The Hudson Valley Hullabaloo, whose seventh annual iteration comes to the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center in Kingston this weekend, November 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is touted as “a hip, festive shopping experience for the whole family…where arty meets party.” This holiday market puts as much emphasis on activities as on showcasing a curated collection of handmade food and spirits, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, kids’ and baby goods, clothing and health and beauty products from some 75 creators and small businesses.
Attending the Hullabaloo is well worth the $2 price of admission (free for kids 12 and under) because you can get Will Lytle of Thorneater Comics to sketch a portrait of you for only a dollar. If you’ve seen his work – especially his evocative fairytale illustrations – you know what a bargain this is. Two very special photography experiences also await your arrival: Peter Demuth Photography will be setting up a holiday photobooth, complete with costumes and props that will delight your kids, and providing free web-res images. And for $60, you can have your portrait made in 19th-century collodion style in Tom DeLooza’s traveling wet-plate photo booth.
Deejay Mr. Chips, the host of “Dollar Bin Radio” on Thursday nights on Radio Kingston, will be on hand to spin the platters. You’ll be able to eat, drink and be merry thanks to food offerings from locals like Much Mor Bread, Samosa Shack and the Wildfire Food Truck. And just think how much more relaxed your holiday season will feel, knowing that you’ve already found the perfect one-of-a-kind present for a whole lot of people on your Xmas list – and helped talented local artisans stay afloat in the process.
7th annual Hudson Valley Hullabaloo, Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 23-24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $2, Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston, (845) 750-8801, http://hvhullabaloo.com