Garden Diary - September 2016

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Riverfest at Frenchtown
Sunday, 4 September 2016

September's first weekend, Labor Day holiday and the unofficial end of summer. Cookouts and parties and a day at the beach. Except this year there's concern about Hurricane / Tropical Storm Hermine that unloaded water across Florida and Virginia, slowly swirling its way up the coast trailing endlessly variable reports on its stormy path. Perhaps choose an alternative to a day at the beach . . . .

Blue skies, mild temperatures, soft breezes and - Riverfest
in Fenchtown, New Jersey! They've blocked off a street for

a band, there's street food and pop up craft shops - come see.

They're riding in on motorcycles

and there's even valet bike parking service.

Modest in size, it is a charming town with a diversity of small shops

and a few very handsome buildings.

Tropical ambiance for sure, at the corner of Bridge Street.

Maybe not the beach, but a beach-y ambiance with a shave ice truck

and a trio enjoying its wares.

Mad Lavender, a local farm, is here with their signature lavender lemonade

and a diversity of lavender products.

Clever decoration with sunflowers in bottles on sticks.

The Book Garden, Frenchtown's independent store has a most appropriate book signing for today's event. Historian Hal Taylor, author of The Illustrated Delaware River, speaking about the about the rich and diverse heritage of the Delaware River Valley, and the role of the river in U.S. history and the environment. And signing copies of his book.

Comfort (and where to find it) is not forgotten.

Street food. The Lions have this one (the sausage, pepper, onions on a roll is very good),
the VFW (with barbecue chicken dinner) is down the street and around a corner.

More street food.

One of the Delaware River Tubing Company's signature blue buses
turns the corner. Drop off. Float down the river on an inner tube.
Pick up down river. Summer fun. No beach? Who cares.

Bubbles, tiny bubbles.
What a great day. Riverfest.

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