Margaretville — There’s Something Ducky on Main in the Village of Margaretville as dozens of festively decorated waterfowl are on display in the community.
Sponsored by the Business Association of Margaretville (BAM), the Something Ducky on Main promotion includes the exhibiting of 28 artfully decked-out ducks on posts along Main Street in the village. There are 24 wooden fancifully adorned wooden ducks the village, along with four large fiberglass specimens.
All of the ducks will be auctioned at the Something Ducky on Main Dinner planned at the MTC Center on Academy Street, Margaretville on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 5-8 p.m. Food will be prepared by area chefs and Brett Rollins will serve as auctioneer.
The duck auction and dinner will culminate a new tradition for BAM. Last year, wooden fish were decorated and sold to the highest bidder in a spirited fund-raiser that resulted in some prize “catches.”
The ducks have been on public display for several weeks and are already drawing significant interest from potential bidders and others who simply appreciate this showcase of fanciful art, according to BAM representatives.
The artists who donated their time and talents to fashioning these uniquely were given free rein to let their imaginations and creative abilities flow. The result is a wide assortment of artistic endeavors, each with a distinctive appeal — from life-like imagery to wildly decorated ducks.
Artists adorning the larger fiberglass ducks were: Barbara Alyn, Raelene Bond, Susan Daniels and Katie Rosa.
Artists applying their talents to decorate the smaller ducks were: Susan Aleksejczyk Barbara Alyn, Linda Aphrodite, Raelene Bond, Wendy Brackman, Won Kyung Chen, Susanna Clemm, Adrienne Cusoff, Susan Daniels, Paula DeSimone, FiFi Dupree, Marley Eignor, Peg Ellsworth, Mace Fleeger, Gail Freund, Laura Sue King, Beth Mami, Miguel Martinez, Amy Metnick, Bea Ortiz, Brett Rollins, Katie Rosa, Richard Simms, Cherie Stevenson, Gretchen Walker, Ray White and Ellen Wong.
All of the ducks have been securely mounted on posts throughout the village. Prior to last year’s auction, several of the decorated fish were stolen.
BAM is dedicated to promoting the village and its many offerings and to helping attract visitors to the Catskill Region in general. The organization utilizes proceeds from events like There’s Something Ducky in Margaretville for projects such as purchasing decorations for the community and for marketing special events. The group also works to reinforce the Shop Local campaign that emphasizes the importance of supporting small, privately-owned enterprises.
The group of business owners annually organizes a number of themed events throughout the year. The most popular annual happening is Holiday On Main, held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The day’s action gets started with a parade and there are hayrides, refreshments, a tree-lighting and special offers from businesses throughout the celebration.
To keep update with BAM’s activities, follow the group’s Visit Margaretville Facebook page.
In a companion project with BAM, Fairview Public Library on Walnut Street is hosting Margaretville’s Story Walk®.
Take a walk on the ducky side
A Story Walk® is “a fun, educational activity that places a children’s story (literally a book taken apart) along a popular walking path in a community.”
The idea behind a Story Walk® was developed as a way to provide inspiration for parents, teachers and caregivers so they will be motivated to take young children outside for physical activity and to enjoy a learning experience. The Story Walk®, which is currently ongoing, is designed to provide the dual benefit of building children’s interest in reading while, at the same time, encouraging healthy activity for both children and adults.
Maps for the Fairview Library Story Walk® are available at the Fairview Library and participating businesses. Following the map stops on the Story Walk® allows children and their caregivers to read Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon as they enjoy a stroll through the village and stopping at the 15 participating businesses to read pages from the book that are on display in storefront windows. The fun tale traces the progress of a duck that decides he’s ready to learn how to drive a tractor.
The library’s goal in hosting the Story Walk® is “to encourage both reading of our amazing village.”
Stops on the Story Walk® include: Fairview Public Library, the Margaretville Hospital Thrift Shop, the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild, Honeybee Herbs, Longyear Gallery, Barbara Alyn Artwear and Mercantile, the Cheese Barrel, Home Goods of Margaretville, Margaretville Liquor Store, Catskill Seasons Ltd., Binnekill Tavern, Catskill Mountain Tattoo, Wildflowers Florist, Catskill Candies and Confections and Bloom – Fabric, Art & Retreat.