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Weekends in New York: The Picks of the Summer Crop

Posted on: June 10th, 2015 by MTC Limousine

limo service NY, westchester limo serviceNew Yorkers love their summer weekends, especially after a winter that didn’t want to leave. One great thing about New York is that, as the tourist capital of the world, most weekend events are actually going on all week.

This year one of the most anticipated happenings of the year is taking place up in the Bronx – weekdays as well as weekends.

Frida Kahlo Art Garden. Bronx Botanical Garden May 16 – November 1
Manhattan may be know for its museums, the new Whitney, MOMA, The Guggenheim, and the Met, but staging the Frida Kahlo exhibition at any of them would mean enclosing the mercuric spirit of the nature-loving Mexican artist within four walls. The Bronx Botanical Garden has gone all out, transforming its majestic Haupt Conservatory into a re-enactment of Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul her lifelong home.Plants imported from Mexico, and courtyards reflecting the country’s warm bright colors further the mood. Fourteen rare paintings and works on paper can be found in the library’s art gallery. Lectures, kids’ hands-on activities, music, and Frida al-Fresco evenings will be held throughout the exhibit’s stay. There’s even Mexican food, and a Taco truck.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party Governors Island June 13 – 14. August 15-16
One weekend isn’t enough to hold the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Little did the original fifty fans and friends of Michael Arrenello who gathered on Governor’s Island in 2006 to kick up their heels to his band’s hot 1920s jazz tunes know they were starting something that would balloon into a two-weekend extravaganza taking over the entire island. Chosen by the New York Times as one of the most memorable events in both 2011 and 2012, the Lawn Party is also a fashion party with many attendees donning the seersucker, linens, lace, and loafers popular in the flapper era.

Weekend Crafts Street Festivals
NYC is always amenable to street festivals, even going so far as to close off normally busy thoroughfares so New Yorkers can wander through vendor tents featuring handcrafted jewelry, fragrant oils and soaps, and breezy summer wear. It’s also a great way to sample the gyros, burritos, Jamaican patties, and Thai delicacies that reflect the diversity of the city.

When New Yorkers want to get away from the city on a Saturday or Sunday, many head north to Westchester County or Fairfield County in Connecticut, both about an hour’s drive away.

Caramoor Music Festival Katonah, NY Weekends in June, July, August
Caramoor, located in the affluent Westchester suburb of Katonah, was once the estate of Walter and Lucy Rosen who, upon their deaths in the 1940s, bequeathed it as a center for the arts. Year-round, Caramoor holds workshops for children and young musicians, mentoring sessions, and artist-in-residence programs, but the jewel of its offerings is the summer music festival held weekends from June 20 through August 2 . Scheduled concerts run the gamut from classical to jazz, American roots to the American Songbook. Concerts are held in the late afternoon so attendees can enjoy picnic lunches under majestic century-old trees of the estate and wander through the gardens of yesteryear.

The Fairfield County towns of Greenwich, Westport, and Norwalk border the Long Island Sound beckoning those in search of sun and sailing, but Norwalk bookends summer with festivals attracting visitors from near and far.

Norwalk Art Festival Norwalk, CT June 27-28
Held in Mathews Park, the two-day Norwalk Art Festival is a prime cultural event in Fairfield County, presenting carefully chosen artists and craftsmen, musical entertainment, and a bonus tour of the historic Pine Island burial grounds. Admission is free and gourmet food trucks offer a wide selection of goodies from Lobster to ice cream cones.

Norwalk Oyster Festival Norwalk CT September 11-13
Offering a bang-up sendoff to summer, this year’s 38th Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival draws repeat visitors year after year. In addition to tents full of arts, crafts, and collectibles, there’s New England Village with interactive exhibits, displays, and demonstrations geared to appeal to every age; the Oyster Pavilion where those so inclined can get up close and personal with oysters and learn the part the bivalves played in Norwalk’s seafaring history. And since no festival is complete without food and entertainment, the food court offers, of course, oysters but also a extensive offering of sea food, Italian dinners, beer and wine, and this year’s musical artists include Dennis De Young, formerly of Styx, and Smashmouth, a 90s era band.

With a constant calendar of activities like these, one can see why New Yorkers never sleep  To get to any of these fun activities, give us a call or book online at www.mtclimousine.com.

 

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