Friday, May 28, 2010
David and I have spent the last week in the beautiful village of Sharon Springs, New York, at the Beekman mansion and farm. It has been a glorious week. I feel so fortunate to be able to visit this magical, wonderful place and feel completely at home with great friends.
It has been a week of celebrations. First, the new Beekman 1802 Mercantile opened, with lots of wonderful customers and Josh signing books on the front steps. Next, it was the world premiere of "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" at the Sharon Springs High School. I met so many great people and felt such joy when the entire audience stood up to give Josh, Brent, Farmer John, Polkaspot, and the goats a standing ovation. A village that is brimming with pride, and it's well deserved.
Monday, I celebrated my birthday. Imagine waking up in the beautiful Beekman mansion, having your morning coffee, and strolling through the garden as the first step in celebrating your own special holiday. It was the best. That evening, Brent, Jackie, Dave, (Josh's parents) and David gathered for a lobster dinner to 'toast' my day. We shared so many laughs that night.. The only thing missing was Josh, who unfortunately had to be in the city. He was definitely with us in spirit.
The celebration continued last night as we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Sharon Tavern, one of Josh and Brent's favorite local restaurants. Incredible food, so many laughs, and a bit of spilled spaghetti sauce (long story).
Our week wasn't all about relaxation and celebrations. We worked a great deal here on the farm. David and Dave constructed shelves and workbenches in the cellar at the Beekman, Jackie and I worked in the garden together, and I was able to assist Brent at the new store from time to time. Oh! Let's not forget the 20,000 sunflowers that were planted before 9 a.m. this morning! While some may not understand why someone would work on the farm on their vacation, I can't think of a better way to spend the end of May. It's a beautiful time of year to be a "farmer." The best part is knowing that our friends appreciate it.
The week was filled with lasting memories. I'm forever grateful to my friends, and to my 'extended' family for a blessed week. Words truly cannot express my gratitude.
Goodbye, Beekman. We'll see you again in the fall.