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It's all about the Apples

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applefest-logo300px.gifAre you brushing up on your baking? Can you make a pie to die for?
Prove it to the community by entering the Cambridge Valley Apple Pie Bake-off. Enter your favorite pie recipe to be judged by the public and our panel of "professional" judges. Win bragging rights to the best apple pie in town and get your name placed on the menu of the Cambridge Hotel and your recipe used by the Hotel for 3 months, as the famous Pie ala Mode. There will also be CVCC gift certificates (as good as cash in chamber businesses) awarded to the first second and third prize winners. This contest is open to all amateur bakers, budding chefs & chef wannabes,(no professional bakers or chefs please). Pick up a registration form at many local businesses or on-line.

To find out more information, please go to www.cambridgenychamber.com and click on the Apple festival page. Or contact the Chamber by phone 677-0887.

Would you rather eat pie than bake pie? You can be an official taste tester of all of the pie bake-off entries. Public tasting is open from 11-2, with the semi-final results announced at 2 pm. The winner will be chosen by the professional judges at 5 pm.

GOBBLING PIE is also an option. The Cambridge Hotel, K Ward Realty and Stewart's Ice Cream are sponsoring a pie-eating contest scheduled for 4:00 pm during the festival. Whoever finishes their pie (ala mode of course) first wins! First and second prizes awarded. You can pre-register for the pie eating contest by picking up a form at local businesses, downloading the form off the Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce website or register the day of the event.

The Cambridge Apple Festival and Oktoberfest is a celebration of autumn. In addition to the apple pies, there will be children's activities, prizes for pumpkin painting and apple eating, plus crafts and vendor booths. The Bennington Beledi Dance troupe will entertain the crowds with their belly dancing. There will also be local musicians playing throughout the day.
OKTOBERFEST continues in the evening. The Cambridge Hotel is sponsoring the Albany based band Sirsy along with supplying festive food and drink as the party continues until 11 pm.

Fiber Festival without the Cardboard

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fiberFest.pngFood, farms, fleece, fun and fiber take center stage at the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival. Proudly sponsored by the Washington County Fair,this unique family-friendly event showcases a wide variety of wonderful fibers, yarns, spinning, weaving, and fiber-producing animals.

Held at the Washington County Fair Grounds, in Greenwich, New York, the Fiber Festival will include demonstrations, workshops, entertainment and live animals. The fiber demonstrations will focus on fleece, yarn, roving, fine fiber products, and fiber related equipment and suppliers. Fiber - it's not just for breakfast any more.

The Fiber Festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 and 27. For more details, please visit www.washingtoncountyfair.com.

Local food cycling tour

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asa-bike-tour-07.jpgOn Tuesday, September 29, you're invited to a fully supported bike tour in Washington County that will have you exploring the farms and fields of the Battenkill Valley. Participants in this unique "food cycling tour" will learn first hand from local growers and producers what it takes to produce quality wholesome products.

Spoonful Catering's own Susan Quillio will showcase turning farm fresh products into a delicious meal that we will enjoy at the conclusion of the ride. Please visit www.visitbattenkillvalley.com for more details.

Spectacular Sandy Hill Days Celebration

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sandy-hill.jpgThe Village of Hudson Falls knows how to throw a party. To celebrate 175 years as a village, the Annual Sandy Hill Days celebration in 2009 promises to be one of the biggest events the village has ever seen. With events in both Juckett Park and Paris Park on Friday, September 11th, and Saturday, September 12th, there is sure to be something for everyone from arts and crafts, to great food, continuous live music, rides, games, clowns, magicians, balloons, and a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 p.m., on Saturday.

Sandy Hill Days is sponsored by General Electric and is organized by a committee of local citizens. The goal is to bring the community together to have some fun, to celebrate the past, to look forward to the future and to reconnect with those you may not have seen for a while. For more details, please visit http://www.sandyhilldays.bizland.com/.

 

Gateway to American History is now open

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collyer-hudson.jpgThe Rogers Island Visitor Center, off Route 197, in Fort Edward, will be transported back in time as it becomes a 1758 French and Indian War camp, on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy the smells as meals are prepared over open camp fires and listen to stories of 18th century camp life.  Hear the musket fire as work parties are attacked beyond the fort and watch as the British and Provincial soldiers, along with their Native American allies, hurry to their defense.

To understand the significance of the French and Indian War, the Rogers Island Visitor Center in cooperation with the Post Star have created a special online presentation at http://poststar.com/highlights/fiw/. This website provides visitors with a French & Indian War 101 tutorial plus information on the key battles fought during this war. Special features include: how to fire a musket, eating in 1755, 18th Century medicine, and how to play "Nine Men Morris."

For more details or to plan a visit to the Rogers Island Visitors Center, please click here to visit their website.

BlueGrassic Park @ 2009 Farm to Fork

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bluegrassicpark.jpgTickets are on sale for Salem's second annual HarvestFest, on Saturday, September 12. Come celebrate the end of the 2009 growing season with local food, music, art and activities for the entire family. Explore the all day HarvestFest Marketplace beginning at 10:00 am or join us for a "Farm to Fork" Dinner and Barn Dance which gets underway at 6:00 pm. All events take place at Salem Art Works on Cary Lane from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. HarvestFest is sponsored by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

The HarvestFest Marketplace is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and there will be many opportunities to sample the summer's bounty, with local produce and homemade goodies for sale. The natural beauty of southern Washington County has drawn a variety of creative people to the area, and HarvestFest will also showcase the talented residents who live here, with locally made arts and crafts for sale. Visitors can also walk through Salem Art Works' sculpture park and galleries

HarvestFest concludes with a "Farm to Fork" dinner made from locally grown food that begins at 6:00 pm and features the music of three local bands, BlueGrassic Park , Dirty Old Strings and Moe Harrington and the White Chapel Band. Eat and dance to great local music until 10:00 pm. Beer and wine available for purchase.

Admission to the day time activities is free. Dinner is $20 for adults; $6 for children under 12; and free for children under 5. Tickets for music only starting at 8:00 pm are $10. Tickets for the dinner are available at area businesses or can be purchased at farmers markets throughout southern Washington County. For information call Salem Art Works at (518) 854-7674 or visit www.salemnychamber.com.

Meet Samuel de Champlain

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champlain.gifOn August 13, 2009 at 2 p.m., in honor of the Quadricentennial, the Washington County Historical Society will present "Meet Samuel de Champlain," a first person account of 17th century life in the colony of New France.  Don Thompson, re-enactor will present the program wearing an authentic costume.  He will use artifacts and anecdotes.
 
The program will be held in Whitehall at Cook's Island Recreation Center on Main Street.  The program is designed to appeal to just about every age - from Grade 3 on up.  The performance is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Don Thompson is a retired social studies teacher who divides his year between Florida and Vermont.  He participates in archaeological digs every summer, usually at Rogers Island in Fort Edward, NY.
 
For more information, please visit the Washington County Historical Society website.

Fair Features Professional Rodeo

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  rodeo2.jpgThe Washington County Fair, an agricultural county fair with a carnival, motor sports and many animals, runs from Monday, August 24th, to Sunday, August 30th. According to an article in the Post Star, this year's fair will roll into Easton with a rodeo along for the ride.

An excerpt from the article reads: "The Lake Luzerne-based Painted Pony Rodeo will be holding a professional-level show on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m., the second night of the five-day-long fair. "It's a professional show," said fair General Manager Mark St. Jacques. "It has calf roping, bull riding, everything." It is the first time since 1999 that the fair has had a rodeo. But that event was smaller than the one planned this year, St. Jacques said.

The rodeo will likely feature 100 to 140 contestants, said Painted Pony Rodeo owner Shawn Graham. The show will feature calf roping, bull riding, barrel racing and bronc riding, he said. Contestants from as close as New York and as far away as the Carolinas, Oklahoma and Texas usually compete in Painted Pony rodeos, Graham said.

For more details or directions, please visit www.washingtoncountyfair.com.

To Grandma Moses house we go

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Born and raised here, in Eagle Bridge, New York, Will Moses creates paintings that reflect the quiet beauty of this tiny community nestled close to the Vermont border. Will has created a vivid, delightful miniature world, peopled with villagers who have stepped out of the past to charm us with their simple, everyday pastimes.

moses-school.jpgAs a fourth generation member of the renowned Moses family, painting is a natural tradition for Will, who began painting when he was four years old. Encouraged by his grandfather, a well-known folk painter in his own right, young Will was allowed to experiment freely with paints. Forrest K. Moses was totally committed to self-expression and passed this freedom of spirit along to his young grandson. Stimulated by his grandfather's confident approach, Will developed his own unique style of Americana.

Today, Will continues to carry on the family tradition. Although his style is reminiscent of that of his celebrated great-grandmother, it is more complex and sophisticated.And, the 200 year-old farmhouse, where Will Moses has his studio, is as solidly traditional as the surrounding landscape...the white house where the legendary Grandma Moses began her career.

For more details about the Mt. Nebo Gallery, please visit. www.willmoses.com.

The simple life in Washington County

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Think of the Country Life B&B as a Saratoga Springs Bed and Breakfast in nearby Greenwich!

The beautiful 1820's farmhouse is surrounded by the hills of Washington County, gateway to the Adirondacks and a short distance from Vermont. In the morning at the Country Life B&B, guests will enjoy a full, home-cooked breakfast featuring a fruit course and either stuffed french toast with cinnamon syrup or a signature dish of baked fresh fruit (fresh from the garden) on cinnamon toast.

 

countrylifebb.jpgStroll around the pastures or through the pine woods alongside the creek. Splash in the natural swimming hole, twin waterfalls and a rock slide. A bridge across the stream leads to 30 acres of old woodlands filled with trails and wildlife. Relax and picnic by the waterfalls.

Celebrating their 28th year in business, owners Wendy and Richard Duvall fell in love with this home years ago and have proudly turned it into an unique and special place to stay when you are in the greater Saratoga region. For details, please visit the Country Life B&B website at www.countrylifebb.com.

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