Remsen, N.Y. - The 41st Annual Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts is happening online this year due to the pandemic, but that didn't stop people from checking out Main Street on Saturday anyway, when the festival would have kicked off.
Bridget McCarthy Korrie made the trip from neighboring Forestport with her dad and her sister to see what Main Street had to offer.
There were three stops to make on Saturday instead of the dozens and dozens of stops that a non-pandemic year version of the festival brings.
McCarthy Korrie made her first stop at the Soda Fountain restaurant on Main Street which had several vendors set up in the parking lot all to rise money for breast cancer awareness.
Further down on Main Street, the Remsen Farmer's Market was once again held on Saturday outside the Didymus Thomas Memorial Library as it will each Saturday until October 17th.
Remsen Farmer's Market Market Manager Erin Corrigan says this year, because of the pandemic, the farmer's market has been especially busy since it opened in June and she was delighted to set up once again this Saturday, even though the thousands of people that normally line Main Street during this traditionally busy weekend wouldn't be stopping by, "I guess it’s just like any other fall weekend. It’s like the idea that something special could’ve gone on, but the streets are pretty quiet."
A kind of peace and quiet that many in this small village enjoy, just walking the length of Main Street on an absolutely gorgeous late September Saturday.
The third and final stop for many on Saturday was outside the Remsen United Methodist Church..
That's where volunteers from the church were selling their very popular New England Clam Chowder, which they normally sell during the festival to raise money for the church.
Organizer Dottie Greene says it's good to see the locals walking up and down Main Street or even driving up, like a local couple did in a 1927 Model T, just for their famous chowder, "We thought why not do this, we'll do takeout, pick up, gone."
And gone it was, pretty quickly too.
At $12.00 a quart, the clam chowder was flying off the table from the minute they opened for business Saturday morning.
Greene says this is a different year, with everyone in masks and the festival going virtual. She says it's a year that we will get through eventually, but she says now the focus is already on next year, "Very optimistic that we’re going to have it next year and I pray that that’s the case."
To check out the 65 arts and crafts vendors as well as a number of musicians taking part in this year's Virtual Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts, head to : https://www.virtualbarnfest.com/
The virtual festival runs through Monday, September 28th.