Urban Inspiration: Events I wish I could attend…

I have had a running list of events I find inspiring, but for one reason or another I can not attend, sitting on my desk for a while now. For the benefit of those that might be able to make it I thought I’d share them here. They range in topics to include food, art installations, heritage and winter sports. All of them though provide ways people can cherish their cities more: through joining a CSA, taking a tour of a neighborhood, ice skating on a historic canal or cooking with others.  I hope they inspire an adventure this weekend!

CSA Fair – Ithaca March 14


Cornell’s Cooperative Extension is hosting a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fair next weekend.  Those interested in purchasing a share will be able to meet the farmers and compare their local options here in Ithaca. For those living elsewhere in the US that are interested in a CSA for the upcoming growing season this is best time to do your research to find a local farm to support. Local Harvest provides a great database of US CSAs, farms and farmers’ markets for those looking for local food options in their area. The Ithaca CSA Fair location and timing details can be found through the Cooperative Extension’s website.

Canalside Various Events – Buffalo, throughout March


When the New York Times recently wrote about Buffalo’s Canalside neighborhood I kicked myself for not exploring it while we were there a few weeks ago.  Opened on December 18, 2014, Canalside is a new outdoor winter area with 33,000 sq feet of ice rink space located on the former Erie Canal Harbor. Throughout the rest of the winter they have a variety daily activities and events including ice bike rentals, a curling club, open ice skating, artisan winter markets, hockey, walking tours of the neighborhood, and an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt.


OH! Open House Joo Chiat – Singapore March 14-29, weekends

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A few years ago I attended the OH! Open House event in Singapore’s Tiong Bahru and found it to be an inspiring way to explore a local neighborhood and local artists’ works at once. The event is a guided walking tour through a strategically chosen neighborhood which takes participants into a variety of people’s homes where artists have installed their works. The homes also are typically a mix of both long-term residences and younger people providing a diverse perspective of neighbors. Needless to say I wish I was in Singapore to attend this year. Find out more from the OH! website or facebook page.

Jemput Masak! (Come and Cook!) – Singapore, Past event

My good friends at Participate in Design recently hosted an event called Jemput Masak! as part of CultureHackSG – 1.0. The event included a set of volunteer home cooks recreating recipes from a 1930’s cookbook written for Europeans in Malaya.  They all documented their cooking journey through recipes cards and then shared their stories and dishes in the NUS Baba House, an early 20th century Peranakan house. Throughout the event I was living vicariously through their instagram photos, wishing I could also be part of their experience that brought together people and cultures over an exploration of food and heritage in Singapore.

Here is a video about their event:

All photos are linked to the original sources, except the CSA photo which is by the author.


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