If the words "colonial history" make you think only of Williamsburg, Virginia, think again, because colonial history is also something that happened right here in the town of Ballston. And this weekend is a great opportunity for parents and students to celebrate and learn about local history through a number of family-friendly activities.
"History is not just about the past. It's about the present," notes retired BH-BL social studies teacher Rick Reynolds. Now the town of Ballston historian, Reynolds is also chairing the Ballston 225 anniversary celebration on Saturday.
Ballston 225 will be held from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 13 at three major venues: the Ballston Town Hall on Charlton Road; Merchant Farm, just west of the town hall on Charlton Road; and Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church at the corner of Charlton and Middleline roads.
For a list of activities at each venue, visit the Ballston 225 website.
When the Business & Professional Association's beloved Community Flag Day Parade had to be cancelled after a full day of rain on June 13, several route 50 businesses and Ballston town supervisor Patti Southworth decided to organize a new parade on Friday evening, July 12, as part of the Ballston 225 anniversary celebration.
The Ballston 225 parade will be preceded by a Street Festival on route 50. The highway will be be closed shortly before 7:00 pm, at which time the parade will step off from the BH-BL high school front parking lot and the intersection of route 50 and Kingsley Road. Marchers will head south on route 50 as far as Country Acres Farm and Pet Center.
After the parade, the town is also holding fireworks at Fireman's Grove, Main Street, Ballston Lake.
Please note that should the parade need to be rescheduled due to weather conditions on Friday, this will be posted on the Town of Ballston's website. A rain date of July 13 has been announced.