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June 2009 Archives

The Salem Courthouse is going to be crawling with locavores Saturday and Sunday, July 25 & 26...and YOU can still be among them if you hurry!

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If you've had it with phony parades with lackluster crowds and no heart, then head east, my friend, to Salem.  This is one town that truly loves her parades! 
I almost filed this under Dream Day Trip, because if you've never been to Gardenworks you simply won't believe it: art gallery, pick-your-own, gift shop, gourmet food, Christmas shop, craft classes, dried flowers...

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This place is so awesome I almost hesitate to tell you about it, lest the secret get out.  But OK, I guess I gotta...



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A select group of international artists came together to live and work in Salem for the 10th annual international iron symposium and next year YOU can join them!


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A fair for all and no fare for anybody!

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Even an attack by the Pompanuck Pirates during the opening ceremonies couldn't keep these intrepid balloonists down!


What happens when you mix bikers and military families?  You get a celebration that moves you in more ways than one.
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The next time you're looking for something fun to do and your thoughts steer you eastward, toward Vermont, by all means follow them.

Just be sure to hit the brakes before you cross the State line.

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!



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