A Bounty Of Berries Served With A Slice of History

Picture: Frontier Town Display at the Museum, Summer, 2011

 The Annual Strawberry Festival and Hudowalski Student Essay Contest winner ceremony returns “home” to the Schroon North Hudson Historical Museum this Sunday.

The festival -- which in recent years had been staged at the Boat House while the museum underwent extensive renovation and the construction of an annex -- kicks off at 12 noon this Sunday (June 24th) on the lawn of the museum.

“We are very happy to be back here,” Schroon North Hudson Historical Society president Loris Clark told Schroon Laker today.

More than 120 pounds of strawberries have been ordered for the event, which Clark hopes will attract a lot of locals.

“We are actively seeking to involve the local population in the society and museum. This is a good way to bring the community together.”

The strawberry festival  -- which Clark said started “many years ago” -- serves up the delicious fruit in a variety of ways: on biscuits, ice cream or cake - or all three.

Lemonade, ice tea and water will also be available and there’ll be extra strawberries to take home, just check with one of the "strawberry ladies".

At 3pm the winners of the Hudowalski Student Essay Contest will be announced. Grace Hudowalski, the first woman 46er, had a camp on the east side of Schroon Lake for many years. She was passionate about preserving the natural beauty of the Adirondacks and its history. Eight prizes will be awarded on Sunday, provided by a trust set up by Grace Hudowalski.

Clark said she hopes visitors will check out some of the new exhibits at the museum this year and the new annex.

“The annex houses a lot of the large piece we cannot fit into the museum”.

Among those items are a dining booth and signs from the long shuttered Frontier Town, ice harvesting tools from the Underwood Club in North Hudson and farm equipment.

Among the historic topics to be covered this year are the history of the Schroon Lake Golf Course, and the areas of Charlie Hill, North Hudson, Paradox, and Baker Street.

Where and When: Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society Museum, US Route 9, Schroon Lake. 12 pm. (518) 532-7615