Where are we today ?
clic a picture to enlarge itNot so cold last night and no frost but we had rain, and the day is starting with overcast and drizzles. Hoping for the rain to let up for the Steria reunion which is outside early this afternoon.
Got a short walkabout when the drizzles let up around through the cemetery across the road, no traffic and peaceful here.
Laurie and Dave headed to their church at 8:15 this morning. Then at 10:15 I dropped Suzie and her Dad down the road at a Mennonite church in Lowville. And I whipped into town for a few supplies that we can only get here in the states. Picked them up at 11:30 back to Laurie and Dave's and got a ride with them to the Steria Reunion for 1:00pm.
They have it in a town park near here every year outside in a pavilion. Next to no rain but it was quite cold, damp and windy. With a tarp on the one side to block the wind sure helped.
We arrived and wandered about meeting some new people, distant relatives of Suzie's on the Steria (Stere). All related back to Joseph Stere who can to New York then Canada in the late 1800's.
|Kieth Steria talking to Suzie's Dad Levi|
|food is starting to arrive|
|grilling hot dogs and burgers|
|Suzie chatting with another relative|
who has been to Ontario a few years ago
to the Canadian Reunion,
I chatted with him for a while as well
|tarp for wind protection|
|more great food|
|it was all so tasty|
|I left no room for desert though|
only a crumble sample
it all looked good though
|Maple Syrup Kisses|
|Chocolates from Croghan Candy Kitchen|
|Suzie with the white hat|
|getting ready for the photo shoot|
|Keith ready with his camera.|
and I will get the final shot from him in good time
|This a photograph of the original Stere farm in Ontario|
I got for Suzie
From here back to Croghan and a quick stop Croghan Depot Museum. Of course not open today but Laurie happens to be the executive director of "Railway Historical Society of Northen New York" (RHSNNY) for a link to their wonderful website click HERE just down the road from their house in Croghan. And if you are to make a donation to help this cause or you just love trains, click on their website.
And she just happens to have her keys with her so gave me a quick tour. What a wonder museum to check out if you are in the area when they are open and say Hi to Laurie for us if you do.
|1918 Shay Steam Engine|
one of only about a dozen still in existence.
|1927 snow plow, pushed by the engine|
|Rutland Railroad combine car 1898|
picture take from their website
|the old train station|
|old railway records dating back to the 1800's|
|original bench from the train station|
|pushing that long bar on the left and you can turn the Engine around|
|winter storage shed|
From here back to Laurie and Dave's house. We hooked up our car to the coach between the rain getting ready for an early morning departure back to New Hamburg.
Visited with them for a while and Laurie's Mom and Dad dropped over around 6 pm with some popcorn and sandwiches if we cared, for us to nibble on and they could browse through more genealogy books with Suzie. While Suzie nibbled the popcorn she had to give Rex a few nibbles as well, he loves popcorn.
|Rex wants to say thanks for stopping by to visit us|
here in Croghan New York.
And a heartfelt thanks to Laurie, Dave as well as her Mom and Dad for the warm hospitality and amazing spreads of food we enjoyed while here. And all of the local sightseeing and history about this area as well as the Railway Museum.
Now we can relax for the evening and will be up early to secure our coach and make our way north and east back home and with lotsa luck no major slow downs of traffic tie-ups.
Where have we been this summer ?