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In addition to giant puppets, live music, arts and crafts, and a puppet circus, tomorrow’s International Arts and Puppet Festival offers our UP Start Syracuse entrepreneurs an opportunity to test our their business ideas:
-Curtis Washington will be on site with his food truck, That’s What’s Up, serving savory, kid-friendly snacks.
-Aaron Metthe will be pouring cups of Salt City Coffee and tea, while also selling bags of freshly ground coffee.
-Fesseha Kahsay will lead a free gardening workshop and demonstration for families.
-Hari Bangaley Adhikari will sell a dessert pairing of Puri and Jelabi, a popular street food in his native Bhutan.
We’re very proud of these four and look forward to experiencing their businesses with you tomorrow! And check out the great coverage they received today on Syracuse.com.
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The event is tomorrow! Join in the festivities and read up on the schedule and details on Syracuse.com.
Small, independently owned businesses have been the backbone of the Northside for generations. Supporting these businesses not only benefits our local economy, but strengthens our neighborhood. The Northside Showcase is a collaboration between the Northside Business Partnership and St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, which aims to promote buying local by encouraging hospital employees to learn more about the rich and diverse business community that is “Just a Walk Away”. On average, over 350 hospital employees attend the event, which will be the fourth showcase hosted by Northside UP.
Today from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, food, fun and giveaways will be available to SJHHC staff as sixteen Northside businesses set up shop inside the hospital. Vendors will display local goods and services, provide helpful business information, and offer free samples. Check out the list of participating vendors:
Written by admin • September 10, 2014
On September 20th, support Syracuse Grows while feasting on a multicultural meal prepared by the New American chefs of My Lucky Tummy. Produce will be sourced from local growers, including the farm that will host the event, the Salt City Harvest Farm — a Syracuse Grows member farm cultivated by and for New Americans located just 12 miles east of Downtown Syracuse. All proceeds will benefit the network of Syracuse Grows community gardens, including the three we have on the Northside! Tickets can be purchased at http://sg-harvestdinner.eventbrite.com/ and cost $50. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (315)443-4890.
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • September 9, 2014
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Last September, Open Hand Theater closed down several blocks of North Salina Street for an international-themed festival, featuring fantastical creatures, storytelling, and art. This year, the 2nd Annual International Arts and Puppet Festival will continue to celebrate family fun with some recurring activities and new features.
A variety of workshops teach children mask-making, juggling, gardening, and arts and craft projects. Performances will include The Stone Cutter, Irish and Bhutanese dancing, Brazilian Percussion Ensemble, and a string quartet. Larger-than-life puppets will mill around the Festival and come together for the puppet parade and circus from 1:45 – 3:00 PM. Throughout the afternoon, the Flat Iron Building will display a variety of canvases as local artists create live paintings.
This year, there will be more food to choose from, including both kid-friendly and international-themed options. My Lucky Tummy will have different entrees from the Bhutan, Somalia, and Cuba. Entrepreneurs from UP Start Syracuse will be with My Lucky Tummy serving up Salt City coffee and teas, Bhutanese desserts, and savory snacks from the That’s What’s Up food truck.
The International Arts & Puppet Festival is free and open to the public. For a full list of the day’s schedule, click here. We hope to see you there!
We’re thrilled to see a handful of Northside entities in the running for the “Best of Syracuse.”
Dominick’s Neighborhood Market for Best Neighborhood Market
Hairanoia for Best Salon
Vinomania for Best Liquor Store
Asti Caffe for best Italian Restaurant
Laci’s Tapas Bar for Best LGBT-friendly Restaurant & Best LGBT-friendly Bar
Sparky Town for Best LGBT-friendly Restaurant & Best Restaurant to get a Veggie/Vegan Dish
St. Clare Theater for Best Venue for Live Music
83 & Company for Best Cakes and Cupcakes
Our friend Chris Fowler, Founder and Director of SyracuseFirst, is also nominated as Best Localist and Best CNY Ambassador.
Congrats to all of our Northside businesses, friends, and neighbors! Visit the Syracuse New Times to vote for your favorite Syracuse businesses by September 10.
The groundbreaking took place nearly two and a half years ago and this week St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center celebrated the opening of the Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower. Inside are 110 private rooms, a brand new intensive care unit, a 4,000 sq. ft. surgical waiting room, a “Main Street” Corridor featuring a large-scale mural by Michael Barletta and benches and tables by Salt Works!
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • September 3, 2014
In the 1800s word was spread among train hoppers that if you knocked on the back door of the Assumption Church in Syracuse, a German sister would give you a sandwich. From there, Assumption’s Food Pantry has grown to serve between 7,500 and 12,000 sandwiches per month through their Sandwich Program.
Food and community is a natural pairing for the Franciscan Northside Ministries whose mission is to “create a safe, accepting, and respectful environment to meet the physical, social, and spiritual needs of all those we encounter.” The “social” aspect often plays out during meals at the Food Pantry; a monthly pancake breakfast organized by the Knights and Dames of Malta; and Coffee and Donuts, a Tuesday morning ritual for many of our Northside neighbors.
“We just opened the doors one Tuesday morning,” Sister Dolly explains. She’s the Director of the Northside Ministries and helped establish the Coffee and Donuts program as an opportunity for people to socialize. Currently, she sees around 30 people each Tuesday who file into the Parish Center for free coffee, sweets, and conversation. Once or twice a year, the program transports guests to Onondaga Lake in order to escape the city, relax, and play bocce ball.
This past Coffee and Donuts morning, a group of men were gathered around a low coffee table with cookies and banana bread. One man showed pictures from a recent bass fishing tournament. Another talked about the differences between Syracuse and a city in Mississippi where he was raised. Another man answered questions about his new bicycle. “The depth of people is always a surprise,” Sister Dolly says about her work. “The people who come to Coffee and Donuts are incredibly helpful to each other. If someone doesn’t have an apartment, another will say ‘Oh, there’s one open here . . .’”
All of the programs, like the Sandwich Program and Coffee and Donuts, are mainly run by dedicated volunteers and funded through grants, donations, and fundraisers. This Sunday is Assumption’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival Fundraiser, a family-friendly event featuring tractor rides, farm animals, miniature golf, carnival games, music, and more. Tickets are $5 per person and benefit the Franciscan Place at Destiny USA, the Poverello Health Center, the Food Pantry, and Northside Ministries.