We had Thanksgiving back home in Binghamton for the first time in many years, and – in addition to having a delicious family meal on Thursday – we packed a lot of fun into the weekend.
On Thursday night, we dragged our full bellies and turkey comas over to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena to watch the Binghamton Senators play the Adirondack Phantoms.
I haven’t been there for a hockey game in years, but to be honest, it hasn’t changed a whole lot, though it was smaller than I remember – kind of the sports venue equivalent of going back to elementary school and thinking the cafeteria looks tiny.
The beers, however were enormous. And very cheap.
As was our habit when we were kids, we drove down the hill, parked at the end of the bridge, and walked over. Or Brian, Jen, Eileen, and Chris walked. I raced my nephews across. (I tell ya, I’ll do anything to be the fun auntie, but OMG, running across a bridge full of turkey and a quart of Labatt’s was possibly the most difficult thing I’ve done to date.)
Friday was “keep the kids entertained” day, which involved a trip to the Story Garden at the Discovery Center, where we put baby James into a teacup and took pictures, among other things.
We also went over to the Roberson Center, to see the annual model train exhibit. It’s much bigger than I remember, and was set up in a demonstration gallery, so the train masters were working on the setup while we were there. D & G got to pick out people/objects to be included in the streetscape, which one of the volunteers then glued into place for them. I think they found it pretty cool – though I’m pretty sure they wanted to get their hands on the glue and go to town.
On Saturday, we joined some friends for a jaunt up to Syracuse to see the Orangemen play football. Or try to… It did not go well for them, but we all had fun nevertheless.
Needless to say, I could use a weekend to recover from my weekend, but alas, ’twas not to be.