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Upper Madison Street Fair Sunday

October 15, 2011

by Kelly Cunningham

A street fair to bring together the community and to help get recognition for the Pine Hills neighborhood will be held Sunday afternoon. Local residents, visitors and families are encouraged to attend.

The Upper Madison Street Fair is a family-fun fair that includes an afternoon of activities.

Upper Madison Street Fair flyer

The fair is free and run on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  Madison Avenue will be closed between North Allen and West Lawrence streets.

Beautify Upper Madison, a local committee, has invited about two dozen local artists, crafters and musicians to the event.

“The more successful everyone elses businesses are, the more successful we are and the more we can put back into the communities that we love so much,” said Theresa Hovish  owner of Theresa and Jim’s Homemade Soaps, a vendor who will sell  homemade handcrafted cold processed soaps. “Community involvement is key to helping better our neighborhoods, schools, and society as a whole. The more we can do to find ways to engage the community- such as the participating in the Upper Madison Street Fair- the better.”

Some of the afternoon’s activities will include a bouncy bounce, bike polo, bike rescue (local volunteers will make minor repairs to children’s bikes), bike rodeo, henna hand painting, temporary tattoos and a silly pet trick contest.

An eclectic variety of vendors will be set up along the street including All Good Bakers, and Livvy Lou’s Boutique. Candles and soaps, glass designs, wallets, hats, hair accessories, jewelry, handbags, jams and jellies, chocolates, original paintings, desserts and natural skin care products will be available.

All Good Bakers, a Quail Street bakery, will offer some of its specialty vegan cinnamon buns, buttermilk scones, wholegrain muffins, cookies and tarts.

“We just opened our shop in April of this year, so we think attending this particular festival, in our neighborhood will help remind everyone that we are located nearby and give them an opportunity to try us if they haven’t visited our shop yet,” said owner Britin Foster.

Life entertainment will include Albany Swing Dancing, Annie and the Hedonists a local jazz, folk and blues band, guided Footsteps dance group, The Landfill Mountain Boys a traditional and contemporary folk, bluegrass, blues and country group, Golden Notes, an a cappella group and the Emmaus African and Youth Choirs.

Some other events during the fair may include antique car show, 50/50 raffles, photography, book sales and massages presented by Albany Massage Associates

“Most pass through this section of town on their way in or out of the city without realizing how much there is to offer in such a small section of town,” said Jonathan Duda, a committee member of Beautify Upper Madison Program. -30-

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