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.