We’ll take a sunflower imprint

Nearing the end of our Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival stroll, my dear wife Karen and I were excited to come upon the artisan who sold us the piece we purchased for our backyard bird bath. This year we brought home a concrete piece imprinted with sunflowers. How lovely for our backyard. Again.

Keep the creativity going

I was excited to see the folks who put on the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival set up a special spot for the new generation to practice their creativity, too. This helps ensure festivals in the decades to come.

Room on your refrigerator?

I had to tell these two artist/crafters that they create really cool refrigerator magnets. Picky as I am, I did not buy. Our refrigerator is pretty full with destinations we visited further away from Central New York.

Way to go, Syracuse Poster Project

I was glad to see my former colleague at the big daily, Jim Emmons, hard at work in the booth for the Syracuse Poster Project, selling and the work and sharing the vision for the mission he started with determination and enthusiasm in 2001. It’s a great thing for the city. I spy Emmons around…

Congratulations to all winners!

Of all the tents we passed during our Syracuse Arts and Crafts Fest stroll, I spotted just one winner ribbon pinned up. A hearty well-done I offered the seated artist. Not my particular style.

Almonds uses, awesome!

The Saratoga company carries peanut butter so prominently in its name. My dear wife Karen is allergic to that most familiar, everyday nut. So she is quite familiar with looking for finer print. So when I warned her not to sample the Trifecta, she knew the smaller print said it was an almond butter product.…

Good smells draw us in

It’s not a bad idea to just follow my nose? As my dear wife Karen and I walk the rows of the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival, a tent selling soaps, scented waxes and such earns our first stop of the morning. I decide not yet. Of course that aisle is on our way back…

In between sights from the circle

While walking amid the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival vendors, it’s always a good idea to let the eyes drift to the striking architecture that surrounds the drop-in tents. Yes, that’s the statue that still honors one Christopher Columbus, if you read yesterday’s post, standing at the center of the circle named after the now-controversial…

Welcome back, Arts and Crafts Fest

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…

Arts, crafts and the people who make them

People from more than 30 states and Canada descended upon downtown Syracuse last weekend for the annual Arts and Crafts Festival. The least my dear wife Karen and I could do was walk the streets around Columbus Circle when we got out of work last Friday night. I wanted to stock up on photos and…