Interesting Art + Refurbished Mill + Baller Pizza = Perfect Saturday Day Trip. Wassaic is one of my favorite places to go just outside New York. This weekend their festival will have all kinds of fun events.
Weekend Away: The Wassaic Project Festival
The Hudson Valley is already at the top of our list of idyllic easy-to-execute getaways. Just a quick train-ride up the river, you’ll find charming towns interspersed between rolling plains of farmland, where Quinciple producers such as Monkshood Nursery and Hudson Valley Harvest are based.
But this weekend in particular is a plum window for visiting: the Wassaic Project festival is taking place from August 1 to 3 in Wassaic, NY, bringing the rising stars of the arts community into the proverbial and literal barn for an itinerary of art instillations, bonfires, film screenings, live music, and yes, even a late night dance party.
The festival’s magical intermingling of agrarian and artistic isn’t limited to this single weekend. The hosting organization, the Wassaic Project, is a manifestation of this smashing of worlds. In 2008, an old grain elevator was saved from demolition by Tony Zunino and Robert Berry, two New York developers who bought and restored the space. They offered it to a group of artist friends to use it as temporary gallery: Now it boasts a year-round artist residency, exhibits and educational programs, as well as serving as home base for the festival.
The most recent addition to the growing community is the re-opening of The Lantern Inn, a sleepy bar that the owners of the Wassaic Project have morphed into a restaurant, with wood-fired pizza using local ingredients that takes its cue from Roberta’s in Bushwick.
So pack your tent (camping on the property is encouraged) and your appetite for the best of the city in the environs of the farm.
Before you go, don’t forget to order your box for next week