A ‘Blast from the Past’ in Collins Saturday

COLLINS – The Collins Regional Historical Society will host a Blast from the Past at the 2nd Annual Fundraiser July 12.

The event will be held at the Old Collins Center School and grounds, School Street, Collins Center, where the township once had its own school district, a place that kept the area alive.

The day-long event begins at 9 a.m. with an art/craft show/sale where vendors display and sell the age-old traditions of making clothing, bedding, coverlets and candles and artists display their ageless traditional wares. This show will honor pioneer, Lydia Bartlett Allen, a 21-year-old newlywed who arrived in the wilderness that would become the town of Collins in 1815.

At noon Krolick’s will begin serving their famous chicken barbecue.

A baking contest also begins at noon, when all of the homemade goodies, traditional and new will be displayed. Judging will be at 3 p.m., with an auction of the baked goods immediately following, so make two – you can never tell when one of the judges might take a few extra samples for judging purposes. (There is no fee to enter and no limit to how many different baked goods can be entered by one baker; there will be prizes.) This year’s baking contest is dedicated to Edna Buckley.

All classic and muscle cars should be at the school grounds to join in the Classic Car Cruise by noon. There is no fee, and the cars will be judged by those attending the event; trophies and prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. This year, we would like to dedicate the cruise to Alonzo Setter, the owner of the first vehicle in the township; a Stanley Motor Carriage Company vehicle.

Finally, there will be white spruce trees available at no cost to our visitors in honor of Isaac Allen, husband of Lydia who was a tree planting advocate. There will also be a display of scrapbooks filled with newspaper articles from the 1820s through present day for our visitors perusal.

This event will be easy to find. From the north, take Route 62, Route 75 or Route 219 South. Those traveling the 219 Expressway will exit at the Springville exit, turn right onto Route 39 (W); approximately 9 miles travel will bring you into the hamlet of Collins Center. Those traveling Route 62 will turn left on Route 39 (E); after approximately 4 miles travel you will enter Collins Center. Those traveling Route 75 will have a stop sign where Route 75 intersects with Route 39. Cross over Route 39 and you will be on School Street; the school is mile on your left. From the south take Route 62 or Route 219. There is no exit on the 219. When you reach Route 39 turn left; those traveling Route 62 will turn right on Route 39. From the east or west, follow Route 39. When you enter Collins Center, follow the signs.

Further information is available by calling 241-7066.