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

Essex on Lake Champlain: Community blog for Essex, NY

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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
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…

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 virtualDavis.com)

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 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

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: www.newildernesstrust.org

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

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!

Essex is Buzzing with Activity

Historic Essex on Lake Champlain has welcomed a number of new businesses, rebounding positively from record high water this spring. In fact, the community is not just ready to welcome visitors for the summer – it is veritably BUZZING with activity. via (Lake Placid, NY)

The good folks at Adirondack regional tourism revisited their Essex story now that summer in Essex is in full swing. In the weeks in between the new businesses, the buzzing activity and enthusiasm has ripened into nothing short of an Essex renaissance. I’ve heard this reference at least a half dozen times this weekend alone! There’s a zeitgeist, a collective optimism and vision of community revitalization that has buoyed our community ever since we triumphed over Lake Champlain’s flood waters.

Welcome one and all to Essex on Lake Champlain, our fair hamlet buzzing with activity. And thank you to the countless energies who are making this dream come true. Thank you to the business owners who’ve invested their treasure, time and dreams in the future of Essex. Thank you to the hard working employees hustle and smile and create the magical lifestyle that beguiles residents and visitors alike. Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed, encouraged and shared the bounty of gifts on offer in Essex. And thank you to all who have celebrated and broadcast the exciting story of an Essex renaissance.

Here’s to a spectacular August!

Saturday Morning Stencil

Saturday Morning Stencil, Essex, NY, July 23, 2011 (photo by virtualDavis)

Saturday Morning Stencil, Essex, NY, July 23, 2011 (photo by virtualDavis)

Almost twenty four hours later, Sunday morning, the heat wave has abated. Slightly. And yet looking at this snapshot I captured on my phone yesterday instantly summons the sweaty flush I felt riding my bike to breakfast at Essex Provisions.

These fellows were already up and hard at work. I suppose Saturday morning is as good a time as any to paint new lines and handicap parking designations onto the newly laid, still warm tarmac. Unless you’ve been sweating in the heat all week! But no complaints from this hardworking crew hustling to get the job done so that you can enjoy the Essex renaissance! 😉

Greenbeans at the Old Dock

Whole green beans in a carton.

Image via Wikipedia

Have you tried the Greenbeans at the Old Dock in Essex, New York? I wandered in late last night, but caught their last set. These local boys from Willsboro can really put a sway in your slouch, a tap-tap-tap in your toes and a green bean eating grin on your mug. I plan to learn more about them post haste, and I’ll pass the news your way soon. In the mean time, pull out your calendar or PDA and add Greenbeans at the Old Dock next Wednesday from 7:00 – 11:30 pm. And every other Wednesday this summer. Did I mention it’s an open mic? The Greenbeans will be hosting this weekly musical variety show which means lots of local talent peppered between their sets. Are you a musician? Step up to the mic!

Link

Live Well had a free Community Movement session today where the public was welcome to come in and use the space for their own quiet movement practices like Yoga and Tai Chi. The energy was great! And we look forward to having Community Movement every Monday at 9am. We also hosted Community Chair Massage which is a time for people who can afford the time or money for a full hour massage to still get bodywork in the company for $1 a minute. Families, children, everyone! is welcome. Community Chair Massage is from 10-11:30 every Monday. We’re excited to offer these programs to the community and look forward to next week!