Fourth of July Fireworks at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club

A couple of days ago I went with some friends to see the fireworks display at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Despite its name the club is actually in Briarcliff Manor, not Sleepy Hollow.

I’m not really fond of fireworks displays. My view is pretty much that “once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all”. Also, I once watched a fireworks display from a boat in New York Bay. It was really incredible, and I suspect that a display in Briarcliff Manor would not surpass that.

Anyway, last year my friends persuaded me to go with them to the same display. It was really quite special. The fireworks are let off well away from the Sleepy Hollow Country Club. This is very close to where we were in the St. Mary’s Church parking lot. From this position it felt like they were exploding right over our heads. Unfortunately, last year I didn’t take a camera. This time I did.

Taken with a Sony A77II and Tamron 18-250mm f3.4-6.3. I haven’t used this camera for some time, but it was the only reasonable modern camera for which I had a remote.

Lunch in Mount Kisco

I went with my friend, Gustavo to lunch in Mount Kisco, NY the other day. He wanted to go to a particular place, but unfortunately it was not open that day. So instead, we went to Stonefire. Anyone who reads this blog will know of my interest in cemeteries. Stonefire is directly opposite the entrance to Oakwood Cemetery (See: A Cemetery in Mount Kisco). I’d noticed it as I was leaving Oakwood and thought that it might be nice place to try. Apparently, Gustavo thought the same think. We had a very pleasant lunch.

When we left Gustavo suggested that we pass by the place he’d originally chosen – the one that was closed. As we were driving by I noticed that the door was open, so we decided we’d check it out. Gustavo parked the car and off we went. It’s called The Ambleside Pub and its website describes it as follows:

The Ambleside Pub is an authentic British pub in the heart of Westchester, NY. We are proud to serve real cask ales, a selection of draft beers, cocktails, wine and imported British non-alcoholic drinks. Pop in and immerse yourself in a little British culture for the evening.

I’ve been to other pubs around the area and indeed they often look a little like English pubs, but they don’t serve English style beer (there’s nothing worse than a fake English pub that only serves Budweiser and Budweiser Lite). This one apparently has an arrangement with Old Glenham brewery in Beacon, NY that provides them with authentic Bitter and Mild beer (I haven’t had either for a long time), which they serve in English 20 oz glasses. You also order English style at the bar (both for drinks and food) and carry your order back to your table yourself.

We each had a pint of bitter and then went back home.

Apparently, the owners also have a British store, also in Mount Kisco. It’s called The Hamlet. I must check it out sometime.

Taken with an Apple iPhone SE II.

The Jug Tavern

The Jug Tavern is located in the Sparta section of Ossining, NY. It’s next to the Arcadian Shopping Center, and the CVS.

The Jug Tavern was built in about 1760 as the home of a tenant farmer, Peter Davis, who rented 200 acres of Philipsburg Manor, including the land that later became Sparta. The Manor was confiscated after the Revolutionary War by the Commissioners of Forfeitures because the Lord of the Manor, Frederick Philipse III, had been a loyalist during the war.

Davis bought his farm from the Commissioners in 1785 but defaulted on a mortgage on 70 acres of the land in 1794. The mortgaged land passed to James Drowley, who wanted to lay out a plan for a housing development on his new property, but he died before he could fulfill his dream. Drowley’s executors carried out his wishes by commissioning a survey and plan of Sparta, prepared in November 1795. The original of that survey is on display in The Jug Tavern.

For much more on the Jug Tavern see: The History of The Jug Tavern on The Jug Tavern of Sparta, Inc.

Taken with a Sony RX10 III