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This past weekend, we packed up our Prius C tetris style and headed down to Brooklyn for the final Renegade Pop Up of the season. We left Friday afternoon and stayed overnight with friends in Greenpoint, because we knew we'd have to be up bright and early for set up Saturday morning.
This is what East River State Park looks like at 8am, before any this is set up and anyone is hanging around.
This was our view for the day. We had a great time meeting all you NYC weirdos, and chatting with our booth neighbor, Chase from Wrong World Ceramics. As soon as we saw Chase's work, we knew we wanted to purchase something, but it was literally all so rad that it took us all day long to settle on what we'd get. We ended up bringing home a flask very similar to this, but in red instead of blue. It was a long, hot day, but a great experience.
A couple of weekends ago, we loaded up the old Ford Ranger and left Troy bound for Kingston NY. The Chronogram Block Party was the big event, and we vended at the Etsy Pop Up Market. It was our first show in the Hudson Valley, and we were really excited to meet a lot of new people and talk to them about Weird Beard!
We set up our tent just as the sun started to move to the west. It was an evening market, and we really enjoyed the diverse crowd that came out to the Chronogram Block Party.
We were a block away from the food trucks and beer garden. Once the market ended after dark, the party really got started as the beer garden filled up and people enjoyed the beautiful Kingston night after narrowly missing a band of thunderstorms that cleared just to the north. We had a great time and hope to be back next year!
Last Saturday, we packed the Ranger up early in the morning and drove from Troy to Cairo, NY for the Greene County Youth Fair. This is my hometown county fair that I went to as a kid. It was great to see so many old friends & family wander by our booth, and it was even better to meet a lot of awesome new people!
We officially ran out of Weird Beard buttons, but we hope to have more in our hands before the markets we're doing this month.
Come out and see us in August! We'll be at the following markets:
This past Saturday was Weird Beard Candle Co's first market! We were at the Troy Pig Out from 10am - 9pm. We met a lot of great people, made some good connections, and most importantly had a great time!
Our first market was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. We're just getting started! We have several more markets and fairs lined up for the summer. Stay tuned, we'll be sure to keep you posted on all of them! Next up: The Greene County Youth Fair in Cairo NY on July 25. See you there!
It's almost time! This weekend kicks off the beginning of the race for the Triple Crown. Saturday, May 2nd is Derby Day! We'll be celebrating by tuning in with mint juleps in hand and Weird Beard Candle Co Derby Day candles burning.
Horse racing has always been a part of life for Mike. Growing up, his grandfather and aunt trained and raced horses. This meant childhood summers spent trackside, eating hot dogs and playing vintage arcade games (another nostalgic love of Mike's that we'll get into some other time).
When I met Mike, I had never been to a horse race, despite living most of my life within 50 miles of one of the most famous tracks in the country: Saratoga. The first summer we were together, he took me to the track for the first time, and I fell for it, hard. I'm not much of a gambler, but the atmosphere when a race goes off is electric.
We try to go to opening day and closing day at Saratoga every summer, and as often as we can in between the two. It doesn't officially feel like summer until the track opens at the end of July.
We talk about planning a trip to the Derby one of these years. We'll get there some day!
Have you ever been to a race? How about the Derby? What's your favorite part of spending the day at the track?