On Sunday, thousands gathered on Westcott Street between Concord and Dell to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Westcott Street Cultural Fair. Intermittent downpours started around 1:30 but couldn't kill the party. Performers still sung and danced in the rain while crowds huddled and watched from the Recess Coffee porch or from the windows of the packed Petit Branch Library. According to the fair's website, nearly 8,000 people come out each year to enjoy the festivities.
This weekend, Westcott Street will harken back to its hippie history.
The Westcott Street Cultural Fair, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 21 from noon to 6:30 p.m., began in 1991 after a group of arts-minded neighborhood residents sought to celebrate their surroundings. Westcott Street was once called the "Greenwich Village of Syracuse" for its commitment to local culture, fair organizer Sharon Sherman said.
A vacant, boarded-up mansion that held a gloomy presence over the corner of East Genesee and Westcott streets for years now shines as an example of historic preservation. The exterior of the former Babcock-Shattuck house is all but finished, and work has shifted inside. Plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling are mostly installed, and framing is ready for drywall. The Queen Anne-style house was built in 1895, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Every year, Central New York kids request popular toys during the holiday season for various reasons… maybe it’s the bright colors or the sounds they make. However, the New York Public Interest Research Group is cautioning parents to beware of parts that pose choking hazards, injuries or even lead poisoning.