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Where We Live: Aurora/East Aurora

Aurora/East Aurora

Sample microbrews, toast equestrian history and raise money to restore the old polo pony stables at Knox Farm State Park at the “Brewfest” Saturday afternoon.

It is the second fundraiser of the year for the new nonprofit Stables at Knox, which is working to fix up the long-empty stables.

Built in 1927, the complex with a long red tile roof, has stalls where the Knox’s polo ponies once lived, second-floor apartments for staff that cared for them and a wood-paneled tack room with a fireplace and horse name plates on the wall.

Designed in the romantic “British-country” style, it is one of many buildings in need of attention at the sprawling East Aurora estate-turned-state-park.

Since its opening to the public about 15 years ago, the park’s popular features include walking paths, an off-lease dog corral and the old mansion rented out for weddings and events.

Proceeds from the Brewfest will go toward restoring the stables, which have not been used much since the Knox family sold the property to the state.

“Our main goal is to retain the Stables as part of the Knox Farm State Park and honor the rich, equestrian history,” said the press release.

General admission to the Brewfest from 2 to 5 p.m. is $40 and includes 29 micro-brew tastings in the horse stalls. A $75 VIP luncheon in the tack room starts at 1 p.m. For more information, check stablesatknox.org

This week:

• The Aurora Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.