Performing at the recent Adirondack Bucks Pot Luck & Christmas Market are (left to right): Bill Campbell on vocals and guitar, his son Liam (right) on flute, plus (not shown): Everett Ramos on bongos and Lnda Moores on vocals.
Several dozen people gathered recently to share ideas related to sustainable living and boosting the local economy, as the Adirondack Cooperative Economy held its second annual Christmas Market.
Several dozen people enjoyed homegrown music, home-prepared foods, as well as socializing.
A number of vendors displayed handcrafted goods which people bought using Adirondack Bucks, a local currency intended to prompt people to buy local.
On Dec. 27, event organizer Anna Busser reflected on the ongoing effort to bring together people who seek to build social connections and meaningful local employment in northern Warren County. This budding movement also shuns materialism and seeks to build local trade to minimize ecological degradation.
“Through our get-togethers and use of Adirondack Bucks, we’re starting a conversation; we’re getting people to question and network,” she said. “People are now brainstorming about how to improve life in local communities.”
Among those attending the Dec. 5 Adirondack Bucks Pot Luck & Christmas Market were Dave and Brenda DeLozier of Saratoga Springs. Dave was once the publisher of EcoLocal Magazine. The two of them grow food in the front yard of their quarter-acre residential property. They brought along a gourmet fermented foods they had prepared, including kimchi and distinctive varieties of sauerkraut — all to share.
Dave Delozier said he supported the Adirondack Cooperative Economy’s mission for local residents to buy from each other, because it created meaningful and prosperous employment for people as well as providing uplifting social connections.
“As soon as you swipe your debit card, the money disappears from your community,” he warned.
The big-box stores provide low-wage jobs that stifle one’s spirit, he continued.
“The corporations keep people barely over broke, and with jobs like that, you can’t grow a community.”
Brenda DeLozier said the use of Adirondack Bucks achieves the objectives of promoting a sustainable economy.
“This is a localized, tool for exchange of goods and services,” she said. “It’s what money was supposed to be in the first place.”
The event, held at the Warrensburg Free Methodist Church, was opened by a Native American blessing led by Michael Redsky who displayed a number of handcrafted wooden flutes at the event. Also for sale at the event were wood crafts and jewelry.
Bob Aspholm of Lake George said he believed in the Adirondack Cooperative Economy’s objectives.
“It’s a great thing to keep profits in your area as much as you can,” he said. “It’s a matter of stimulating job growth and creating community.”
Contributing to the food served at the event were Willows Bistro, Marco Polo’s, George Henry’s tavern, and Bill’s Restaurant, all of Warrensburg. Rock Hill Bakehouse provided their award-winning bread.
Providing music at the gathering were Richie and Elaine Henzler of the Warrensburg-based Courtly Music Unlimited. Providing an eclectic blend of Folk/Americana selections was a group fronted by singer-guitarist Bill Campbell of Bolton, backed up by his son Liam on flute, Everett Ramos on Bongos and Linda Moores on vocals.
Harvey Leidy of Brant Lake said the people involved in the Adirondack Cooperative Economy were stimulating a collective spirit committed to building local economies.
“This is an example of ordinary people in a small community setting doing extraordinary things to raise consciousness and foster togetherness,” he said.