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Adirondack Autumn

Wandering a little beyond our fair town of Essex, I invite you to enjoy a spectacular Adirondack time lapse video created by roooftopmedia which gives a glimpse into why so many of us are drawn to this sacred corner of the earth. Here’s the the photographer/producer says about the video:

this is a collection of some of the time lapses i shot in the the adirondacks, fall 2011. for this project, i initially photographed up north, in the saranac lake and high peaks region. this is the most visited part of the park and home to lake placid, which hosted 2 winter olympics. as the leaves began to fall up north, i followed the foliage south to the lake george area. (rooftopmedia)

Although this ADK time lapse project doesn’t include the Champlain Valley, the images and the sensations they evoke are familiar. Enjoy!

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.

Pie and the Sky: Pizza Slam and Astronomy

Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center

What: Pie & the Sky: Pizza Slam & Astronomy Evening
When: Friday November 18, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center
Cost: $8 per person, or $20 for a group of 3. All ages welcome.

Spend the evening star gazing and learning about the constellations in the sky, as well as the size of our solar system as we explain it to you with the use of a peppercorn! Finish the night with a Pizza Party where your family can custom-design your own pizza pie! Bring your warm layers….and your appetite!

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!

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!

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

Market Mania!

Sunday Market Mania! September 18, 2011 from 10 AM to 4 PM, north of Lakeside Cemetery

Sunday Market Mania! September 18, 2011 from 10 AM to 4 PM, north of Lakeside Cemetery

Market Mania! We are busy harvesting antiques, veggies, gourds, mums and more for our Market in the Meadow. Join us Sunday, September 18th from 10-4 in the meadow just north of the Lakeside Cemetery.

Browse the wildly wonderful and overgrown collections from The Pink Pig, The Neighborhood Nest, The Gallery Shop, ReNew, Linda’s Great Junk, David & Helen & Helene’s Treasures, AND MORE!

Come at 9 am with a 10. donation to ReNew and get first pickins!

Full and By Farm, September 15

The week has passed quickly and quietly. Emily and Tyler are away on vacation, so James and I have been balancing the morning chores, milking and this early morning, harvest. Despite the lengthening nighttime, we’ve been steadily moving up our own starting time. This morning I went out to open the chickens up well before dawn. The laying hens were happy to come out of the coop for an early breakfast. The broilers on the other hand took quite a bit of convincing. Each morning and afternoon we pull the feeders and waterers out of the low coop and slide the frame along the ground until it’s sitting on fresh grass. This takes some doing, every thick tuft of grass creates a speed bump for the frame, with birds trying to slide out the front of the coop whenever you lift it more than a few inches. Meanwhile the birds at the back are being scooted along by the frame, anyone not paying enough attention to keep up are in danger of having a foot caught under the frame. With 75 sleepy birds this morning it was not an easy task to keep the flock moving forward.

Following morning chores and breakfast we’ve been focusing on bringing in second cut hay and wrapping up the concrete walls in the cellar this week. Both projects are getting close, but the finish line seems to always slip a step ahead of our day’s path, especially with the intermittent rain and ever-changing weather forecast.

The tomatoes have survived another week, and the harvest seems to be just hitting it’s stride. We should have several extra trays for those interested in canning. I find that two trays produce 7-8 quarts, a regular sized canner load. If you are interested please let me know at pick-up and bring some boxes with you to carry home the fruit. The eggplant harvest as well is growing by the week. Hopefully we will see another frost-less few days so we can enjoy more of the fruits still ripening on the vines. We are still bringing in a bumper crop of yellow watermelons, please take as many as you can eat this week. Watermelon season is short lived around these parts, enjoy it while you can.

In the veggie share: eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, watermelons, cantaloupe, peppers (hot and sweet), tomatoes, loose-leaf lettuce, mesclun mix, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, kale, chard, garlic, onions, bunching onions, carrots, beets, cabbage, black and white beans, parsley, dill and cilantro. Coming up: potatoes and leeks, more spinach next week. Flowers, sungolds and tomatillos in u-pick.

In the meat share: chickens

See you all tonight between 4 and 6,
Sara