The third annual "Sharon Springs to Life" Summer Festival 2008 has been scheduled, with activities and events sponsored by the Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce and its member organizations and businesses.

The festival will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday with the fifth annual "Runway at the Roseboro" fashion show and luncheon. Chaired by Joe Todd Campbell of The Finishing Touch, this event sells out quickly to limited seating, presenters said. The show takes place in the historic Roseboro Hotel on Main Street in Sharon Springs. Tickets are $15 and include a summer and fall fashion show with local models and a luncheon and beverages. Parking is free, and tickets are available at local businesses and at the door.

Summer Festival events include the Sharon Springs Citizens Council of the Arts' 11th annual free Summer Concert Series. This series will open with Fritz's Polka Band at 7 p.m. Wednesday under the big tent at the ArtSPArk on Main Street. The concert schedule, all Wednesdays at 7 p.m., includes Leslie Ritter and Scott Petito (formerly The Wellingtons) on July 23; Flame! on July 30; The Ramblin' Jug Stompers on Aug. 6; and Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers on Aug. 13. The July 30 and Aug. 6 concerts are co-sponsored by the Sharon Chamber of Commerce. Funding for the series also comes from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Tri County Arts Council Decentralization Grant Program.

Saturday, July 26, is the date of the 17th annual Sharon Springs Community Garage Sale. This event is free and takes place throughout the village beginning at 9 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 9, will see the return of the Sharon Historical Society "Tour of Historic Homes." Tickets for this event are $10, and the tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year's tour features seven local homes, including the Beekman Mansion on state Route 10 and the Stone House overlooking the village. A map and historical information will be provided with tickets.

Ongoing features in July and August include the walking tour of the historic village and The Sharon Historical Society Museum Complex, which is open daily from 1 to 4 p.m. through Labor Day. Both activities are free to visitors, and maps are provided for the walking self-tour at the museum on Main Street and from various businesses.

On Sept. 6 and 7, the Roseboro Hotel will be the center of the second annual Sharon Springs Psychic Fair and Wellness Festival. Presenters said last year's inaugural event was a great success, and that the fair has become a major stop on the regional psychic fair circuit with more vendors, healers, lecturers and readers than last year. Some events are also being held under the ArtSPArk tent across Main Street.

Admission tickets are $6, or $5 with a food, toy or school supplies donation to the Sharing and Caring organization of Sharon Springs. Food and gifts will be available; parking is free. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

The following weekend, Sept. 13 and 14, the eighth annual Sharon Springs Garlic Festival and Artisan Fair will again be held at Sharon Springs Central School on U.S. Route 20. The front lawn of the school and the Coach Doig Gym and adjacent hallways will hold more booths and tables, with more vendors and displays than ever, presenters said.

Food will be available inside and out, with breakfast and lunch in the school cafeteria catered by My Sister's Place Cafe and The Black Cat Cafe and Bakery. A live remote broadcast on WSDE AM 1190 is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 13, and live music will be showcased inside the Doig Gym both days. Admission and parking are free.

Winding up the Summer Festival 2008 will be the seventh annual Sharon Springs Rotary Wine Tasting on Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. at Clausen Farms on U.S. Route 20. Ticket prices and details are available at www.

sharonspringsrotary.com.

For more information on these events, visit www.sharonspringschamber.com.

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