Hi everyone. . .wow we have missed being able to take our famous “day-trips” in and around the Hudson Valley this summer! Between all the rain and our busy schedules this year we were not been out ‘n about as much as we normally are, but, the few places we went were wonderful!
In between the many many rain filled weekends we enjoyed activities much closer to home than we normally do including:
The 14th Annual Peekskill Celebration the first weekend in August. We rushed to Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park to watch the Dragons on the Hudson dragon boat races which started early in the morning on Saturday (before the rain). This was my first time seeing these boats first hand. The workmanship in the design/ construction of these boats is wonderful; not to mention the much needed strength/stamina it takes to actually paddle one of these boats. These boats are rich in history and a treat to watch!
Because it was yet another cool/over-cast day, the crowds seemed to hold off in the morning when we were there but as the day went on more people arrived to take part in the Peekskill Celebration, enjoy good food and visit the many booths.
Once again the sun was finally shining on Sept. 10th, we took advantage of the great day and attend the 6th Annual Cortlandt Family Fun Day in Montrose, NY. This was a cute / fun day for the families in Cortlandt. And, with the record breaking rain fall during August, the sunshine and a day of games, food and entertainment was just was area families needed.
On Sept. 24th we went to the 3rd Hudson Valley Irish Fest at the Riverfront Green in Peekskill, NY. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Irish culture and especially Irish music. My Dad’s family hales from Ireland with my father’s great uncle being Daniel O’Connell, the famed “Liberator” of Ireland. We sat and enjoyed music by Celtic Cross, a wonderful pop/folk band with a traditional Celtic Irish influence. Led by lead vocalist Kathleen Lee (I’m actually named after/for the song “I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen“) is outstanding and amazing to listen to!
Okay, so we all know how very much I love traveling to the Catskills, I’ve been going their since I was a child with my family for Sunday afternoon drives and now I enjoy spending long weekends traipsing around the Catskills. While I have not yet had the pleasure of staying at Gavin’s, it is without a doubt on our list of places to stay. At the festival I bought the most amazing celtic cross garden statue! I love it! And, the amazing thing was the designer of the piece Bill Bywater of Bywater.com is the brother of someone my honey used to work with in Poughkeepsie, NY – which made purchasing this handmade piece even more special!
Also on Sept. 24th we attended the 1st Buchanan Family Day at the Buchanan Pavilion in Buchanan, NY. Like the Cortlandt Family Fun Day, this event was intended to give the families of Buchanan an opportunity to get together as a community, enjoy each other’s company, meet neighbors perhaps they hadn’t met and provide a fun filled environment for the children complete with face painting, pumpkin panting, a DJ providing live music and great food provided by Buchanan Fire Department and Two Brother’s Pizzeria,! Buchanan’s newest eatery Taste was also there meeting and greeting their neighbors! From pumpkin painting to face painting, fun, food and entertainment, who could ask for more. . .the event was well attended and enjoyed by all!
As always, I wish you days filled with wonder – take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!