I’m just assertively putting this out there, summer is NOT OVER yet, friends. Sure, it’s August, and we have 100 unread emails promoting back-to-school products haunting our inboxes, but we don’t have to succumb to that “industrious” September State of Mind just yet. The temperature is in the 80s, it’s sunny and warm...with brief, daily rain showers (when did New York become Hawaii?!), and we are still flocking to all our favorite summer spots across New York. Take me, for example. A few days ago I was exploring Greater Niagara, with stops in Buffalo to meet regional makers at the Jack Craft Fair, Lyndonville for incredible views of Lake Ontario and an overnight stay in a tiny home we highlighted earlier in the year, and Rochester for the Eastman Museum and to check out David Levinthal’s current exhibition. And yes, I rode the Maid of the Mist! Travel guide to follow!
Left to right: Jack Craft Fair, Niagara Falls (American Falls), tiny home on Lake Ontario in Lyndonville, and David Levinthal's current exhibition at the Eastman Museum.
Traveling can certainly put us in a “bonding” state of mind with both the places we visit and the people -- family, friends, and even strangers -- we experience with, or meet along the way. If you are reading this and feeling the “bug” for piling the “fam” in the car for a road trip , check out our Guide to Exploring Greene County, get inspired, and follow your bliss. Whether with a day trip, overnight or a whole weekend, you will not run out of things to do and see -- and you may fall in love with a whole new world in your own New York backyard.
SAVE THE DATE: New York Makers is curating a Makers Market at Harvest Festival in Sharon Springs, NY, this Fall!
While the rest of us are enjoying our last few weeks of summer travel, our New York makers are hard-at-work getting ready for fall, and holiday-season, markets and festivals. One market not to miss will be our second New York Makers Market being held September 15 & 16 in conjunction with the Town of Sharon Springs and Beekman 1802’s Sharon Springs, New York Harvest Festival. Save the date — not only is it a superb time of the year in the Mohawk Valley region, but also the quality and caliber of makers’ goods, combined with local food and lodging, historic, quaint, and seasonal scenery, will make for one memorable Fall celebration. Bring the family, some of our makers do, too! You know what they (at least we!) say: families who make together, like Jay and Hadas of Jay Teske Leather Co., Cecilia and Richard of frittelli & Lockwood, Brent and Josh of Beekman 1802, and Eva with her children for Lucky Bug Clothing, stay together.
Family of Makers: Jay and Hadas Teske of Jay Teske Leather Co. based in Kingston, NY.
Bring on August!