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Essex on Lake Champlain: The community blog for Esssex, NY

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Country Cottage Style at the Pink Pig

Pink Pig in Essex, New York

We comb the countryside barns and attics of yesteryear to bring you authentic Country Cottage Style Furniture! Our Farmhouse, Vintage Antique & Painted Furniture are unique, one-of-a-kind beauties, selected for their ability to shine in vibrant harmony with your home décor style.

Elevating the cast-off to a place of distinction is our specialty, bringing you vintage and antique furniture pieces that radiate your personality to all who visit your cherished home. Discover the simplistic beauty of time-worn treasures that reproduction pieces cannot evoke. From farmhouse tables to primitive antiques, vintage shabby chic furniture to painted vintage wicker, cottage bedroom furniture & antique iron beds or rustic cabin furniture, our ever-changing selection celebrates the common of times past.

Embrace contrastable art in your french country home decor, blending age and modern style furniture, using our stunning “out-of-the-ordinary” vintage finds! Create your vision of vintage modern decor with faint wisps of yesteryear through well-placed vintage shabby chic cottage accents. Or revitalize any country style decor with robust charm using utilitarian and functional furniture relished for its hard-earned character. Whatever your style, Pink Pig can help you travel the well-trod pathways of nostalgia furniture with fresh perspective! (Pink Pig)

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.

Essex Chocolate and Wine Walk

Essex Chocolate and Wine Walk: October 1, 2011

Essex Chocolate and Wine Walk: October 1, 2011

Essex Chocolate and Wine Walk! Saturday, October 1st, 2pm-6pm.

Essex area business owners and organizations will have a decadent chocolate treat or wine tasting at various stop points for ticket holders. Participating businesses and organizations are also running additional special promotions and services in conjunction with the event: including dining, shopping, wellness treatments, romance packages, lodging and more! (These are in addition to the ticket purchase and vary for each participating location).

Tickets: $10 per adult, $4 per child 12 and under, children 3 and under Free.

Tickets on sale now throughout Essex in participating businesses and organizations.

Come explore, taste, shop, dine and wine– it’s Essex! Come stroll our chocolate filled streets…

Call 518-963-4400 at the Essex Inn for more information.

#ADK827 Update

Dino Dogan will present at #ADK827 in Essex, New York on Saturday, August 27.
Dino Dogan will present at #ADK827 in Essex, New York on Saturday, August 27.

I have a surprise addition to the #ADK827 Adirondack Region Social Media Meetup taking place in Essex, New York tomorrow:

Dino Dogan (@dino_dogan), the founder of Triberr (@Triberr), will be presenting at 1:30 PM in the Essex Inn dining room following the luncheon. Whether you’re new to social media or a seasoned veteran, Dino will stretch your skills and inspire your dreams! Dino’s DIY Blogger NET is a favorite go-to blog for online marketing, creative technology applications, social media pointers, creative web design tips and cutting edge social media resources and commentary. Triberr is an innovative platform for dilating the breadth and impact of your social media message.

Triberr is a reach multiplier which tweets your blog posts to not only your twitter followers but to all of your Tribe’s twitter followers too. (deepinmummymatters.com)

In addition to social media wonk, Dino describes himself as a “lousy mixed martial artist and a recovering network engineer, a pretty good singer/songwriter, trainer of dogs, and a blogger of biz…” In short, Dino’s just a regular guy who happens to understand the value and tools of social media a whole lot better than most regular guys. This is part of what makes him a great teacher and an inspiring speaker.

If you’re hoping to supercharge your social media skillset or if you’re still confused but curious about blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Triberr, etc. you won’t want to miss Dino Dogan’s presentation. I look forward to seeing/meeting you tomorrow for the #ADK827 Adirondack Region Social Media Meetup taking place in Essex, New York. View the full schedule here.

Adirondack Art Association: Sneak Peek

Adirondack Art Association sneak peak!

Adirondack Art Association sneak peak!

Wondering what’s up next at the Adirondack Art Association in Essex, NY? Here’s a sneak peek shot while the new hanging was in progress today….

Essex Glass Summer Studio Sale

Essex Glass Summer Studio Sale on 7/9 next to Essex Post Office

Simple Post Earrings from Essex Glass: Several Colors available. Also in Stripes!

Essex Glass Summer Studio Sale! Saturday, July 9, 9:30 – 12:00 at the Premises Storefront. (2303 Main Street in Essex). Featuring high quality, locally produced, beautiful handcrafted fused glass and sterling silver jewelry.

You’ll find FRESH items like my new Post Earrings and Cufflinks, along with favorites and also some Sale items. Please stop by! Your purchases will help send an artist (ME!) to the Haystack Mountain School of Craft.

www.EssexGlass.etsy.com