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Fun with Family at the Craft Fair

How about a fast post about an authentic Mohawk Valley adventure I enjoyed this afternoon, and which local readers can enjoy themselves, if they read this post and act before tomorrow afternoon.  I attended the Sauquoit Valley Fine Arts and Crafts Show.

Full disclosure:  I did not go so much for the arts and crafts as to spend time with family members.  I’m up for almost anything if I like the people I’m doing it with.  Still, the show was definitely worth a walk-through. I saw some great jewelry, art, and food.

The show takes place in the Sauquoit Valley Middle School, and they use a lot of space in that school.  The gym is filled with booths and so are many of the classrooms.  Most of the classes had only three or four vendors, with signs outside the door telling you who was in there.  We got to the show just after two, when things were less busy than they were earlier.  In previous years we have gotten there between 10 and 11 a.m., and what a crowd scene that is!  Even then it is fun to look at the things.

I admired some jewelry, knitted apparel, scarves, decorations and more.  I greedily sampled dips, cheese spread, fudge, and popcorn.  Previous years we have gotten lunch, but most of our group were not hungry.  I felt a little peckish, so when we saw the pie room, I went in for a cup of coffee and piece of apple pie. Yum!  At least we were all happy to sit down and have a drink.

I purchased a wooden race car for my delightful great-nephew, Shepherd.  I had not gotten him a present for his recent third birthday, so I was happy we found something he wanted.  There was some jewelry there I really liked, but I somehow feel I should not spend money on myself between Halloween and Christmas (oh, I do spend money on myself at this time; I just do not feel that I should be doing so).

The craft fair continues tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sauquoit Valley Middle School, 2648 Sulphur Springs Rd., Sauquoit, NY.  Admission is $3.



Saturday at the Craft Fair and the Ale House

It is after 5 p.m. and I MUST make my Saturday post so that I can get on to enjoying the rest of my  evening.  I went running this morning.  I went on various Mohawk Valley adventures this afternoon/evening.  Now it is time to make the blog post.

I ran 33 minutes this morning, the recommended 10 percent over the last longest time run.  Then Steven and I got together with other family members to go to the Sauquoit Valley Fine  Arts and Crafts Show.  It was a great deal of fun.

When we got home, we first hung out a bit with our dog, then we took him for a walk.  After the walk, we wanted to take advantage of the marvelous fall weather with a walk of our own. Yes, we would have loved to take our pooch out with us, but he is not into any stroll longer than most of the way around our block.  So we left our dog at home and walked via  Herkimer’s Historic Four Corners to Smoker’s Choice on Main Street in Herkimer. Steven got some cigarettes and I got a scratch-off lottery ticket.

We went to The Endzone Pub and Grub on Main Street in Herkimer.  We did not get any grub, we just got pub.  After one drink at the Endzone for one  drink, we moved on to the Asteroga Ale House, formerly Belly Up Pub, formerly Albany Street Cafe, formerly Dineen’s , where we had drinks and snacks.

Now we are home, enjoying more drinks and a little TV. And I am done making my blog post. Hope to see you all on Wrist to Forehead Sunday.


Fine Arts and Fun

Saturday my Mohawk Valley adventures took me a little further afield than my usual Herkimer-Ilion-Mohawk beat. I went to the Sauquoit Valley Fine Arts and Crafts Show in Sauquoit, NY with my Mom and sister Cheryl.

It was Cheryl’s idea. She drove us over scenic country roads into Sauquoit. It’s one of those areas where you can look out over farmland towards mountains. I love a long view. And what a lovely village Sauquoit is! We were all admiring the houses, many of which looked historic, or at least old in a good way.

It was pretty obvious where the craft fair was as we went by numerous cars parked along the roads. Luckily there were people directing traffic, so we didn’t drive into a parking lot only to find all the spaces taken. We got a space in the elementary school lot. If we had gone further and parked at the high school, we could have gotten a shuttle back to the middle school, where the event took place. As it was, we all agreed we could use the exercise. It wasn’t all that far of a walk anyways.

Cheryl paid our $3 admission fee (wasn’t that nice of her, after she drove and everything) and got a map. Mom and I checked our coats, which was free, although there was a tip jar. We did not use the map much but went from room to room, trying to catch everything. The show encompassed many rooms on two floors as well as the gymnasium.

All sorts of vendors were present: woodwork, knitting, quilting and more. Other booths offered dips, honey and even fruit salsa. I tried a few of the free samples. The booths offering soap or candles smelled the best. I took business cards from the vendors which particularly interested me. Cheryl and Mom purchased a few Christmas presents, but none for me. I was bad this year.

I confess I was as interested to see the bulletin boards in the classrooms and in the halls as much as the vendors. What are they teaching kids these days? I saw quite a number of anti-bullying messages as well as things about respect and making good decisions. Those sounded like pretty good lessons to learn, so I paid attention.

When we got hungry we made our way to the cafeteria for the Crystal Cafe. There was also a bake sale in progress. Cheryl and I had hot dogs with sour kraut while Mom enjoyed some chicken soup. I resisted the temptations of the bake sale, but Cheryl got a banana chocolate chip bread.

The fair ran for two days, Saturday and Sunday. It is an annual event, although this is the first time I’ve gone. I’ll have to watch for it again next year. It was a lot of fun.