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Try'll like it!

August 21, 2009 - Cathy Moore

            Riding on the Long Island Railroad’s bar car with trash blowing around your feet with sweaty, loud, drinking commuters, packed like sardines is far from the experience I had on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s Wine Tasting train.

            I always say yes to new experiences, so when Pete Snyder, Operations Manager for Lake Placid invited me to ride on the Thursday night wine tasting train, I said “sure” without any hesitation.

            As I got on the train I saw the car full of people relaxing and sipping their wine.

On one side there was Don Paulsen of Swedish Hill and Goose Watch Winery in Lake Placid serving wine. (Which by the way, they get to keep the glass afterwards.) On the other side of the aisle was Dave Hall playing top 60’s on his Ovation guitar. So, I sat close to the wine and the music.

            Ordinarily, I can’t sit still and relax without also doing something. The process of tasting each wine and learning the names kept me busy, along with taking photos of the people and scenery and gobbling down the delicious cheese and crackers.

            I found out that the guitar player was the happy caller that listeners hear on the local radio show “Talk of the Town.” Most people know him as “Dave from Bloomingdale.” He’s kind of a celebrity for anyone that recognizes his cheery voice on the radio.

            As we got to Saranac Lake, it was announced that we would have a half an hour to check things out at the gift shop or walk around downtown. What would I do during all this time? Then I remembered the Third Thursday Art Walk was going on.

            I walked briskly down one side of the street to the other soaking in all the great art and music that was on the sidewalk. Then running to catch the train that was about to leave for Lake Placid. So, basically, I got my exercise, culture, dinner, transportation, and entertainment all in one evening romp, thanks to the nice volunteers from the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

            Next Thursday night, get out of the house or your hotel room and go down to the Lake Placid Train Station.  Try it…you’ll like it!




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