Sunday, August 8

Sunday, August 08, 2010...The Batavia Kill event was good...Today Hildene, VT.....

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Yesterday we stuck it out at the 4th Annual Batavia Kill Stream Celebration in Ashland, New York, even though we hadn't sold a thing by 2 PM.
Thankfully, in the next three hours we sold a book, a bag of sheep's wool and five or six of Vick's art prints which made the day worthwhile. I also got to look around and talked with Burt's Mountain Honey about placing some of his honey product in the egg stand with our friend's Razzberry Raccoon Jams. We also want to check today in Vermont to see about getting some Vermont Maple Syrup to offer also. Our intent is not to make a killing on the honey or syrup, but to add a really nice assortment of farm products available for our neighbors and give us more to offer at the farmer's markets we attend.

Hildene is again going on today in Manchester, Vermont. The 32nd Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, the longest running craft event in the southern part of Vermont, is done today. It has been going on since Friday, through all yesterday and finishing up today.
There will be about 175 art and craft exhibitors, food and music at the show which takes place under tents so it can go on regardless of weather conditions.

An outdoor sculpture area will welcome visitors to a show that features an eclectic mix of wares like large metal creations, marble garden furniture, a full range of jewelry, from fine studded with diamonds and elegant stones to funky recycled contemporary ware, and a variety of clothing like classic woven goods and hip-hop painted stuff for the younger crowd.

People also love to come for the food and the music. As usual, Candeleros will be cooking up roast pig smoked right on the spot using their local free-range pigs. Today, there will be various versions of barbecue served by several local restaurants and an array of Vermont beers will be available on tap while live music plays.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Tickets for adults are $8, youths are $2 and children are free. Free parking will be available. The festival does not allow pets though. We should have some pictures of this event when we return....
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