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Photo Friday: Vote in the “Lights on the Northside” Holiday Lighting Contest!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 9, 2016

Place your vote for your favorite decorated business by liking their photo on the Northeast Hawley Development Association‘s Facebook page: goo.gl/qmJNle. Voting runs until midnight on December 15 and the winner receives a free year’s membership to the Northside Business Partnership.

Participating businesses: Syracuse Soapworks, LLCSyracuse Northeast Community CenterThe Speach Family Candy ShoppeRed OliveCooperative FederalLaci’s Tapas BarD’bautistaHairanoiaThanos Import Market


Holiday Shows at Open Hand Theater

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 7, 2016


This season, Open Hand Theater has two family-friendly shows to celebrate the holiday season: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Amahl and The Night Visitors.



Photo + video credit: Open Hand Theater


A Charlie Brown Christmas

WHERE: The Castle, 518 Prospect Avenue

WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays beginning December 10 – 31. Click here for specific dates and times.

The stage adaption of the the classic TV special, features all the familiar Peanuts characters as handcrafted puppets made by the staff at Open Hand. Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy as they try to find the true meaning of Christmas. Check out Open Hand’s sneak peek review here.

Advanced tickets: $15 Adults, $10 youth



Photo + video credit: Open Hand Theater


Amahl and The Night Visitors

WHERE: First English Lutheran Church, 501 James Street

WHEN: December 9, 10, 11. Click here for a full list of times.

Amahl is a penniless shepherd boy who lives with his mother. In the night, they are visited by three kings carrying gifts for a new-born. Originally written in 1951 by Gian Carlo Menotti, Amahl is a magical opera, featuring both larger-than-life puppets and live actors. Check out Open Hand’s sneak peek preview here.

Advanced tickets: $18 Adults, $13 youth


Open Hand Theater “celebrates the human experience through puppetry, masks and theater traditions from around the world.” To learn more, visit their website and follow them on Facebook



Local Artist Inspired by the Northside

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 6, 2016


Photos by Photo By Frank Ordonez, The Post-Standard

Last month, Syracuse.com’s Marnie Eisenstadt published an article that explores the life and career of local artist and former Syracuse University Professor, David MacDonald. MacDonald “fell in love with pottery by accident” at a young age and used art to express his feelings about life as a black man in America. Today, he finds inspiration in the vibrancy of the Northside.

“As a young man, MacDonald’s work focused on what it felt like to be a black man in the U.S. in the late 1960s and 1970s. It was social protest. ‘Then I realized that my work was about being angry. And being frustrated,’ says MacDonald, whose beard is completely white now. ‘I would try to find something to be pissed off about and try to turn that into a body of work.’

As he got older, MacDonald realized it was too hard to stay angry . . . He refocused on his African heritage, incorporating African patterns into his designs.

MacDonald’s work now is also inspired by the modern day as much as history. His ‘figurative urns’, made this year, are based on an image from a bleak winter day on Syracuse’s North Side. He was eating a slice of pizza in his truck after running an errand. From the corner of his eye, MacDonald saw beautiful colors billowing. It was Somali women, dressed in traditional African robes, walking down the sidewalk.

In a bleak landscape, they were beautiful movement. MacDonald captured that in his clay. The urns curve like a woman’s figure. The geometric patterns wrap around and around: You can’t help but move to see the rest.”

To read the article in it’s entirety, visit Syracuse.com.

Photo Friday: Take 2, From With Love Restaurant’s Grand Opening

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 2, 2016


Photo Friday: Team Shot at the With Love Restaurant Opening

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“The help is here:” SNCC and Giving Tuesday

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 29, 2016

“I had to better myself emotionally, mentally, and financially so I can be that mom I always wanted to be . . . and the Northeast Community Center has played a major role in my transformation.”

The Syracuse Northeast Community Center made a huge impact on Roshad’s life. Click the image below to listen to her story and give help this #GivingTuesdaysnccsyr.org/donate


Photo Friday: On Spotted Ground

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 25, 2016


Photo Friday: Beyond the Fence

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 18, 2016


Photo Friday: Community Gathers With Love

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 11, 2016

With Love Restaurant‘s free Sneak Peek event is tonight from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Enjoy samples of Chef Sarah’s Pakistani dishes and explore the new space for yourself.


On the Calendar: Weekend Events in Hawley-Green

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 10, 2016

Start your holiday shopping off this weekend in Hawley-Green at Syracuse Soapworks and Thanos Import Market.


Holiday Open House Weekend

Syracuse Soapworks, 226 Hawley Avenue

Saturday, 11/12 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, 11/13 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Enjoy free wine and food tastings as you explore the wares of 30+ local artists. The Soapworks store, filled with handcrafted bath products, also includes a number of textiles, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more. Food samples will include wine from Vinomania, pasta sauce from In My Father’s Kitchen, and salts from Syracuse Salt Company.


Painting & Pottery Fall Show and Sale

Thanos Import Market, 105 Green Street

Saturday, 11/12 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Local artist, Teresa Russo, will showcase her paintings and pottery, including trays and platters perfect for the artisan meats and cheeses found at Thanos. Guests will enjoy food and beverage samples as they browse Teresa’s art work.

To find out about more events from on the Northside, sign-up for the Northeast Hawley Development Association’s newsletter or follow Syracuse Soapworks and Thanos Import Market on Facebook.