Above one of the first things I noticed. I don’t know what it’s got to do with strawberries, but I guess the Empire isn’t what it used to be.

As we disembarked in Beacon we saw and heard signs of activity a little farther along the waterfront. We decided to “check it out” and it turned out that it was the annual Strawberry Festival described by Dutchess County Tourism as follows:

Once again it’s strawberry time in the Hudson Valley. The Beacon Sloop Club’s legendary annual Strawberry Festival happens on Sunday, June 10th at Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park from 12-5pm, rain or shine. All guests will hear live music and enjoy the best shortcake you’ve ever imagined — fresh strawberries made with home-made biscuits topped with real whipped cream — while surrounded on three sides by the glorious Hudson River. There will be many treats, such as strawberry smoothies, freshly made chocolate covered strawberries, and other great foods to enjoy. Many vendors will be on hand selling food and crafts.

The Woody Guthrie will take guests on free sails from the Beacon harbor. ANYONE may sign up for a free afternoon sail to experience the beauty, power and grandeur of the Hudson. Guests may sign up for one of the free sails starting at noon at the Beacon Sloop Club booth.

The music will be sublime, as usual! Here’s the bands that will play on the Main Stage: Dan Einbender (MC), Driscoll & Smith, Judith Tullock Band, Lost River Boys, Mel and Vinnie, Pat Lamanna, The Dirty Stay Out Skifflers, and The Trouble Sisters.

Musical performances and entertainment for children will be on the Children’s Stage: Susan Reid Bozso (MC), Bindlestick Bill, G Rockwell and The Still River Ramblers, Peter Siegel, Solar Sound, and Vaguely Shuffled (Beacon High School Band).

Many other free activities for children including Hoops by Judy. Tanks of live fish and other river life will be on exhibit, along with displays of local river history, and environmental education and issues.

Seeger Riverfront Park is located at 1 Flynn Dr., Beacon, riverside of the Beacon train station. Free admission to the festival, and all are welcome to join in the fun!

Taken with a Sony A77II and Tamron A18 AF 18-250mm f3.5-6.3.

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