Mothers Day at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park

Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park

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Sunday, May 11, 2014


Kara and I were thinking of where to go for our Mothers Day outing when John came up with this art park in Casenovia.  Casenovia didn't seem that far and art parks, gardens were an all-time favorite with us so we set off.  I have expected to go to Kara's since it was in a Western direction but she beat me to it and arrived at my house with flowers around 9 am.  It probably would have taken me another hour to get to her house, but I had already had breakfast so that was good.  We did a walk around my yard and garden, smelled the flowers and admired the red dogwood blooms.

It was a gorgeous day but a little chillier than I would have thought by looking out at the sun.  All of May has been colder than usual.  We almost thought that I hadn't forgotten the directions but I did turn them up after a bit of fumbling.  Somehow the GPS took us some very strange way to Cazenovia but we found some major routes and were able to find the art park.  Unfortunately we were not able to find a place to stop and have lunch before entering the park.  We did pick up something to drive and a snack to eat before starting on our walk around the grounds.

It was a bit strange.  We were not so impressed with the art works.  I am certainly not adverse to low-budget materials, but we kind of missed the bronze cast sculptures and maybe some large metal fabrications that we have seen elsewhere.  There was quite a bit of wood and some fanciful brush and twig sculptures.  Maybe it was the few paving stones in the field that made us skeptical.  I really liked the "Stacks,"  the bookshelves out in the field and the tile cones out in another field.

However, we were delighted by all the wildflowers - the swathes of trillium.  I have never seen so many in one place!  And there were other wildflowers along the woodland trails that we followed around the property.  The walks were very pleasant and we felt we got some good exercise.  I had expected to see a garden and sculpture in the quarry, but the quarry that we saw along the road was filled with water and not sculpture.  It was quite small but I guess significant enough to have the property named after it.  Hmmm, there weren't many - I think I only remember the "Understanding" - stone sculptures considering that the property had started out as a quarry.

All in all, a very pleasant day walking around lovely grounds.  We had a bit of a disappointment in terms of dinner too.  I had remembered a nice Greek restaurant in Utica but when we got there, it wasn't open.  So we went to a place down the street with pub type food.  It was pretty good.  There had been a huge  dance recital when we got to Utica and all the performers and their families were pouring out of wherever it was held.
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