What began with a summer rummage and bake sale at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oak Hill , developed into Yard Sale Day, and then into Oak Hill Day, has a full line up of activities for everyone on July 31 this year.
The day will begin at 9 a.m. with yard and rummage sales throughout town on Hwy 81 eight miles west of Greenville. There is no map, but this year the Oak Hill Preservation Association purchased bright yellow and red signs which are free to all residents having sales and should catch of the attention of visitors. There will be large sales at both churches in town as well as individual sales on Hwy 81 and side roads off the state highway.
An information booth will open at 10 a.m.on the porch of the house as 7833 Hwy 81. There will be maps, schedules and individuals to advise visitors about activities. A historical scavenger hunt will be available at the information booth and local crafts will also be for sale on the porch. Ralph Hull will again have his bee skeps and folk art. There will be cards with local photographs, jewelry, Arbonne products and local books for sale.
While wandering through town on the scavenger hunt participants are invited to detour to look at gardens behind the brick house and across the street.
From 10 to 12 the Twelve Tribes will be doing music and folk dancing in the parking lot at the Oak Hill Kitchen. They will offer refreshments to visitors. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Wayside Inn will have food available for lunch.
A mini antique car show will be held at B &G’s Parking Lot next to the post office from 12:30 to 2:30. Since stock car racers such as Mert “Socks” Hulbert and the Wetmores put Oak Hill on the map in the 1960s, cars are a real part of the hamlet’s history.
From 1 to 3 p.m. Dina Bursztyn co-owner of the Open Studio in Catskill will teach a clay and mixed media workshop for both children and adults. Participants will be able to create their favorite local animal or plant in clay. They can bring sticks, stones, pebbles, ceramic shards and other objects to incorporate into the sculptures if they wish. Clay will be provided. Dina is a renown sculptor, public art artist and educator. This workshop is funded by a grant from the Greene County Council on the Arts.
The day will end with music by the Spring Trio and ice cream on the lawn of the Oak Hill Methodist Church. The Spring Trio is funded by a grant from the Greene County Council on the Arts and the ice cream is provided by Stewarts. Those coming should bring chairs.
The only charge for any of the activities is the cost of what participants purchase at the lawn sales.
Oak Hill was settled in 1771 and has many historic buildings. It was featured in the recent documentary Greene County USA, a Local History of National Importance.