Thursday, May 24, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend in Greene County

Memorial Day weekend is really the season kick-off weekend in Greene County. There are so many wonderful events happening that I'm almost glad that we'll be too busy at the inn to go to any of them, as I'd be hard pressed to pick which ones to go to!

Here is a sampling of the events:

May 26, Saturday

5th Annual Tannersville Rubber Duck Race and Crazy Boat Race and Festival: 500 rubber ducks are launched into Gooseberry Creek on Main Street, Tannersville at 11am. There are cash prizes for the first 3 ducks to cross the finish line at Rip Van Winkle Lake. The festival features food, music, and crafts. The Crazy Boat Race is on the lake at 2pm

May 26 & 27, Saturday and Sunday

Annual East Durham Irish Festival: Presenting new and fresh entertainment direct from Ireland. The full schedule of performers is on their website.

May 26 thru Sept. 15

Cat'n Around Catskill: An unique art project in its 6th year featuring over 40 larger than life, hand painted and decorated fiberglass figurines located along Catskill's Historic Main Street.

May 26 thru Oct. 14

The Broncks: A Dutch-American Family: an exhibit marking 340 years of the Bronck family at the Bronck Museum in Coxsackie.

May 27, Sunday

Memorial Day Parade in Catskill: Lining up at 1:30pm at the Catskill High School parking lot on West Main Street with step off at 2pm with parade ending in front of the Greene County Office Building on Main Street.

Streamside Songs & Melodies: a Schoharie Watershed Month concert program based on the anthologies of Folk Songs of the Catskills and I Hear America Singing. This family centered program will be the culminating event of the Schohaire Watershed Awareness Month, and will serve as a Memorial Day Remembrance and a celebration of the beginning of the Summer Tourism Season. Featuring traditional ballads, songs and melodies that generations of children and adults sang as gathered in the summer camps and in the woodlands and along the streams, grandparents, parents and young people who come from all walks of life and places to celebrate and enjoy the majesty of our streams and mountains. The event will be highlighted by the 77th NY Balladeers, Greene Room Players, and Carver Blanchard from the Horton on the Stream. Free admission. Starts at 7pm.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spring Plantings

Yesterday was a perfect day for planting -- sunny during the day and rain due in the evening!

The day before we had purchased 4 new climbing roses and 4 clematis vines, from Story's Nursery, to add to our flowering fence at the entrance to our pool. (The pool is still in the process of being readied for opening.)

This year we added clematis to the left side of the fence, as well as one climbing rose. Last year, remember, we used Morning Glories to fill in the spaces to which we would later add perennials.


On the right side of the fence, all of the climatis vines we planted last year survived the winter and rabbits. To this side, we added 3 climbing roses. I had to move two of the clematis vines to make room for the roses, which we hope will grow to a massive size!


Once the fence planting was done, I zipped over to Story's to pick up some Zinnias, Marigolds, and herbs.

In the long planter in front of the carriage house, I planted pink and pink & white zinnias.


Next on the planting agenda was the newly expanded herb garden. First I worked in a large bag of peat moss to the new section to improve the soil. Then I planted two types of marigold (large and small), the remaining zinnias, English Thyme, Lemon Thyme, and two red pepper plants. There is still a couple spaces for additional herbs.


Already growing in the herb garden is Lemon Balm, Sage, Oregano, Garlic Chives, and Mint.

Then I planted a Rosemary and another Lemon Thyme in a couple of pots on the steps near the kitchen door.


Once the planting was done it was time for a stroll around the grounds to enjoy the landscape and take pictures!