Annual Cookout Weed Beach
Complete dinner and beverages catered
Belmont Park is a major Thoroughbred horse-racing facility located in Elmont, New York, just outside the New York City limits.
It first opened on May 4, 1905. It is typically open for racing throughout May and June and into late July, and again from late September through late October.
It is world famous as the home of the Belmont Stakes, known as the “Test of the Champion”, the third leg of the Triple Crown.
On Thursday, April 21, we will return to the Mianus River Gorge. The Gorge is a 750-acre preserve of old-growth forest that was established sixty years ago as the first land project of The Nature Conservancy.
The trails roughly parallel the river at a higher elevation. Among the interesting features is an abandoned quarry where mica, quartz, and feldspar were mined in the 19th century. For more details see www.mianus.org/visit-the-gorge/planning-your-visit/.
The Mianus River Gorge is located nearby in Bedford, NY, not far from the Stamford border. To reach it:
• Take Exit 34 from the Merritt Parkway.
• Drive North on Route 104 (Long Ridge Road) towards Bedford for 7.5 miles.
• Turn left onto Miller’s Mill Road. If you hit Route 172 and the Mobil gas station, you’ve gone too far.
• Left on Mianus River Road after crossing the bridge.
• Drive about ½ mile on dirt road. Entrance to the parking lot is on the left–just across the street from 167 Mianus River Road.
Be cautious! It is easy to miss Miller’s Mill Road. Check your odometer when you exit the Merritt so you will know when you have traveled 7.5 miles. A helpful landmark on the right is Twin Lakes Drive, which comes just before Miller’s Mill Road.
The hike is about 4 miles, and will take us 2½ – 3 hours. Those who wish to hike at a slower pace will have a 3-mile option. As always, wives are welcome.
We will meet at the Gorge parking lot at 9:50 a.m. and begin the hike at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards there will be an optional lunch.
The United States Merchant Marine Academy is one of the five United States service academies.
It is charged with training officers for the United States Merchant Marine, branches of the military, and the transportation industry.
Midshipmen (as students at the Academy are called) are trained in marine engineering, navigation, ship’s administration, maritime law, personnel management, international law, customs, and many other subjects important to the task of running a large ship.
A National Historic Landmark since 1971, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Built by renowned financier and railroad baron LeGrand Lockwood between 1864 and 1868, the Mansion, with its unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture, illustrates magnificently the beauty and splendor of the Victorian Era.
Downton Abbey has audiences visiting this landmark often asking about its servants and their lodgings.
The Mansion‘s domestic servants’ rooms “equal the chambers of a ﬁrst class hotel,” said The New York Sun in 1869.
LeGrand Lockwood’s forward-thinking spirit behind these quarters offered momentary repose from the physical demands of a seven-day work week and 10-hour shifts for those living under the same roof as the family. By following the servants’ paths through the mansion. visitors will experience three distinct worlds—public, family. and service—and the social etiquette strictly enforced during the mansion’s seven decades as a private residence.