There are things I have always liked doing and still do – swinging on swings at a playground, lol…playing jacks and Chinese jumprope, blowing bubbles with a ninety-nine cent bubble wand. They never get old. The best things in life from childhood – because when you were little you were free to just have fun and dream.
My summer has been a lot of that. A world filled with possibilities and joy. I discovered a new park today. It is on the west side of Syracuse, New York past the Delavan Center on W. Fayette Street, called Lipe Art Park.
I love that there are people in this city committed to improving abandoned areas, in this case a former railroad yard. Sculptures flourish beside positive message murals and flower garden vignettes, like set decoration for a movie with a backsplash of real-live moving trains. It has this surreal flavor of being elsewhere. Unexpected urban beauty.
I’ve driven past it loads of times and never noticed it until a Facebook post inviting me to visit unveiled it to me, which is just so amazing. I found a playful atmosphere there – a happening – Blinded by the Lipe! with music, food and new interactive art.
The best things in life are free.
Trying to live my life the way I did in the summer has been a challenge. The first three days of last week – I went to work then did my two hour hike at Green Lakes and, subsequently, crashed on the sofa when I got home. But I made an effort to meet friends out in Armory Square in downtown Syracuse, New York on Thursday night. I parked the car and stumbled into a happening.
It was all part of Syracuse Fashion Week. There was a fashion show on Walton Street the night of the curriculum open house at school earlier this month that I had to miss. I think I missed it last year for the same reason. Models walked the runway of the 100 block, which had been closed off to traffic.
This event was the Landmark Theatre Window Project. The building is home to several vacant businesses, and so, this was the result – human mannequins as window dressing displaying fashions for the event today at the Marriott Downtown Syracuse (formerly the Hotel Syracuse). It is called Fashions at The Persian Terrace and that fashion show starts today at 11:30am.
In addition, the windows advertised other local businesses in the area including the Empire Brewing Co. and Painting with a Twist. The latter is located at 3179 Erie Blvd. East in DeWitt, New York and was the only one to supply me with literature. I love the idea of generating friends and family, as well as people of all ages to come together for a night of art making. Call (315) 447-2733 to schedule a visit soon!
I love that Syracuse is becoming more artsy. That people are coming up with fun and innovative ways to get involved in the community. We all need to get out more and explore our world, because something great is always happening right in our own backyards if we take the time to notice. It is only a hop, skip and a jump away. ❤
Achieving harmony happens when you are living a life of happiness and joy, a life of positive energy and good vibrations. If you are searching for a short cut to this harmonious vibrational alignment, you might want to visit (get lost in) the sunflower maze in Camillus, New York.
It is located in the backyard of The Inn Between Restaurant at 2290 West Genessee Turnpike, also know as Route 5.
My friend Lisa suggested an outing via a Facebook all-call and a bunch of us headed out there to frolic among acres and acres of sunflowers. It is Syracuse’s version of a Christo and Jeanne-Claude happening, something fun for the whole family, and cheap – $5 admission for families, $2 for individuals and a senior citizen’s discount.
The photo ops are priceless! And if you are an artist or otherwise inclined, and want to channel your inner Vincent van Gogh, you’ll have plenty of resources to keep you occupied all winter.
You can purchase sunflowers, sunflower seeds and honey made on-site by the many bees working diligently just for the fun of it. You can have dinner in the restaurant or just cocktails at the bar, as my friends and I did last night. So fun!
The maze will be available to the public until Sunday, August 21, 2016.