Utica and Verona, New York

Saturday, April 9, 2011 - Sunday, April 10, 2011

The first of the 'Engine 6/Quint 3 Group D' children's weddings would take us to one (or two) of our favorite Upstate New York destinations - Utica, then Turning Stone. John's son Michael's wedding was in Utica, followed by a reception at Turning Stone.

Headed out Saturday morning, making our way up Route 8 to Utica. Surprisingly, it was an easy trip up - usually, we hit a bit of traffic along this route, but it was pretty clear for a Saturday morn. Stopped at a Rite Aid to grab a card before going to the church - Our Lady of Lourdes, across the street from St. Elizabeth hospital. Very nice church, reminiscent of St. Mary's Kirkwood or St. Thomas', with a much higher ceiling being the difference in design. Ceremony was very nice, traditional Catholic.

Afterwards, we drove to the Turning Stone, checking in at 'The Lodge' (our favorite lodging choice when we visit there). Bonus for this trip was that the reception was at the Shenandoah Room, which was in the golf club, literally 100 yards from The Lodge! Settled into the room, and went over to the casino to lose some money, stopping at the food court along the way for a snack. Back to the room, got ready for the reception, and stopped at the lounge in the lobby for a pre-reception drink.

We met up with Jamie and Dede Forbidussi on our way into the reception. Had some pre-dinner drinks, then sat for the main reception. We were seated at a table with Jamie and Dede, as well as Jerry and Mel Marinich and Captain Bergman and his wife. Had a buffet dinner, with accompanying open bar. Nice time all around. Back to the room after the reception finished.

Woke up on Sunday morning, got packed and checked out. Before leaving, we decided to have brunch at Wildflowers. We had eaten here once before, an anniversary dinner, and once again they did not disappoint. I had two eggs over prime rib hash, and Jill had pancakes with fresh fruit. Very good! Lost a little more money in the casino before heading out. We stopped at Fleet Feet in Syracuse on our way through, before finishing the drive home, arriving in Binghamton around 4:00.

Total Mileage: 230 Miles

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