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A Christmas Carol at the Grange

Cover of "A Christmas Carol (Gollancz chi...

A Christmas Carol (Cover via Amazon)

This Sunday, December 18 at 6:00 PM the Whallonsburg Grange Hall and the Depot Theatre present a staged reading of Charles DickensA CHRISTMAS CAROL with John Christopher Jones as Ebeneezer Scrooge, Shami McCormick as narrator and a cast of thousands (almost). Musical direction by Kenney Greene.

Come at 5:30 for carols, hot cider and cookies baked in the Grange’s new kitchen. Admission is non-perishable food items and toiletries for the ACAP food shelf. Come one; come all. Young children are more than welcome. They can help
bake cookies downstairs in the kitchen during the show if they want.

This is the third year in a row for this community reading of this Christmas favorite. Don’t miss it!

Holiday Shopping in Essex

Christmas in Essex Village, illuminated wreath (photo credit Jill Piper)

Christmas in Essex Village, illuminated wreath (photo credit Jill Piper)

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? This weekend’s Christmas in Essex Village will offer the perfect opportunity to simultaneously show your love to family, friends and local businesses.

And to jump start your Holiday spirit I’m passing along an inspiring (and inspired) Letter to the Editor that appeared in a recent Valley News. This timely reminder from Westport resident and business owner Molly Kasriels offers a simple message: support local business when doing your holiday shopping. Although she focused on Westport, the same applies for Essex residents and vacationers. Give truly unique, memorable gifts this year while supporting your neighbors businesses. In fact, I encourage us all to invest our hard earned ducats in all of the surrounding towns!

Here’s Molly Kasriel’s Letter to the Editor of the Valley News:

Okay, Imagine this, The Northway is closed and the internet is down…..How exactly does one Shop Locally and Shop Small Business in Westport?? EASY, the only problem is the lack of traffic, lines and putting your credit card details out on the internet…..Here is a list I put together this morning while walking the dogs. Please give it some thought…..this year more than ever.

All I want this Year is…..To Shop Locally!

For my friend who goes into town every morning for coffee and the paper? I am going to ask Eric or Janice for gift cards for “Coffee & the paper” Done!

Remember at the chamber dinner that incredible grain DaCy Meadow Farm served? I am buying several bags at Champlain Valley Milling! They will tell me how to make it.

Have you stopped into Westport Trading Co.?? The stained glass is amazing! Westport is blessed with MANY local artists, Visit the Women of Westport Art Show at The Depot Theatre.

For my niece, horseback riding with Lindsay Pontius and/or Piano lesson(s) with Rose Chancler.

For out of town family or friends? A night’s stay at one of our Inns, The Hotel, Normandie or camping space at one of our campsites. Let us do the pampering, you get a visit without even cleaning the guest room!

Dinner at one: Le Bistro, The Galley, The Hotel or The Coco Cafe followed by Depot Theatre Tickets. Lunch at K&D deli…..so many options!

A golf lesson! or gift certificate towards their summer membership…..not to mention the gift shop, I mean pro shop :>)

OH speaking of gift shops, nowhere can you top The Bessboro Shop, the Shipstore at the Marina or The Pink Pig.

As for Bookstores, last I checked Borders closed?? You can not beat the selection at The Inn Bookstore or Dragon Press and the expertise you will get from Kathryn or David as you peruse.

Now, thinking out of the box: A gift certificate for telephone service from Chazy & Westport Tel. for a month or two keeps that money in your friend or housekeeper’s pocket! Same is true at the Veterinary Hospitals, pay their bills in advance!

Why not open a Christmas account at the bank for your kids for next year, show them how their money will grow.

For the friend who literally has everything? A donation in their name to the ASPCA or our Volunteer Fire Department, soooo greatly appreciated!

For the lake lover, gift cert. towards their boat slip or mooring, or boat maintenance at the Marina. or a Boat rental.

At Normandie, a waterski lesson, sailing lesson or day passes.

Flowers? Tracy is waiting. Buy fresh flowers delivered once a month for a few months this winter.

Having a party? DaCy Meadow Farm and Me & My Girls, both first rate catering. OR have a party catered for a friend, as a gift!

How about a guided hike with Elizabeth Lee or CATs? Throw that in with a night at one of our Inns and it is perfect for that out of town family member.

Should I go on?? Oh, how about our realtors you might ask? That is a no brainer: Support our local businesses!! It keeps Westport vibrant and helps them to market our homes.

Molly Kasriels
The Chamber of Commerce
Westport

(via Denpubs.com)

Let’s see if we can come up with an inclusive list of Essex businesses to consider for holiday shopping! Recommend businesses in the comments below and/or on Facebook and Twitter and I’ll pull one winner randomly out of all suggestions for an Essex on Lake Champlain hat…

Christmas in Essex Village

Christmas in Essex Village, 2011 Flyer

Christmas in Essex Village, 2011 Flyer

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling by the Willsboro Central School Music Department, a cookie-baking contest and a Reindeer Run are some of the many events planned for this year’s Christmas in Essex Village, which is set for Friday, Dec. 2, through Dec. 4.

A tree-lighting ceremony and carols will kick off the celebration on Friday at 5:30.
On Saturday, Santa and Mrs. Claus are slated to arrive on the 9:30 ferry to share breakfast and cheer with children and parents at the Essex Fire House. Starting at 10:00 both Saturday and Sunday, shoppers can browse for gifts and holiday decorations in the Essex shops, at the Adirondack Art Association and from holiday vendors at the historic Town Hall where a variety of pets will await petting and adoption under the auspices of NCSPCA. On Saturday shoppers will have the added treat of attending the annual Community Church Bazaar and Luncheon, which starts at 10:00.

On Saturday at 1 p. m., Laura Abate, author of “Monster by the Masters” and daughter of Sid Couchey, will sign her book at the Belden Noble Library. To add to the fun, the Essex Ice Cream Shop will present its popular holiday photo booth throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday’s schedule is packed with many additional events: Lunch & dinner at the Essex Inn starting at 11, the Reindeer Run for children and adults at 12:45 (rain or shine), a Christmas cookie contest with a $50 prize at 2:00 and a holiday choral performance by the Willsboro Central School Music Department at 3:00. The choral performance will be followed by a cookie & cocoa reception with the singers. Cookie bakers should bring at least one dozen cookies, half for tasting and half for sale.

Ripples in Essex, NY

Pink Pig in Essex, New York

Pink Pig in Essex, New York

I think it is often the case, little Eastern towns, once major players in shaping early history but left in the dust of Manifest Destiny,come round again attaining glorious new heights when some event precipitates a chain-reaction. I-Pads, Phones and technology in general allow connectivity, in turn allowing Manhattanites- as an example- to live here -in the Great White North – at least part of the time. Clearly there is a ripple effect along the Adirondack Coast and it’s rousing little towns. (Ripples in Essex, NY)

Hats off to Linda Coffin who’s recent post on the Pink Pig Designer’s Blog dishes up a smorgasbord of Essex charm, snark and gossip. Meandering from the inviting window displays at the Pink Pig (and the eclectic assortment of offerings within) to the perils of driving in Essex without your seat belt fastened, Coffin’s post reads like a lighthearted chat over coffee with the perennially smiling Essex resident. And her observation about a revitalizing Adirondack Coast (and the Essex Renaissance in particular) is nowhere more apparent than the intersection of Rt. 22 and Main Street where Debbie Schrodt’s Pink Pig is percolating with energy, design inspiration and the enticing aroma of fresh java. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Essex Inn

Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast (photo courtesy of Jill Piper)

Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast (photo courtesy of Jill Piper)

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast, served family style with a whole turkey to carve. Toasty fireplaces, rustic splendor, fabulous food and drinks, family, laughs, special memories… and NO WORRY ABOUT CLEAN UP.

When: Thursday, November 24th. Seating from Noon to 1:30pm, Open Reservations.
Where: Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast
Info: See our website for the full menu and pricing: www.essexinnessex.com

Underground Railroad Experience

Pok-O-MacCready

When: Friday, November 11th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Outdoor Education Center | Community Events
Cost: $5 per person. All ages welcome

Share in one of our most popular living history courses. Experience what it was like to be a slave on the run in New York, trying to make it to freedom in Canada before being captured by bounty hunters. You’ll learn about famous abolitionists, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and how to escape captors – all from the perspective of someone who was there!

Visions of the North Country: Mixed Media Art Show

Visions of the North Country (Sue Doin, Amy Guglielmo and Judy Guglielmo)

Visions of the North Country (Amy Guglielmo, Judy Guglielmo and Sue Doin)

Visions of the North Country: Mixed Media Art Show
Sue Doin ‐ Watercolors
Amy Guglielmo ‐ Acrylic
Judy Guglielmo ­‐ Mixed Media

Opening Reception:
November 9th, 2011
6:30-­‐8:00pm
Refreshments will be served

Show Dates:
November 2nd-­‐ December 7th

Location:
Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast
2297 Main St Essex, NY
518.963.4400
www.essexinnessex.com

Renewal Weekend at Live Well

Live Well Offers Three Days of Mind/Body Workshops on Nov. 11th – 13th.
Renewal Weekend: Outdoor Explorations/Inner Discoveries

Live Well, the Champlain Valley’s newest mind/body Wellness Center is offering their first weekend health focused retreat, Renewal Weekend: Outdoor Explorations/Inner Discoveries on Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th. A Sample of workshops include Living a Balanced Life, Yoga: Good Posture Great Health & The Quiet Mind and will take place at Live Well in Essex, NY with lodging and fresh local meals provided by the newly remodeled Essex Inn.

“We have a deep commitment to the health and vitality of our community,” said Live Well co-founder Brian Trzaskos, “This weekend is about empowering people to create their healthiest lives.”

Live Well was founded by partners Courtney Hughes, Michelle Maron, and Brian Trzaskos in June of 2011 and is currently located in the historic town of Essex, NY. The three practitioners offer Massage, Physical Therapy, meditation instruction, Tai Chi, Kripalu Yoga classes, and a variety of health related workshops.

The Renewal Weekend is open to everyone and will help you find mental peace and rejuvenate the body to a natural state of relaxation. Information regarding workshops, meals, and pricing can be found at www.livewellessexny.com or by calling 518.963.4300.

Live Well
Download Renewal Weekend Flyer
2310 Main Street, PO Box 102, Essex, NY 12936
info@livewellessexny.com
518.963.4300

The Art Farm at Crooked Brook Studios

The Art Fam at Crooed Brook Studios in Wadhams, NY

The Art Fam at Crooed Brook Studios in Wadhams, NY

The Art Farm at Crooked Brook Studios in Wadhams will be open October 7, 8 and 9 from 10am to 6pm.

Paintings, drawings, and constructions by the Farm’s proprietor Edward Cornell are on display and offered for sale.  Refreshments will be available.

If you wish to make any special arrangements, or to tell me when you will be coming, please let me know at 518 962 4386 or cornelle@westelcom.com.

In the meantime you might wish to visit crookedbrookstudios.com.

The Art Farm is pleased to be participating in the Boquet Valley Studio Tour 2011 which is being held Columbus Day weekend.

The Farm House Studio at the Art Farm will be open all winter for showings and classes,  and there will be special events at holiday times.  Classes and showings may be scheduled by appointment and will be announced by email and on the website.
I look forward to seeing you at the Art Farm, Crooked Brook Studios, in Wadhams.

Edward Cornell
Crooked Brook Studios
154 Sayre Road
Westport NY 12993
518 962 4386
cornelle@westelcom.com
crookedbrookstudios.com

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