Monday, November 16, 2015

Handmade Sweetness to Start the Holiday Season

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of Safe Harbors on the Hudson

Handmade confections are definitely the sweetest part of the holiday season. Not only by their sugary natures, but also because it’s a time when we especially like to make them to share. And to start the holiday season off right, two events in Newburgh invite you to celebrate it sweetly.

At the Bells on Broadway Holiday Market and Children's Festival, a free festival now in its 8th year, there will be live music, storytelling, and puppeteering, a holiday musical and dance adventure to the North Pole, and crafts. Families can get photos with Santa and Frosty and decorate their own cupcakes for a nominal fee. And services like kids fingerprinting and spinal assessments will be available. Not to mention all the holiday shopping opportunities with local vendors featuring handmade crafts, gourmet foods, and gift items. New this year to the festival is a gingerbread house competition, where gingerbread artists’ intricate creations will be on display. The houses are donated to a silent auction to benefit Safe Harbors of the Hudson, a non-profit re-development project in the City of Newburgh with the mission of transforming lives and building communities through housing and the arts.

Safe Harbors of the Hudson’s 8th annual Bells on Broadway Holiday Market and Children’s Festival at 107 Broadway in Newburgh, in the Lobby of the Ritz Theater and the Historic Green Room: Saturday, November 21st, 11a-4p, free! For more information, contact June Henley at (845) 784-1110, or visit

Commodore Chocolatier on Broadway in Newburgh has been inviting kids into the kitchen to watch them hand-pull candy canes for years, and for the last 16 in an annual Thanksgiving weekend tradition that families have come to anticipate. It’s a free demonstration of the art of candy cane making, where people get to design their own pieces to take home. Just watching the process is an all-senses event. The candy first cooks in a big copper kettle and gets worked on a marble table. It's then mixed with pure flavors that perfume the kitchen with peppermint fragrance. The magical process of coloring and striping transforms the mass into candy canes right before the eye. And, as if that’s not enough, the shop next door sells holiday goodies like solid chocolate Santas, chocolate gift boxes, and more.

Make Your Own Candy Cane Demonstration, an annual Holiday Happening in the Candy Kitchen at Commodore Chocolatier, 480-482 Broadway in Newburgh: Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th, with half-hour demonstrations at noon, 1:30,p 3:00p, & 4:30p. Call (845) 561-3960 for more info.
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