Hudson Valley

Happiness = A Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies

August 8, 2013

Happiness Equals a Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

These guys were so enthusiastic and funny!

Once winter comes, it can be difficult for me to see the bright side of living here in the Hudson Valley (make that the whole Northern Hemisphere) . But summertime, and specifically days like Saturday, make it easy. Besides countless festivals, we have super fun events that I’m still hearing about for the first time, in small towns right here in Ulster County. Events like the 3rd Annual Great Saugerties Bed Race.

bed race!?

Happiness Equals a Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I love when streets are closed off for events 🙂

 The Saugerties Bed Race was a spectacle, to say the least. Andy and I only found out about Old Timer’s Day, and its highlight event, the Bed Race, a few days prior to it happening. How could we pass such ridiculousness up?

The race consisted of five teams, with five people each: four people to push the bed, one to sit on top and enjoy the ride. The excited audience members gathered on the sidewalks, cameras in hand, and craned necks as the beds zoomed past, stopping at one end for zany antics like egg tosses and Chinese fire drills, before turning around and running to the finish line.

Happiness Equals a Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

The Justice League team from Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s office

Happiness Equals a Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Two teams at a time raced down Partition Street in downtown Saugerties

Happiness Equals a Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Racing beds is one thing. Superheroes before Halloween is another. But putting them together?? Golden!

With two beds racing at a time, there were bound to be some mishaps and stumbles:

Happiness Equals a Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I’m thinking he should’ve taken a cue from the Misfits and worn knee pads…

 Also on hand at the Bed Race? The Mid Hudson Misfits Roller Derby! I so wish I had the coordination to join these women.

Happiness Equals a Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Coordination *and* style! Maybe I’ll start going to all their events and their finesse will rub off on me?

And you can’t have a fun town event without some live music!

Happiness Equals a Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Earl Pardini and the Slide Mountain String Band: perfect music to square dance to.

 Know what else made this day even more awesome? Dark chocolate chipotle cookies!

Happiness Equals a Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies - Sweet and Savoring

I appreciate a large, soft and chewy cookie 🙂

Andy and I brought along some Banana Moon Baking Company cookies to snack on. These cookies are scrumptious! I’m excited to do a feature on Banana Moon, coming soon on the blog.

Happiness Equals a Bed Race and Scrumptious Cookies - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Cookies are the perfect accompaniment to race watching, don’t you think?

I’m happy that I can now say I’ve seen my first bed race 🙂

What are some things making you happy lately? Please feel free to comment below, and join today’s Be Happy Blog Hop, hosted by Erin of ArtSocial.

Be Happy - Sweet and Savoring

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  • Tamara August 8, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Such beautiful photos. I have trouble with the northern hemisphere thing too. The loss of light is very hard for me, as a photographer and also – because it’s just very hard!
    I have yet to see a bed race although I saw some pretty wacky parades when I lived in San Francisco. What’s made me happy lately? The start of fall/festival season here in New England. A new lens. An occasional iced latte with extra whipped cream. Blogging.
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    • Christy August 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Yes, Tamara, the constant grayness is one of the worst parts about winter for me :\ San Francisco is a great place for interesting events!
      Fall festivals in New England…sounds pretty perfect to me. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Bebe Pies August 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    That looks amazingly fun! I love the woman in the batgirl costume!

    • Christy August 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      It was! The costumes just added to the whole festive feel!

  • Jackie @ Marin mama cooks August 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    That bed race looks like a total blast! It also looks like an event that would happen in San Francisco. I love it when people get out there and just let loose and have fun! It’s a great reminder to us all that we need to get out and play and laugh more. Ok, those dark chocolate chipotle cookies look so good! My hubby loves anything with chipotle in it, so I need to get that recipe. 🙂

    • Christy August 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      I love it too, Jackie- the letting loose with all these funny events is one thing I’m really appreciating about this area lately. Those cookies *are* so good, I promise! I’ll have more info on them coming soon 🙂

  • Deb August 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    YES, I thin I’d like that recipe, too! The bed race looks like it was a real “hoot” and made for lots of smiles too. I am on the search for some healthy cookie recipes, at least lower fat and sugar, if you know of any, please tell me!
    Good to keep up with the fun going on in the Hudson Valley, too!

    • Christy August 8, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Don’t think I can give out the recipe, Mom, but perhaps there will be some real life samples I can give you 🙂 There are so many healthy baking blogs out there with cookie recipes for you…of course I can’t think of any off the top of my head, but I’ll get back to you on that one!

  • Vanessa August 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Great recap of the bed race! It is one of those events I always seem to miss out on. What a riot though! I love Saugerties! I’m just the opposite with season preference. I really like the winters in the Hudson Valley when we get a ton of snow. I feel more anxious in the Summer though I do love getting out in the sun.

    • Christy August 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks, Vanessa. We almost didn’t get to the race, but my husband and I said ‘It’ll definitely be fun/we’ll get some good pictures’, and it was sort of perfect because we left before the rain started 🙂
      Snow is pretty, and I love the coziness of bundling up with scarves and sweaters, but I’m a very nervous wintertime driver, and I get pretty bad seasonal affective disorder. Talking about it more and more helps, though. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables August 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    That looks like so much fun!

    • Christy August 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      It really was- even more fun since we left before the rain started!

  • Nikki August 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    It looks like you had an awesome weekend! How ridiculous and fun! 🙂
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    • Christy August 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

      So ridiculous in the best way possible, Nikki 🙂

  • Erika August 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    That race looks like a lot of fun and just good times! And those cookies look delicious!!!
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    • Christy August 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      It’s funny, we almost didn’t go, but then we were like, ‘we’ll probably get some good pictures out of it…’ haha 🙂

  • Mrs. ShuGar August 15, 2013 at 1:36 am

    What a brilliant parade! I love it! You live in a cool town. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer days. You still have some left!

    Happiness for me is equal to love. If I have love, happiness is there.

    Carmen

    • Christy August 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks! You’re right, there is still a bit of summer left. We’ve especially been loving the weather lately!

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