Thinking of taking a drive for Memorial Day weekend?  Help our village Spring back to life at this year’s Garden Party Festival.

In addition to the wonderful merchants throughout Sharon Springs, local craftspeople, artists, farmers and food purveyors from all over the Mohawk Valley, here’s a list of other events during the weekend to help you plan your trip:

  • Become a part of our roots.  If you’ve already been digging and separating in your own garden, bring your remnants and be a part of our perennial plant exchange.   Take a piece of Sharon Springs home with you! FREE
  • Take a Walk on the Wild Side of Sharon Spring’s history with a guided walking tour of the historic buildings of the village. Space is limited.  Click here to reserve your tickets.
  • We’re putting on a show!  Friday evening 7 pm, Studio North presents their annual dance performance, this year they will performing “Around the World.” Admission is free and ALL ARE WELCOME. Doors open at 6:45 pm at the Sharon Springs Central School Auditorium (located at the school on Rt. 20).  Click here for more information.
  • Are you as fascinated by collector plates as we are?  Check out the cool new exhibit at BANK, the new art gallery in the village’s old bank.  Buy a plate and help the village restore Chalybeate Park!
  • Hay now!   Rotary Club of Sharon Springs is offering hay rides up the hills of the village.  See structures you otherwise probably wouldn’t venture to see!  Rides take approximately 1 hour and begin on the hour from 11-3 on Saturday.  Space is limited. Email [email protected] to reserve your space and time.  $10
  • Get the SWEET & LOW DOWN on how one woman and her family moved from Colorado to start their own butter business.  Learn how butter is made, what makes fresh butter different from what you buy in the supermarket and get a taste of Ollie’s hand-crafted cultured butter.  Saturday, 9:00am at 204 Main Bistro.  FREE
  • EXCLUSIVE:  Enjoy a preview of this year’s Glimmerglass Opera Festival as performers take to the porch of the Beekman 1802 Mercantile to sing selections from Aida, the Music Man, and the other shows from this season.  Saturday at 3:00pm.  FREE
  • Join us for a BBQ, Saturday, May 26th at My Sisters’ Place Cafe, 116 Beechwood Road. BARBEQUE DINNER, 6 pm – 9 pm – grass-fed burgers, chicken & Pulled Pork, Salads, desserts & beverage – Live Entertainment, $25.95/per person. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to support the Sharon Springs Citizens Council of the Arts. Reservations are strongly recommended. Click here for more information
  • Be a part of the chatter.  Stop in the Village Hall Gallery and tell editor Leila Durkin why you love visiting Sharon Springs.  You could be in the next issue of The Chatter!
  • To celebrate the conclusion of the weekend,  enjoy a historic concert in the parlor of the Gardner Stone House, one of the most beautiful homes in Sharon Springs!   The concert is titled “Non piu mesta” from the famous final aria of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella).  Tickets are $10 and reservations can be made by calling Robert Gosselink at 518.234.2259
  • Before & After:  restoration has just started on the historic park in the center of the village.  Take a look at what it looks like now then come back next year to see what a little hard work and community spirit can accomplish!


For more information about lodging, restaurants and attractions in neighboring towns and villages, visit or the website for our Chamber of Commerce.


Take a sneak peek at how we’ve set up the Beekman 1802 Mercantile for gardening season!

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by Josh and Brent

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Ed, Heidi and Kait McNamara, NJ&NY ;D

Hello boys,

Had a fabulous time on Sunday and we missed you two being around for the festival. Stopped in the Beekman 1802 and ordered one of your tricked out aprons for our NYU daughter with her initials on it with Maria. Chatted with Jason as he was tending the goats in the goatyard. Shopped vendor’s row and finished out the day with memorable meals at the American.

Kris Weingartner

Just found your website and wish I had known about the garden party in time. Will this be an annual event?

Also do you have dates set for the 2012 Harvest Festival?

Miss the TV show!! Any chance it will be back on TV?

Thanks for the information

Dr. Brent

Hi, Kris

The Harvest Festival is the weekend of Sept 15. We'll have details posted soon. The Garden Party is our annual Spring event


Will there be any children's activities? I am thinking of coming, but I will be with my 2 and 5 year old children, will this be a kid friendly atmosphere? I have never been before, but it sounds wonderful!

Patricia Beyer

I thought I read earlier this year that you and Brent are not able to make the Garden Party Celebration in Sharon Springs this weekend due to another commitment. Is that still true or will you wonderful Beekman Boys be there?


Is there a schedule for the weekend posted? What is the hours for Saturday? I'd love to come, have lots of plants to share and would love to share them with the wonderful people of Sharon Springs as well as their supporters. If I can't make it maybe you'll do the plant swap again, it's a great idea!

Dr. Brent

Hi, Sandy. The Garden Party runs from 10-6 on Saturday and Sunday. Special activities with specific times are otherwise noted

TL Smith

I was thinking of coming in the fall for the fall festival, but now I am thinking of coming over for the Garden party. Decisions, decisions!

Laura Maythenyi

Dear Brent,Megan and everyone at the Merchantile, the Store looks fantastic! Wish I had time to visit. LOVE the copper/goat/herb containers! Have a wonderful weekend,

Dr. Brent

Hi, Alison

The closest train gets you to Albany and then we're about 45 minutes away. You can rent a car from Enterprise at the train station. You might also post on Facebook and see if there's anyone carpooling from the city


Hi Brent,

I spoke with Maria about the Perennial Plant Swap event and volunteering my time and have agreed to both Saturday AND Sunday, so as not to exclude any visitors planning to attend one day over the other. We will be set up at Singer's Vegetable Stand from noon-3pm both days, with plant drop-off between noon and 1pm and actually swap at around 2pm.

Some of what I plan to bring include:

Siberian & Bearded Iris bulbs~purple & yellow varieties, Euphorbia Purpurea, Catnip, Anise Hyssop, Lilacs, Raspberry, Chamomile, & Forget-Me-Nots (the last two are actually annuals, but prolific re-seeders~great for sharing).

thanks for spreading the word…PLANTS WANTED…GIVE A PLANT, GET A PLANT!

Kristen Rutledge

I wouldn't miss it for anything! I will be there along with the rest of The Fabulous Sharon Springs Groupies!!! Looking forward to another magical day in Sharon Springs!


Two questions:

Will the plant swap include plants from the Beekman Farm, and will it happen on Saturday and Sunday, or just Saturday?

Dr. Brent


The plant exchange will only be on Saturday. IF we have time beforehand, we'll bring some of our plants if we have time to dig them up beforehand