on view


“Heavily Processed is a paradigm small business that challenges consumer value based on the juxtaposition of labor/production value and material value. While commenting on the accessibility of contemporary art through the marketplace, a boutique brand of crocheted pasta begs questions of efficiency and profitability. Each strand of pasta is meticulously crocheted and blocked, the average strand taking 48 seconds to crochet, 20 seconds to block, and 38 hours to dry. The amount of labor involved in producing a Heavily Processed product tips the scale in comparison to the Great Value™ sourced material. What would you pay for crocheted Wal-Mart brand noodle?”

Nava Levenson in a multidisciplinary artist and curator based in Richmond, VA. She recently received a piece of paper from James Madison University notifying her of the completion of a BFA program. Her work investigates anthropological concepts such as ritualistic nature of food, depreciation of labor and social structure. Her work is largely comprised of installations, performances, gatherings, and recently, her own brand of food. Nava has been a recent artist in residence at Azule and Old Furnace Artist Residency as well as been in residence at Elsewhere, OxBow School of Art and Artists’ Residency and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Recent exhibitions/performances include Radius250 at artspace in Richmond, VA and Emerging & Emerged at artWorks Gallery in Harrisonburg, VA. Nava is the recipient of a CVPA Research Grant, 2017 David Diller Outstanding Student in Studio Art Award and 2017 Senior Art Achievement Award at James Madison University where she recently received a BFA in Sculpture. Her current work investigates consumer value surrounding food production in contemporary american culture. To see more of her work, visit www.navalevenson.com

movie nite

Peace Pilgrim (1908 - 1981)

PEACE PILGRIM - 04/05/18 - 6pm

We've learned of Peace Pilgrim just recently through the reading of Rebecca Solnit's Wanderlust and couldn't wait to celebrate her story here at the Abode. While patiently waiting to start the film fashionably late we found we had clicked ourselves to some drone footage videos recently taken over Wanakena and Cranberry Lake... pretty neat. Peace Pilgrim's story ROCKED OUR SOCKS! They talked about her shoes in the documentary.... but don't recall anything about the socks. Stay tuned at our Facebook page for most up-to-date information on "upcoming" events like movies or live music.



Plattsburgh's psychedelic folk grunge heroes return! Join us for what will surly be an amazing evening of music and more... come early - stay late! $3-10 suggested donation at the door. And as you'll read below AA will  be releasing their NEW ALBUM the day before! WOOHOO!!

"Plattsburgh, New York 4-piece, Adrian Aardvark, offers a unique brand of rock and roll that is highly energetic, completed with costumes, theatrics, introspective lyrics, and solid grooves. 

Dying Optimistically embraces unequivocal passion in an ongoing search for good in the human condition. In the sprightly backdrop of Adrian Aardvark’s songscape, the group strives to atone with the world at large. 

Imagine the chaotic energy of The Cramps counterbalanced by the emotive fragility of Daniel Johnston -- battles against anxiety, depression, and sexual identity are contrasted by explorations of romantic love and acceptance of the self, amplified in a wall of energy. 

Lush string arrangements, enticing drumming, and anthemic vocals showcase the collaborators’ creative dynamism. The bizarre and loving beauty of this record is visually supplemented by Jon Vermilyea’s surreal album artwork. 

Epifo Music will release Dying Optimistically on Friday, April 20, 2018 digitally and on CD. A limited edition vinyl edition will be available online via Bandcamp, adrianaardvark.com, and at Adrian Aardvark’s energetic concerts. "



When the documentary ended, conversation immediately commenced; when open dialogue begins the event can only be seen as a success. After viewing Miss Representation (2011) on March 8, 2018, in honor of International Women’s Day, our group filled the evening hours with discussion, comradery and the open exploration of what makes us all so very different, despite sharing one gender label: woman.

What is to be a woman, fettered by the constraints of an oh-so-binary world, is certainly a complex topic. Spanning three generational decades, our group met with the intention of chipping away at the expectations, conceptions, responsibilities and intricacies of defining ourselves as women, while looking to be heard and to here others. With caution, care, consideration and contempt, this evening served to educate and engage. And as we return home, back to daily lives day after day, let us carry with us the struggles and splendor of being a woman.

With gratitude for those who came to the event, and for those who came well before us, we look to continue the discussion in the following ways:

As educated consumers,

As mentors,

As those willing to break the cycle,


As critics of the media and marketing.

snow croquet


Croquet, croquet, croquet croquet croooooqqquuuuueeeettt.

Up to this point in time the ZPARK Snow Croquet Court has experienced a hardy and lasting winter season. The temperatures remained low enough for long enough to maintain the frozen mounded features, groomed terrain and thick, solid base. The length of this Snow Croquet season being very similar to last years with a major thaw setting in just at the end of February melting away the months-long social sculpture. We'll keep on whackin' and encourage you to join us or stop by and give it a shot yourself - we'd love to teach you.

Cheers ball-bangin' all year! 

exhibition opening

PHOTO CONTEST - 2/13-3/4/18
Check out the Wanakena Historical Association's Website for more info and details.

Many thanks to WHA president Allen Ditch (pictured left) for organizing this exhibition.
2018 PHOTO CONTEST – The Wanakena Historical Association is planning its 3rd annual winter photo contest in conjunction with the Clifton-Fine winter WhiteOut Weekend (WOW), February 16-18.  Each photographer can enter up to three photos. Entry fee is $5 for one picture and $10 for three pictures. Because of a generous sponsorship from  Wanakena Photographer Kristin Rehder, the minimum First prize for both the Youth and Adult entries is $50, with smaller increments for photos deemed second and third prize. Additional money received through contest registration will be added to the pot of prze money.

Review and complete he rules and compete the contest entry form and rules.  All submissions must be received no later than February 10th. Make this event another Wanakena success.