With all my activities yesterday, I missed a new Mohawk Valley event that I hope will be held annually: Herkimer’s Diamond Festival and Gem Show.
The festival ran for two days throughout the Village of Herkimer. Three indoor locations hosted gem dealers while street vendors lined Main Street, Park Avenue and Meyers Park. There were raffles, music, face painting, all kinds of good food… and we missed most of it.
This morning (Sunday) Steven suggested we walk down and see what was still going on. We figured Sunday wouldn’t be as good as Saturday, but it should still be worth a walk. It was supposed to be hot and humid, which does not agree with me. Then again, I can’t hide myself in the house with the shades down all summer. Facebook told us things started at 11 a.m., so we started out right at 11, to beat the heat.
We didn’t beat much. Still, there was shade under trees and sometimes a breeze blew. We walked to Meyers Park, where a lady at the Information booth gave us a map to the Festival. As I had suspected, things had condensed somewhat since Saturday. She explained that $5 admission would get us into all three locations.
“And of course the street vendors are great,” she said.
We decided to check out the street vendors. I was glad I had just eaten breakfast as we walked by the food vendors. I am trying to get back into healthy eating habits, with no notable success so far. Street vendor food, while quite yummy, would not have helped me reach my weight-loss goals.
We sampled some tea, admired some gems, jewelry and clothes, and I tried a Pain Relief lotion (I didn’t mention that I had a most dreadful headache, because I did not want to complain) (oops). I was soon overheated and happy to head home before too long.
I was glad we had made it down to at least partially partake of the festivities. I hope next summer is a little less busy for me, so I can attend the entire Herkimer Diamond Festival and Gem Show. It will probably make a really good blog post. However, for Wrist to Forehead Sunday, I’m afraid this will have to do.