Saturday, May 01, 2010

House for Rent (Option to Buy) House for Rent (Option to Buy)

Dear Cambridge Fans,

I will be leaving the area soon and am looking for either a long-term rental or to sell my house.  You've got to see this property to believe how cute and charming it is.

Over the years, you've seen lots of images of my place, gardens and neighbors.  The house is a sweet, 100+ year old farm house.  I've added a master bedroom downstairs with private access to the back deck and a large bedroom to the already large rooms upstairs.    I'm looking for either a responsible adults or a family.  I've done a lot of work on the infrastructure of the place (plumbing, heating, roof-- all new).  House is fully wired for cable.  There is a barn that  serves as a one-car garage with an attached  workshop (formally a carpenter's workshop with full power and potential to heat).

I'm asking $1450/mo rental, which would cover my mortgage.  Utilities are not included.  If interested send me an email.

Sitting on the front porch is a great place to enjoy some wine and cheese and watch the day go by.

Even the wildlife enjoy the barn, flowers, and apple trees. 

My cats have mastered the art of relaxing on the back deck.

Friday, March 26, 2010

This Weekend In and Around Cambridge, NY This Weekend In and Around Cambridge, NY

Spring may be giving us a little bit of a bite this weekend, but you can warm yourself up on Saturday night with great music, coffees and tasty treats.  Bask in the glow of southern hospitality on Sunday for a full weekend of fun.

Music From Salem - Saturday March 27th at 4pm

Music from Salem invites you to a Viennese Kaffeehaus at the Rice Mansion, Cambridge, NY.

Enjoy Viennese torten, kaffeeschokolade, coffee, tea - and chamber music! Music from Salem artistic directors, colleagues, and graduate students from U-Mass Amherst and The Boston Conservatory will sight-read Mozart quartets and other goodies in this cozy, casual mini-fundraiser. You can even bring your own sheet music from the classical period (for up to 6 strings) for us to play. Guaranteed to fend off end-of-winter chill and damp! $25 donation. For reservations call MfS: 518.232.2347

Concert at Hubbard Hall, Sunday March 28th, 2pm
Concert Admission: Pay what you can, so everyone can attend! (Suggested amount: $20)

An extravaganza featuring Music from Salem artistic directors, students and colleagues. For reservations call Hubbard Hall: 518.677.2495 for more info on Music from Salem events visit:

Historic Salem Courthouse - March 26 & 27 @ 7 pm; 28 @ 2 pm Steel Magnolias:

the Footlighters are staging a production of Robert Harling's poignant play about the bonds of friendship - Steel Magnolias, at the Courthouse Community Center in Salem. Tickets are available at the Courthouse and may be reserved by calling 518-854-7053.

Monday, March 22, 2010

AGRICULTURE WORKSHOP - Farmers of White Creek, NY AGRICULTURE WORKSHOP - Farmers of White Creek, NY


MARCH 31, 2010 @ 7:00 PM
Jermain Hall
Niles Road, Hamlet of White Creek

The objective of the workshop is to report back on the Steering Committee’s progress and seek additional community input on the direction of the Farmland Protection Plan and Comprehensive Plan.
Refreshments will be provided!

Your input, thoughts and views are important and needed to build a collective vision and inform the future direction of the Township!!   Come review and comment on the community vision statement;  ‘sub-vision statements’ in key topical areas such as agriculture, economic development, housing, the environment, recreation etc.;  and recommended strategies to realize the community’s vision in each of these categories including reviewing existing land use ordinances.  A particular focus of the meeting will be to review emerging strategies for the Farmland Protection Plan including efforts to prioritize farmland and protect and promote the agricultural economy and vibrancy of the Township.
Please get involved and help shape this plan!
For more information about the White Creek Planning Process including minutes from Steering Committee meetings and various background documents visit

Get involved, talk with Steering Committee Members about your vision, recommended goals and action steps for the township! Steering Committee members include:  Sarah Ashton, Bill Badgley, Darryl Caputo, Ed Gulley, Peter Hetko, Carol Moore, Rich Moses, Jim Perry, Tim Smith, Don Sweet, and Rody Walker

Monday, March 15, 2010

March Happenings around Cambridge, NY March Happenings around Cambridge, NY

We enter into the spring the most delicious way possible with natures own liquid gold - Pure NY Maple Syrup and the Upper Hudson Maple Producers Open House weekends. This self-guided tour is free and open to the public.

While you're traveling through the area you will notice the farmers preparing their fields for crops - reminding us that our Farmers' Markets, U-Picks and roadside stands will be opening soon.

Spring is also a great time to explore our open spaces - try a trail on the quiet side of Lake George; cast a line on the legendary Batten Kill or Mettowee rivers. Our performing arts centers and historic sites are putting together an amazing variety of entertainment options - don't miss Music From Salem or the Footlighters performances in March.

Whether you're a local or a visitor, take the time to step outside and experience beautiful Washington County.

March Happenings Calendar:

Tour of the Battenkill Kick-off Events: Browns Brewery - Troy, NY is producing a signature Amber Ale for the Tour of the Battenkill.

March 17, 2010 - 6 pm: Come the Cambridge Hotel on St. Patty's Day wear green and give it a taste.

March 19, 2010 - 6.30 pm: One One One will launch the Beer on Friday evening, Step Up Stairs @ 111 and take in local artist Leslie Peck's beautiful art - sign up to marshal for the tour, have dinner and cheer the largest cycling race in WORLD - right here in Southern Washington County NY.

March 21, 2010 - Spring Preview Ride: For information about all the upcoming rides visit

Maple Sugar Weekends - March 21-22 & 27-28 10am - 4pm each day

March madness has an entirely different meaning in Washington County. For the Maple Producers in Washington County the cool nights and warm day's produce "liquid gold" maple sap and from this sap comes pure maple syrup and a variety of other delicious products. Follow the trail from Cambridge, NY and indulge in a pancake feast at Mapleland Farm, Dry Brook Sugar House (both in Salem), Rathbuns in Granville or Pompancuk in Cambridge. You can tour the Sugar Shacks, see the trees being tapped, sample the rich taste of pure New York maple syrup, and enjoy a pancake breakfast, all while touring beautiful Washington County. Consider coming for the weekend and staying in one of the regions Inn's, Hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. A great weekend with the kids!! Or not!

Just north of Cambridge, NY, the Battenkill Valley Creamery is the only fluid milk producer in Washington, Warren and Saratoga County - this means the milk in their bottles comes from their cows.

The Creamery has partnered with the Tour of the Battenkill to produce a specially-designed race-label quart commemorative bottle of chocolate milk. A recent study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, shows that chocolate milk may be as good - or better - than sports drinks at helping athletes recover from strenuous exercise.

If you have not yet sampled Battenkill Creamery's chocolate milk, you are in for a treat.

Music From Salem - Saturday March 27th at 4pm

Music from Salem invites you to a Viennese Kaffeehaus at the Rice Mansion, Cambridge, NY.

Enjoy Viennese torten, kaffeeschokolade, coffee, tea - and chamber music! Music from Salem artistic directors, colleagues, and graduate students from U-Mass Amherst and The Boston Conservatory will sight-read Mozart quartets and other goodies in this cozy, casual mini-fundraiser. You can even bring your own sheet music from the classical period (for up to 6 strings) for us to play. Guaranteed to fend off end-of-winter chill and damp! $25 donation. For reservations call MfS: 518.232.2347

Concert at Hubbard Hall, Sunday March 28th, 2pm
Concert Admission: Pay what you can, so everyone can attend! (Suggested amount: $20)

An extravaganza featuring Music from Salem artistic directors, students and colleagues. For reservations call Hubbard Hall: 518.677.2495 for more info on Music from Salem events visit:

Historic Salem Courthouse - March 26 & 27 @ 7 pm; 28 @ 2 pm Steel Magnolias:

the Footlighters are staging a production of Robert Harling's poignant play about the bonds of friendship - Steel Magnolias, at the Courthouse Community Center in Salem. Tickets are available at the Courthouse and may be reserved by calling 518-854-7053.

We look forward to Welcoming you to Washington County

The Cambridge Buzz appreciates Washington County Tourism and the Towns and Villages of the Battenkill Valley (TVOVB) for helping us keep you informed about events in and around Cambridge, NY and Southern Washington County. This service is due in part from a grant awarded by the Arts and Business Council of New York.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Newest Video Project for Discovery Channel Newest Video Project for Discovery Channel

Tooting my own horn, I invite you all to watch the premiere of Planet Earth Extreme this Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 8 PM on the Discovery Channel.

Since November, I've been busy working with JWM Productions on a new 3 part series highlighting the best of the famed Planet Earth series. Each show is 2 hours long and gives you the science behind the wild life and wild places featured in this ground-breaking series.

It was amazing to work through the footage, putting together the best sequences for each of the 3 regions. Show number 1 is Summitt to Abyss and takes you from the highest to lowest places above, below and under the sea of Planet Earth. Show number 2 goes from the deep freeze to the blazing desserts of the planet. Show 3 highlights the extreme measures taken by predator and prey in order to survive in the many environments found on our blue planet.

Now that this series is finished, I'll be jumping into this seasons Wild Kingdom on Animal Planet. But first, I'm off to Florida for some R&R and fun in the sun.

Until next week......

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Return of Winter & the Cambridge Buzz Blog The Return of Winter & the Cambridge Buzz Blog

Guess what? Winter has arrived!!!

Have you been wondering where the Cambridge Buzz has gone? Starting with this post, I will be posting 3 times a week to the blog. Along with news from the Cambridge, NY region and the Battenkill Valley, I am going to bring you movie reviews, DVD suggestions, and musings from around the world. Of course, first I'm taking a few days to go down to Florida to get away from all this cold weather.

Here are some upcoming events that you might want to put on your Calendar:

On Friday, Januray 8, 2010 (that's this Friday) I'm treating myself to a wonderful meal at the Rice Mansion Inn, prepared by Sue from Spoonful Catering. Christine promises that the food and music will flow from 6-9 pm. Think of it, a night off from cooking, cleaning, and figuring out what to eat.

Best of all, this is a LOCAL FOODS DINNER. That means that all the ingredients in Sue's menu will come from right here in the Battenkill River Valley. It's like your neighbors grew this food just for you.

So come on out and enjoy Music by the David Cuite Duo and a meal from Spoonful Catering.

Christine and Sue -- connecting people one bite at a time
See you at the Mansion!

Sunday, January 17 from 12:00 to 2:00pm
the Pember Museum will lead a Snowshoe & Animal Tracking Hike at the Hebron Nature Preserve. Hikers will meet at the Porter Schoolhouse on Route 22. If the weather is poor, the hike will be cancelled. For hike verification on the 17th, contact Bernadette Hoffman, Museum Educator at 518-692-3129. For additional information, contact the Museum at 518-642-1515.

Saturday, January 30, 2010, 3 pm & Sunday, January 31, 3pm


Janet McGhee, Artistic Director
Erich Borden, Accompanist

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 35 Hill St, Greenwich, NY
$15 general admission.

(Due to circumstances beyond our control, this church is not handicap accessible in winter.)
Tickets for these concerts can be reserved by calling (518) 692-8093! or email Judith Kleinberg.

“One of the cultural crown jewels of the North Country and Capitol Regions”
“a tidal wave of voices and instruments...”
“a cathedral filling sound...”

The Program:

JOHANNES BRAHMS ein deutsches Requiem Gene Marie Callahan, soprano Keith Kibler, bass-baritone professional orchestra

Featured Artist Virginia McNeice!
Acclaimed landscape artist Virginia McNeice will have two framed pieces from
her collection for sale, with 60% of the proceeds going to the Battenkill Chorale.

I suggest you get tickets ahead of time because the Chorale is amazing and you don't want to miss this opportunity to see one of the great choral works performed right in our own backyard!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Spoonful Catering is back in the INN! Spoonful Catering is back in the INN!

Spoonful Catering Local Foods Dinner Event
at the Rice Mansion Inn

featuring the Dave Cuite Duo
Thursday Night ~ November 12th 2009
Food & Music from 6pm- 9pm



Braised Beef Brisket, Spiced Autumn Vegetables - $17
Coquille St.- Jacques, traditionally prepared with cream & mushrooms - $15
Butternut Squash filled Dumplings, sage, brown butter, autumn greens - $15
Roast Chicken Breast with bacon, brussel sprouts & figs - $17


Roast Beets, Goat Cheese, toasted Sunflower Seeds, Leaf Lettuce Vinaigrette - $8
Wedge of soft, bloomy “Kunik” & Murray Hollow bread $12
Leaf Lettuce Vinaigrette $4

Apple Crumb Pie, vanilla ice cream - $6
Chocolate & Butterscotch Parfait, Whipped Cream & Pecans - $6

Help Yourself to Decaffeinated Coffee & Tea $2

$2 has been added to each savory plate to pay the band

sumptuous creative cuisine ~
traditionally prepared using the local and regional bounty of the earth

Spoonful Local Food Dinner Events and Sunday Morning Samplers

Dinner Events are monthly throughout the year and include live music
November 12th ~ December 17th

Sunday Morning Sampler: Weekly Breakfast throughout the winter
November 15th, 22nd 9am-12noon
December 6th, 13th, 20th extended hours 9am-1pm

Cash and Checks please


Christine, The Rice Mansion Inn (518.677.5741)
Sue, Spoonful Catering (518.692.9037)

Local Farms & Regional Producers

3-Corner Field Farm, Borden’s Orchard, Boyden Farms, Cabot Creamery, Crandalls Corners, Schaghticoke; Champlain Valley Milling, Dancing Ewe Farm, Elihu Farm, Garden of Spices, Gillis Acres, Ryancroft, Long Days Farm, Manx Station Farm, Pleasant Valley Farm, Reid Wetherby Farm, Saratoga Apple, Slack Hollow Farm, Sugar Mill Farm

Friday, November 06, 2009

Cambridge Food Co-op News Cambridge Food Co-op News

Come shop with The Cambridge Food Co-op for three days of savings as part of our countdown to the move. The 20% discount regularly reserved for members will be extend to all shoppers on Thursday November 5th through Saturday November 7th in preparation for our move.

Shop the sale on Friday & Saturday (November 6 & 7) 10:00 - 6:00 at 25 East Main Street, Cambridge NY.

The Cambridge Food Co-op will be closed on Sunday November 8th and Monday November 9th as it relocates down the street to 1 West Main Street.

The new location opens on Tuesday November 10th. The expanded Cambridge Food Co-op is open to the public, selling local organic produce and products, like fresh goat, sheep and cow milk cheeses, Battenkill Valley Creamery milk, and fresh baked whole-grain breads. The Co-op carries a broad variety of delicious, natural, wholesome foods, wild fish, and pasture-raised beef as well as a wide selection of gluten-free products. You can shop bulk seasonings, beans, and grains to stretch your shopping dollars with our new self serve bins.

Visit us at or call (518) 677-5731 to find more information about shopping locally at the co-op. Remember, the public is always welcome!

We look forward to seeing you at the sale & the new store.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Photography on Canvas Show- John Carlson Photography on Canvas Show- John Carlson

(Photo by John Carlson, copyright 2008)

I am showing a series of large photographs printed on canvas in a show called, "LANDSCAPE" at Kevin's Restaurant, in North Bennington, Vermont. I have always enjoyed the long compositions inherent in panoramic images. This is a series experimenting with that format. The show runs for the month of November.

So, please, go and enjoy a decent meal and let me know your impressions of the work. Thanks.

For more information about the artist, John Carlson, click here and scroll down to Treasures of Cambridge #22.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Scary Nights Scary Nights

Halloween is fun,

Ghosts Make People Run…BOO

Ghosts and Goblins will reap havoc on the Battenkill Valley this weekend.

Come enjoy the hauntingly good fun!

The Cambridge Hotel is rumored to be haunted! Does the Lady in Red truly exist? Do Mr. and Mrs. Rice still claim the halls of the Rice Mansion Inn? Who commands the stage at Hubbard Hall in the after life? Do the Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Salem discuss battle strategies during a full moon?

To find out, come visit the Battenkill Valley.

If you dare !!!

Trash Bash at Hubbard Hall
Friday, October 30
7:30pm – 12 midnight
Admission 13.00 dollars – open to everyone ages 21 +


Roadside Blues Band
Fantastic munchies coordinated by Spoonful Catering
Fashion Show with Prizes in a Clutter of Trashy Categories!

Rummage through your old clothes, recyclables, discards and just plain trash to create a costume to scare, amaze, horrify and sway the judges! Make a “trashion” statement!

Who will be crowned Queen or King of Trash Glam? Only the trashed will know!
Browns Beer & Wine Available!
Pumpkin Pie Contest
Don’t forget to bring a donation for the Cambridge Food Pantry – they need the clutter!
Call 518-677-2495 for detials

Haunted Fun at the Yellow HotelHotel
Friday, October 30
7:00pm – you turn into a Pumpkin
“swing with spirit’s and groove with the ghost’s”
Music by the originators of Hitchhiker Girl the Blackouts

A “haunted” Halloween costume party including:

The crowning of Prince and Princess of Pie
Prizes for 1st and 2nd place winners!

Call For Reservations

The Not so Scary Stuff:

Cambridge Winter Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market will continue through December at its indoor home in the Lovejoy Building located in the Cambridge Freight Yard on Sundays from 10a-1p.

Loads of fresh veggies, apples, cider & cider doughnuts, hand made gifts and floral, Original cards and artwork, Maple Syrup products, soaps, Colebrook wines, homespun alpaca products, baked goods, meats, pottery, horse drawn buggy rides and live entertainment! A GREAT place to shop for Christmas gifts, as well as fresh wreaths, swags, greenery, holiday terrariums & boxwood trees.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Painting Show Opens- Leslie Parke Painting Show Opens- Leslie Parke

(Leslie Parke, Branches, 44"x66", oil on linen)

The show, Look Up/Look Down:
Landscape Painting of Washington County, will be opening on Saturday, October 24th at the Small Gallery- Valley Artisans Market, 25 East Main Street, Cambridge, NY 12816 518-677-2765. The show runs through November 22nd, 2009.
Opening reception is from 3pm-5pm tomorrow, Saturday, October 24th.

For more about the artist, Leslie Parke check out her website. Come down and look at her amazing works in person!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Movie Review: Capitalism: A Love Story Movie Review: Capitalism: A Love Story

I recently saw Michael Moore's latest film, Capitalism: A Love Story. I've seen all of Michael's films and this one may be his best. His "in your face" film style is toned down a bit, letting people speak for themselves. Oh the ambush interview is still incorporated and his placing crime scene tape around the banking establishment on Wall Street is very Michael Moore, and something we would all like to do.

There are no special effects or tricks (this is a documentary after all) but there is amazing stock footage research and editing. I am a script researcher and a documentary filmmaker and when I tell you that Moore's team is one of the best in the biz, I'm not kidding. How they find just the right old television sequence or film clip to play off of recent news interviews is amazing and so spot on. The editing puts these things together in a way that drives home the point and is humorous. It's rare to be able to bring humor into such a difficult subject as our failing economy. Moore does that effectively in the beginning and sets the tone for the film. His message is really driven home when Congresswoman Marcy Kapture (D - Ohio 9th District) speaks.

It does not matter if your a democrat, republican, conservative or liberal, this film crosses all those political boundaries and speaks to the one things the majority of us share, economic hardship within the present economy. Moore asks the question, "What price is America."

Here is the trailer for the film:

I recommend seeing Capitalism: A Love Story.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Peak Colors and Tasty Spuds! Peak Colors and Tasty Spuds!

This is the weekend for fall colors. On Wednesday I hiked into base of Crane Mountain in the Adirondacks. The colors were breathtakingly beautiful. I don't remember a fall with such vibrant reds, yellows, golds, and oranges. But fall isn't the only thing happening here in Cambridge, NY.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11th is the 2nd Annual Freight Yard Potato Festival. I know that it's apple season so why the potato? Well here is some trivia for you: New York is ranked 12th in the USA for potato production. We produce 1.7% of the tasty spuds on 27,600 acres. In fact, potatoes were helped the Rice Seed Company establish itself as a premire seed source in the early 20th century.

In honor of Mr. Rice Potato, the Cambridge Freight Yard will be smashed, mashed, fried and baked in celebration of the Potato. Fun begins at 11:30 with the Potato Olympics, Potato Art, Potato Science (did you know that a potato can illuminate a light bulb?), Potato Storytelling Poetry, and of course, eating.

The Bread Oven Crew will fire things up to make delicious treats and just in time for dinner, baking potatoes from Double K Farm. Add your favorite topping (chili, broccoli (from Stanard Farm) and cheese. Traditional sour cream, bacon and chive are also available -- ALL FREE OF CHARGE!

We'll also have a potato swap. Yup, locally grown and ready for your larder. You'll find all sorts of potatoes with infomation on the soil and growing condition and if it's a starchy, waxy or fingerling spud.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE.... Locals know that the King's donut cart produces the best pastry delights. To honor the potato, they will be offering, free of charge, their famous Maple Glazed Potato Donuts. Super delicious does not even come close to the taste and texture of this specialty treat.

The Cambridge Farmers' Market will be a place to find other veggies and ideas for cooking your potatoes. Believe it or not, the potato is the fourth biggest food crop in the world, only maize, wheat and rice are bigger. Potatoes have been grown for more than 8,000 years and were a "New" world crop that was brought back to Europe (no the Irish did not invent the potato they just figured out some really tasty things to do with it). The Cambridge Freight Yard used to ship locally grown potatoes to points south. You can see a display on the local history of potatoes and the iportance on the regions economy in the LoveJoy Building.

Worried about rain...don't be. In case of inclement weather, the festival will be held indoors at the Historic Cambridge Freight Yard.

Fall image provided by June Mohan. Visit June's Gallery at the corner of Route 22 and Main Street in Cambridge, NY.

Mr.Rice Potato image provided by the Rice Mansion Inn. Visit their website to book a weekend retreat, special event, or corporate get-away.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Goodbye to a Dear Friend Goodbye to a Dear Friend

(photograph by Roger Wyatt)

I am saddened to announce that we lost a good friend today and one of the founders on this CambridgeBuzz Blog, Hilary McLellan. She died peacefully at home with her husband Roger (also a CambridgeBuzz Founder)by her side, after an almost two year bout with cancer.

Hilary’s intrepid spirit, beautiful soul, and steady and sure disposition has been a joy for us to work with over the years. She was a great believer in the power inherent in the telling of our stories and she understood the mythic qualities in each and every one of our lives.

Hilary was such a deep inspiration to those around her these past months even as the cancer ravaged her body, her spirit grew brighter and clearer.

Hilary loved life, lived it to the fullest, and then left us with such grace and dignity. She will be missed.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cambridge Life: Fall Is Upon Us! Cambridge Life: Fall Is Upon Us!

The landscape is changing and the colors are amazing. It looks like we may have one of the best foliage seasons in years. Did you know that New York is the second largest apple producing state in the United States. Here are some apple pickin' facts:

1. New York is the second largest apple producing state in the United States
2. New York State averages 29.5 million bushels of production annually
3. Apples are grown on 51,097 bearing acres in six major production districts throughout the entire state
4. There are approximately 694 commercial apple growers in New York State
5. New York State grows and markets more commercial varieties of fresh eating apples than any other region of the country, including 19 of the most popular varieties;
The New York apple industry provides employment for thousands of New Yorkers. 694 family farms, 10,000 direct agricultural jobs,7,500 indirect jobs involved with handling, distribution, marketing and shipping of apple exports and thousands of other indirect jobs including agricultural supplies (equipment, chemicals and services), financial services and apple processing.
and an Apple a day keeps the doctor away!

The Cambridge Apple Festival is a celebration of autumn. Join me in Railroad Park (across from the Cambridge Hotel) for a festive day dedicated to the Apple. Not only will you find apple pies, but there will be children's activities, prizes for pumpkin painting and apple eating, plus crafts and vendor booths. I'll be manning the Cambridge Food Co-op Booth from 10 am - noon. Stop by and try treats created from the Co-op's own Cookbook (also for sale at the booth)

CALLING ALL APPLE PIE BAKERS: Win bragging rights to the best 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, plus other great prizes. Amateur bakers, budding chefs & chef wannabes, are invited to are invited to enter their favorite apple pie (no professional bakers or chefs please). Judging is by the public and our panel of "professional" judges. Pick up a registration form at many local businesses or on-line. APPLE PIE EATERS! Pie Bake Off entries will need to be delivered to Railroad Park between 8:30 and 10am Saturday morning.

IS PIE TASTING MORE YOUR SPEED? 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 winners will be chosen by the professional judges at 6 pm.

Grin Mobile Laser Tag 11am will be set up in VARAK Park

In Railroad Park LadyScarecrow will be on hand to tell her stories "The Scarecrows Hat" and "Spookey The Legend of the Square Pumpkin"

For the adults, Black Dog Wines and Liquor will have a spirited taste testing from 12 noon - 3 pm at their shop at 63 West Main Street.

Pie Eating Contest sponsored by: The Cambridge Hotel, Stewart's Ice Cream and K Ward Realty scheduled for 4:00 pm during the festival. Whoever finishes their pie (ala mode of course) first wins! Prizes will be awarded for first and second place. Limited to 25 entrants $5 each..

Don't miss: The Bennington Beledi Dance troupe and local musicians playing throughout the day.

OKTOBERFEST continues in the evening presented by The Cambridge Hotel. Featuring the Albany based band Sirsy to play under the tent, along with festive food and drink as the party continues until 11 pm!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cheese Tour this Weekend! Cheese Tour this Weekend!

The Washington County Cheese Makers Guild will be holding its annual Tour of Artisan cheese makers, this weekend, Saturday September 12 and Sunday September 13 from 10am to 4pm.

This is a drive yourself tour through our beautiful landscape to local farms specializing in delicious cheese production. You will get to meet the farmers, see their facilities, enjoy their animals and of course, experience their cheeses.

If you are like me and love good food, don't miss this wonderful opportunity.

For information on participating farms and locations, click on CHEESE!
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

NOT TO BE MISSED: 8/27/09 Roadside Blues Band at the RMI NOT TO BE MISSED: 8/27/09 Roadside Blues Band at the RMI

Connecting People to Place One Bite at a Time

Spoonful Catering is back in the house THIS Thursday, August 27th for an evening of food, beverage and blues.

Join hosts Christine Hoffer (RMI) and Sue Quillio (SFC) tomorrow evening as they once again bring us together for tasty treats and blistering blues. It's our own House of Blues right here in Cambridge, NY.

Small Plate ~ Full Glass Event
Featuring The Roadside Blues Band
Food & Beverage from 6pm; Music from 7pm

On the menu will be Smoked Brisket, I literally dream of this entrée, plus a few other savory plates will be available. You can also expect to find "Local" Blueberry Pie among the deserts..

The Rice Mansion Inn
is perfectly suited for dining, relaxing and listening to The Roadside Blues Band.

Seating for dinner available in all rooms, on the front porch and in BellaVino.

So come to our "House of Blues" this Thursday night.....See you There!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cambridge Life: Circles of Influence @ The Clark Cambridge Life: Circles of Influence @ The Clark

The Clark: Circles of Influence

Cambridge Buzz friend and art critic Donald Goddard recently visited the Dove/O'Keeffe exhibition at The Clark. The show runs until September 7th. Here are his thoughts on the exhibition.

Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence

It's good to have Arthur Dove and Georgia O'Keeffe together again for a while, to the extent that it is hard to imagine how the art of either would have evolved without the other. This despite the fact that there was very little continuous contact between them. They were not lovers, not even close friends or associates. O'Keeffe first saw and was moved by a work of Dove's reproduced in a book in 1914, when O'Keeffe was 27 and Dove was 34. They were introduced to one another in 1918 by Alfred Stieglitz, who had recently become romantically involved with O'Keeffe and was a great champion of both artists. There are no photos that I have seen of the two artists together (nor in the catalogue for the exhibition), even by Stieglitz, who did at least one of his close friend Dove, and, of course, many of O'Keeffe. They acquired and owned each other's work, beginning with a pastel of a cow that Dove gave to O'Keeffe and Stieglitz on the occasion of their marriage in 1918. O'Keeffe recognized Dove as the artist who introduced abstraction into American art and as "the only American painter who is of the earth, . . ."

Arthur Dove, Sunrise, 1924--
Oil on panel, 18 1/4 x 20 7/8 in. (46.4 x 53 cm).
Milwaukee Art Museum. Gift of Mrs. Edward R. Wehr
Photo by John R. Glembin; Courtesy of and copyright The Estate of Arthur Dove / Courtesy Terry Dintenfass, Inc.

Dove made watercolors, beginning in 1930, based on the "burning watercolors" O'Keeffe exhibited in 1917. Their work appeared together in at least one group show during the 1920s, curated by Stieglitz, and they were linked by several writers at the time as avatars of the male and female principles, which seemed to rather appall O'Keeffe and bemuse Dove ("The bursting of a phallic symbol into white light may be the thing we all need," he wrote to Stieglitz in 1930). Though widely admired and recognized in the art world, Dove lived apart, modestly and spiritedly, from 1920 until his death in 1946, with the wonderful painter Helen Torr, sometimes on boats, in and around New York City, Connecticut, upstate New York, and Long Island. O'Keeffe moved to Abiquiu, New Mexico, in 1929, though she returned to New York regularly until 1946, the year Stieglitz also died. From 1933 to 1938, Dove and Torr lived in Geneva, New York, Dove's childhood hometown in the Finger Lakes region, and O'Keeffe visited them three times there. There were letters between them, but it seems they were few and far between. Still, it is true, they embraced one another; they parted and leaned together, curve to curve, like sand bending to the wind and water, or trees to the stars. Other than a series of watercolor female nudes O'Keeffe did in 1917, neither artist painted or drew the human figure--other species like the cow, of course, the clam, crow, jack-in-the-pulpit--but no human figures. Rather, they thrust themselves into nature to the point that, in paintings like O'Keeffe's Series I, No. 10 and No. 10A of 1919, and Dove's Penetration of 1924, looming forms suggest the human body and its sexuality.

The artists were themselves the human figures; actors, perpetrators in a world that already had a structure of form, function, color, and light. As Debra Bricker Balken observes in the show's catalogue, "Dove began by declaring his dependence upon nature, which he deemed inseparable from art. . . . he engaged in a . . . rigorous investigation of nature by tracking its myriad holdings of flora and fauna, growth patterns, and interconnected systems.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. VI, 1930
Oil on canvas, 36 x 18 in. (91.4 x 45.7 cm)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O’Keeffe
Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

According to Helen Torr, 'he spent much time in the woods analyzing tree bark, flowers, butterflies etc.' near the family home in Geneva, New York." O'Keeffe's forms were always from nature--flowers, shells, seaweed, lakes, trees, bones, hills, clouds--even in her abstractions of the 1910s and '20s, in their biomorphic and radial motility, and her New York skyscrapers of the 1920s, which are as much subject to night and day, the energies of the cosmos, as anything else. For both, art is revelatory, the revelation of nature, as it had been for Thomas Cole, the Luminists, Thomas Eakins, and other Americans before them, rather than of immediate human existence, which seems to be at the center of European art, of Impressionism, Expressionism, and even Cubism, with their insistence on human perception and levels of conscience and consciousness. As Balken points out, the movement toward pure abstraction in the work and writings of Wassily Kandinsky and others, which seem to me like antidotes to the exigencies of existentialism, was known to Dove and O'Keeffe in their formative years (rather late for both artists). O'Keeffe especially was impressed by Kandinsky's book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, particularly with the idea of music being the form of abstraction toward which art should strive.

But probably "Dove came to abstraction quite naturally. . . . Kandinsky was very showy about it, but Dove had an earthy, simple quality that led directly to abstraction." Kandinsky's colleague at the Bauhaus, Paul Klee, with his interest in children's art, probably would have been more appropriate for Dove. He painted like a child, in that he understood the boundaries of everything in view--the sun, the moon, and everything else--that the picture already existed and that everything could be rearranged to make new pictures. O'Keeffe was like his little sister who understood and completed the grandness and continuity of Dove's universe.

--Donald Goddard

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located near the grounds of Williams College in Williamstown, MA. For more information about "The Clark," visit their website at

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Simon's Cat Simon's Cat

I feel like Simon has a window into my house and sees just what my cats are capable of. Here's his latest video about furry felines. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Cambridge Cooks: Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes Cambridge Cooks: Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes

Are you looking for something new to do with all the zucchini ripening in your garden? Here is a recipe that my neighbor Mary came up with. I made some additional alterations to make them Weight Watcher friendly.

Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes:

2 cups shredded zucchini (8 oz)
3 eggs OR 3/4 cup egg substitute
2 cup granulated sugar OR 1.5 cups Splenda
3/4 cups cooking oil OR 3/4 cups applesauce
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk chocolate pieces (optional)

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup softened butter
1 Tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 24 2.5 inch muffin cups with paper bake-cups or lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Stir together zucchini, eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla.
3. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and chocolate chips (if using)
4. Stir to combine
5. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each cup half full.
6. Bake about 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
7. Cool in pan on wire wrack for 5 minutes, remove cups from pan and cool completely

Frosting Prep:

1. Beat 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup softened butter, 1 Tbsp milk and 1/2 tsp. vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
2. Gradually add 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, beating until combined.
3. If necessary, stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons additional milk until desired consistency

I eliminated the chocolate chips and did not frost the cupcakes and they still were wonderful. They're great with coffee, as a desert with vanilla ice cream, or in the morning as a snack. If you use the alternatives of egg substitute, applesauce, and Splenda they're also low calorie and low points.

They freeze well too!

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cambridge Life: Doing the Turkey Trot Cambridge Life: Doing the Turkey Trot

A sure sign that the seasons are moving along far to quickly. This rafter of turkeys, knowing it wasn't turkey season, came by to see if the bugs were better on this side of the road. Running to grab a camera, I managed to catch the gang as it crossed to the other side of East Main Street.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Is It Real or Is It Memorex #2 Is It Real or Is It Memorex #2

Siete Punto Uno (7.1)

"By weaving the powerful story-telling abilities of the narrative mural into the engaging impact of the life-size trompe l'oeil illusion artist John Pugh has created a stimulating and enlightening venue for both public and private art. His murals have been instrumental in revitalizing the trompe l'oeil genre as a vital mode of artistic expression that is both aesthetically and intellectually challenging."

That's what illusion-art has to say about Trompe L'oeil artist John Pugh. My friend Roy sent me this amazing image. Believe it or not, this is a mural that Pugh painted on a building in Los Gatos, CA.

The mural Siete Punto Uno is located on Main Street in the town of Los Gatos, California. Los Gatos was one of the communities that suffered the most significant damage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Considered the propitiator of earthquakes, the Mayan jaguar god (as represented in the mural) is grafted with the "cats" of Los Gatos to become one of the key metaphors of this concept.

To read more about and see all of Trompe L'oeil artist John Pugh's amazing murals, visit his website at Illusion Art.

All Images Property of John Pugh Copyright 2004 John Pugh & Associates Inc.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

An American Journey An American Journey

David Kaczynski sets out to tell the story of turning in the most sought after criminal in US history, his brother Ted, the notorious 'Unabomber'.

David's journey intersects with three others, Gary, Bud and Bill, who together put a face on the death penalty and unexpectedly place the American justice system on trial.

Follow these four men as they travel from New York to Texas, from Oklahoma to California on a road that takes them beyond crime and punishment and into their hearts and minds in An American Journey.

Cambridge -based filmmakers Debra Pearlman and John Carlson are producing this film with Videos For Change owner and the film's director Mike Camoin.

You can become a fan by visiting our Facebook page at An American Journey ...OR
Join their journey ~ make a tax-deductable donation to help complete this film:

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Cambridge Life: Is it Real or is it Memorex? Cambridge Life: Is it Real or is it Memorex?

Following the antics of my two cats brings me endless amounts of fun. This morning, I could not resist taking some photos of my zucchini plants when McGillacutty stopped by for a visit. Here's my question to you...Is this where I found my cat or is this something else?

Just look at that sweet face, so crunchy and cute....but in my garden?

Give-up? Well, you probably guessed that this is a combination of two images. We used to call it a double exposure, now we call it Photoshop! Many of the wonderful images you see on the Cambridge Buzz are taken by professional photographers that have transitioned into the digital age. They generally start with a quality image and then may or may not manipulate that imges, just as they would in a darkroom, with the use of digital tools.

For the most part, what you see is what is real, but sometimes, when a shot seems too good to be true, you need to ask yourself, "Is it real or is it Memorex? (For those of you too young to remember the commercial for Memorex audio recording tape....well, let's just say they claimed you could not tell the difference).

Onto my shameless self-promotion....

For the past 3 months. I've been working on a series for Animal Planet called Wild Russia. The six part show took three years to shoot and three months to edit. The series premiered last night at 8 pm and will be shown several times throughout the following month. So tune in and enjoy.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Taste of the Blues A Taste of the Blues

Dateline: Cambridge, NY - Thursday Night ~ July 23rd This reporter has learned that there is something a foot in the Village of Cambridge. Even though it's racing season, all bets are off when searching for great food and entertainment. Now you don't have to go all the way to Saratoga to hear great music and eat good food. You can go to our own "house of blues" at The Rice Mansion Inn.

Spoonful Catering is supplying the eats, and Sue and Tim pride themselves on preparing the finest foods gathered from local farms and regional producers. Roadside Blues Band is handling the music. In the spirit of full disclosure, the menu (with pricing) and farm sources are listed below. What can I say....Baby Rock on!

Spoonful Small Plate ~ Full Glass Event at the Rice Mansion Inn
appetizer style plates paired with wine & beer
Food & Beverage 6pm- 9pm
Music 7pm-9pm

Smoked Brisket, Red Beans, Cilantro $11
Malbec or Cotes de Rhone $5

King Salmon, lemon-shallot butter, warm Green Bean & Potato Salad $11
Sauvignon Blanc $5

Buckwheat Crepe with Summer Vegetables, Caramelized Onion & Bronson Hill Bier Meck $11
Heffe $4

Omnivore Salad Plate or Herbivore Salad Plate $10
Roast Chicken Salad or Sesame Quinoa Salad Roast Carrots, Beets, Mixed Greens, Red Wine Vinaigrette

Mixed Greens Vinaigrette $8
wedge of soft, bloomy “Kunik”, bread

Blueberry Pie, Ice Cream $6
Cornmeal Cake with lemon verbena, raspberries, whipped cream $6
Help Yourself to Decaffeinated Coffee & Tea $2

Payment can be made by check or in cash ~ $2 per plate has been added to pay the band

Farm sources for this menu
3-Corner Field Farm, Shushan; Boulderdash Farm, Greenwich; Cabot Creamery, VT; Crandall’s Corners, Schaghticoke; Champlain Valley Milling, Westport; Moses Farm, Eagle Bridge; Ryancroft, Greenwich; Slack Hollow Farm, Argyle
Spoonful Catering and The Rice Mansion Inn: Connecting People to Place One Bite at a Time

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Looking for a good Weekend Get Away? Looking for a good Weekend Get Away?

The Place to be this weekend:
The Battenkill Valley, Washington County, New York

Look at all you can do in and around Cambirdge, NY:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Georgi Museum in Shushan
7:00 pm - Kevin Warren’s Origainal Chamber Music
Tickets $5 per person, $10 per family

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Georgi Museum
Noon - Children's Native American Class (Holito!)
FREE performance

L.Wicks Fine Art Gallery
468 Broadway, 2nd Floor - Saratoga Springs, NY - Tel: 518-573-8017
Gallery opening featuring Cambridge Artist Adriano Manocchia

Curiosity Forum
7:00 pm - Hubbard Hall
Hubbard Hall Beacon Feed Building (behind Hubbard Hall)
25 East Main Street, Cambridge
Tel. (518) 677-2495
Hearing is Seeing: Synesthesia and the Arts
Presented by Hubbard Hall's Curiosity Forum and Music from Salem
Do you see sounds, taste words or hear colors? Join Dr. Mark Buckholtz and a cross-disciplinary panel of artists for an introduction and demonstration of synesthesia and how it affects artists and inspires the creative process.
FREE - No reservations required.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Wine Reception
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Rice Mansion Inn ~ 16 West Main Street, Cambridge
Tel. (518) 677-5741

After a day on the road, share notes with fellow travelers over a glass of wine at the Rice Mansion Inn in Cambridge.
Sponsored by Glens Falls National Bank of Cambridge and the Rice Mansion Inn.

MfS GALA at Gallery 668
4:00 p.m.
$30 per person.

In partnership with Gallery 668, Music from Salem invites you to a festive art opening celebrating the connections between music and art. This unique fundraising exhibit will highlight work by over 40 artists inspired by Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 and will include live music, a beautifully catered buffet, and an open bar.

Please R.S.V.P. by July 13 to MfS, 25 East Main St. Cambridge, NY 12816.
For more information: or 518.232.2347

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Battenkill Books at the Cambridge Farmers' Market
10:30 am & 1:30 pm
Elizabeth and Barton Cockey
Meet-the-Author and book signing event
The Cockeys will discuss their recent book "Upstate New York: Towns That We Love".

All Weekend Events:

Washington County, New York is home to a rich, vibrant artist community. Farmhouses, barns and old factories have been converted into studios where artists paint, sculpt, weave and create works of art that are exhibited throughout U.S. as well as internationally.

Open Studios Tour
July 18 & 19, 2009 (Saturday & Sunday)
Our renoun professional artists will once again open their doors for the juried biennial Open Studios of Washington County, offering a glimpse into their creative lifestyle, and the unique opportunity to purchase great art and fine craft directly from their studios.

Cambridge Buzz post from July 13th

Fort Salem Theater
CORN! The Musical
July 17-18-19
Friday, Saturday at 8 PM / Sunday at 2 PM.
World Premiere of locally inspired original story of an established farm family struggling with the economic issues of twenty-first century farming, with a book by Al Budde and songs by Jay Kerr, the team that created last year's Breakfast Epiphanies.

Explore Our Area:

During the Open Studio Tour be sure to stop and enjoy the tastes of Washington County. Gardenworks and Sheldon Farm located in Salem have a selection of locally grown and produced food products perfect for a picnic along the Battenkill. Pat at Sheldons tells us they even have Corn! Yum. Stop by Green Pea Market in Greenwich your hometown, downtown local market and café providing organic, natural, and local food. Including dips and spreads from Spoonful Catering.
On Sunday a great starting point for your Open Studio Tour is the Cambridge Farmers' Market. Open 10a-2p

Cool off with a float down the Battenkill with Battenkill Valley Outdoors and don't miss out on a stroll through the Towns and Villages of the Battenkill Valley. Our Main Street retail shops and galleries await you with interesting and unique gift items, treasures and original handcrafted items.

This weekend is overflowing with events including theater, music, art, tours, meet the author and corn is in at Sheldons!

Life is good in the Battenkill Valley. You should come check it out!

For a full rundown on area happenings visit The Towns and Villages of the Battenkill Valley

All Images courtesy of TVOBV