{weekend reading} LATE LOCAL EDITION

Wow- could I be later with this event listings for the weekend?

Well, if I was later than Saturday afternoon I would have skipped publishing it in the first place. My apologies. In case you are reading this with a napping toddler (I am) and are in need of something to do this afternoon I will add some Saturday-only events.

Since the holiday season is right around the corner, I’m adding a “Holiday Shopping” Category for events where LOCAL-only crafters and artists will be selling their wares. As always, PLEASE email the group at fromscratchclub (at) gmail (dot) com if you want your event to be listed. – Christina


SATURDAY-ONLY EVENTS

Eco Fair at Hudson Valley Community Center, until 8pm tonight. Suggested $3 donation at door.

In conjunction with tomorrow’s 10k Stockade-athon Race (one of the most famous 15K’s in the country- who knew?) there is a “Healthy Living Fair” at Proctor’s until 4pm today. LOTS of local food producers and small business owners will be showing off and selling their wares.

EVENTS

I’m going to start including running races in this post. These races are sometimes 2 day events with a kid’s run before or after the race, and a health expo affiliated with the bigger races. This weekend, as mentioned above, The Stockade-athon, is tomorrow morning at 9am, the course weaves through Schenectady. It begins and ends in Central Park. I love watching (and photographing) these events as the runners are a true inspiration for healthy living.

If you’re in Kingston area, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting the Hudson Valley Seed Library‘s original artwork for the 2011 seed packs. Sixteen diverse artists interpret heirloom veggies, flowers and herbs. Show runs from November 6-27th. In addition, their holiday gift catalog is available.

On November 13 & 14th, Pride of New York Harvest Festival will be at a bigger venue this year, Empire State Plaza.

Honest Weight & WAMC host a film series, Food For Thought, which is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion. Next screening is Tapped $6 on November 18th. Reception at 6pm, film at 7pm. Check out WAMC’s The Linda website. (MOVIE LINK ADDED SINCE LAST WEEK)

Also on November 18th  is an annual charity event for the AIDS Council of Northeast New York. The 16th Annual Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration, will be at the Rensselaer Banquet & Conference Facility at the Hilton Garden Inn-Troy, 235 Hoosick Street.

TIS THE SEASON…LOCAL-PRODUCER CRAFT/FOOD SHOPPING NIGHTS/FESTIVALS/FAIRS

Tight Knit will be hosting their yearly “Black Friday” Shopping Night, November 26, 2010. 5pm-10pm. Located at the Frear Building, corner of 3rd and Fulton, Downtown Troy, NY. Tight Knit is currently selling at the Indoor Troy Farmers Market’s through February. From their website: “Tight Knit is an independent Art/Craft Event based in Historic Downtown Troy, NY. Founded in 2008 by Rachel Wrightson Naylor (Troy Night Out Vacant Storefront Artist Project/ How to Rebuild Zine) and Zhenelle Falk (Born Ready Zine/ Destroy, NY), this event showcases a collection of handmade goods by artists and crafters from throughout the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Berkshires and Southern Vermont.”

CRAFTED: HANDMADE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY’s Holiday Sale will be on November 26th & 27th from 10am-4pm at the Historic Cottekill Reform Church 167 Cottekill Rd, Cottekill, NY. This looks like a fantastic event, its curated, so vendors had to be invited to participate. Hudson Seed Library and From Scratch Club’s favorite, Hodge Podge Farm, will be selling their wares. Their Facebook Page is here.


NEWS

Steve Barnes, Table Hopping Blog/Times Union, reports the winners of the Chili Challenge held on Thursday night.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that New York’s new first lady, Semi-Homemade Sandra Lee, will NOT be moving to the Governor’s Mansion in Albany when her boyfriend, governor-elect Andrew Cuomo, takes the reins in January.

I forgot to confirm with Michael today, but Kilpatrick might have Fall Shares left. You can always sign up for their Winter Share.

I too didn’t follow-up with Justine today to find out if there are still Winter Boxes available. Doesn’t hurt to shoot her an email to inquire.

At Eluhi Farm, Bob & Mary Pratt will be offering their first Upstate Egg CSA for the fall/winter season. You can choose from a number of options: 1 or 2 dozen a week, 1 dozen every other week, half dozen per week…its endless. They will be as flexible as they can be to your needs. We have signed up as I want to reduce my egg-anxiety and stop running to the market before they sell out. Today was a great example, I got to the market at 11am and Mary had only 5 dozen of 73 dozen left!!! The market only started at 9am. Wow. From one of their numerous handouts: “Their farm is located on 150 acres in southern Washington County in Valley Farms, NY. Their farm will be protected farmland forever, by easement to the Agricultural Stewardship ASsociation. Their marsh is now part of the U.S. Wetlands Reserve. They practice sustainable husbandry with their sheep, lambs and chickens. The animals are allowed to grze pasture in season or eat hay in winter with a modest amount of locally-grown grain. No animal-by product feed,  growth hormones or routine antibiotics used.” Either stop by the farm’s market stand at Saratoga Farmers Market (Division Street Elementary) or email Mary @ elihufarm (at) localnet (dot) com.

Last but not least, All Good Bakers, will accept new Community-Supported Bakery shares throughout the season. I will be reporting on the CSB’s starting weeks (shares began on November 3rd) in the coming weeks.

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