Busti Historical Society To Sponsor Town Picnic

BUSTI – The Busti Historical Society will sponsor a town picnic at 6 p.m. Saturday under the pavilion next to the Grist Mill on the Busti Historical Society’ grounds on Mill Street, Busti.

The event is open to all; Busti families and residents especially invited. Guests should bring table service and a dish to pass. The society will provide tables, chairs, coffee and lemonade. The Busti Hamlet Development group will be cooking and serving hot dogs.

Old Dawg Bluegrass will perform throughout the evening. The newly restored mill will be open and running for demonstration.

On Wednesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. the society will hold a business meeting to discuss the future of the mill, further work on the miller house, construction of the new storage and demonstration building, and organization for the Apple Festival to be held Sept. 29. Organizing a bus trip to a mill in Youngstown, Ohio is another possible topic of discussion.

There will also be a program that evening. Pamela Brown will discuss the history and activities of the Harmony Historical Society.

The Busti Historical Society presented an exhibit at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s 35th anniversary celebration at the Jamestown Gateway Station. The foundation has provided grants for replacement of the Mill roof in 1997 and repairs to the basement and foundation in 2001. The model mill originally constructed in 1971 by the Busti Shamrocks 4-H with 200 hours of labor and restored in 2011 by Louise Carlson Harvey, one of the original builders, and her husband, Tom, was shown to symbolize the completion this year of the 40 year restoration project in the real mill.