{weekend reading} local edition

‘Tis the holiday season is right around the corner, I’ve added a “Holiday Shopping” Category for events where LOCAL-only crafters and artists will be selling their wares. In addition, there were some great local food reporting this week, I’m going to save those for the national edition which will go live on Sunday morning. As always, PLEASE email the group at fromscratchclub (at) gmail (dot) com if you want your event to be listed. – Christina


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.

THIS WEEKEND: November 13 & 14th, Pride of New York Harvest Festival will be at a bigger venue this year, Empire State Plaza. Steve Barnes, Albany Times Union, has a preview.

On Tuesday, November 16th Schenectady Greenmarket is having a Harvest Fest presented by the Culinary Program at Schenectady Community College. This is their big fundraiser for the year. $50/ticket. 5:30 Reception 6:30 Dinner.

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

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.

Saturday, November 20th at 5pm is Schenectady’s 42nd Annual Holiday Parade. This year the theme is Disney to celebrate The Lion King’s production at Proctors in February. A random piece of trivia here, Amanda & I (and friends) played Wizard of Oz characters in the parade probably back in 1992-93. Wow!

Saratoga Springs’ popular restaurant, Hattie’s, is opening a “chicken shack” next to Chipotle and The Meat House in Wilton. The grand opening is on Sunday, Nov. 21 3-8pm. In addition, owner and chef Jasper Alexander will sign copies of  “Bobby Flay’s Throwdown!: More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network’s Ultimate Cooking Challenge,” which includes Hattie’s fried chicken recipe. Hattie’s was featured on a Throwdown episode, and won against Flay, a few years ago.

Its almost Victorian Stroll time- can you believe it?

On Thursday, December 2nd, Saratoga Springs celebrates the holiday season with their “Streetwalk”. All of Broadway, in Downtown Saratoga Springs is blocked to traffic with games, visits with Santa, and more!

Troy has their Victorian Stroll on Sunday, December 5th from 11am to 5pm. There is a ton to do, its a very popular event. So go early and enjoy!


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.

Women’s Building Artisan Market: December 3rd, 5-8pm & December 4th, 10am-4pm. The Women’ Building of Albany is hosing a local artisan marketplace. From their website:“Celebrating the talent and craftsmanship of local women artists, artisans and crafters, The Women’s Building Artisans Market  is a spotlight the tremendous ability of women artisans.”


2 Comments Add yours

  1. The Delmar Farmer’s Market is open today 9-1! Lots of local artisan crafters, wool, organic eggs & chicken, organic grass-fed beef, breads, baked goods, jewelry, coffee, music & fun. It’s a festival every Sat in Delmar! Inside the Bethlehem Middle School Cafeteria (around back of the school). We should have better signage this week directing people where to go!

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks Britin. Since Winter Markets are few & far between this time of year, starting this week I will add the three winter markets & their locations to the Local Events page.

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