Historic village Sharon Springs celebrates recent revitalization with street festival

SHARON SPRINGS, N.Y. - A small historic village near Cooperstown threw a street festival this weekend as it celebrates a revival due in part to two reality TV stars.

Sharon Springs in Schoharie County hosted a Garden Party on Saturday and Sunday with artisans, food vendors and live music.

The former spa town is undergoing a revitalization through first the renovation of the American Hotel and more recently the efforts of Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, known for their reality TV show 'The Fabulous Beekman Boys'.

Their store, Beekman 1802, sells a wide variety of niche food, personal care products, housewares and furniture.

The boys say the renewed popularity of Sharon Springs proves the potential of Upstate New York.

"We're so centrally located to these urban environments and we have such beautiful things to offer that we all need to be working together to attract all of these different urban populations to come visit," said Josh Kilmer-Purcell.

"And that's what Sharon Springs is so great at doing. It does take a village to pull off a festival like this. And everyone here just works really hard so that when people come to visit, they leave with a smile on their face.  And when they leave with a smile on their face, that means they're going to come back," said Ridge.

Over the weekend, Beekman opened its new Miele Kitchen for doing demonstrations.

Rebecca Proctor, Creative Director at MacKenzie-Childs, was on hand to meet fans and discuss their collaboration on a soap and lotion gift set called Love Your Neighbor.


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