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Season's celebrations on Dryden Road


Enjoy a drive in the country for Fall Fest, Celebration of the Horse


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Zander Warstler, 3, of Metamora Township eyes pony ride trainer with curiosity and anticipation during last year’s Celebration of the Horse in Metamora. This year’s celebration is just down the road from Dryden’s Fall Fest, which also takes place this weekend. photo by Catherine Brakefield.

September 26, 2007
If you're drawn to a slower pace of rural life in the "good old days," you won't want to miss this weekend's fall festival in Dryden.

With plenty of things to do for children and adults, the old-fashioned community event offers a chance to celebrate the area's rural lifestyle, meet up with old friends and neighbors and make new acquaintances.

But if you'd like to celebrate just a little bit longer, you'll be able to do so by continuing your jaunt just a short distance west on Dryden Road.

Take in the subtle glowing changes of the leaves on the tree-lined drive and be prepared to take a step back in time as you land in Metamora.

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Horse-drawn trolleys and horse-drawn carriages of all shapes and sizes, pony rides and a visit by the Metamora Hunt Club will fill Metamora's streets with the pulsing sound of hooves pounding the pavement as Metamora celebrates The 3rd Annual Celebration of the Horse on September 29 and 30.

To help visitors wind their way through the activities, an information booth will be located at the entrance to Harmer Park.

The festivities begin at 7 a.m. when the Masonic Lodge hosts their homemade Pancake Breakfast that runs until noon.

Then take a step back into the European tradition of fox hunting when the Metamora Hunt Club rides into town at 8:30 a.m. and greets the public in front of the Historic White Horse Inn before departing for the hunt.

At 11 a.m. the Celebration of the Horse parade will begin down Main Street and introduce the weekend of fun-filled events with plenty of horses to see and plenty of autumn fun to enjoy.

At 1 p.m., visitors can head to the Lions Club for a presentation by a quadrille, mounted drill team.

Carriage Tours will leave from the Historical White Horse Inn from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 adults and $3 children.

From 11:30 to 3 p.m., Miss Lucy's Country Luncheon Tea is offered at the Inn, with a special tea gift for every lunch guest. The Historic White Horse Inn will also be open for breakfast and lunch, and all children 10 and under that dine inside will receive a surprise gift.

If you'd rather enjoy the early autumn weather outside, chefs from the White Horse will be preparing their delicious slow roasted BBQ chickens. Half-chickens are available to carry out as well.

At Equine Gatherings on South Elm Street, there will be pony rides, breed displays, and a farmer's market all day. Training demonstrations will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information about topics and speakers call 810- 678-8000.

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Pumpkins, mums and a farmer’s market welcome visitors at Equine Gatherings during last year’s Celebration of the Horse. photo by Catherine Brakefield.
For the horse-lovers who'd like tips on taking care of their beautiful beast, local equine veterinarians will give seminars at the Historic Town Hall beginning with John McIlmurray at 10 a.m.. McIlmurray's presentation is called "Conformation of the Horse." at 2 p.m. Denise Burbary Muston will present "Dentistry for your Horse," and at 3:30 p.m. Roland Thaler will talk about "Prepurchase examinations" for horses.

Horseshoeing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday will be in the parking lot of South Oak Street (just south of Best's Party Time).

For those who'd like an inside peek at stables across the area, on Sunday the Metamora Hunt Club will present The Hunt Country Stable Tour from noon to 4 p.m. The $25 tickets are available the day of the tour beginning at 11 a.m. at the Historic White Horse Inn. Directions, map and a detailed description of showcased stables will be provided on the day of the tour upon ticket purchase.

And just for the little ones, events are planned all weekend long to make sure they'll enjoy the celebration. Holden Real Estate will host pumpkin painting. Emily's Salon and Gift Boutique will host a coloring contest and jewelry making demonstrations will take place at Design Works Custom Jewelry.

Bridle and Stick Horse Races will be held at Willowdale Realty.

Just to make sure visitors have the full experience of all things horses, free horse-drawn trolley rides will be offered to take them to their desired destination. Pick up a trolley from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Metamora Products, located south of Oak Street and Metamora Lions Club, north on Oak Street. Rides are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

So if you're looking for something to do this weekend after you've taken in your share of Dryden's Fall Festival, shoot down the road a ways and continue to celebrate the area's rural roots and lifestyle at the 3rd Annual Celebration of the Horse in Metamora.

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