sister-in-law Angelica Schuyler, for whom this community is named, is featured in the wildly successful hip-hop musical. Angelica herself may even make a Heritage Days appearance! Look for “Alexander and Angelica” on Facebook, and visit

If you come to Heritage Days in Angelica for the music, you’re sure to enjoy this year’s lineup. Performing on Saturday in Park Circle will be hometown favorite Salty Austin, back for another year at age 97(!), followed by Rich Ordway, and Burning Tractor. The group Off the Wagon closes out the Saturday music schedule. Playing in the park on Sunday will be the Old Hippies, and The Judy Chops.

Corporate entertainment sponsorship is provided by Angelica Enterprises Inc., Angelica Spring Company, Bainbridge Family Farm, Brown & Powers Funeral Home, Community Bank, Cuba/Fillmore & Fisher Pharmacy, East Wind Landscape Nursery, Evergreen Trails Campground, Hill-Warner American Legion Post 414, Phillips Angelica Forest Products, Richardson & Stout Insurance, Steuben Trust Company, and Stoney’s Storage.

If you come to Heritage Days in Angelica for the food, you won’t go hungry. Stop at the sausage stand at the American Legion on Saturday, the pancake breakfast at the Legion on Sunday morning, and the chicken BBQ at the Methodist Church at Noon on Sunday. The Booster Citizens refreshment stand will be up and running in the park both days, along with offerings on Saturday from the American Hotel and EisenHearth Wood Fired Pizza.
When you come to Heritage Days in Angelica, you also can browse the large art-craft-antique market; load up on tickets for the theme basket auction; watch the croquet matches on the unique “roque” court; visit the Colonial Rooms museum at the Angelica Free Library and the quilt show (Saturday only) at the First Baptist Church; enjoy the antique equipment demonstrations; take a tractor-drawn wagon ride through the Historic District; and visit the Main Street shops.

Angelica is located in the heart of Allegany County, at Exit 31 of I-86, Southern Tier Expressway. Heritage Days is sponsored by the Angelica Booster Citizens. For more information (including market vendor participation) call 585-466-7930; email; visit, or the Booster Citizens on Facebook.
Angelica Heritage Days
Saturday & Sunday – August 6 & 7
Park Circle – Angelica
Historian Bill Heaney on Rev. Calvin Fairbank, Abolitionist / Roque (Croquet) Tournament / Wagon Rides thru Historic District / Live Music at Gazebo / Theme Basket Auction / Art-Craft-Antique Market / Old-Time Games / Antique Machinery / Displays-Exhibits-Demonstrations / Chicken BBQ Sunday /

Visit Angelica –Founded by Philip Church & named for his mother, Angelica Schuyler Church, a lead character in the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton!

47th Annual Event

Sponsored by Angelica Booster Citizens Inc., P.O. Box 173, Angelica, N.Y. 14709

For more information (including market vendors): 585-466-7930

on Facebook – Angelica Booster Citizens Inc.

Heritage Days Schedule

Saturday, August 6

7:00 a.m. Coffee & doughnuts, Booster tent

9:00 a.m. Market opens

9:00 a.m. Quilt show, Baptist Church – 4:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. Refreshment stand opens, Booster tent

11:00 a.m. Sausage stand, Legion lawn

11:00 a.m. Croquet semifinal match

11:00 a.m.Salty Austin, bandstand

12:00 Noon Rich Ordway, bandstand

1:00 p.m. Colonial Rooms exhibit, Library – 4:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. Burning Tractor, bandstand

1:15 p.m.Sen. Young, proclamation, Grange Bldg.

1:30 p.m. Bill Heaney on Calvin Fairbank, Grange Bldg.

2:00 p.m.Croquet semifinal match

3:00 p.m. Off the Wagon, bandstand

5:00 p.m. Market closes

Sunday, August 7

7:00 a.m. Coffee & doughnuts, Booster tent

7:00 a.m. Pancake breakfast, Legion – 10:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Market opens

10:00 a.m. Refreshment stand opens, Booster tent

11:00 a.m. Homecoming service, Methodist lawn

12:00 Noon Chicken BBQ, Methodist Church

12:00 Noon Old Hippies, bandstand

1:00 p.m. Colonial Rooms exhibit, Library – 4:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.Croquet championship match

1:30 p.m. Bill Heaney on Calvin Fairbank, Grange Bldg.

2:00 p.m.The Judy Chops, bandstand

4:30 p.m. Theme basket drawings

5:00 p.m. Market closes