Ever-popular radio personality Lee Pecue will be conducting a live broadcast for WCKM from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the Warrensburg Town Hall during the town's Buy Local Saturday event set for Nov. 30. Dozens of businesses are participating in the event, which features discounts, giveaways and raffle chances for those who shop downtown. Photo provided
Retail stores in the hamlet of Warrensburg have collaborated on a Buy Local Saturday event set for Nov. 30 to introduce residents and visitors of the region to the holiday shopping opportunities that exist in town.
As an incentive for shoppers to spend time in Warrensburg, the merchants are offering special discounts, giveaways and coupons as well as multiple chances on a drawings for various gift packages.
Shoppers will be stopping in at participating enterprises — designated by an orange sign — where they pick up a “Shop Warrensburg” tote, which contains a map of all the participating retailers. At each store that shoppers visit, they can collect a raffle ticket which can be used to bid on various gift packages and gift certificates offered in a silent auction scheduled for the day’s end.
As of Monday, 23 businesses in Warrensburg were participating, according to Bridgette Connelly-Howe of the Greater Warrensburg Business Alliance, which is sponsoring the event.
“Collecting raffle tickets gives people an incentive to stop in and see our array of businesses from one end of town to the other, that offer a wide variety of goods and services,” she said. We have many very different businesses, from home decor to hardware, galleries to antique and gift shops and a farm products outlet,” she said.
Participating enterprises include: Adirondack Real Estate, Adirondack Rustic Interiors, Bear Cupboard home furnishings, Bill’s Restaurant, Braley & Noxon Hardware, Direct Deposit, J. Gallup Farm, George Henry’s tavern, Gino’s Pizza, Groom Salon, Jack’s Liquors, Krystal Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, Lazy River Farms, Luck-E-Star Café, Miller Art & Frame, New Way Lunch, Rafter J Western World, Rebecca’s Florist & Country Gifts, Riverside Gallery, Artisan Ink Body Art Studio, Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, Warrensburgh Beautification and Willows Bistro.
The day also features a live broadcast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the town hall parking lot by ever-popular WCKM deejay Lee Pecue.
Shoppers conclude their day by a 4 p.m. deadline, stopping off at George Henry’s tavern, where they bid on the gifts with their raffle tickets, while they enjoy live music.
People don’t need to stay beyond the 4 p.m. to win, although they are encouraged to do so. George Henry’s will be offering a special menu with locally sourced produce, Connelly-Howe said.
“This is a great beginning to a great holiday season in Warrensburg,” she said, referring to the lineup of events through December — including the 25th anniversary of Christmas in Warrensburgh, set for Saturday Dec. 7 and Sunday Dec. 8. This festival has new features on Saturday of an indoor holiday craft market and mule-drawn wagon rides at the town Senior Center, a living nativity from noon to 4 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home, plus the traditiional Saturday attractions of children’s craft workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. with live holiday music.
On Sunday Dec. 8, a Holiday Craft Fair featuring a wide variety of artisans is to be held at Echo Lake Lodge. The Warrrensburgh Museum of Local History will be holding a reception on both days, as people visit their Doll House & Room Box exhibit that has generated considerable regional interest.
Another highlight of the holiday calendar is to be held Thursday Dec. 5 — Local people involved in the sustainable living movement will be sharing creative home-cooked local food then browsing among locally produced crafts at the Adirondack Cooperative Economy Christmas Market & Pot Luck. The event is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church on River St..
That day also features the annual Warrensburgh Historical Society Holiday Dinner, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Lizzie Keays Restaurant.
Most of the secular holiday events conclude on Dec. 14 when Santa visits the Warrensburg firehouse from noon to 2 p.m.
On the spiritual side — the town’s many churches, of course, will be holding an array of services through Christmas Day.