Archive for April, 2010
This past Saturday was an absolute perfect day, so, of course, me and my honey headed out on one of our famous “day-trips” only this one was outside of our normal Hudson Valley adventures.
I’ve been trying for the last two years to get roe for my father when the shad is running but haven’t had any success locally. We heard about the Shad Fest in Lambertville, NJ so we decided we would make the trip (about a 2 hour drive) in the hopes of finding roe for my father. While we had a great time, unfortunately we again were unsuccessful in finding any roe for my father.
There’s a short period in the spring when Alosa Sapidissima run. American Shad, which are anadromous like Salmon, leave the ocean and swim up fresh water rivers to mate. There’s even a bush called the shad bush which blossoms about the same time of year. People look for the signs with eager anticipation of this once a year treat. Huge festivals celebrate the shad up and down the rivers where they run. Shad roe, the large double roe sac is a delicacy that appears on many upscale menus during spring. Unfortunately, the shad population has declined in recent years to dangerously low levels. To learn more about saving the American Shad and other Hudson River signature fish which are similarly at risk, consider attending the 20th Annual Shad Festival and Hudson River Celebration at Boscobel in Garrison, NY.
None the less, the Shad Fest in Lambertville was fun. We enjoyed the “world famous” crab cake sandwich provided by Bell’s Tavern
for lunch and strolling up and down the streets visiting the local shops and area vendors. A few of the area vendors/shops we visited and yes, purchased great items from include:
Me & My Dog Pet Bakery offering gourmet pet treats made from only the highest quality, fresh, all natural ingredients. No sugar, salt, artificial flavors or preservatives of any kind. Their treats are personally hand-rolled, cut and baked to insure freshness. In fact, their treats are so fresh and preservative-free that they recommend refrigerating them when they arrive. So if your 4-legged family member needs spoiling, shop their online store today!
Anneliese Honsinger has the most adorable Pet Bandanas! Bandanas are available in multiple sizes, colors and patterns to choose from. Yes, my little girl benefited most from out shopping LOL!
OMG, while we were not successful in finding roe, Ennis Market & Gourmet Deli? located at 5 North Union Street in Lambertville had the best shad chowder – I was thrilled to be able to get my Dad a container!
Overall, the people, food, arts & crafts were “wonderful”!
It was such a beautiful day and we still had the afternoon ahead of us so, at the suggestion of our neighbors (thanks Donna & Hank), we decided to head over to Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, Bucks County, PA which was only about a 4 or 5 mile drive. Oh my gosh, without a doubt Peddler’s Village is now on the list of One of my “Top Picks” places to visit! You can’t help but fall in love with this quaint village with its winding brick pathways to unique shopping and dining experience! There is truly something for everyone from 70 specialty shops and six restaurants to the luxurious 70-room Golden Plough Inn and the Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center. They have 11 annual events. We visited a few of these “wonderful” shops including:
My Favorite Shoppe – WOW, I loved this shop! I bought the cuties little flower shelf people to along the edge of my kitchen’s ceiling molding. There were so many “wonderful” items in this store that I had to restrain myself. I can promise you, we will be visiting this shop again (and again!).
Pewter Plus – I know I’m repeating myself but, I loved this shop too! Susan (the owner) was a delight and pleasure to meet. This shop surrounds you with a warm and inviting atmosphere from the minute you open the door. Here you will find a display of traditional table and accessory pewter, tastefully surrounded with fine American folk art decor and wall enhancements. As a collector of perfume bottle, I couldn’t resist purchasing this perfect mini pewter and green glass perfume bottle!
Signs of the Village was fun. Reading the many custom sayings made us laugh at a few and become impressed by others. All of their signs are custom made and manufactured in their Feasterville warehouse or now right there in the Village! If you don’t see a particular saying you were hoping for, just let them know and they will custom make your sign.
Pigadilly’s Ice Cream and Gelato – okay, okay, you all know how much my honey and I love to indulge in our desserts while out ‘n ‘bout sooo, we of course had to stop in at Pigadilly’s! But, we were good, as usual; we shared an absolutely delicious dish of black raspberry ice cream!!
Elderth Pottery has a great selection of exceptional hand-made salt-glazed stoneware and redware using many of the techniques employed by the Pennsylvania Germans.
Thomas Kinkade Gallery – here too I could have purchased a few specific pieces. My father has bought me a few Kinkade pieces over the years as I am such a huge fan of his work. I one specific piece that I saw that I hope to go back and purchase soon!
If you haven’t yet visited Peddler’s Village I strongly suggest making the trip! It’s a great place for the entire family or for a weekend get-a-way!
As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today!
Some of you may know how much I love gardening, flowers, and the fragrance of some flowers and the bounty of colors provided by a beautiful garden. So we decided to head down to Washington DC to the 98th National Cherry Blossom Festival®. In a word, wow! It was beautiful and truthfully some of the blossoms had already fallen, but what we saw was spectacular!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival® annually commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, honoring the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and celebrating the continued close relationship between our two cultures.
In 2012 the Festival will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of the gift of trees. If you haven’t visited DC during this spectacular time I would highly suggest making the trip!
Of course there is a lot of history in Washington D.C. Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790.
There is so much to see while visiting Washington D.C. that you should plan on at least 3 days. We were thrilled to see a few of the more well knows sites including:
The Capitol Building – The United States Capitol is no doubt the most architecturally impressive buildings I have ever seen. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
The Lincoln Memorial is my personal favorite. For me, standing at the top of this massive, all inspiring memorial looking out at the reflecting pool and the Washington Monument was breathtaking. As an enduring symbol of freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial brought chills to me. I lost my cousin in the Vietnam War so this was especially heart warming for me. The silence was somewhat eary yet at the same time was our way of showing respect for our fallen military members.
When you think of visiting a cemetery the word beautiful doesn’t normally come to mind I don’t believe, yet when visiting the Arlington National Cemetery, beautiful was one of the first words that came to our minds. This is truly metery the most peaceful resting place I have ever visited. As we entered the Memorial Entrance, we were honored to show our respect and thank those that now rest in this cemetery, including:
We have all seen the famous picture of The Flag Raising (the most reproduced photograph in the history of photography) at The Battle of Iwo Jima yet seeing this The Marine Corps War Memorial before me, I again stood in awe.
While we did not get to actually visit The National Air Force Memorial, the spires were another beautiful site. My father was in the Air Force so for me, seeing these 3 spires reaching upward into the sky had a special meaning. James Ingo Freed, one of America’s finest architects, gave the nation a design that truly honors the men and women of the Air Force. Featuring three stainless steel spires that soar skyward, the tallest reaching a height of 270 feet, the Memorial’s design is truly representative of flight and the flying spirit of the Air Force. The three spires impart a sense of accomplishment in command of the sky, and evoke the image of the precision “bomb burst” maneuver performed by the United States Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration Team.
The three spires also represent the three core values of the Air Force – integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all that is done – and the Air Force’s total force – active, guard and reserve.
A poem about this soaring “monument to victory” was inspired by these 2006 dedication events. Click here to read and experience this moving tribute to our Nation’s Airmen.
More photos click here
Michael J. Fox (a resident of the HV also) supports this very important effort.
Currently their main business is producing premium quality dairy products – whole, skim, low-fat and chocolate milk along with half and half, heavy cream, and sour cream. They believe in supporting sustainable agriculture and are currently preserving 5,000 acres of open land. Their mission to secure living wages for our farmers and their families.
By ensuring a fair price for their farmers’ goods, HVF is keeping those farmers in business, which means preventing the loss of their land to development. Consider this – in the 1970s, there were 275 dairies in Dutchess County, the highest number of dairy farms in New York State — and now there only 26. They formed a dairy cooperative in 2004 to provide a sustainable future in agriculture for participating cooperative members by stabilizing market prices.
The HVF milk is sold in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New York City and Connecticut.
All HVF dairy farmers live within 20 miles of the processing plant at Boice Brothers Dairy in Kingston, N.Y. (conventional milk usually travels hundreds of miles before it reaches the processing plant.)
By keeping farming economically feasible, the farmers in turn spend their income on local goods and services. Studies show that farmers put most of their income back into the local economy, i.e., by buying feed, farm machinery, veterinary services, hiring plumbers, electricians, and using all the services in their community.
The economic multiplier factor ranges from 1 1/2 to 4 times. This means the $32 million estimated farm product sales per year from Dutchess County farms puts any where from $50 to $120 million back into the local economy.
Hudson Valley Fresh Milk Locations
Consider trying the HVF Milk For Yourself at the Following Milk Tastings:
|Nature’s Pantry||4/24/2010||10-2PM||142 Route 17k Newburgh, NY 12550|
|Whole Foods||4/24/2010||11-3pm||2101 Northern Boulevard Manhasset, NY 11030-3528|
|Whole Foods||5/1/2010||11-3pm||270 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007 USA|
For more information about this amazing organization and their efforts please visit the Hudson Valley Fresh website (http://www.hudsonvalleyfresh.com)
The weather was absolutely spectacular this past weekend! On Saturday afternoon we couldn’t wait to jump in the car and head out on one of our famous “day-trips”! This time we headed south (shh, we ventured outside of the Hudson Valley, LOL) and went to the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.
On one hand, we were amazed and how crowded (because of the “recession”) and on the other hand we expected many people enjoying quiet time reading under a tree or walking through the gardens as we were.
We were visiting at the beginning of the BBG’s Cherry Blossom Season which is April 3 – May 2. We are planning a trip to DC next weekend to visit during the National Cherry Blossom Festival so we choose to pass on walking through the early blooms of these cherry trees. Instead, we headed to the left side of the gardens and leisurely strolled along. First walking along the brick path passing Shakespeare Garden, which wasn’t yet in bloom but still beautiful and peaceful.
Then it was on to the wonderful Fragrance Garden. The BBG proudly recognizes this as “the first garden in the country designed for the sight-impaired.” The fragrances will capture your senses and take your mind wondering to a tranquil place that we can, for a movement, forget all the worries of our lives.
Continuing along we wandered into the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. The garden was the first Japanese garden to be created in an American public garden. According to BBG, “it is considered to be the masterpiece of its creator, Japanese landscape designer Takeo Shiota (1881-1943). Simplicity and “harmonious asymmetry” are important principles in Japanese gardens, making them more beautiful than most to me.
When I say spectacular, I mean spectacular! I was surprised to learn there are some 17 varieties of magnolia’s. Magnolia Plaza is both breath taking and fragrant. An elegant formal garden of magnificent trees spread in front of the beaux arts Administration Building. The sweet scent and showy blossoms of magnolias are among the early signs of spring at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In March, the star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) bloom, covering the trees.
Then on to Daffodil Hill which filled the hillside with bright yellows sure to put a smile on anyone’s face, including ours!
Just down the steps past the magnolia’s we approached Lily Pool Terrace.
The centerpiece of Lily Pool Terrace is the Jenkins Fountain, directly in front of the Palm House. Two large pools are situated to its north and south, bordered on the west by the mixed perennial border, and on the east by the annual border. Two large pools are planted with nearly 100 varieties of hardy and tropical water-lilies and sacred lotus—a stunning attraction in July, August, and September.
Then we stopped and enjoyed a great lunch at the Terrace Café. The café offers delightful outdoor dinning with a “wonderful” menu of gourmet lunches & beverages from spring to early fall. How special lunch was when we sat with another couple that is also planning on visiting the DC area next weekend for the final weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival; maybe we’ll see them in DC!
Now for all you shopaholics, no trip (be it a “day-trip” or week long vacation) is complete without some shopping, but of course! The BBGarden now has two shops, both located on Lily Pool Terrace.
The Gift Shop carries some unique stationery, personal accessories, and items for your home. Many items are exclusive to the Garden, including signature products featuring the Garden’s distinctive logo. Several products that utilize the artwork of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegeum Society are also available. If you can’t get to the garden, consider visiting the online Garden Gift shop.
The Garden Shop carries everything for the garden, books, and gifts for children. New York Magazinewrites that “the (garden) shop has an amazing selection of plants … and features one of the most extensive selections of bulbs and seeds in the city.” The shop, located in Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s spectacular Steinhardt Conservatory complex, carries just about everything a gardener could want, from plants to tools to garden supplies, as well as an extensive collection of gardening books.
We had a great afternoon at the BBG and if you love flowers, gardening, strolling along pathways or simply enjoy nature and the outdoors, we encourage you to consider making a visit too.