I don’t know about other parts of our country, but here in upstate New York summer means county fairs.  Each week there is a new and exciting Fair.  The closest one to me is 10 minutes away.  It is the Washington County Fair.

People flock to it for amusement rides, competitions, and food. There are demolition derbys, musical shows, and tractor pulls.  Families spend time together.  They show their creative skills and their livestock.

Why do I write about this?  I think it is important for children and adults to share things they create.  Sewing, knitting, weaving, spinning, rug hooking shouldn’t be lost arts.   Put something that you have created in your local fair.  Whether you win a blue ribbon or not you are a winner.  You just may be the one who inspires another.

2015 Washington County Fair is August 24-30.

Entries must by done by July 24

For further info you can go to:   http://www.washingtoncountyfair.com

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Fall is finally here and  I am so ready to decorate my home and shop for the season.

Are you looking for something new and a little different?  Have you heard of needle felting?  I have tried it and I love it.  You don’t need a lot of supplies or need a lot of money to take part  in this activity.

This Fall look for classes in felted pumpkins, Indian corn, and maybe even a turkey.  

This October our local yarn shop is offering classes in needle felting.

http://www.CommonThreadSaratoga.com 

 

It is another Monday morning even  colder than the previous.  We are definitely on the road to Fall, but that is not all bad if you can get over the temperature.

For me, one great thing about Fall is that we have an apple orchard walking distance from here.  There is apple picking,  apple cider, and homemade cider donuts.  The aroma flow downhill inviting us to come and visit.  You need to be very strong to resist the temptation.  Those donuts are like potato chips.  You can’t eat just one.  www.Saratogaapple.com

Another great thing about Fall is that it is time for the 6th Annual Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival.   http://www.adkfiber.com   This event takes place on September 27th and 28th from 10am-5pm. Follow the link and get a coupon for $1.00 off your entrance fee.

I have a very full week ahead, so I must get to it.

 

 

Our full set of fall classes is getting started! We are pleased to again offer a variety of programs for all ages!

Check out this page for all the latest information!

Why? Learn new skills! Have fun! Gather together with friends! Create something beautiful! Sew!

Come and join us and learn more about the fun and practical aspects of sewing!

If you are looking for a different program or would like to take advantage of our individual classes, please give us a call at 518-695-4867.



It is 8 am and the temperature is 50 degrees.  The trees are already dropping their leaves.  The ground is covered with them. The tomato plants are dropping their tomatoes even before they have a chance to ripen. The trees and plants seem to know that it is almost time for their season to end.

The flower beds are now blooming in brilliant shades of yellows and golds.  The farm stands have an abundance of pumpkins and mums. These are all signs that Fall is almost here.

I hate packing away my summer clothes and bringing out the cords and long sleeves.  I don’t want to let go of my sandals and will hang in there till the last minute.

The sensible thing to do is to start bringing out the Fall and Winter clothes now.  Don’t wait till the last minute to check for missing buttons, broken zippers, and pants that need to be taken in or let out.   Are you wearing a lower heeled shoe?  Anything need to be shortened?

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the spacious grounds of the Philip Schuyler House on Rt. 4, Schuylerville, this Sunday, August 10, as you visit with over 30 colonial artisans, listen to colonial music, watch a Punch & Judy show, dip candles and play colonial games, and tour the Schuyler House and herb gardens.  The event is free and open to the public from noon to 5 pm.

Artisans include a tinsmith, blacksmith, baker, brewer, ropemaker, milliner, mantua maker, broom maker, basketmaker, soapmaker, sheepshearer, buttermaker, beekeeper, farmer, teamster, herbalist, quilter, dyer, spinner, needleworker, powderhorn maker, chair caner, and 18th century medicines.

18th Century Day is sponsored by the Old Saratoga Historical Association in cooperation with the National Park Service.

Please share this with your friends and family.

On Sunday, August 14th, from noon to 5, the 33rd 18th Century Days will be held at Schuyler House in Schuylerville, NY.  If you have never been to Schuyler House this is the perfect occasion to do so. There will be craft demonstrations, music  and a Punch and Judy puppet show plus much more.  

Make sure you give yourself time to check out the Saratoga Monument, the Saratoga Battlefield and/or the National Cemetery.