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April 2012 Archives

ensignsmall.jpg It's the 20th annual Washington County Fiber Tour April 28 and 29 from 10a to 4p...a FREE event that takes you over hill and dale through some of the most scenic farms you'll ever see.  Bring the kids, pack a lunch and visit  alpacas, bunnies, goats, sheep and lambs, llamas, and more - on the farm - and meet the farmers and their families.

square Free events. Watch spinning, knitting, weaving and felting demonstrations. Learn about raising the livestock and pets that we cherish.

square Drive from farm to farm through scenic Washington County in the Battenkill Valley. Shop for handspun and dyed yarns, unique woven and knitted items, high quality fleeces, cuts of lamb, and more.

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For more info go to www.washingtoncountyfibertour.org.  With 13 farms participating this year, there's plenty to see, touch, feel and taste! 

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The 2012 Tour Of The Battenkill - America's largest one-day Pro/Am cycling race - is back in the Battenkill Valley April 13-15!  The official word:  "Racers compete over 62 miles of rolling terrain on both dirt and paved roads as they travel through the world famous Battenkill Valley. Set in early spring, the race starts and finishes in the scenic village of Cambridge, New York and courses through covered bridges, family farms, and rural villages along the many challenging backcountry roads that traverse Southern Washington County, New York."

So just how big is big?  The 2011 race played host to over 2,500 amateur and professional cyclists from throughout North America and dozens of nations worldwide.  This year there will be an appearance by 3-time Tour De France Champion Greg LeMond, who will be doing a book signing at Battenkill Books (appropriately) on Friday.  There are races throughout the weekend and a real carnival atmosphere throughout the village of Cambridge (and beyond) so most anytime you come you're bound to see some exciting happenings.  Hey, it's the biggest and the best and it's happening in the Battenkill Valley.  What more do you need to know?  See you there!

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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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