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

Essex, Ferry View

View of Essex, NY taken from the Essex-Charlotte ferry

View of Essex, NY taken from the Essex-Charlotte ferry (photo credit

Do you recognize our fair hamlet on Lake Champlain? I shot this slightly fuzzy shot today from the Essex-Charlotte ferry while crossing the lake on an atypically balmy November day. It’s a little hard to believe that snow and ice and bone chilling winds are around the corner! Of course, Essex is charmed in all seasons and weather conditions, but today’s “Indian summer” is a full-on challenge to the calendar…

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 or by calling 518.963.4300.

Live Well
Download Renewal Weekend Flyer
2310 Main Street, PO Box 102, Essex, NY 12936

Halloween Dawning


What a spooktacular start to Halloween Monday! We think of goblins and ghouls and the Great Pumpkin on All Hallow’s Eve, but early this morning the pre-sunrise lighting over Lake Champlain was simply spooky. And stunning!

Shoot me your favorite Essex Halloween shot for my creepy collage, coming soon…

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

In the meantime you might wish to visit

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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Join a wildlife tracking team

Want to know more about the wildlife in your woods?

  • Learn in the field. Interpret tracks and signs.
  • Collect scientific data. Help us connect habitat.
Turkey Patterns in the Snow by virtualDavis

Turkey Patterns in the Snow (by virtualDavis via Flickr)

Wildlife needs room to roam. To give wildlife the space it needs, wild habitats are being protected and linked across the landscape.  Two teams of citizen scientists, sponsored by Northeast Wilderness Trust and the Willowell Foundation, will help track the presence and movement of wildlife across an essential habitat linkage between the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

Join a wildlife tracking team & learn from expert instructors. Explore wild areas and learn to identify bobcat, black bear, fisher, mink, otter, and moose. Collect information on wildlife presence and movement, and help conserve their habitats in the Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York. Susan Morse, founder of Keeping Track and world-renowned wildlife expert, will lead the eight science-based tracking sessions.

  • Six full-day field sessions and two classroom sessions learning to detect and interpret tracks and signs and understand wildlife behavior.
  • An invitation to natural history talks and outdoor workshops beginning this fall on topics such as old-growth forests, wolves, lynx, bobcats, bears, and more.
  • Four additional skill-oriented workshops on topics such as orienteering, GPS use, keeping a field journal, and online resources.

Trainings begin in Vermont in October 2011 and in New York in January 2012.

Sign up now! New York tuition is $535. Register by Nov. 1 to receive a 10% tuition reduction. To register for the New York team, contact Elizabeth Lee at 518.962.4756 or elizabeth [at] newildernesstrust [dot] org. Limited scholarships available to early registrants. Enrollment is limited to 15 per team.

For more info:

Vermont tuition, thanks to generous underwriting, is $325. To register for the Vermont team, contact info [at] willowell [dot] org.

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!

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.

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,

Poetry Sham, Spam, Slam!


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Come to the first annual Essex poetry slam on Friday, September 23. This exciting announcement was dropped off the other day, but no contact information was included. If you have any additional information to share, please post it in the comments below. Thanks!

  • Who: Anyone who wants to read their own poetry, someone else’s poetry or just wants to listen to poetry read by friends and neighbors.
  • What: Free drinks, munchies and verse, verse, verse.
  • When: Friday, September 23 at 7:30 PM.
  • Where: Adirondack Art Association Gallery (aka The Old Firehouse)

Sounds fun! Sadly I’ll be out of town and will miss the event, but I look forward to an update when I return…