Stockade Faire returns to Uptown Kingston on October 22 | Holidays | Hudson Valley


In 2018, local business owner Sean Nutley came up with an idea to boost his October sales numbers: the Stockade Faire. A year earlier, he had moved his premium kitchen and housewares store Bluecashew from Rhinebeck to North Front Street in Kingston. “In retail, October is a downturn before the holidays,” says Nutley. “I was trying to find a way to bring business to the Stockade district.”

Nutley is no stranger to event planning. Years ago, he left a career in fashion PR in Manhattan to move into the event space, coordinating fashion shows, film festivals, and more. Locally, Nutley was helping coordinate Marist College’s Silver Needle fashion show until the pandemic brought things online. He’s also the force behind the annual Catskill Roller Disco explosion, which every July brings world-class DJs spinning the music as a costumed crowd rolls around the rink shaking it. “I’m having a good party,” Nutley said with a chuckle.

Working with his life and business partner JT McKay and the owners of Lovefield Vintage, Darbie Nowatka and Justin Rice, Nutley envisioned Stockade Faire as a collaboration between Uptown Kingston and Phenicia Flea, a kind of retail extravagance. one-day one-stop shop. with an emphasis on manufacturers and small shops to a background of dancing music. “We have such an amazing group of companies, I thought this would be a great way to showcase them,” he says. “So we brought in some DJs and had a block party with all the businesses on North Front Street. ”

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According to Nutley, the increase in sales since the first event has been “dramatic” for participating companies. Mission accomplished. So in 2019 they did it again, expanding the lineup and music and involving more companies. “The second year it got huge, there were over 5,000 people,” says Nutley. “The movement was on.”

A growing business

The pandemic hoop jump put the kibosh on last year’s event, but this year the Stockade Faire is back and bigger than ever. Taking control of North Front Street and, for the first time, Wall Street on Saturday, October 2, Stockade Faire brings together 55 commercial sponsors, 28 maker stands, seven live music concerts, 10 DJs and a family entertainment space, as well as Hogs & Hotrods, a vintage car show curated by the always cool team at Pugsley’s. “I grew up here,” Nutley says. “I remember when Kingston was tumbleweeds. I love this city. To have this business community growing together is amazing.

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Wall’s block between John and North Front Street will be closed in stages. On the vintage Stagecoach stage at the corner of John Street, the Kinsley Hotel will present an afternoon of live music from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., hosted by Drew Frankel (of Impact Concerts and Levon Helm Studios) and Kyle McEvoy (of the Sonder House label ). The lineup will include Heathered Pearls, Angela Bove, Patrick Collins, Jules Olson, Paul Moody, Lovechild and, headlining, ambient jazz performer and bassist Spencer Zahn.

At North Front Street Corner: The ‘DJs for Climate Action’ stage will feature beats programmed by music producers Eli Goldstein of Soul Clap and Zev Eisenberg, who is half of the DJ duo Wolf + Lamb and also conductor of Hudson Modern. The music will run from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will include sets by Tinkerism, Morgan, Schneur / Mister Rogers, ROBERT, DJ Hawx from Weird Rooms). Internationally acclaimed DJ and dance music producer and Hudson resident, Tedd Patterson, will close things off with a set starting at 9pm. Patterson is a regular at the DJ booth at Battle Hymn in Manhattan, House Of Yes in Brooklyn, and with the Horse Meat Disco circuit.

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White Rabbit Audio will install speakers all the way to the Front Street Tavern to create what Nutley calls a “music cave”. There will be light shows on buildings and go-go dance platforms, with performers styled by beauty salon Le Shag. “We’re turning North Front Street into a nightclub,” says Nutley, “It’s gonna be amazing. ”

OMG Art Faire

For the first time, Stockade Faire will coincide with a new event: OMG Art Faire, a four-day showcase of local and East Coast artists curated by Janet Hicks of One Mile Gallery. As part of an exchange with real estate big-headed Neil Bender, the event will occupy the historic back space of Wall Street Music Hall (formerly the headquarters of BSP).

As he sought to increase the physical and economic footprint of the event, Nutley wanted to engage Wall Street and thought to do so through visual art. He contacted Janet Hicks, director of the One Mile Gallery in Kingston and vice-president of the international nonprofit Artist Rights Society. Hicks jumped at the chance to host a multi-gallery exhibit in BSP’s backroom. With her gallery still closed out of caution for COVID, she went headlong by founding OMG Art Faire.

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“There are art exhibits all over the Hudson Valley, but you have to travel everywhere,” says Nutley. “Here we put over 20 galleries in one space with hard walls and lighting. People can walk around. The exhibition features local artists, many of whom are represented by galleries in the city and therefore do not often exhibit locally; artists from Northeastern galleries; and even Bard student work. Mediums range from photography and painting to sculpture, performance and site-specific installations, occupying the sprawling 23,000 square foot space with built-in pop-up gallery booths. “Janet has committed all the space,” says Nutley.

Over 22 galleries and artists will be exhibiting at OMG ArtFaire, including Jane Lombard Gallery, Jim Kempner Fine Art, Field Projects, One Mile Gallery, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, 11 Jane Street, Jane Deering Gallery, High Noon Gallery, Theodore Art, BK Projects , Ver Sacrum Fine Art, Cade Tompkins Projects, Soapbox Arts, and Alabama artist collective Gee’s Bend Quilters. Individual artists featured include Samantha French, Aaron Hauck, Kyle Meyer, Mike King and artist / filmmaker Guy Maddin. During the VIP opening tonight, September 30, artist Jim Watt will perform 1000W, his multidimensional project with jazz musicians.

A lot of noise

Despite the fair’s goal of generating more business for local retailers, manufacturers and artists, the event sparked controversy in a city struggling with gentrification and a housing crisis amid the continued stress of COVID.

Earlier this week, Kingston resident Ali Gruber (known to many as DJ Ali) was on the air to discuss Stockade Faire with Erica Brown on her Kingston Radio show “Let’s Talk, Kingston”. Gruber summed up the audience’s displeasure this way: “I don’t think there is a perfect way to do anything, but I think… language is really important. I think transparency is really important… Instead of saying this event is sponsored by Neil Bender, the language is like “oh the Heermance Family Farm” and “use the Wall Street Music Hall”. There isn’t a lot of transparency, it’s very opaque and vague. If you want to be blunt, “Yes, I support gentrification, that’s what I want. I want the rich to come, blah, blah, blah ”that’s awesome – just be transparent about it and stop fetishizing that local yokel“ come be a part of this Hudson Valley community ”. Our community is torn and hurt right now. I just wish there was more transparency around the language that was used to try to get people involved in this fair. ”

Nutley, who expects the event to attract 6,000-7,000 visitors, insists Stockade Faire is inclusive and uplifting. “The event itself is wonderful – a chance for all of us to dance together in the street,” he says. “Our message is ultimately about inclusiveness and welcoming new neighbors. This event is fully funded by local businesses and individuals, none of whom is Neil Bender, but the “ambiguity” most likely stems from a rumor that Neil Bender funded the event. Anyone who’s been to the last two events will tell you it’s a beautiful mix on the dance floor of young, old, longtime locals and newcomers. All in all, this is a free community event with an open invitation to anyone.

OMG Art Faire will take place September 30 through October 3 at Wall Street Music Hall, and Stockade Faire will take place on October 2 in Wall Street and North Front Street in Kingston.

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