BY ERIN MAHER
1. Visit a local park – Rockland County has an abundance of parks for the public to enjoy. With 11 state parks and over 50 county, town, and village parks, there are plenty of places to get out and enjoy the weather and outdoors. Many of the parks offer various recreational fields for pick-up games, or tons of tables to picnic with family and friends. A few even reside on the shores of the Hudson River, such as Nyack Beach State Park, and offer picturesque views of the water’s waves on gorgeous and sunny summer days. For a full listing of Rockland parks, visit www.rocktourism.com.
2. Stop by a local library – While summer provides beautiful weather to spend hours outdoors, sometimes the heat can prove to be too much. On days you may be looking to relax and cool off, head out to your local library. Rockland libraries provide endless hours of entertainment with books, magazines, and newspapers that can be read or borrowed from the library. Movie night with friends? Skip the parking, lines, and save $20 and borrow as many DVDs as you please. In addition to all the materials available to loan patrons, libraries have many free programs for people of all ages. Story hours, arts and crafts, and summer reading programs that reward children with prizes for books they read are just some of the services available for children. Adults too can join a local book club, literary discussion group, and exhibits are offered. Rockland County Libraries are part of an inter-library loan system, meaning that you can pick up any book from any library in Rockland County at your local library. For more information on your local libraries hours, events, and program information, visit www.rocklandlibraries.org
3. Shop at a farmer’s market – Summer’s seasonal fruits and vegetables are a staple at any barbeque or get-together. Stock up on these fresh favorites at any of the various farmers’ markets held weekly in different towns and villages throughout Rockland. In addition to buying locally grown and organic foods, farmers markets also offer fresh breads, pastries, and flowers. For a full list of farmer’s markets, visit www.rocktourism.com.
4. Have a ball at Boulder’s Stadium – The Rockland Boulders are Rockland County’s very own independent league baseball team. The Boulders play at Provident Bank Park, located off exit 12 in Pomona. With food vendors, a picnic area, a playground for children, a happy wave from mascot Boulder Bird, and fireworks every Saturday, there is plenty to see and it provides the thrill and experience of a professional game at an affordable price. Tickets start at $8. For more information visit www.rocklandboulders.com or call 845-364-0009.
5. Enjoy a free concert – Every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park in Nyack, the Friends of the Nyacks host Mostly Music concerts. The concerts have a diverse group of performers, including Celtic, Haitian, and swing bands. The concerts are free, so grab a blanket, and picnic under the stars as you sway to the music. The series begins July 10, and ends August 14. For a complete list of performers, visit www.friendsofthenyacks.org. Other towns and villages also have free concerts including Stony Point and Haverstraw. Check with your town and/or village’s website to see if they have free concerts this summer.
Look for more great things to do in Rockland County this summer in upcoming issues. Tell us about your favorite things to do, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.