Press-Republican

September 16, 2013

Home Briefs: Sept. 16, 2013


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---- — Hat-decorating social to be held

SARANAC LAKE — Inspired by the exhibition of Ursula Trudeau’s magnificent hats, Historic Saranac Lake recently announced plans to host a hat-decorating social on Thursday in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street.

The public is invited to bring a hat for refreshing. There will be two sessions, from 1 to 3 or 5 to 7 p.m. during the last of the summer Artwalks. Ursula Trudeau will be a special guest during a portion of the event.

“It’s a fun way to celebrate the exhibit,” said Historic Saranac Lake Executive Director Amy Catania. “During this last Artwalk, we hope to flood the streets of Saranac Lake with beautiful hats.”

She credited a museum visitor, Kathy Lobo, for helping to plan the project.

Some decorating materials will be provided. Attendees are urged to bring some materials of their own to use and share if possible. Suggested materials include a hat to refresh, a headband, ribbons, yarn, paper flowers, fabric, scarves, belt, belt buckles, necklaces, buttons, pom poms, tassles, and paper. A $5 donation is requested to help defray exhibit and workshop costs.

Thursday is also the last day to enter the A Life in Hats Raffle for a chance to win one of Ursula Trudeau’s hats, a signed and matted exhibit poster or a gift certificate. 

The John Black Room exhibit Ursula: A Life in Hats will be on display through Columbus Day.

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Restaurants to take part in Locavore Challenge

WILLSBORO — On the last weekend in September, Willsboro’s Turtle Island Cafe and Lake Placid’s Green Goddess Natural Market are supporting local organic food and farming by donating a percentage of their evening revenue to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY).

Currently, 14 restaurants around the state have signed on to donate a portion of their proceeds. The fundraising event is part of the NOFA-NY Locavore Challenge, a month-long challenge to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities held around the state and online.

Turtle Island co-owners David Martin and Mimi Lane say they make every effort to source their meals from local farmers who practice sustainable methods in growing their produce, meats and dairy. As a high honors graduate from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Martin’s philosophy is based on the concept of eco-gastronomy, recognizing the connections between the planet and what we eat.

Green Goddess owners Tammy Loewy and Wynde Kate Reese originally started Green Goddess Foods at the Lake Placid Farmers Market, where they sold prepared vegetarian food, using vendors’ produce. 

“Green Goddess uses local ingredients as a way to improve the taste, freshness, and health benefits of our food,” Loewy said. “We feel the direct connection with our farmers, our friends, creates honesty and integrity of food for our bodies and the earth.” 

The goal of the Locavore Challenge has always been to connect consumers with their local organic farmers and to encourage local consumption and education. This year, NOFA-NY is expanding the challenge, hoping to strengthen communities through local collective initiatives and encourage engagement in state and federal policy change that supports local organic food and farming.