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Keeseville Column

I had off from work this past Wednesday and took advantage to explore the new downtown Keeseville. The Farmer’s Market was very nice with the great artisans I remember from last year. Incredibly beautiful work and tasty local food at very reasonable prices are offered at the booths. Speedy Arnold was providing music and had his own table of artwork, books and CDs available for purchase. I received an email from the organizers that Wednesday, July 3, will be kids’ day at the Market with fun games and activities along with the great vendors and more live music. Again the Keeseville Farmer’s Market is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Wednesday.

After the Market we peeked into 1717 Block Gallery which has some very beautiful artwork in a great presentation and then a delicious pizza lunch with some of the friendliest service I’ve seen in awhile at Little Italy Restaurant. My next trip downtown will have to include a stop at Kingsland Square Bistro where I’ve been hearing great things about the drinks. I can’t wait to try it.

Champlain Area Trails is offering a wilderness first aid course this Saturday June 29 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Essex Fire Department. Anyone can participate. Call 962-2287 or email info@champlainareatrails.com to register. Cost for the workshop is thirty dollars.

While on my jaunt through Keeseville I did manage to stop at the library where MaryAnne Goff informed me about two upcoming events. The children’s summer reading program for six to ten year-olds runs every Monday in July starting on July 8 at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading” with topics including “the dirt on dirt”, “how dirt is useful”, “dirt movers”, and “Under the Earth.” The program is free and always a lot of fun. Also photographs of Lynn Manning will be showcased in the Art Show and Sale “Room for Views” which runs from July 8 through Aug. 8 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday July 11. Art shows at the library are always wonderful and very much worth a visit.

Enjoy.

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