What is your favorite thing to do on a summer weekend? Boy the options are endless, aren’t they? I would love to wake up and run, go to the farmer’s market and pick up some items for dinner, and then go to the beach or even a hike. Somehow I’ve let those activities go to the wayside (well besides the running 🙂 ) and instead invested some time in more unique city opportunities.
How about road races (no, not that it’s new to this blog) and a country music festival? Yes, the weekend started off with a November Project workout – Sunrise 6k race – compete with bibs (looking pretty spiffy right? they were actually handed to us as we finished), cold brew coffee (thanks Chameleon!) and deadly and delectable doughnuts (thanks to Strava)
Friday afternoon was the first day of Farmborough, NYC’s first country music festival. Sure, if you know NYC, you may be thinking why in the world would they have a country festival? Well, it seems that there is a demand for it. Sure, there weren’t nearly as many people there as at Stagecoach (CA) or even the Governor’s Ball, which is held at the same location, but they did have a decent showing, even with the rain. Yes, rain. I”ll get to that in a minute.
The festival was located on the upper upper east side of Manhattan on Randall’s Island. Our best bet was to take the 4 train up to 125th street (practically a different world up there) and walk the 30 or so minutes across the bridge. I wouldn’t advise walking alone up there but would recommend checking it out. The festival lasted three days and “doors” opened around 2pm. They had one main stage as well as a side stage with some up-and-coming folks. I managed to get out a bit early on Friday but still didn’t make it to the venue until 3:30/4.
^^ Boots and denim and I’m ready to go! Note to self, don’t expect a cheap pair of DSW boots to last forever. The heels somehow imploded and I was left with a soggy and destroyed pair of faux leather boots. At least my outfits looked good! 😉
^^ We were trying not to spend too much money over the course of the weekend, mostly because we had fished out a handful for the tickets and items were pricey, but with this mac & cheese being offered, I could not resist. Some of the other popular foodie favorites included:
- Savory and Filling Category:
- Stuffed risotto balls
- Key West Noodles
- Southernmost Falafel (falafel, gyro, hummus…the whole gang)
- Corndogs + Pizza + Burgers (duh)
- Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (flagship, just jack, penne & chipotle…swoon)
- All Aboard the Sweets Train:
- Fried Oreos
- MELT + Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Risotto Ball w/ nutella
- Rita’s Italian Ices (mango, raspberry, lemon, green apple, or cherry)
- Funnel Cakes (allllllmost got this but refrained)
^^ Friday night highlight was DIERKS BENTLEY!! I had seen him in concert last summer with my sister (Hollywood Bowl made for an awesome venue) and was stoked to see him again. Arguably one of my favorite country artists.
**On Friday 6/26, the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. This weekend also happened to be Pride Weekend in both San Francisco and New York City. November Project helped to cheer on runners at the Pride Run 5m on Saturday morning. (yes, the signs are a bit explicit. watch the video here and a recent blog post here to learn more about the November Project movement before making any assumptions)
^^ I was on the cheer squad rather than #raceeverything squad. my legs are screaming for a much needed rest. I don’t know how some of my friends pull off marathon after marathon or epic 50milers (or even 100 milers…gasp)
^^ the festival view for Saturday. yes, that time above where I mentioned rain. it started raining around 3 and did.not.stop. it pretty much POURED on us. stark contrast to stagecoach’s 100+ temps, right?
I went into Saturday night, not really expecting to enjoy myself, mostly because it was so darn miserable outside. But with an attitude adjustment, the realization that you really do only experience these things once, and some good company, it ended up being a blast. We stuck around in the smaller side stage (the lesser known or blossoming artists) until Brad Paisley came on around 9:20pm. I wouldn’t say he was my favorite but give him mega props for coming out and singing in the rain.
We dashed out a bit early and practically jogged our way home in the rain (absolutely drenched) and passed out a little after midnight.
Sunday’s set list might have been one of my favorite, mostly because it ended with Luke Bryan (oh the poor people who hashtagged #lukebrian on Instagram…not true fans). I actually started the day with a kick boxing class, a first for me and one that left me sore to this day. The benefit to having a festival in the city is that we can sleep in our very own beds and don’t have to worry too much about food or time outside of the concert. We could just get ready at our leisure and I even brought my own dinner of stuffed bell peppers two of the three nights. Yes, I was that person.
We pretty much arrived around 4:30, didn’t leave until 10:30, and stood the entire time. Needless to say my legs really could use a break! But the entire weekend was a blast, despite the rain (thank you east coast) and another item checked off the bucket list.
Do you like country music? (I know it’s a hit or miss) How about festivals or concerts?