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May 2011 Archives

No doubt there will be plenty of people returning to Salem this weekend who remember last Memorial Day weekend here. Here are five big reasons why the FREE PRESS calls Salem a "Best Bet": 1) Our town-wide garage sale, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, brings people in from all over. You can't swing a dead 'possum without hitting a garage sale - they're all over the place! 2) The library's annual plant sale. Terrifically healthy, love-grown plants for a good cause. You can't beat it. 3) The Fire Department's chicken barbeque Saturday afternoon. You'll smell it long before you come into town. 4) The Farmer's Market kicks off Saturday morning. This is Salem, where a farmer's market really is a farmer's market. It doesn't get any better than this. 5) Summer Sounds of Salem kicks off at the gazebo at the Farmer's Market featuring Bob Beaver from 11-1pm. A "Best Bet" indeed. See you in town!

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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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