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Outdoors Notebook: Festival opens door to the past

Visitors can view how people were housed, hauled, clothed and fed in pre-industrial times during the Buffalo Audubon Society’s Annual Homestead Festival to be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java.

See how area inhabitants survived and thrived at crafts such as cooking, beekeeping, wool production, and other household and field work.

Local farmers will sell goods, guides will explain the many sources of medicinal as well as food from nature. Re-enactors will be in Revolutionary War, mountain men and settler costumes and will describe their days and ways back then.

Children’s activities, live bluegrass music, traditional servings of ice cream and other foods, plus many more exhibits will be offered throughout the festival.

For more details, call (585) 457-3228 or visit

Golf tourney for special anglers

Fisher folk, golfers and all interested in the outdoors and in helping others can sign on and/or contribute to the Excalibur Leisure Skills First Annual Smoke on the Gorge Golf Tournament.

The event, Sept. 15 at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston raises funds to maintain the Excalibur vessel at Buffalo Small Boat Harbor that provides adaptive boating and fishing opportunities for special-needs people of all ages during the fishing season.

For complete details on this tourney, check with Jim and Cathy Catalano of Leisure Skills at 831-3188.

Goose opener

Early Canada Goose season opens a half hour before sunrise on Monday. Hunters are reminded that along with a current NYS hunting license, each hunter must possess a 2014 Federal Duck Stamp and a 2014 HIP (Harvest Information Program) number obtained free with a call to (888) 427-5447.