Rhinebeck Weekend5:47 PM
Last Thursday the mama's (The Dragon's) and I left for New York and the 2015 New York Sheep and Wool Festival! Hello to the insanity! (I didn't even take a picture of the craziness, but I heard there were 40,000 people there on Saturday).
On Friday two of the mama's took a design class and the other mama and I went sightseeing. We drove down and toured the grounds of both Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill estate and FDR's childhood home. Then we took a tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion. The grounds of all three were gorgeous, the leaves just coming into color (not quite peak, but stunning) and all were very impressive.
The Vanderbilt Mansion was one of the smallest and "cheapest" of all of the mansions built by a Vanderbilt. It had 14 bathrooms! When Frederick Vanderbilt died in 1938 he left this estate to his wife's niece. But she didn't want it and tried to sell it first at a price of $350,000. But due to the times, no one bought it. She reduced the price to $250,000 (which in those times was A LOT of money, but I can't help think that since my house is over that in todays money I would have bought it in a heart beat). And still no one bought it.
FDR suggested she donate the house and it's contents to the National Park Service and it opened to the public in 1940.
I got to meet up with Donna. I love this whole blog thing. I consider everyone a friend from the blogosphere and it is so exciting to actually meet in person. I spent the afternoon with Donna and her friend walking around the rest of the booths. It was a chilly day and I kind of wished I had finished my Sylvi sweater, but I was rocking the Hitofude.
|Donna & me.|
|The Dragons with Miss Babs.|
Stay tuned for a yarn photo. I'm still downloading everything and unpacking.