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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

(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.

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
Refreshments will be served

Show Dates:
November 2nd-­‐ December 7th

Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast
2297 Main St Essex, NY

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

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Today: Jill Piper’s 1/1 Show at the Essex Inn

1/1 Show (Photographic expressions by Jill Piper)

1/1 Show (Photographic expressions by Jill Piper)

What are you doing at 4pm this afternoon? If you’re headed off to the Essex Inn to enjoy Jill Piper’s transcendent images, I look forward to seeing you. Oggling with you. Aaahhh-ing with you. Because that’s what you do face-to-face with Jill’s photographs!

If you didn’t know about the 1/1 Show in the Essex Inn Gallery Hall, now you do. Change your plans. Hurry, before it’s too late. Before you add another regret to the attic… Between four and six o’clock today Jill will be receiving the public and answering your questions: “Do you always have a camera with you?” “How long did you sit and wait for that mysterious lighting?” “Did you Photoshop that?” You may be surprised with her answers, but you’ll be mesmerized by her magical eye and her unassuming smile.

Don’t wait because this exhibition marks the first and last printing of many of Jill’s “photographic expressions”. See you soon!

Adirondack Art Association Featureing Ann Pember

Please Join Us Friday August 5th from 6-8pm for the opening of our 3rd Member Show of the 2011 Season featuring the work of artist Ann Pember! Ann is an accomplished watercolor artist and longtime member of the AA. We are thrilled to have her work back on our walls this season! For those unable to attend the opening or looking for a more intimate moment with our featured artist, please join us Saturday August 6th from 10-11 for coffee and conversation with Ann Pember!

Adirondack Art Association
P.O. Box 51
Essex, NY 12936

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Joan Crane and Steve Feinbloom

Joan Crane

Joan Crane

Essex Community Concerts
Proudly Presents
Joan Crane and Steve Feinbloom
Thursday, JULY 28, 2011 @ 11:30am

Guitarist and singer Joan Crane has been performing finger style acoustic blues in the Northeast and Midwest. Her masterful guitar style ranges from the emotional Delta style to the bouncy, syncopated Piedmont style.

Steve Feinbloom

Steve Feinbloom

Accompanying Joan will be upright bassist Steve Feinbloom, whose bass work  complements the intricacy of Joan’s guitar. Steve has played bass for more than 3 decades with numerous blues and bluegrass groups and adds his own wry sense of humor to the performance. Steve resides in metropolitan Wadhams with pianist Rose Chancler and their daughter who has yet to focus on any one musical instrument.

The Mid Day Concert Series features an eclectic mix of music performed by local musicians. The atmosphere is casual, and attendees are invited to have lunch following the performance at a local restaurant.

Performances: Performances are held Thursday mornings at 11:30am, and last about 45 minutes.
Admission: Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Lunch is available close by at Essex Provisions, offering sandwiches and deli delights (8am–7 pm), The Old Dock House and The Rudder Club at The Essex Shipyard.

For a complete list of all 2011 ECC concert, please see:

This program is made possible with a Developing Community Arts Grant with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks and by the generous support of our individual and corporate benefactors.

Songs of the Ainu at Beggs Point Park

Mettawee River Theatre Company

Mettawee River Theatre Company will perform in Essex, NY on Thursday, July 28.

Please join us for The Mettawee River Theatre Company‘s performance of The Old Boat Goddess: Songs of the Ainu at Beggs Point Park in Essex, NY on Thursday July 28th at 8pm.  Bring your own blanket or chair. The performance is free, but donations to the Theatre Company are encouraged at the end of the performance. In the case of rain, the performance will take place in the Masonic Lodge in Essex.

The Essex performance is made possible with funding from the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks – CAP Grant and from Essex Initiatives.