Beautiful as the Adirondacks are, living here is a package deal that includes the existence of wildly uneven seasons. And guess which is the shortest? Since I’m not into winter carnivals or downhill skiing, I tend to start counting the days to solstice right around Labor Day. But until then, these are some of the things I’ve been drinking in while the sun is still shining at 7 p.m.:
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Even the walk in is lovely
The New York City Ballet
If you zoom in, you’ll see that it was in fact “American Girl” night at the ballet.
Making It Elegant
Two industrious ladies from Albany named Jinx and Mary started this tradition about a decade ago. Every summer, they load their cars with banquet tables, flatware, a candelabra, and all the other ingredients necessary for a moveable feast and head to the ballet in high culinary style:
Blueberries picked at Winney’s Blueberry Farm in Bacon Hill
Maggie The Wonder Dog, along for the ride...
The Hollyhocks at Sheldon Farm
…and their fried fish on Sundays
Growing herbs on the balcony
The Hudson River encased in a palate of emerald
Booksignings at Red Fox Books in Glens Falls
Kim Sunee autographs her best-selling memoir, ‘Trail of Crumbs.’
The man who lands the big names: Suvir Saran, owner of Devi restaurant in Manhattan and author of "American Masala" and "Indian Home Cooking" cookbooks. I speak from experience: Suvir's books will change your life.
And the one who really has my Heart: Lake George
Where I Swim
Thank God for Mrs. Lapham! She's the one who provides this incomparable and stunning swimming hole. And the drive in isn't bad either:
I know he stuck pretty much to The Berkshires, but sometimes it feels like Emerson’s Spirit casts a veil over this spot:
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