The village of Saugerties was buzzing with creative activity last Friday Night, the First Friday in July. Partition Street Wines started offering wine and spirit tastings on First Fridays and months later, many more local Saugerties businesses have joined in with special events and/or samplings. Diane Dwyer, owner of Imogen Holloway Gallery, and Rae Stang, owner of Lucky Choclates organized this night. I missed the fashion show at DIG, but hopefully next First Friday I will catch it.
I skipped dessert at dinner to save myself for Lucky Chocolates. A bunch of tweens were standing guard by Lucky Chocolate's chocolate fountain, but I did manage to muscle my way in to dip a piece of pound cake in the hot chocolate sauce. They even had potato chips and pickles to dip, but I prefer good old pound cake. Oh, it was good!
Imogen Holloway displayed paintings by Joy Taylor and Garry Nichols, and Marleau Gallery showcased a collection called "Sensual Modesty" with works by Isaac Abrams, Alex Kveton, and Helen Kaufman. Fez Cafe Restaurant, Lucy's Kitchen, and Cue were all full to capacity. Dry Goods, a store by Karyn Pavich of the Dutch Ale House, was crowded with customers and friends as well. If you visit Saugerties, you will also see a gorgeous collection of hand-painted wooden garden chairs from the "Sittin' around Saugerties" public art event project. I'm looking forward to the next First Friday (August 3rd). If you are in the Hudson Valley the weekend of August 5th, be sure to check out the 2nd Annual Great Saugerties Bed Race, part of Saugerties Old Timers Day.