Syracuse Polish Fest

An official resolution this year was to attend more of the local food festivals.  

The Polish Festival has taking over Clinton Square, Downtown this weekend.  

I heard my dad call my mom a “Pollock” in anger once…besides that I don’t think I have any Polish in me so I have not been exposed to much of this foreign country’s cuisine or culture.  So technically I’m going off the path.  

One of the smaller events in Syracuse, we had a few food vendors serving up Polish signature dishes, 2 beer tents, and some merchants.  

I had a kielbasa sandwich and my wife had ruskie pierogies (cheese and potatoes), chocolate mint cake from Eva’s Polish Restaurant.  They even had polish lollipops for the boys. 

I thought it was fun.  I wouldn’t mind going without the kids.  Have a few beers and listen to the bands.  Maybe next time.  

Walking Tour Downtown Syracuse

I fell in love with Downtown Syracuse around the time of was going through management training.

It was a sleepy Sunday afternoon, much like at the time of taking these pictures,   I was living out of my car and I felt like doing some exploring with my night off.

There isn’t much going on and not too many people on the roads on Sundays so I was free to roam around as I wished.

I enjoy all the local art and parks.  All the history in all the distinct sub-neighborhoods and what makes them stand out from each other.

I already covered part of downtown in my Creek Walk Tour.  Now let’s take a look at some of the other parts.

Remember, that this is a walking tour.  I may go back to explore certain places in greater detail like I did when I visited the MOST Museum.


Statue in Clinton Square.  This is the site of a lot of food festivals, The huge Christmas Tree Lighting, and where you can ice skate in the winter


Syracuse – Fayette Firefighters’ Memorial Park, one of downtown’s most beautiful parks

On a rainy day, check out the Onondaga Historical Museum

Metal Sphere Sculpture.


Historical Hotel Syracuse.  Recently restored by the Marriott Group.  I want to stay there so bad.  I hear it’s haunted

Statue of Columbus with the Court House in the back ground

Syracuse’s signature Ice Cream Shop.  Gannon’s


Looking to catch a show?  Check out the Landmark Theater

The side of this building is covered with QR Codes.

Authentic Mexican Restaurant constructed out of an old church.  The Mission

Do these murals creep anyone else out?


War Memorial Auditorium 

Miss Syracuse Diner

Daisy Duke’s Mural

Erie Canal Museum

Red hot  right now .  Empire Brewing Company and restaurant


One of the top 100 places to have a beer.   The Blue Tusk

Down on Frankin, you most stop in an try the Spicy Tomato Oil and Pastabilities


Waffles any which way?  Check out Funk ‘ N Waffles

Find an area of refuge

I feel that’s important for everyone to have their own place.  

A place to be alone.  A place to reflect and clear the mind.  

For me.  I actually have a few places I go to write, to think, to be happy

The home office : George Carlin once said “I just need a little place for my stuff.” And that’s what my former pantry, hide away is.  The family can have the rest of the house.  It can’t be more that 6ft by 6 ft.   But it contains 30 years of memories.

The back deck: Not many things more relaxing than sitting out on the back deck while the sun sets after a long day.  

Empty Road or Trail at 5AM: inner peace and an endorphin rush.   Jogging as the sun comes up before the rest of the world rushes around you and sweeps you away.

The Restaurant Roof: when things get stressful in work or life there is one place I can go where no one will find me.  Up the utility ladder of my restaurant.   Whether is early in the morning or after a punishing rush.  15 ft in the air feels like miles away from all troubles.  

Verona Beach State Park

Within walking distance of Slyvan Beach is the scenic Verona Beach Satete Park overlooking Onieda Lake.

The park has gotten quite the face lift in the last few years since I last visited.  

It has something  for everyone.  Complete with playground, baseball field, basketball court, ice cream shop, and food stand.  

A very quiet beach with shallow water.  Safe for the kiddies.  

Just down the road is the historic Verona Lighthouse

Make time for mini adventures

Talk the hand dad…no pictures please

A Walk Around Minoa

I’ve been busy since returning from vacation and I just needed to get outside for a hour in between rain showers to clear the head and get the blood flowing.

There’s not much to say about my little town of Minoa.   It’s primarily just a residential community with a few charming spots.   

You can tell is was a big farming community with in close proximity to the Eerie Canal and a creek running all the way around it. 

Just a 5 Minute drive from Green Lakes State Park. 

Minoa has just about everything you would need if you didn’t have the luxury of a car.  But the businesses have no competition and they know it.  Just their justification for jacking up prices.  $4 gallons of milk anyone?

Just down the road is the park trail

Behold.  Minoa’s “Shopping Center” can’t go wrong with booze and Chinese.  Beware the price though

Train tracks run right behind my house

Nice to see a local hardware store still going strong. 

Volunteer Fire Station with a very small library behind it.  I suggest the Manlius Library instead

Sorry Minoa.  You’re still old

Scenic creek I talking about

I could probably get a deal on a house with a cemetery in the back yard

These dogs heard about the deer on the roof in Syracuse.  

No town is complete without place of worship

Trappers 2 is pretty awesome

  This is where everyone hangs out.  Young and old.  Beer and pizza with happy hour and game specials. 

Lewis park

Cute little Ice Cream stand by Lewis park,. Cash only and at little hole in the wall dive bar, Charlie’s.  Not even 100 yards from my front door. 

Not too exciting but it was a nice walk with the kids.  

Richmond, Virginia

Have some time to kill after checking into the hotel in Ashland, Virginia so we took to the streets in the state’s capital.  

The verdict.   Richmond is boring as all hell.  Most of the businesses shut down at 5pm.

But we did find some nice local artwork. 

Ocean City, Maryland

Another cloudy and windy day on the east coast.   Since we milked Reheboth Beach for all it was worth we decided to go off the path and take a detour to Ocean City Maryland before heading to Virginia Beach

We killed a few hours by walking the 2 1/4 mile boardwalk.    So many awesome shops and attractions to check out.

It was a pleasant surprise.   I would definitely go back for an extended vacation.   Much more to do than in Rehoboth.