Brewing, roasting, playing, creating… building Buffalo

The Foundry is the real deal. If we had an initiative of this sort in every part of the city, it would be incredible. As it stands, just to have one such production in a city is worth its weight in gold. After all, The Foundry is a grassroots initiative that is also a catalyst for other grassroots initiatives to flourish. The Foundry offers the resources to gather the building blocks of a neighborhood in order to create synergy among often times disparate groups. It brings artists, growers, builders, musicians and thinkers together in order to introduce them to a community that yearns for stimulating and interactive activities. 
This Saturday The Foundry is showcasing Sol Y Sombra – Latin Jazz and More, along with cooking demonstrations by Chef Stefan of The Larkin Filling Station. Chef Stefan will be cooking with produce grown right in the neighborhood. Plus there will be a farm stand and local artisans peddling their wares. Jolene Snowden, an artisan who sells her hand-knitted hats, fingerless gloves, and earmuffs at the sale stated, “The Saturday Sales have really helped me launch my business.  More people are getting to see my items and it’s a really fun event for the public and all of the vendors.” In addition there will be beer brewing demonstrations as well as coffee roasting! Don’t miss a local woodworker who will be milling wood harvested from deconstructed structures in the city – the ultimate reuse of materials. 
Second Saturday @ The Foundry | November 10, 2012 | Noon to 5pm | Facebook
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Here’s more info from The Foundry, so that you can get involved… by either stopping by and supporting these inspirational efforts, or by learning a craft and showcasing your talents:
Growing the Green Economy:  Second Saturdays at The Foundry.
The Foundry complex at 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo NY 14208,  provides affordable workspaces for artisans and artists, especially those who incorporate reclaimed or alternative materials in their creations. Shared tools, equipment and expertise are available to tenants and the community at large. The Foundry also serves as a community space for meetings, theatrical productions, celebrations and other group events. For more information visit The Foundry’s website at www.thefoundrybuffalo.org or email info@thefoundrybuffalo.org.

Second Saturdays at the Foundry will be held for the remainder of this year, on the Second Saturday of each month, at 298 Northampton Street in Buffalo. The events are hosted by  Net+Positive, a new not for profit organization serving communities on the East Side of Buffalo.  Further information is available at Net Positive’s website – www.netpositivefoundation.org

About the author  ⁄ queenseyes

Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

14 comments
shakeman
shakeman

I second that. It was good to see the crowds and to check out what the vendors are offering. It was also somehow fitting that Michael Gainer is back in his old space!

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

It's a mystery, free spirit critical mass a la The Yard over on Tonawanda Street......never really understood that deal either but the DJ's they had scratching were always cool.....I actually loved the idea of the Yard but never fully could grasp who owned or organized it

reuseaction
reuseaction

we're just getting rolling...but we have over 24 vendors signed on for tomorrow...by far our biggest slate of artisans in our short 5 month history.

here's a more concise statement re: what we're about...

The Foundry, located at 298 Northampton Street in MidCity Buffalo, is a hotbed of innovation, entrepreneurship, and community-focused action. The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo New YorkOver the next year, this 30,000 square foot building is being transformed into:

Workshop and office space for artists, artisans, tradespeople, and small businesses

A multi-function community space for performance, education and public gatherings

A neighborhood anchor institution for artistic expression, creative exchange, and the encouragement of new ideas and productive action.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Cheers.

medea
medea

is this another grant project from Barnard to help poor people in the "hood"?

Rubens
Rubens

Queenseyes, I can't tell what The Foundry is from your article.

Travelrrr
Travelrrr

This kind of mixed-use, out-of-the-box, local establishments are EXACTLY how we are going to rebuild Buffalo.

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Wow, hater here is hating. Read the article a few more times. Shared tools and equipment for people who make things. Not a very difficult concept.

BTW what kind of places are you developing to rebuild Buffalo?

Jefferson Humboldt
Jefferson Humboldt

That's not all that's in there.

It's also the headquarters of ReUse Action, a green demo/deconstruction company. They carefully dismantle houses and sell the lumber & other quality salvaged materials.

Rusted Grain is in there too. They re-mill reclaimed wood into new uses.

Buffalogni
Buffalogni

I had to read this article a few times to figure out what the Foundry actually is. But I realize now this isn't the author's fault; this place just seems to have a vague purpose.

We are not going to rebuild Buffalo with places like this.

benfranklin
benfranklin

I did attend some time ago, hopefully my criticism is no longer valid.

RRRumsey
RRRumsey

Funny. I went to one of the Saturday events and had the exact opposite experience. I found almost every vendor inviting and very willing to greet me and talk about their wares. At 1pm, the pulled pork sandwiches were selling [and delicious!] and the small combo was going full swing.

The Foundry is becoming a mecca for artists of hand-crafted goods and its future plans [clearly outlined on a board for all to see] are good news for the arts community.

benfranklin
benfranklin

Attempting to be constructive here....

I've been to this on a prior Saturday. I went there with the intention of spending money. It was about 2:00, but the food hadn't started yet.

My take away from it was the vendors have some interesting things, but they need to be a bit more...well...receptive to people walking up to them. It has a 'hipster' kind of feel, where they seem to be more interested in the other vendors.

I get that if they were more 'commercially inclined', they'd be at the Galleria. May sound straight from Wall Mart, but I'd put a person at the front greeting people, and explaining what's where (vendors there, food there, band will be there in ten minutes).

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