After a few years off because of you-know-what, the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival returned to downtown Syracuse this past weekend.
It took just a few words of <em>Do you want to go …</em> from my dear wife Karen during our what-are-we-gonna prep talk for me to get psyched.
I’ll start my blogging welcome with these down-the-block views.
The fest spurred off and around the city’s Columbus Circle.
The circle at the center is still named after that explorer whose statue remains firmly planted despite a lively discussion about whether or not it should be taken down. Side one: Central New York is firmly entrenched in Onondaga Nation lands and we all live among Iroquois and Haudenosaunee confederacy traditions. Besides, our whole country is beholden to Indigenous people. Side two: This area is rich in Italian-American heritage.
I was for our Triple A baseball team’s name change away from the Syracuse Chiefs.
Trees and people among the city.
In any case, vendors and shoppers were ready to reemerge for the 51st edition of the fest.
I’ll share more from the fest here in the days to come.