The days are warm, and the nights are crisp. Autumn is the perfect time of year to soak up the last balmy days of the season. Treat yourself to a little leaf peeping this weekend on your way to enjoy some of Cortland County's favorite fall traditions. Whether you are looking to shop till you drop, sample some brews, or indulge in a little friendly competition, we've got you covered.
HOPS & SWAPS BREWFEST
Saturday, October 8 | Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Winter is just a few short months away, and there is no better place for skiers and boarders to stock up on equipment for winter sports than at Greek Peak's Annual Hops & Swaps. The Swaps portion will include more than 10,000 pieces of new and used merchandise starting Saturday, October 7 (3 pm - 9 pm) and continuing over the weekend (Saturday, October 8 from 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday, October 9 from 9 am to Noon). Tune, wax, and sharpen your skis and boards for the upcoming season, or fit your new ski and boots to your equipment. Don't forget to take advantage of the rollback prices on season passes.
As for the Hops, Greek Peak welcomes over 20 local wineries, breweries, and distilleries for a full day of tastings on Saturday, October 12, starting at 12:30 pm. For $53.88, you receive unlimited samples from your favorites, including but limited to Aurora Brewing Co., Barr Hill, Beer Tree Brew Co., Buried Acorn Brewing, Cortland Beer Co., Dragonfyre Distillery, Finger Lakes Distillery, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Horseheads Brewing Co., Liquid State Brewing, Lucky Leaf Wine, McGraw Box Brewing, Meier's Creek, Middle Ages Brewing Co., New Belgium, Ommegang, One Hope Wine, Talking Cursive, Thinman, Traveling Vineyard.
Hops and Swaps will feature music playing throughout the day on October 8. Chasing Neon (1–4 pm) will join headliner Big Eyed Phish - Dave Matthews Tribute Band (5–8 pm) on the Coca-Cola Northeast Stage.
Craft show, mountain biking, chair lift rides, mountain coaster rides, axe throwing, Dan the Snakeman, inflatables, face painting, and games will also be available.
Want to make a weekend of it? Greek Peak's Campground at Hope Lake is now open, and campsites are available for Hops & Swaps Weekend. RV sites are equipped with water, electric, and sewer hook-ups and can accommodate vehicles up to 50 feet long. Junior-RV sites are equipped with water and electricity and can accommodate vehicles up to 20 feet long and campers with tents. Full bathhouse with showers available. Book your site today while they're still available: https://www.campspot.com/book/greekpeakcampground
LITTLE YORK 10TH ANNUAL FALL FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL
Saturday to Sunday, October 8-9 | Little York Pavilion at Dwyer Memorial Park
Whether you're a knitter or a weaver, interested in learning about the art of spinning yarn, or just searching for that perfect holiday gift, the 10th Annual Little York Fiber Arts Festival is the place to be. The fine arts and crafts festival is held at the historic Little York Pavilion in beautiful Dywer Memorial Park at 6799 Little York Lake Road in Preble.
The festival will take place on Saturday, October 8, from 9 am to 5 pm and continue on Sunday, October 9, from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be a wide variety of vendors selling a collection of fiber products, including yarn and knitting supplies, raw fleeces, blankets and shawls, unique jewelry, and seasonal art. Also available will be unique gift ideas such as handcrafted woodworking, pottery, soaps, maple products, and more!
The Cortland Repertory Guild will sell light refreshments and coffee in the morning and offer lunch, including soup and hotdogs.
There is a $5 entrance fee; children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Don't forget to bring cash, as many vendors only accept cash or checks, and there is no ATM on site.
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