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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…

Meadowmount Student Concert



A Meadowmount Student


Tuesday, August 2 at 7:30pm

Essex Community Church


The Meadowmount School of Music in Westport will offer a performance by several of its talented students. Meadowmount students are among the most able and promising, and hail from all parts of the USA and abroad. Students have performed in the Essex Community Concerts several times in the past. Famous Meadowmount alumni include Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman.

The concert includes a brief intermission. The concert will be followed by a reception with refreshments and an opportunity to interact informally with The Meadowmount Students.

Concert Admission: $10 per person, children admitted free.

For a complete list of all 2011 ECC concert, please see: http://www.essexcommunityconcerts.org <http://www.essexcommunityconcerts.org>

On Thursday Aug 4, High Peaks Opera Studio performs at 11:30 for the ECC Mid-Day Concert

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.