It's no secret that the Hudson Valley has become more than just a weekend getaway for urbanity-plagued New Yorkers. Many creative types have made the decision to eschew the crowded commutes and clogged streets for a simpler life in a more bucolic setting, giving up day jobs to pursue that dream of farming organically or making jewerly in 19th century barns that have been converted into studios. That's why there's so much talent based in the Hudson Valley region, and it's why this coming weekend's Basilica Farm and Flea for some out-of-the-gate holiday shopping is a seriously good idea if you're in the area.
Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century factory right across from the train station in this burgeoning little city, also home to Zak Pelaccio's Fish & Game, dozens of design and antique shops, and a growing roster of food provisions stores, music venues and restaurants. It's a sprawling place, well-suited to large-scale events, and last year's Farm and Flea was more festive and less flustered than most holiday market experiences in, say, Manhattan.
This year's event kicks off Friday night (November 28) from 5-9 p.m. with a "Black Friday Soirée," featuring DJs, food tastings, and cocktails by Lady Jayne's Alchemy (whose worcestershire sauce sold out in one night last year) and The Hudson Standard. Local beer and spirits brands will be on hand as well, including the excellent Chatham Brewery and the ambitious whiskey distillers from Hillrock. The shopping and festivities continue throughout the weekend, with 80 vendors selling their wares between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the event, visit basilicafarmandflea.com.
Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Hudson, NY, 12534, basilicahudson.com.