Well all i can say is that after reuniting with jake and lyndsay on friday, i knew that the rest of the weekend would be anything but boring. and boy was i right lol. saturday included our obligatory breakfast at ithaca bakery and then we were off to the wineries of upstate new york. on our itinerary was Americana Vineyard and Lucas Vineyard where we partook in wine tastings and bought these wonderful wine slushie concoctions (don’t worry we had a Designated Driver, our friend Jeremy, who knew all the best places to go) and i purchased a bottle of red wine the Banco Noir, which is without a doubt my new favorite red wine! After taking naps we got dressed for our pre-show dinner at the Boatyard Grill. Looking schnazzy and eating well we looked over the water as the sun began to set over the city.
Then it was showtime! We attended the closing night of the Hangar Theatre’s production of Sondheim’s Gypsy, directed by my mentor and current artistic director Stephanie Yankwitt. The production was fantastic and some of our campers from last summer’s Next Generation program were featured in the show. Leaving the theatre singing tunes from the show, we drove over to Corks and More, where the Hangar was holding the closing night party. It was great to see the cast of actors letting loose as we reflected on their performances. Since we were a little hungry after the bar, we drove over to Short Stop for sandwiches and snacks, chatting outside about our disbelief that we only had one day left in Ithaca.
Day 3 was a lazy sunday that started with me having a great chat with Stephanie, before Jake and Lyndsay rolled through for breakfast at, where else, Ithaca Bakery, before we went to the Farmer’s Market. The day was sunny and cool, with a refreshing breeze billowing through the trees. After purchasing flowers at the market and looking at the various stands and wares, we said our goodbyes to Stephanie before heading to one of the gorges to dip our feet in, before grabbing lunch at Wegmans with Andrew Keeler who was driving through on his way to Green, NY for a workshop.
All in all the weekend was long and short at the same time. We were able to visit all of our old haunts and reconnect and reminisce about last summer and predict what our future held in store for each of us.
Leaving Ithaca is always hard, but also necessary. I was able to reconnect with great friends, and remind myself why nature is so important for each us. If you ever have the opportunity to find a place that truly frees you, mind, body and soul, always hold it close to you and visit it as often as you need. It truly helps me get through the long days, weeks, and months i spend hustling in the Big Apple.