You Never Know Where Family Fun Days Will Take You

I love the adventures of Family Fun Day.  You never know how one planned adventure might lead to another unplanned one.  It’s the fun of living in the moment and experiencing the day as it happens.


Today, my husband and I had planned on going to the Woodstock New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair.  Kristin of Mad Batters Pastries gave me a heads up it was this weekend, and seeing as today was Family Fun Day, my husband and I figured it would be a great adventure!  Not to mention that Mad Batters Pastries was going to be there, so how could we not go?!?


As we were driving to the Ulster County Fairgrounds, where the fair was being held, my husband and I passed by Angry Orchard in Walden.  We had been wanting to go there for quite some time.  We are HUGE hard cider fans, and Angry Orchard has been on our to do list for awhile, but whenever we were in the neighborhood, they were closed.  Today when we passed by we saw they were open, so we said, “Maybe we’ll stop there on the way home.”

The fair was lots of fun!  There were so many craft vendors and food vendors.  There were even alpacas (and you know how much I LOVE alpacas)!  The craft vendors had such beautiful works of art for sale.  The artisans included photographers, woodworkers, metalworkers, and basically any other art medium you could think of.  It was truly fascinating walking around and seeing all the things that people make.  There was one artisan who made these absolutely beautiful Judaica works of art including menorahs and mezuzahs.  They were absolutely breathtaking!  There was an artist who used wood to create these elaborate works of art which is where we found our “long legged” friend today!


In the Jane W. Barley Memorial Youth Building is where all the handcrafted specialty foods and handcrafted healthcare products were located.  This is where Mad Batters was setup.  We stopped by to say hi to Kristin, and we met her wonderful mother, Alice.  And of course we bought some yummy treats!  Since we’re heading into Fall, Mad Batters has their apple and pumpkin goodies in stock!  My husband and I bought a Gluten Free Apple Crisp and the Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts.  Both were absolutely delicious, and the Apple Cider Donuts were to die for!

21297629_10100973513258769_1705798589_oWe also bought two bottles of More Good Syrups and Mixers.  My husband and I love to make handcrafted sodas at home.  We don’t drink a lot of soda, but sometimes it’s nice to have something bubbly, and rather than drinking carbonated, sugar-laden, fake soda, we would much rather make our own, but it’s hard to find a good soda syrup.  More Good Syrups and Mixers can be used in seltzer or be added to alcoholic drinks.  Their syrups are all organic and contain only natural ingredients, not to mention they are locally made!  My husband and I tasted the Cherry Cola which is a seasonal syrup and it was so good.  We decided to buy a bottle of Cherry Cola and Ginger Ale.  More Good Syrups and Mixers contain:

  • 50% less sugar than main stream sodas
  • NO High-Fructose corn syrup
  • NO Artificial Flavors or Colors
  • NO Preservatives

Check out how pure their ingredients are:

Cherry Cola: Raw Organic Cane Sugar, Distilled Water, Local Cherries from Fishkill Farms, Organic Gum Arabic, Organic Flavors, Organic Spices, Organic Citric Acid.

Ginger Ale: Raw Organic Cane Sugar, Distilled Water, Fresh Organic Ginger, Fresh Organic Citrus, Organic Spices, Organic Citric Acid.

On the side of each bottle are recipes including how to make your own soda, how to mix it with alcohol, and even a cocktail recipe!  To make your own soda all you need to do is mix 1oz of syrup with 10oz of Seltzer.  Super easy!

More Good has a storefront in Beacon, NY so you can bet we will definitely be stopping there one day soon during a Family Fun Day.

After we left the Woodstock New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair we decided to stop at Angry Orchard with no clue what we would find there, and no plan.  When we got to Angry Orchard we followed all the cars and parked, and then walked through the orchard following the crowds of people.  We passed by this awesome tree house that you can climb up, along with a super cozy, comfy looking sitting area on the bottom level.

Eventually, we found ourselves at the Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House.  There are signs everywhere reminding you to have your I.D. ready, and once we got our wristbands as well as two bottle cap tokens that could be turned in downstairs at the tasting room, we inquired about what there was to do.  We were told there was a self-guided tour, or you could sign up for a VIP Tour where you would tour the grounds, learn about cider making, try an exclusive cider up in the tree house and go home with a souvenir glass.  Downstairs we were told was the tasting room and bar.  We were told to explore and hang out.  So that’s exactly what we did.

We wanted to do the VIP Tour and the self-guided tour, but we figured we would save that for another day when it wasn’t quite so busy.  We went downstairs to the tasting room and bar.  The tasting room is really awesome.  It’s a wide open space with tons of seating.  There’s one place where you can get a tasting and another paid bar with selections.  There was also lots of Angry Orchard merchandise that you could buy.  At the tasting bar we turned in our bottle caps and each got three ciders to taste: the exclusive Walden Hollow, Easy Apple, and Crisp Apple.  We were told that Angry Orchard was most interested in hearing what people thought of Walden Hollow and Easy Apple so they would know if they should go global with those flavors.

Walden Hollow was amazing!  It was a dry cider and so good!  It tasted so different from anything I have ever had before.  Both my husband and I absolutely loved it!

“Walden Hollow is an annual vintage cider made with our cider maker’s choice of heirloom New York state apples varieties, including apples from the Angry Orchard in Walden, NY. The 2016 edition is a mildly tannic, off dry cider with intense apple aroma and notes of butterscotch and almond. The cider makers wanted to capture the essence of wild fermentation, but without the funkiness or sour qualities sometimes associated with the process.”

Easy Apple was slightly sweeter and very good too.

“Angry Orchard Easy Apple is a refreshing and easy-to-drink hard cider. It is unfiltered with an apple-forward taste, slightly hazy appearance and a refreshingly dry finish. It never weighs you down, making it the perfect drink choice for those long, relaxing days.”

Crisp Apple was the sweetest of all and is one of the general Angry Orchard ciders you can buy in the store.  All three ciders were delicious, but hands down Walden Hollow was our favorite!

After our tasting, my husband and I walked around a bit more and went outside where there was music and food.  It’s such a relaxing, fun atmosphere.  A definitely good hang out place.

So one planned adventure, and one unplanned adventure, but a day full of fun!  It was a very successful Family Fun Day!  And now we have two more adventures planned for future Family Fun Days: Angry Orchard VIP Tour and the More Good store in Beacon.

There’s always tons of adventures to be had in the Hudson Valley!

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