Thursday, May 28, 2009

Two More Reasons to Go on Day Trips

Katchkie Farms Soups and Salads
The recession has hit many of us hard. Few of my friends went out of town this past Memorial Day weekend, and even fewer will be making extended vacations this summer. Most of us will be looking at either long weekends, or settling for day trips. Luckily, I got two very good day trip ideas and of course one involves booze!

Katchkie Farms-Rock Center Farmers Market
During my daily New York Times reading yesterday, I came across a little blurb in the Dining Calendar. Katchkie Farm, a B&B favorite, needs volunteers on Sunday, June 7th. There are seeds to be planted, birdhouses to be made, trails to be cleared, and fresh air to be breathed! Katchkie is up near Albany, in Kinderhook, but if you have access to a car, it's only a two and half hour drive-or one hour for me. You could maybe even make a weekend of it! For more information or to RSVP, click here. You'll need to contact Danielle Albanese from Great Performances!

Drinks at Press 195
(note-this isn't Blue Point, but it's beer.)
The weekend after that, on Saturday, June 13th, Blue Point Brewery will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a huge party out at the brewery AND a limited edition IPA. Hard to believe that the little baby and their wonderful Toasted Lager is already 10! Yes, I was already drinking beer when they opened; no, I wasn't legal yet. Tickets to the celebration are $65, $15 for designated drivers, and are sold here. Admission will include a commemorative 14 oz. etched anniversary glass, 8 drink tickets for beer sampling, and a coupon good for a free half-gallon growler of beer on your next visit to the brewery's tasting room. Food will be available for purchase. For those of you without cars, this might be easier to get to as the brewery is a short walk from Patchogue LIRR station-they're even asking those with cars to park there for the event. The train tickets are about $20 roundtrip, and almost 2 hours each way. For more info, click here.

Sylvia Center Volunteer Day at Katchkie Farm
Sunday, June 7, 11am – 4pm
34 Fischer Road Exts
Kinderhook, NY

Blue Point Brewery's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 13, 2 - 7pm
161 River Avenue
Patchogue, NY

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