Saturday: On Wellesley Island, a celebration of autumn

Saturday: On Wellesley Island, a celebration of autumn

WELLESLEY ISLAND, N.Y. (WWNY) - Under overcast skies Saturday, hundreds of people turned out for the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center’s 41st autumn festival.

The annual event draws children and adults for a day of outdoor activities. Saturday, for example, you could build a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin or ride a pony.

Elin Oblender came to the festival and enjoyed “the games and the apple press.”

“It kind of shows people a lot about what nature’s really about," said Cecilia Thompson.

Even though it rained, organizers expected to draw a good crowd.

“So, even with the rain, we’ll have close to 1,000," said Matthew Elliott, president of the Friends of THe Nature Center board.

"If we have a great sunny day, and this morning has been absolutely beautiful, we can have well over 1,000, close to 2,000 people.”

And the rain really didn’t dampen the day’s activities.

“It was like a little bit when we were painting our pumpkins, but there’s a roof over our pumpkins, so our pumpkins didn’t get ruined," Elin Oblender said.

Saturday’s event marked the festival’s return back to the Nature Center, where a two-year restoration project was completed at the site.

The work was done in time to bring the back for the center’s 50th anniversary this year.

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