Picnic in the gardens
posted April 24, 2017 6:24 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat May 20 at 1:00 PM, Untermyer Park and Gardens
945 N Broadway, Yonkers, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
Come to the gardens in Yonkers where I work and have a potluck picnic. As an outside event that depends heavily on weather, the date for this event could easily change. So definitely check here before heading out the door! Memail me to exchange phone numbers if you need a ride from the train station. We will be picnicking near the Temple of Love - grab a brochure for a map.
The gardens are in Yonkers and are most easily reached by car, bus or Metro North. Our website has detailed directions. Note that if you're taking the bus, the Beeline uses NYC's metrocard and accepts transfers from the subway at the northern terminus of the 1 line (242nd and Broadway). In the past, there were drivers coming from NYC and my husband also picked up people from the Greystone Metro North train station - hopefully we can do this again as the walk from the train station is quite uphill. Trains run approximately once an hour and the train ride which is along the banks of the Hudson River is one of the most beautiful train rides I've enjoyed. Try to get a seat on the west side of the train to get the best views.

The gardens have public restrooms, and parts are wheelchair accessible - the area we are planning on picnicking is accessible if person with the wheelchair doesn't mind a bit of off-road action. Or we could change the picnic location.

We should plan to meet around 1pm and picnic and I'd be happy to show people around the place after lunch.

The picnic is scheduled for Saturday May 20th with Saturday May 27as a rain date (NB, the 27th is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend).

This is a public park so there is no admission fee. Things that are not permitted: dogs and alcohol. Kids are definitely welcome. I will be inviting non-mefite friends and family, so feel free to bring a +1 or +n.

I now have a toddler, so you will likely get to meet the little guy.
posted by sciencegeek to Meetup (20 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Yay! I was just thinking this weekend that it was getting to be Untermeyer Picnic season.

Either day should be fine - but I vote for the 20th, with the 27th as the fallback in case of rain.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:37 PM on April 24, 2017

I believe I can do either Saturday.
posted by hoyland at 4:50 AM on April 25, 2017

I lean towards the 20th, but can make either. Hopefully this year, I will actually be there.
posted by Hactar at 12:05 PM on April 25, 2017

This sounds great. I can't do the 20th, but if it gets bumped to the 27th, I'm gonna go!
posted by ikea_femme at 5:15 PM on April 26, 2017

Ok, with apologies to ikea femme, I'm going to call this for the 20th with the 27th as a rain date.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:44 AM on April 29, 2017

Not to jinx anything, but it looks like this weekend's rain will clear out the cold front in time for us to have some nice picnic weather next weekend.

As usual, I plan on making 'Grandpa Cooley's Angry Deviled Eggs', eggs already in the fridge from the weekend grocery run, so they have time to shrink a little for easier peeling. And I will most likely stop at Trader Joe's & Whole Foods on the way for additional munchies.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:28 AM on May 11, 2017 [2 favorites]

I'll be bringing beverages: water, soda and probably a case of something non-caffeinated. I will also bring cups, plates, and plastic cutlery.

Bring a picnic blanket to sit on.

The gardens are at their late spring peak - everything is gloriously green.

See you all on Saturday!
posted by sciencegeek at 2:34 AM on May 16, 2017

Also: at the moment the weather report looks just about perfect: sunny with a high of around 70oF.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:36 AM on May 16, 2017 [1 favorite]

My boyfriend is in town for the weekend and I'm moving towards the 'no' side of 'maybe'.
posted by hoyland at 4:57 AM on May 19, 2017

Bring your boyfriend!
This is a pretty relaxed picnic - a friend of mine from high school who just moved to the area is coming. Non-mefites are very much welcome
posted by sciencegeek at 7:18 AM on May 19, 2017

Dang, thinking about maybe going last minute after all. Probably ought to think of something to bring.
posted by ikea_femme at 6:24 AM on May 20, 2017

If you're on the fence about coming:
This is part of the garden in a photo I took three days ago.
posted by sciencegeek at 6:26 AM on May 20, 2017

Bring your boyfriend!

That was kind of the original plan. :) He's sick, though. I'll see if he's reassessed since we last talked about it.
posted by hoyland at 6:40 AM on May 20, 2017

Me and my plus one are taking the 12:30 metro north from 125th st. If anyone wants company on the way up.
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 6:42 AM on May 20, 2017

Just finished picking up extra random munchies at the Edgewater Trader Joe's, should be at the garden a little after 1pm
posted by oh yeah! at 9:27 AM on May 20, 2017

I'm walking to the picnic site right now
posted by sciencegeek at 9:47 AM on May 20, 2017

We are on our way!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 9:49 AM on May 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

Have established a picnic blanket beachhead.
posted by sciencegeek at 9:51 AM on May 20, 2017

Finally parked
posted by ikea_femme at 11:10 AM on May 20, 2017

Thank you to all of you who made it to Yonkers. Despite a few rain drops early, it was wonderful to hang out in the gardens with you guys, my family and friends from various parts of my life.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:50 PM on May 20, 2017 [2 favorites]

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