Around town on Saturday

There were plenty of activities going on around the Amsterdam area this past Saturday. Here’s just a few events I caught while running around town this past Saturday.

The fields at Amsterdam High School were full of Amsterdam Youth Soccer Club recreation program soccer players in the morning.  The Mohawk Valley Compass team faced Afrim’s Sports.

Members of the Amsterdam Rotary Club were out on Route 5s and 30s cleaning up the roadsides.

The Amsterdam Farmer’s Market was open on Main Street. One half of the street was closed off, the other was open for parking. The market will be open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

The W1shfu1:Th1nk1ng Foundation held it’s second annual Sneak Peek event at Riverfront Center.

The Saturday Famers/Crafters Market was open at the Walter Elwood Museum, 100 Church Street. The market will be open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Finally, I got a got shot of the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge, still under construction.

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3 Responses to Around town on Saturday

  1. AvatarAudrey E says:

    I am interested to know why there are two Farmers Markets that go on at the same time. I checked out both yesterday and if they were both combined, it would have been a decent showing of vendors, but instead both were lacking. Having a Farmers Market on a Saturday is a great idea and it’s a nice way to bring people together, but this seems very disjointed.

    I love going to Troy’s Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, just grabbing a cup of coffee and checking out what’s around. The streets are packed with vendors and people, there’s music, and it’s just a lot of fun to see what local farmers in that area are doing. I’m glad to see some of that spirit here in Amsterdam, but I worry it will be squashed by two groups trying to do the same thing at the same time and both missing the mark.

    • AvatarTim Becker says:

      The short version of a long story is that the group of people who worked on the farmer’s market last year split due to various differences. I believe there are good and sincere people working with both markets. The Walter Elwood Museum and Downtown Amsterdam are both great locations. But there are also politics and personalities involved. I’ve heard the back story from both sides and it doesn’t seem likely to me they are going to start working together anytime soon.

      Both markets seemed a little sparse to me. But it’s still early in the season. It’s only a short drive between the two, I don’t see why anyone who likes farmers markets shouldn’t be able to visit both.

      Here’s a little background on the formation of the markets.

      • AvatarAudrey E says:

        Thank you! I knew there had to be a reason. Hopefully as the season goes on, things pick up and they both do well.