Naples Grape Festival, Revisited

Well, as promised earlier today, I am entering some photos of vendors that seemed to have large draws and were offering some interesting goods.

My own first stop was right here at Nordic Farms Jams and Jellies. I already was familiar with this family-run business, as I had purchased some jellies last spring at a Farmer’s Market.  I had to replenish my “Turbo Jelly”. This is a combination of pineapple and habanero peppers. It is enough to make one stand at attention, or at least clear your sinuses. It is very hot, but placed on a cracker with a bit of cream cheese, it tastes like dessert!

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Some of the beautiful jellies with the sunlight highlighting their gemlike colors!

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I came across a young chainsaw artist who created some unusual and beautiful pieces from wood…

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I photographed the Tie-Dye vendor from the backside. The colors were so pretty, and this area had a large draw of lookers.

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Of course, the chocolatiers were drawing some attention!

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As well as the folks selling African Shea Butter.

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Lots of folks were drawn to the alluring amber of maple syrup. (another one of my favorites!)

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Undeniably, one of the busiest tents was the wine-tasting tent. Too bad for me. I never drink wine. I do partake of sparkling grape juice, though.  Ah well, they didn’t seem to have a Pepsi-tasting tent….

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This fellow had beautiful wooden auto-harps for sale and he demonstrated the music right here. The music was very nice!

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Hmmm….the nature photography tent didn’t seem lacking for attention.

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Nor was this photographer who offered every one of his photos in sepia!

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Well, what would a grape festival be without grapes?

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Wow, these smoked beef dog bones were beginning to make me feel a bit hungry!

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As were all of these vendors selling food that smelled so tempting, my poor mouth was watering.

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But alas! I had a plan…It just happens that during the festival each year, the senior class at the high school sponsors a delicious chicken barbeque. And at this point, my feet were beginning to feel abused and I also happened to know that in purchasing a meal, I could sit comfortably inside the school cafeteria to eat!

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What a satisfying meal this was!

Once out on the street again, I was quite drawn to the kettle corn maker. This fellow stirred a HUGE cauldron in which popcorn was added.  As the popcorn was added, pieces flew out every now and then from the kettle!

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And who could resist a picture of these grapes with the sun shining on them?

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And, speaking of grapes, there were half barrels filled with grapes and kids were allowed to “stomp” on the grapes, Italian-style!  A little boy was having so much fun and the little toddler girl came over to peak in to see what exactly he was doing!

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There were so many, many dogs at the festival. I think I must have seen nearly a dozen little chihuahuas. Then there was this large beagle patiently awaiting his or her master who was inside a local bagel shop.

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There were so many motorcycles. Bikers from all over seem to favor a drive to this area for the festival. Who could blame them as they pass through some of the most scenic places in all of New York state?

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The Sherriff’s office had a large presence at the festival, as well as New York State Troopers.

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Along Main Street, this little gem seemed to call out for everyone’s attention.

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It is a custom build for sale for a mere $41,000.00.  I think we will be sticking with our trucks, although this is really unique!

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As I sauntered along the sidewalk, I came across a couple called Celtic Spirit.  Their music was quite lovely, indeed.

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Did I mention that this festival draws more than 100,000 people each year? For a tiny village, that is a lot of people! (and cars!)

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Wow, there was a vendor selling sweaters and yarns made with alpaca yarns, and these lucky alpacas got to come along to experience the grape festival! They seemed so placid and content.

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At this point, my feet were developing blisters on the bottoms! I had (foolishly) worn a pair of flip flops because I didn’t want to wear sneakers, as my feet would get too hot walking around.

I passed Cindy’s house as I went back to the car. Wow! A line of people waiting to buy pies and goodies!

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And just look at all of those juicy grapes just waiting to be made into Cindy’s filling!

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I saw both sherriff deputies and state troopers riding on bicycles. These two are troopers’ bikes.

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I walked back to the car to rest my weary feet. As I passed the purple fire hydrants, I couldn’t help but muse whether Naples is the only town with such amenities.

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Once back at the car, I came to the realization that there were several Eastern Bluebirds flitting about around me! I climbed out of the car, feet screaming out and blazing, with camera in hand. I mounted the long lens on the camera and only hoped I could get one decent shot. Living in the woods, we don’t have these birds nearby.

I was thrilled beyond imagination when I saw these pictures. The little Bluebird perched itself so wonderfully in front of this dead area on the tree, making focussing much easier!

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I sincerely hope that my glimpse into this festival gave you a good sense of “being there” along with me!

4 Responses

  1. Wow! It looks like you really enjoyed yourself. I kind of wish we had gone, but I did enjoy my relaxing day at home as well. It seems like the last few times we have gone, the ground was soggy and muddy. Looks like this time it was a perfect weekend. I love the bluebird pictures. I miss seeing them around like we did in Randolph.

  2. Those are really good pictures. I LOVE the picture of the dog and of all the grapes. My mom loves hot pepper jelly with cream cheese on crackers too.

  3. That looks like *so* much fun! I would *love* to attend an event like that. Mmm, all of the grapes … my grandma used to make a grape pie, and it was *so* much effort! But delicious! 🙂 Any soapmakers there at all? I would have gladly taken part in the food … hehe … you’re making me hungry! What a terrific day you must’ve had. I hope to attend some type of fall festival here … will have to see what’s out there! Looks like you’re having a blast taking pictures! 🙂 What kind of camera do you have again?

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