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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…

Halloween Dawning

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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…

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!

The Rudder Club’s Weekly Wine Tasting

Join us at The Rudder Club this Sunday, July 31st at 4 p.m. for our second weekly Wine Tasting!  Our first event this past weekend was quite a success and we would like to continue the trend with some fine wines this week.  The flight will consist of 2 whites and 2 reds again, and this time we will be branching into some new wine country.  On the list we have a nice, crisp Pinot Gris from Willamette Valley Vineyards of Oregon, a creamy, delicate Chardonnay from Mondavi’s Woodbridge Estate in Lodi, CA, a soft, fruit-forward Pinot Noir from Blackstone of Sonoma County, CA and a wonderful, dry Rosso Conero from Umani Ronchi of Le Marche in Italy.  Come for the event, stay for dinner and receive a 25% discount on a bottle of your choice from the tasting.  As always, light fare will also be served to pair with the wine and take care of the late afternoon cravings.  Hope to see you there!  Cheers!

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!

Wine Tasting at the Rudder Club

7/24/11, 4 p.m.

The Rudder Club's First Wine Tasting of the Season!

 

There’s a new event starting this week at The Rudder Club and Essex Shipyard: Sunday Wine Tastings! The tastings will occur Sundays, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. and include 2 Reds, 2 Whites and some light finger foods. This week’s event (7/24) will consist of 2 wines by Diseno (a Torrontes and an Old Vine Malbec), a Pinot Grigio from Parducci and a Syrah from Hogue Cellars.  Cost is $15/person.  Please feel free to call with any questions, 518.963.7700, and stay tuned for the lineup of future tastings!  Join us for the enjoyment of Summer in Essex on Lake Champlain!

Greenbeans at the Old Dock

Whole green beans in a carton.

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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!

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….