Saturday, June 25, 2011

Seasonal Sundays # 55- Field Trip


Seasonal Sunday Teapot copy

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays #55.


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Finally, even here in New York, SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER!

Before we get to the full celebration of Summer, I wanted to share with

you one of the best things about being a parent. You get to go on field

trips! I recently got to go to Green Meadow farms with my daughter’s

elementary school class.


We went to Green Meadow Farms. It’s a farm in Queens, New York.

There were many baby animals that we could touch and feed. Queens,

NY, is part of New York City, and though not as densely populated as

Manhattan, it is one of the largest urban centers in the United States.


Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City.  According to the

2000 U.S. Census, the population of Queens was 2,229,379. Yeah,

that’s two million and I’m sure it’s much greater since the census.

Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the United State.


Suffice it to say, being on a “farm” in Queens is quite an extraordinary



When we visited, Green Meadows Farm was holding a Festival of



This colorful show featured native Americans from the Northern

Arapoho and Seneca Tribes and the White Mountain Band of Apache



The sounds and tradition of West Africa were expressed through…


…singing, drumming, dancing and tribal spirit.


The Mudd Brothers taught us that entertainment in the days of the

English renaissance consisted of the plays by William Shakespeare,

traveling musicians, poets and others. But for many who could not

afford to eat, much less be entertained, there were performers known

as “Muddy Beggars.” To entertain, these buffoons would use everyday

objects, their wits and generous handfuls of mud.


One of the neatest demonstrations was about birds of prey.


We got to watch a master falconer…


with his hawks…


…and falcons.


But my favorite part was the baby pigs! In Queens ?!?!

- The Tablescaper


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I squealed with delight! How cute are those little pigs! Happy Summer:@)

Rose H (UK) said...

Looks like a fabulous time! Oh, those sweet little piggies :o)

Barbara F. said...

What a great farm, and in Queens yet! Who would have thunk that?!
Baby pigs are so adorable. xo,

Sarah said...

What a wonderful experience for those young children. Field trips are the perfect way to learn about something first hand. Love the photos of those piggies. ~ Sarah

bj said...

I laughed so hard when I saw that HAPPIER THAN A PIG was your number 1 commen. hahhhaaa..
Looks like such a great time.
xo bj

Tanya@takesix said...

Awww, that looks like such a fun day. Enjoy! My children are too old for school field trips now. I don't know how it happened, seems like just yesterday I was going on field trips with them!! Thank you for hosting SS!!

Sherry said...

That was a fun combo of events. We had the birds of prey come to a school I was at once. Very interesting. Thanks for having us!

Dianne said...

Baby pigs are the cutest! The birds of prey were pretty awesome too. Dianne

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

A farm in Queens! It looks like so much fun and I'm sure the kids enjoyed it! I always fall for the piglets too. They have such cute and innocent faces. One of my law school buddies, who is now a representative in Congress, grew up on a farm in NJ and we went to see the piglets when they were born. They are so difficult to hold, because they squirm and squeal! Thank you for hostessing! Linda

La said...

This looks like a really fun field trip. My field trip days are over and I miss them.

Snap said...

This looks like so much fun! I want to go!!!!! The pigs are too cute.

Poppy said...

This is a great place to visit for a field trip...your daughter must have had lots of fun.Yesterday was the last day of school for my girls' as well. I loved the renaissance style of entertaining, watching the falconers' must have been so exciting! Such a wonderful experience to watch a variety of cultural entertainment! Queens must be an exciting place to live with influx of so many cultures. Thanks for sharing this great post with us and for hosting. Have a nice evening!~Poppy

Diann said...

What a fun field trip. And congrats that school is finally one for the year!

Pat said...

Bet you get more hits on this post than any!!! Who can resist those cute pink piglets? Thanks for hosting.


Denise said...

What a cute post! I, too, adore baby pigs. We saw something similar to the "Mudd Brothers" when we attended a Renaissance Fair several years ago. Lots of fun. I agree with you that one of the best parts of parenting is the field trips. I'm glad you participated because your child will always remember that, and so will you. Happy Seasonal Sunday.


Denise at Forest Manor


I'm originally from Astoria-Queens and I know that area very well. Looks like you had a terrific time, I love the animals and the dancers...your photos are fantastic, they look professional! I know, cause I have a prof. photographer daughter. Thank you for hosting this wonderful party, I try not to miss, each and every Sunday! Lots of hugs, FABBY

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

What a WONDERFUL way to spend a summer day! LOVE IT! Those piggies were Delightful!!!

AshTreeCottage said...

I love those little piglets too!

Susan and Bentley

Mary said...

Those baby pigs are my favorite that first photo!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

When I saw that cute, cute pig I knew that Lynne would love this post! Sounds like a fun day! When I think of Queens, farm animals don't come to mind!
I wanted to comment on your gorgeous black/white table when you first posted but I was looking at the tables and not commenting. So now I can! It is gorgeous, dramatic and very beautifully detailed! I love the tea towels. Black and white done right is memorable... and I remember this table! One of my very favorites!!!!!
Hope you will join me tonight for ON THE MENU MONDAY.

Kathy said...

That is one of the things I miss the most about school time with my children - taking them to places such as this! We homeschooled and went everywhere together! Now they're all grown and graduated!
Love the photos - we have a brown hawk that nests nearby - fascinating to watch! Have a great day,

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

This was just a great post! I shared it with my daughter who is going into the second grade and LOVES baby great and cute. The goat picture made us laugh!! Baby pigs so cute and the NA dancer was gorgeous. Thank you

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What wonderful shots. Looks like a fun day.

Carol said...

I love that place! My kids saw baby pigs born there years ago. So cool. Finally managed to post something seasonal so I joined your fun party :)
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful sunny day finally!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I remember field trips when my girls were young, always fun. The little pigs were adorable! Looks like you had a really fun time.

Jacqueline said...

What a fun post. We have gone to a couple of Indian Pow Wows here in Utah and Wyoming and they are fascinating. I would have loved the bird of prey display too. There is so much to see and experience in this great nation of ours, isn't there?
Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful Sunday.

The White Farmhouse said...

Love all the piggies pics! I just love those cute faces. The American Indian pics look awesome. I love to go to the festivals that the local tribes put on here in Michigan. Never been to Queens, but it looks like a great place to visit.

Rettabug said...

What an interesting event! I can almost smell the baby piggies clear over here. LOL Very entertaining!

Thanks for hosting SS again this week. I'm glad to be able to join in.


Scribbler said...

Aren't you the lucky Mama to get to go on such fun field trips! This beats the socks off the things I saw as a child. (I remember going to the City Jail once!)

d e l i g h t said...

I used to love the field trips! Anything with animals is always a favorite. Thanks so much for hosting the party! It's always a pleasure.

Jann Olson said...

Looks like you had such a fun time. I love all of the baby animals!

Jojo said...

What a wonderful memory for the both of you!

Emily said...

What a delightful and educational experience for those students. Such fun I can only imagine, so thanks for sharing. Great photographs!
Thanks for hosting.......

The French Hutch

Kathleen said...

Ah, brings back memories of the many, many field trips I took with my class. Unfortunately, I was never able to go on one for my own, dad had to take my place a few times. You can't take a day off to go on a field trip!

Pattie T. said...

I'm stunned that you could find such a place in Queens! Those piglets are my favorite. So adorable!

Cozy Home Scenes said...

It's a shame most kids never really get to see farm type animals, so I'm glad there are places that allow these type field trips. Looks like you had a great day filled with lots of memories!

Wanda Lee said...

How charming and adorable.., Looks like fun! ~ I love animals!

Thanks for joining me for last week's TTTT and also for my 88th,'Tuesday Tea For Two' also!~(I was so late this week that tomorrow's tea is just around the corner)!..,

Oh my!..,Things are sooo busy!

I especially loved your last week's tea with the blue and white theme and three tiered display; really beyond lovely!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

the cape on the corner said...

those photos of the performers are fantastic!