Ah, spring is in the air. Flowers blooming, robins calling, mud abating (finally) – and the annual Western New York Home Show.
Daughter #3 is buying her first home. While it’s in very good condition, there are things she will need, such as appliances – and there are things she doesn’t need, but wishes for. Thus, our recent visit to the Home Show.
This year, the show was held at the Erie County Fairgrounds, about half an hour from home. Knowing the Fairgrounds is closed this time of year, I did a little online research to learn which gate would be open. Of course, by the time we got there, I had forgotten that bit of information, although I did remember instructions to enter from McKinley Parkway.
The only entrance open on McKinley Parkway was the truck entrance, so in we went, figuring we could drive around inside the fence line until we got to the exhibit building. The only problem was that the exhibit building was outside the fence line and at the South Park entrance. It was kind of cool driving around the grounds where the fair is held in the summer and seeing it without all those annoying people.
But after about 10 minutes, we realized that we were stuck inside and the only way out was to go back to the truck entrance. I can only assume that the guard at that entrance either didn’t see us when we went through the first time, or was having a good laugh at our expense while watching surveillance footage of us driving around aimlessly.
Per the guard’s directions, we drove around to the correct entrance, the Quimby Drive entrance (which can also be used to visit the casino, but not being a gambler, I had never been there.) Excitedly, we found our parking spot, paid our admission fee, and were on our way to view every possible home improvement .
Gazebos, hot tubs, spas.
Windows, roofs, walkways.
What to see first?
Well, obviously, after that long, meandering drive, we headed right for the ice cream stand.
Refreshed, we went through the model home. Really, I would buy that home if they could guarantee that it would always look that way once I had moved into it – no dust, everything in its place, impeccable décor. Only later did I think to wonder whether it came with a garage or basement – but hey, there was a nice tray with wine set out in the master bedroom so that’s good enough, right?
It didn’t take long to stroll through the entire collection of home show exhibits. With Mom next to her, the vendors restrained themselves from pushing Daughter #3 to sign up for the very expensive hot tub or sauna. Daughter’s house already has new windows and a new roof, so we skipped those vendors.
Daughter’s new yard really isn’t big enough for a ride-on mower, but she enjoyed giving Teddy Rosalie a ride.
Then – finally – it was time for the fun part of the tour: the wine tasting room! All New York wines, which are my favorite (I aim to support local business). And the wine tastings were free! I think we tried every one, and purchased as much as we could carry back to the car.
By the time we got to the last wine vendor, I was feeling quite happy.
Time for a break before driving back home.
Time for a nice mother-daughter dinner at Ruby Tuesday in Blasdell. Yum!
Then homeward. All in all, a very pleasant way to spend a beautiful spring Saturday.
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