Posted by: David Giacalone | September 3, 2009

a year ago in the Stockade – early September 2008

1st Reform Church chanticleer, Schenectady Stockade, Labor Day, September 1, 2008 chanticleer One year ago this week, the weather was almost as perfect as the sunny, refreshing days and cool, dry nights we’re having as September 2009 unfolds and heads toward the Labor Day weekend.   Last year, I wasn’t yet used to taking my camera with me on my Stockade strolls, but the weather inspired me to both bring my PowerShot and actually snap a photo or two around the neighborhood.   Here are a few of the scenes and items that caught my eye the first week of September 2008. [click on a photo for a larger image; scroll over it for a description]

Labor Day, September 1, 2008, 1st Reform Church steeple, Schenectady Stockade ..  214 Union St., Schenectady, NY - September 1, 2008, Labor Day

above: the 1st Reform steeple and 214 Union St. (my former home) with newly-painted trim; below:  the cemetery at 1st Presbyterian Church and Lawrence Circle;  Labor Day, Sept. 1, 2008 –

Labor Day 2008 at the 1st Presbyterian Church Cemetery

. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Lawrence Circle, Schenectady Stockade, Labor Day, Sept. 1, 2008

flying goose Weather Vane, above 2 Cucumber Alley, Stockade, Labor Day 2008 . . . 2 Cucumber Alley weathervane, September 1, 2008

And, yes, there were memorable sunsets from Riverside Park that week; this trio of photos were taken September 2, 2008:

sunset seen from Riverside Park, Schenectady, 02Sep08

eastern view of sunset behind the Riverside Park swings - 02Sept08 .. Sunset across the Mohawk at Riverside Park, Schenectady - 02Sept08

. .  The lovely first week of September 2008 was capped off by the annual Outdoor Art Show.  As reported last year at f/k/a, the rainy remnants of tropical storm Hanna caused the 2008 Villagers Outdoor Art Show to be postponed a day.  The rain date, Sunday September 7, 2008, brought perfect late-summer weather and a large, happy crowd to the Stockade.

Lawrence Circle at the end of the Stockade Villagers Outdoor Art Show 2008

– Lawrence Circle at the conclusion of the 2008 Villagers Outdoor Art Show –

..  last year’s top two prize winners ..

I’m not sure if I’ll be snapping many photos over Labor Day Weekend this year, or at the 2009 art show.  I am going to appreciate every day of this perfect weather.  And, hope it will stick around or return for the 58th Annual Stockade Villager’s Outdoor Art Show, Saturday, September 12, 2009, 10 AM to 4 PM (rain date, Sunday Sept. 13, noon to 4 PM) — taking place, as always, at Lawrence’s Circle [Polachek Square] and the contiguous blocks of Front St., Green St. and N. Ferry St.


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