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Knowledge Market

Nyack Sketch Log: The Knowledge Market

by Bill Batson
The Knowledge Market opens its doors for the first time tonight, February 5 at 7pm at the Nyack Center. Meet experts from our village who will describe the classes, discussions, and interactive workshops that will be offered in this information boutique curated by NyackNewsAndViews.
Classes begin Thursday, February 21 and run through March 14  with morning or afternoon sessions. Operating contemporaneously with the Nyack Farmers’ Market, you can now get fresh produce and baked goods for the table and food for thought under the same roof.
Find out how you can participate, hear from the presenters, mingle with neighbors, and enjoy music from Jeff Rubin and refreshments from La Talaye Catering & Event Design.
Admission is free and your rsvp is appreciated:
Here are the courses and inaugural instructors.
Mikki Baloy has studied with shamans and ritual-keepers from around the world, and has facilitated private healing sessions and group retreats for the past ten years.  Her holistic approach is both intuitive and grounded, fusing indigenous traditions with yoga, Buddhism, and more than three decades of creative training as a performer, writer, and musician.  She was the Director of a 9/11 foundation in New York City, helping to create and maintain programs to assist many thousands of people—while undertaking her own healing journey.  She is the author of Hallowed Underground: Sacred Hope and Healing in Dark Times, which describes her recovery from PTSD, depression, divorce, and sexual assault, and she has been featured in two books about post-disaster resiliency. Mikki is also a minister of animism, and speaks and writes from her own direct experience.
Mikki’s course is titled Shaminism 101
Bill Batson, author and artist of the weekly Nyack Sketch Log on Nyack News And Views, has published an original sketch and essay about the Village of Nyack every Tuesday since 2011. His family has been in Nyack, New York, since the 1890s. Bill serves as the Marketing Manager for the Nyack Chamber of Commerce and the Artist-In-Residence at the Nyack Farmers’ Market where he sells and makes art, organizes events, and develops promotional tools for the Chamber. Bill is an advisor to the Nyack Center, a trustee of the Historical Society of the Nyacks, and the chair of the Nyack Commemoration Committee, a group that erected a Toni Morrison Society Bench by the Road monument in Memorial Park in 2015. From his Nyack Sketch Log column, the Flash Sketch Mob, a crowd sourced, en plein air landscape art project, and the Nyack Record Shop Project have sprung. Antigone on Robben Island—Mandela Takes the Stage, a play by Samuel Harps, was inspired by one of his columns. A lifelong artist and activist, Bill is dedicated to using the arts to promote preservation, commemoration, cultural education, and community empowerment. To learn more, follow his weekly column or visit
Bill’s course is title Vigorous Civics in the Trump
Michael Hays  is a local history fan and digital photography enthusiast who writes the Nyack People & Places column on Nyack News And Views. Retired from a career in educational publishing, he is President of Rockland Bicycling Club and a member of the board of directors from Marydell Faith & Life Center and Johns Hopkins University Press. His photos appear on IG @uppernyackmike.
Mike’s is teaching iPhone Photography
Jeff Rubin has been in the music business for 48 years.  He has performed, recorded or toured with Oingo Boingo, Danny Elfman, Randy Jackson (American Idol), Concert For Bangladesh Band (Dhani Harrison), Chuck Berry, Davey Jones, The Temptations, The Crystals, The Drifters, The Regents, The Dupree’s, Freddy Cannon, Del Shannon, Leslie Gore, and more. Currently gigging around the New York area as “Jeff Rubin Solo Artist,” the “Jeff Rubin Band,” and with a reggae band called “JLP and the Bad Ideas,” he continues his diverse career. He is a veteran teacher from Alto Music, where he began instruction in 1980. A recording engineer and Mac guru who produced “The Pipeliners (2014), Jeff also builds guitar and bass amplifiers, effect pedals, even microphones, bringing technical expertise to his comprehensive understanding of guitar and the music business. He was featured in the Nyack Sketch Log, Volume 2.
Jeff is providing Guitar Guidance
Bob Timm is a Nyack resident, father, musician and a published poet. He studied poetry with Allen Ginsburg at the City University of New York and was an original founding host of the NY College Poetry Slam at the Bowery Poetry Club. He has been a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and has served as editor for Poetry New York and Rockland’s River River literary journal.
Bob is the Mindful Poet

Chef Michelle Timothee, owner of the new Cafe La Talaye, is a proud sponsor of the Nyack Knowledge Market

Her new restaurant, Cafe La Talaye will have its grand opening on Friday, February 8, 5-8p at 3 Main Street in Haverstraw.

To learn more about Chef Michelle visit

Read also Nyack Sketch Log: Cafe La Tayale

Bill Batson is an activist, artist and writer who lives and sketch logs in Nyack, NY. Nyack Sketch Log: “Knowledge Market” © 2019 Bill Batson.  To see more, visit 


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