Chamber News



Wednesday 23 July, 2014
The Potsdam Farmers’ Market is hosting a summer-long, free book give-away to young readers called the Market Book Safari. Children are welcomed to visit the Potsdam Farmers’ Market, which runs Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm in Ives Park and “go on safari”. Young market visitors are challenged to find free books hidden at vendor booths. Books will be wrapped in brown paper. Books are for all ages, ranging from early reader level to middle school level. Each book has been registered with, a website service that tracks books worldwide. When a child finds a book at the market, they are encouraged to read the book and then leave it somewhere for another reader to find it and read it! Participators are welcome use the free wireless internet service at the Potsdam Public Library to follow where the books go! The books have been generously donated by the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs in Potsdam. The Potsdam Public Library has also collaborated in this project. Sarah Sachs, librarian, has handpicked the collection. “The Market Book Safari is a great way to get kids and their parents to visit market this summer!” says Laura Popielski, market manager. “We look forward to meeting new shoppers and promoting literacy.”


9th Annual Hankfest August 9

Friday 25 July, 2014
The 9th Annual Hankfest will take place on Saturday August 9 from 1-5 pm at the Sandstone Park Pavilion near the Pine Street Arena on Pine Street in Potsdam. This year’s feature artist is Patsy Cline. A dedication will be made and a special response letter read from Patsy’s husband Charlie Dick. There will be a Patsy Cline Look A Like Contest and a trivia contest with prizes awarded. The audience will be entertained by the following musical acts: 1 PM Oshier Country, 1:30 pm Dan Cole, 2 pm Back Country, 3 pm Bobby Herne & The Country Rollers, and 4 pm by the Lyme Hollow Boys. There will be varying vendors set up, door prize drawings, 50/50, and fun for all. Around 2:30 pm Officer Seymour will have badges to hand out to kids. The rain site is at the American Legion Post 74, 128 ST Hwy 345 Potsdam. A donation of $2 will earn a person a door prize ticket for the day. Many door prizes have been graciously donated by local businesses. All proceeds of this year’s Hankfest benefit the Potsdam Public Library.

Juanita's First Thursday Creations August 7- Potsdam Food Co-op

Thursday 24 July, 2014
Juanita's 1st Thursday Creations at the Potsdam Food Co-op on Thursday, August 7th Millet – it's not just for the birds! Millet is an ancient grain, originating in Ethiopia but now feeding a third of the world's population. Juanita's 1st Thursday Creations will feature Southwestern Millet Medley on August 7th from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the Potsdam Food Co-op. This recipe is a complete protein food due to the combination of millet and black beans. High in copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium, as well as fiber, millet promotes heart health and lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Fresh cilantro and freshly squeezed limes give an exceptionally savory, delicious flavor to this healthy recipe. Nut-free, vegan, and made with gluten-free ingredients. Stop by, sample, and take home the recipe! The Potsdam Food Co-op is located at 24 Elm St. and is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. It is a member owned cooperative grocery store where everyone is welcome to shop and anyone is welcome to join.

Art Exhibit Opening July 11

Wednesday 9 July, 2014
ART EXHIBIT GRAND OPENING, Katya Greer Memorial Art Gallery, 8 Raymond St., Potsdam; 7-9 p.m.; “Perspective: Panoramic Views of the North Country;” by Nate Infante; on display through July 27; info: