A grim forecast gave way to brilliant sunshine just as hundreds of parents and children started to arrive for our first Family Fun Day on October 8. For many, it was their first opportunity to see all the changes that have been made to the property since we acquired it last December, including our Community Gardens and High Tunnel.
Attractions included horse-drawn wagon rides with Mike Fields from the Washington County Draft Animal Association, kite-flying, pumpkin-painting, an obstacle course inflatable, and an educational toddler farm inflatable. A petting zoo offered ducks and alpacas, and dozens attempted to guess the weight of a huge pumpkin that, in the end, came in at 36 pounds. Games included cornhole and badminton.
Green Mountain Concessions offered slushees made from natural juices and cider, as well as cotton candy made from maple syrup and honey. Pitney Meadows volunteers donated healthy snacks. For mom and dad, R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery offered varieties of beer. All proceeds from the event went toward the Children's Garden and Greenhouse, which Pitney Meadows aims to build in the spring.
“I think it’s awesome,” said Emily Matthews, who brought her four-year-old daughter Gwendolyn. Interviewed by The Saratogian for this front-page story, she added: “I’m totally impressed with all of the things they have going on. I think it’s great to get families and kids outside and get them interested in gardening and not on their tablets and not watching TV. I think it’s beautiful.”