Weekend Suggestion Box: Freedom Fest
A Chance to Dance on the Causeway?
By N3 Entertainment Team
This weekend? Easy call for the staff of N3 World Headquarters and Kayak Corral
In the wonderfully river-rimmed community of Croton, a locale legendary for fantastic Fourth of July fetes, they’ve been biding their time and now…. this Saturday…..
It’s their turn.
Eschewing an earlier weekend and steering clear of a mid week gig, the Independence Day doings in Croton town kick off with the traditional parade starting at noon. The American Legion will be hosting kids games and a beer tent after the parade.
According to unnamed sources there is to be...
...a return of the traditional boat parade commencing at 7pm so look for some patriotic pontoons parading about in the early evening hours.
Beginning at 6:30pm you’re invited to be part of what looks to be an epic get together for several hundred friends and soon-to-be friends. The River Country Chamber event known as Freedom Fest will be crowding the Causeway for some inspired celebratory revelling as the Causeway closes to car traffic and opens to folks wanting to walk over to a little water encircled fun.
A double sided beer tent will feature the traditional draws on one side and some of our increasingly legendary local craft brews on the other. We at N3WH have speculated as to the reason for this rather obvious segregation of suds and weighed the possibilities before arriving at what appears to be our most popular conclusion….’it just doesn’t matter’.
Oh, and bonus for fans and soon to be fans! Mane Street will be performing their musical magic. Yep, one of our local faves who never disappoint will be taking the stage in part so that all year when you cruise the causeway you can say to yourself or anyone still listening to you, “Yessiree I danced right here on this piece of road…..all by myself I might add.”
Food trucks, always a good idea for any get together larger than a poker game in our opinion, will be on hand to provide some sustenance should the dancing take hold in a big way.
And just so you know, getting a food truck to agree to come to a yard sale is no easy feat so I wouldn’t even try. Even if they’re friends and all. Trust me on this.
But back to the Freedom Fest.
You’ve had a root beer or lager or both, knocked down a dog or a burger or both, listened to some hard driving tunes cranked out by the band or danced or both and right about now life is feeling pretty good.
Then as you enjoy the summer night air with dusk settling over one of the finest views to be found it will be time for the highly rated pyrotechnics that for 28 years have drawn masses to the banks of the pond. It is, of course, the 2017 version of the Croton Fireworks show.
Although the image of a modern day Paul Revere galloping down the Causeway seems a bit troubling to consider, folks (not the British) will indeed be coming by land and by sea to witness some of the finest in fireworks fun.
Oh, and when you go, make sure you park where its allowed and be prepared to stretch the legs a bit if you arrive late. Conklin Park on the hill and DuChemin Park near the dam might be good bets if a bit of exercise isn’t against your current belief system.
There are other goings on throughout the area this weekend and as usual enough of a variety to satisfy a wide range of interests.
But there is only one Freedom Fest, an event that brings with it the chance to hear some great music in an outside venue, connect with friends and neighbors, have a bit of Summer-in-the-Mitten fun and wrap it all up with some bodacious fireworks.
And maybe even show off some those classic dance moves right there on the Causeway.
Could it even get any better?
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