Thursday, November 13, 2014

Local Interests

My husband, Dave, recently joined the Syracuse Musketeers Fencing Club. He's been many years away from the sport, but seems to be enjoying himself as he gets reacquainted with the hobby/sport. (With a few bruises to show for it!)

Last week, one of his fencing partners handed Dave a brochure for the Open Studios and Holiday Sale at the Delavan Center. When he's not wielding a sword, Mark is a painter, and his wife Judi makes jewelry; both artists lease studio space at the Delavan Center on what is known around here as the Near West Side in Downtown Syracuse.

The Delavan Center has a fascinating history. It was originally a plow manufacturer, then it became a John Deere factory, but since 1971, it has been operating as a honeycomb of artists' studios. Once a year, the artists clear away the paints, beads, and laptops, and open the doors to the public for a holiday sale. The building interior is a maze of oddly-shaped studios, and one can easily get lost walking through the expansive site. Each studio has lots of natural light and high ceilings--and plenty of creative neighbors! It seemed to be a perfect soul-nurturing atmosphere!

Tempted by many of the artists and their displays, I settled on these treasures, although Judi's beaded jewelry was tempting and oh-so-unique! Maybe next time.

Then on Sunday, my sisters and I headed to Fly Creek Cider Mill. If you've been reading this newsletter for a while, then you know, this is an annual affair, complete with matching pumpkin-applique sweatshirts.

Feeding the ducks and geese at the pond behind the mill is a must.

We used to have to remember to retrieve hoarded quarters for the coin-operated duck-feed dispensers. No more. They've thought of everything at the mill.

The cider mill is full of tasty sauces, dressings, and dips, all available to try before you buy. Apples and cider, too--it's a cider mill after all. And don't forget the fudge!

Sometimes the best experiences are closer to home than you think! And you don't have to travel at all for a local treat.

With the crazy holiday rush approaching swiftly, I think the best of the season is the 'ordinary' stuff you can easily forget to do. Do you have a favorite creative spot or annual open house or event in your local area?  

Do tell! . . . Post a comment below to share a nearby must-do/must-see in your community. Why is it special for you?

Happy Stitching!

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