Fair Haven’s Leaf Peeper Weekend Colors Perfection

    By on October 28, 2015

    For once the weekend was perfect, cool and colorful. Visitors at Fair Haven’s first annual Leap Peepers Weekend were able to enjoy the late fall foliage as well as a wealth of fall inspired sales up and down Main Street.

    The Leaf Peepers Weekend, sponsored the Fair Haven Chamber of Commerce, featured most of Fair Haven’s burgeoning retail businesses as well as the three-location Sterling Art Show during the weekend of October 17th and 18th.

    “It was a good weekend,” said Susan Parsons, of the Front Porch Gifts on Main Street. “It was nice to see so many people in the village.”

    Visitors were able to have a Leaf Peeper card punched at each of the participating businesses for a chance to win a gift basket.

    “It was a good chance for people to get to know many of the new businesses in town”, said Susan Lemon, president of the Fair Haven Arts Center, which sponsored the first annual Sterling Art Show. Lemon said that she met a number of people from out of town who said they had never been to Fair Haven before.

    “We had people from Syracuse, Auburn and Lyons who said they were new to the village, but would definitely be coming back.”

    Participating locations included Front Porch Gifts, Ontario Orchards, Sterling Town Hall, Firefly Studio Gallery, Chillson’s Antiques, Doc Gallery, South Shore Artisans, Hardware Café & General Store, Fair Haven Arts Center, Sterling Cidery, Fly-By-Night Cookie Co. and Colloca Estate Winery.

    Even though it was in its first year, the Sterling Art Show had around 100 entries, fifty of which were in the youth division. Lemon said people were impressed with the amount of talent in the area. The show was spread between the Sterling Town Hall, the Fair Haven Arts Center, and the new “Doc” gallery.

    The weekend culminated with an artist reception on Sunday with food donated by Pat Hanford, Karen Thompson, Suzanne Fralick, The Hardware Café and Fly by Night Cookies. Colin Thompson was the winner of the gift basket and awards were given out for the art show.

    Based on this year’s success, Lemon, said everyone is looking forward to doing it again next year.

    For more information about the Fair Haven Area Chamber of Commerce, visit www.fairhavenny.com and for more information at the Fair Haven Art Center, visit www.fairhavenarts.org.

    Sterling Art Show Winners List

    Doc Gallery

    Judge Kate Timm

    Best In Show

    Lazy Day — Pat Cooper

    People’s Choice

    Hydra — Charles Fitzpatrick


    1st – Meadow Cove — Lee Hanford

    2nd – Farmer’s Market — Pat Hanford

    3rd – Nuance — Lee Hanford


    1st – Class Floats in Boats — Mary veKraker

    2nd – Straight Forward — Paul Garland

    3rd – Grand Tetons — Mary veKraker

    Fair Haven Arts Center Gallery

    Judge Deale Hutton

    Best In Show

    Endymion Island — Lonny Palmieri

    People’s Choice

    Masquerade — Sarah Martin


    1st – Odd Couple — Will Boydell

    2nd – 14 Syllablic Visions —

    3rd – Sterling’s Finest — Pat Cooper


    1st – Birches — Lonny Palmieri

    2nd – Medicine Buddha — Judith Ann Benedict


    1st – Flying Home — Judith Ann Benedict

    2nd – Butterflies and Daisies — Carol Lindo

    3rd – Blueberries —

    Student Art

    Judge Deale Hutton


    1st – Sunset Over the Lake — Camille Knight

    2nd – Ancient Plant — Colin Thompson

    3rd – Flash — Thomas Knight

    6-12 Photo — Digital

    1st – Melt — Katie Dawson

    2nd – Fate — Kaia Meddaugh

    3rd – Me, Myself and I — Jamie Kiehle

    Mixed Media

    1st – Broken Bird — Emma Misiaszek

    2nd – Dances in the Rainbows — Gracie Smith

    3rd – Inches of Luck — Kaia Meddaugh


    1st – Turtle Tales — Samantha Green

    2nd – Evening Patio — Elizabeth Hadcock

    3rd – Non-Objective — Elizabeth Hadcock


    1st – Untitled — Wooden Box — Jordan Brown

    2nd – Dandelion Wish — Emma Misiaszek

    3rd – Corigami — Ethan Thompson


    1st – Masquerade — Sarah Martin

    2nd – Gentle Giant — Rebecca Hall

    3rd – Suncourse — Rebecca Hall

    Town Hall Gallery

    Judge Lee Hanford

    Best In Show

    Queen Anne’s Glory — Ellie Gerberich

    People’s Choice

    Even Tide — Kyle Meddaugh


    1st Nautilus — Marcella Slater

    2nd Bird Feeder — Tom Bieber

    3rd Lighting the Night — Pam Kelly

    Mixed Media

    1st Purplicious — Robert Stone

    2nd Mucha Mermaid — Miranda Lawrence

    3rd Cloud Perception — Kim Kitteson


    1st – Journey — Marcella Slater

    2nd – Twilight — Bruce Orser

    3rd – Fertile Mother


    1st – Make Ready — Kyle Meddaugh

    2nd – Hummingbird in Martville — Lyn Morsillo

    3rd Untitled — Miranda Lawrence

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