Get ready to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit in Schenectady's historic Stockade neighborhood. Join us for a day of joyful festivities, combining merriment and shopping in one of Schenectady's most cherished and historic districts. Visitors are invited to explore the quaint streets of the Stockade District, where a plethora of unique activities and offers await at various local establishments. Highlights of the event include: Arthur’s Market (35 N Ferry St) Wreath Pop-up: Witness the beauty of exquisite handmade wreaths crafted from natural materials by Mud Road Farm. Indulge in delicious seasonal treats to keep you energized during your holiday adventure. Sweet Sprig + Brouwer House Creative (14 N Church St) Artist’s Open Studios and Sale: Join the talented artists of Brouwer House Creative for a day filled with creativity. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and a hot cocoa bar to keep you warm. Featured artists include Deborah Angilletta, Mary Ann Van Alstyne, Sizz Handmade, and Thistle and Clover. Explore Sweet Sprig, a unique store offering artisan soaps, gifts, candles, and skincare – all made on site. Plus, receive a free gift with every purchase! Mohawk Valley Art Shoppe + Last Nerve Tattoo (101 State St) Immerse yourself in a day of art, poetry, and music at this collaborative event hosted by Mohawk Valley Art Shoppe and Last Nerve Tattoo. Thirty percent of art sales will support the "Things Of My Very Own" charity. The event features free morning poetry readings and afternoon live music, nurturing both creativity and community. Join us in celebrating the grand opening of Last Nerve Tattoo, complete with special promotions to further support the charity. Your presence will make a meaningful difference in our city. Bex Salon (234 Union St) Enjoy a complimentary gift with any purchase throughout the day, along with festive seasonal refreshments. Schenectady County Historical Society (32 Washington Ave) Festival of Trees (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.): Immerse yourself in the holiday splendor with an array of beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Admission is $6. Hardwired Fitness (23 N College St) Join us for a FREE Community Class at 9:00 a.m. All fitness levels are welcome! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors – the more, the merrier! Please register online. Don't miss out on this special day of holiday cheer and local shopping. Come be a part of the Stockade's festive spirit!
Using needle and thread, warp and weft, 28 artists mend and explore the meaning and self-expression behind textile creation and envision a future of textiles and “slow fashion” that brings storytelling back into the conversation and back into our own relationship with the textiles in our lives. Threading the Needle: Weaving Traditions into Contemporary Textile Art features the following artists: Yasmeen Abdallah Jennifer Bantz Susan Berger Sarah Boink Isabel Padilla Bonelli Heewon Chung Mae Colburn Melissa Conroy Polly Giragosian Sarah Gotowka Mimi Graminski Samara Elán Huggins Ianthe Jackson Vandana Jain Jan Kather Magdalen Lindenberg Julia K. Luff Susan Martin Maffei Stacie Mann Piotr Pandrya Katrina Rodabaugh Kari Roslund Linda Friedman Schmidt Hilla Shapira Stitch Buffalo Cameron Taylor-Brown Laura Wasserman Mallory Zondag Curated by Jenny Leijonhufvud, Gallery and Outreach Spaces Coordinator at Mann Library and Marcie Farwell, Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator at the Kheel Center
Panelists include: Sarah Boink, Artist and Owner of Sizz Handmade Susan Martin Maffei, Artist Tegan Frisino, Professional Weaver and Owner of Comfortcloth Weaving Cecilia Tkaczyk, Owner of CeCe's Wool Farm Store