Arts and Fiber Dutch Festival
RENSSELAER FALLS- Artists & Crafters are invited to join in our outdoor
“Arts & Fiber Dutch Festival “on Saturday May 23rd from 9 am until 3 pm.
The Village of Rensselaer Falls is having their annual Village Wide Yard
New this year is the Arts & Fiber Dutch Festival along the Van Rensselaer Canal.
The Arts & Fiber Dutch Festival is in honor of our namesakes Stephen & Henry
Van Rensselaer. The area of the canal is located downtown along CR 15.
Jackie Lane of Fiber Options and Sally Hartman of Ladies First, gallery of
art wish to encourage you to participate in or stop by the Festival
or visit with artisans. Sally is collecting Dutch information, and husband
Kyle who’s family came from Amsterdam. The Hartman’s have a collection of
Dutch shoes and windmill memorabilia. The Rensselaer Falls branch of the
Canton Free Library recently had a Dutch Mill Bulb Sale and many of the
residents of the Falls bought bulbs to put in their gardens in order to
Artist and crafters who would like to set up a booth are encouraged to contact Sally Hartman at 315-344-8882.
Welcome to Rensselaerwyck
RENSSElAER FALLS-A large tract of land was granted to Kiliaen Van Rensselaer in 1629. It included all the land that surrounded the city of Albany. Killian Van Rensselaer established a “patroonship” in the upper Hudson valley as an efficient way to cultivate the land and mine the wilderness for farm and forest products that could be exported to Europe and sold. A patroon (n) is the owner of a manorial estate in New York or New Jersey granted under Dutch rule and the “first patroon” engaged many willing and talented agrarian-based families who were also artisans and tradesmen.
Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839) was the fifth descent from Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, and inherited a vast landed estate in Rensselaer and Albany Counties at age 5.
Henry Bell Van Rensselaer (1810 –1864) was the son of Stephen Van Rensselaer. FYI, Henry and wife Elizabeth Ray King are the great grandparents of actress Jane Wyatt.
Rensselaer Falls is an incorporated village on the Oswegatchie River located in the western part of the Town of Canton. Henry Van Rensselaer has been recorded in history as the first mill owner of the Village. The name of the Village was originally Tateville, then Canton Falls but now bears the name Rensselaer Falls.
In the sprit of Rensselaerwyck , our namesake, and their patroonship, let us celebrate the artists and craftsmen of our time. Come to the Dutch Arts & Fiber Festival in Rensselaer Falls on May 23rd from 9:00 AM until 3 PM. You can park your vehicle and walk around the Village for a “day of trading” experience. The Artisans and Craftsmen will be set up along the Van Rensselaer Canal beside the Oswegatchie River.
The festival coincides with the Village Wide yard Sales sponsored by the Rensselaer Falls Historical Society. The Historical Society will have maps, morning coffee, a bake sale and luncheon items available for your conveniennce.
Artists and craftsmen who are interested in showing their wares many contact Sally Hartman at 315-344-8882, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a booth rate and information.