Current Calendar

Jazz fans please note: Jazz will return in 2017 beginning with a special program on January 28.  Details to follow soon!!

The 2016 Utica Uptown Downtown Art Fair appears to have been a great success, at least from our Uptown perspective.  Thanks to the tremendous publicity effort by UUDArt Fair organizers (including Vartan Poghosian, Celeste Friend, Andy Zygmunt, Gina Murtagh), we at TOS experienced a fairly steady stream of interested people throughout Friday evening and Saturday.  We are grateful to Gallery Director Rainer Wehner for pulling this event together and assembling a show of consistently high quality works by local artists, with many works at very affordable prices. In addition,  Rainer's tireless efforts explaining to people the art they were seeing, based on his knowledge of art,  made the event so much more interesting for those attending. Thanks go also to TOS volunteers Jean Davidson, Ruth Dandrea, and Orin Domenico and to artist volunteers Scot Foley and Steve Specht and to all the artists who stopped by during the course of the Art Fair.

Note:  Much of the art remains on site through December.  If you are interested in seeing the show you missed this past weekend, or if you want to come back and make a purchase, Gallery Hours will be Thursdays, 5-7, Saturday 12/10 11-2.  In addition, the gallery will be open but unstaffed on Cheese man's Saturdays, 12/3 and 12/24.   If you wish to make a purchase or arrange an appointment to visit the gallery, call either 395-5235 (Rainer) or 735-4825 (Kim)

Saturday, December 3, 9-5 and Sunday, December 4, 9-2, Cheese man Mike Haritos (Isle de Formaggio) returns with his array of imported cheese and other imported food specialties.  Mike has made these sales a highlight in many peoples' lives locally.  If you have not yet made it over to see for yourself, now's the time!  Kneady Baker Joe Silberlicht will be back on Saturday only with his usual awesome selection of artisanal breads.

Note that Mike will be making 2 more visits to Utica in December:  Dec. 17-18 (Sat-Sun), and  December 28-29 (Wed-Thurs).  Plenty of chances to get your cheeses for the holidays!

Saturday, December 3, 4-6 (at the Pratt MWPAI Ceramics Building, 1211 State St.) the public is invited to a special dedication of the Sunithi Bajekal Kiln and Small Works Gallery.  Sunithi (1933-2014), scholar, poet, artist, activist, and loyal Utican, was a great friend and supporter of The Other Side.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Coming Up Next in December

Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.  The Herbal Study Group will feature a guest teacher, Dottie Yule, to discuss 4 types of mushrooms (chaga, reishi, turkey tail and Birch polypore) and how they can be used to benefit health in relation to diseases such as cancer (due to antioxidant and antineoplastic properties; to immune modulating activity; and to anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial compounds).  Preparation methods (teas and tinctures) will be discussed as well.  Bring a mug for tea.  For further information, email Pete (

Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.  Hamilton College at The Other Side.  Symbols In the Wilderness: Upstate New York's Treasury of Early Masonic Art, a talk by Christian Goodwillie, Director and Curator of Special Collections at Hamilton College, and Joscelyn Godwin, Professor Emeritus of Music at Colgate University. 

Authors Joscelyn Godwin and Christian Goodwillie will present on early New York Freemasonry and the surviving examples of masonic architecture and symbolic art work.  The lecture is based on their newly published book Symbols in the Wilderness: Early Masonic Survivals in Upstate New York,

Freemasonry played a vital role in the social development of New York State. Its Lodges provided a trusted place for newcomers to meet and for friendships and business partnerships to develop, free from political, professional, and sectarian differences.  During its explosive growth from 1790 to the end of the 1820s Masonic brethren produced iconic architecture, as well as extraordinary examples of folk art, expressed in large symbolic paintings ("tracing boards"), murals, textiles, and graphics.  Most of these have remained entirely unknown outside the Upstate Lodges that, against all hazards, have preserved them.  Their symbolism seems mysterious and confusing to outsiders, but once explained, it gives insight into a period and place unique in American history.

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