Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Trip to Cooperstown

We had been wanting to take a day trip with the kids, with this being one of our only free weekends for a while.  We did a little searching around and decided at the very last minute to head to Cooperstown for the day to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Luckily, it’s not too far away, so our lack of planning didn’t matter too much!

We told Seamus that we would be visiting a baseball museum, and he just couldn’t decide where his loyalties lay that day…so he figured he would wear both his Yankees fleece hat and Red Sox ball cap.  Seamus is quite honestly the ONLY person I know who truly loves both the Yankees and Red Sox equally!  A travesty, I know. 

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We grabbed a bite to eat on Main Street in Cooperstown.  The town is really cute, and of course everything is baseball themed.

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After lunch we walked a few blocks to the Hall of Fame.  They were having their holiday celebration, and as a bonus, admission was free if you brought in a food bank donation.  There were also holiday concerts by a handbell choir and a capella singing group.

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Seamus and Babe Ruth!  He had to make sure to take his Red Sox cap off while he got his picture taken with The Babe.

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I took his picture next to a little sign describing the “Birth of a Rivalry.”  I tried to explain how most Yankee fans were not also Red Sox fans…but all he had to say was, “But I love them both, Mom!”030 032 033

After touring the baseball museum, we headed over to The Farmers’ Museum for their annual holiday event, Candlelight Evening.  The museum itself is like a little town, with a collection of old-time houses and buildings, like a schoolhouse, doctor’s office, and printing press.  As far as the eye could see, there were candles.

They were in every window of every house, and paper-bag lights lined each little path.  My pictures didn’t come out too well in the dark, but it truly was a beautiful sight.

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We got to take a horse-drawn carriage ride, have hot cocoa and cider, and listen to carolers and bands playing holiday music.  There was also a carousel, a living nativity, and visits with St. Nicholas.  I could have stayed all evening, but after an hour we were frozen to the bone!  I hope to go back to experience this event again.

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Liam had the right idea…stay cozy and take a nap!

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We had a great time on our little adventure!

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7 comments:

Caden and Mommy said...

What a fun filled day! I love that everything is baseball themed in Cooperstown, so cute! Isn't Seamus a sweet boy to love the Sox and the Yankees equally :0)

Melisa said...

I agree! So cute that he loves both teams...wonder how long that will last? What a fun time for all. Look like Cooperstown is another place on the agenda we'll have to visit whenever we make it to the east coast for a trip.

Kim said...

Oh Seamus, Seamus, Seamus. You are BREAKING my heart! You and I have to have some serious discussions next time I see you. Thankfully your mommy took your horrendous SAWX hat off for the picture with the Babe. Unacceptable otherwise. You are very lucky you're cute. But we must break this soon. It's ok, I think you look fantastically adorable in all things pinstripes. We'll leave little red knitted hats with snowflakes to your gorgeous brother. No red baseball caps for you though. You know I love you a lot. I'm doing this for your own good. XOXO!
Love, Preston's Mom

Jen Weisser said...

WHAT!!!!??? YOU WERE A 1/2 HR AWAY FROM US & NO PHONE CALL!!!??? Well looks like you had a great day! It was a rather cold weekend to be doing things outside tho! brrrr!!!

Yiannakis Family said...

Very cool trip! I love the idea of the carolers and horse drawn carriage in the evening. I bet it was absolutely beautiful with all the Christmas decorations and candles.

Destini said...

Wow, who knew Cooperstown was that cool? Looks like a great day! Seamus totally cracks me up with his anti-rivalry!

Greene Family said...

What a fun adventure! Adorable pictures, and yay for pictures with Seamus' eyes open!! Seamus - you are awesome loving both teams equally! Your kids are just so adorable, Emily! Liam looks so cozy on a cold night! It sounds like it was very pretty there! I wanted to take the horse drawn carriage through Lights on the Bay here this year, but we resorted to the warm car . . . maybe next year. :)