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May 2012 Archives

Summer Sounds of Salem kicks off this Saturday and continues every Saturday through Labor Day.  Come hear live music from 11a-1p while you shop a "real" farmer's market. (C'mon, this is Salem I'm talking about here!)  It's a great way to recharge and there is no charge for the music!  This year, the performers will be using the celebrated Front Porch donated by Salem Art Works, a front porch reproduction all the way from the U.K. that showcases the uniquely American tradition of "hanging out on the front porch."  Just drive through town with your windows down - you can't miss it!
If you ever wanted to dip your toe into the Battenkill Valley then take this weekend - May 5-6 - to drive up to the Washington County Fairgrounds just east of Schuylerville (up the hill) on Rt. 29 and come to the big Antique Fair. 

"We're looking at the largest show we've ever had," said Michael Green of Fairground Shows, NY.  "We already have 225 dealers and more are calling everyday."   Gates open at 8am and tickets - good for the whole weekend - are only $3.  Sr.s just $2 and kids under 14, free.  In addition to antiques for sale, several dealers will also provide appraisals for customer's antiques, so bring your stuff along and see what it's worth.  That old piece of junk collecting dust could be worth a mint!  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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