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Local food, handcrafted gifts & sustainability are focus of annual Christmas Market

Area residents browse the handmade and local goods offered by vendors at the 2012 Adirondack Cooperative Economy Christmas Market. This year’s market event is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday Dec. 5 in the Warrensburg Free Methodist Church, 250 River St.

Area residents browse the handmade and local goods offered by vendors at the 2012 Adirondack Cooperative Economy Christmas Market. This year’s market event is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday Dec. 5 in the Warrensburg Free Methodist Church, 250 River St. Photo by Thom Randall.

— People interested in promoting sustainable living and supporting the local economy will be gathering Thursday Dec. 5 for the Adirondack Cooperative Economy’s second annual Christmas Market.

The event, which includes a creatively prepared meal, live music and socializing plus a variety of local vendors, is to be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Warrensburg Free Methodist Church, 250 River St.

Last year’s Christmas Market featured home-cooked meals of ethnic and creative wholesome foods. This year’s event will likely have some of these concoctions, but also an array of foods prepared by local restaurants including Willows Bistro, Marco Polo’s, George Henry’s tavern and Bill’s Restaurant. Rock Hill Bakery is providing their award-winning bread for the event. A fee of $5 for the meal has tentatively been set.

The market features displays of goods and services — most all of it appropriate for gift giving — offered by local enterprises or created by area artisans. To be featured are wreathes and holiday decorations, woodworking, floral arrangements, jewelry and other handmade items, organizer Anna Busser said.

Adirondack Bucks, a local currency, will be accepted at the event as well as familiar U.S. greenbacks.

A trio of entertainers will be providing music: Bill Campbell on guitar backed up by Everett Ramos on percussion and Linda Moores on back-up vocals .

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