This year's Thanksgiving Made Local Holiday Market was a big success, thanks to the many talented vendors, and the crowds that turned out to support them by shopping locally.
To be part of the month-long Made Local initiative, you can join our growing list of Makers or Retailers by adding your name under the LoveLocal tab.
Casa de los Muertos ran for 4 nights in Warwick, New York. Wickham Works created the nightmare of La Llorona, the Weeping Woman who drowned her own children and hunts for her next victims. The graves reopened and revealed their secrets during the 2nd Annual #ShockFry.
Warwick hosts Orange County Pride Parade
Despite the ninety-plus weather, this year’s Pride Parade was a rainbow-hued celebration. The theme of the day was family, and it showed. LGBTQ youth and adults, friends and allies, came out to strut their stuff. “Warwick is an open, inclusive village, and the Pride Parade was the only one in the county and drew hundreds of people --- many of them young -- from an even wider area,” says Bill Steinhaeur, board president of the Warwick Valley Community Center who hosted the event.
The party began at noon at the Center with plates of rainbow-colored bagels. Going with the color scheme, marchers brought tie-dyed T-shirts to screen print with this year’s logo. Advocate groups were on hand to talk about their locally supportive organizations, including The Orange County Youth Bureau, who helped fund this year’s parade. Food donations came from Shoprite and Price Chopper in Warwick, and from local volunteers.
Melissa Shaw-Smith, who coordinated the event with the Community Center and Danielle Barbour from Safe Space America, says, “We invited folks to come and put their own touches on the parade design, led by a talented team from Wickham Works.”
Student volunteers from the Center’s Youth Advisory Board, Acting Out Playhouse, and the Library’s Teen Advisory Board helped decorate the floats. Marchers painted their faces, and made signs to carry. Karen Decher from the Warwick Arts Festival was on hand with her stunning hats and puppets to add another layer of creativity to the parade.
Grand Marshals Danielle Barbour and her family, rode in the gaily-colored Pride Mobile, and as part of the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial celebrations, Mayor Michael Newhard led the crowd. Afterwards, he stressed the importance to the assembled crowd of providing Safe Spaces in our community for all.
“Diversity is a top priority at the center,” says Bill Steinhaeur, “and under Executive Director Karen Thomas’ guidance, the Pride Parade and LGBTQ initiatives have been a reflection of that for several years. Especially in today’s political climate, we’re proud to give the LGBTQ community a voice.”
The Center has recently launched a support group, Outloud that offers a forum for the adult LGBTQ community, their friends, and allies to explore common concerns and share triumphs through social and educational events. Outloud is facilitated by Bonnie Schonfeld, a long time member of the WVCC family and an advocate for civil justice: "Advocating for social change that embraces and applauds gender diversity and human rights can only serve to promote balance and well-being for our community and our planet!" Outloud meets the second Monday of the month at the WVCC from 7PM-8PM. A similar group for youth is starting soon. For more information call 845-986-6422 xt 4.
Here are instructions for several fun and easy crafts to make at home using items from your recycling bin. When finished you can bring them into your classroom for collection no later than Friday April 28th. They will be included in the Tree Sculptures. Or better yet, bring them to the event on Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th and hang them on the trees yourself!
Pie Plate Ornament
The Plastic Bag Dragon will be making an appearance at Treecycle, but luckily, so will
The Green Man! Come and help defeat the dragon with your own Dragon's Breath. Dragon's Breath instructions.
A lot of you have asked how the plans are coming along – how much closer we are to our stated mission: To enrich our community by providing a workspace and materials exchange where new and experienced makers can learn, collaborate, offer workshops, and spark new business opportunities.
Wickham Works is a local non-profit organization committed to creating a Makerspace for the benefit of our community. To that end, we are hosting Meet Your Maker, a holiday gift market that highlights the talented makers in our midst and introduces them to the community.
The Meet Your Maker Holiday Market is the place to find a unique gift, a handcrafted item that will last a lifetime, or a chance to learn about a range of exciting, hands-on workshops offered in our area. In addition to our vendor booths and shop, there will be live maker demos, music, children’s craft activities, food and a raffle – something for all ages, so bring the family!
Meet Your Maker takes place at Wickham Woodlands Manor, 255 State School Rd, Warwick, NY 10990. The Market Opens on Friday, November 25, 4-7 with a welcome reception, and on Saturday 26, Sunday 27, 10-5.