October 28, 2012

Hallowe'en Goes To the Dogs

Yesterday, with the news reports of Hurricane Sandy (AKA Frankenstorm) working its way up the east coast and threatening to wash out the remainder of the weekend, I decided to take advantage of a slightly overcast Saturday morning and go to the tiny town of Cold Spring Harbor. The community was hosting their Annual Howl-O-Ween Parade. Around noontime, people started to line both sides of Main Street for the event. Soon, the police had blocked off all traffic in both directions and the only vehicle on the road was a classic car that drove by blasting the Baha Men's hit song "Who Let the Dogs Out?"

With the stage set, an entire procession of costumed canines, haunted hounds, and masked mutts came marching down the street pulling their owners behind them. The outfits were creative and fun and I was very surprised at how this huge crowd of dogs was so well-behaved. I didn't even hear a bark. The parade worked its way through town and into Cold Spring Harbor Park where a classic car show and a stage with live bands waited. Here, the pooches gathered for the costume contest. This Hallowe'en really went to the dogs!

After the parade, I headed over to Panera Bread for lunch. I got a Pink Ribbon Bagel with maple walnut cream cheese. These bagels are only available through October with a portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer charities. With cherries, cranberries, and brown sugar in every bite, they're delicious for a good cause. A tasty combination...

Well, at the writing of this post, Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New York area sometime tomorrow. Forecasts are saying that it may be very heavy and electricity could be lost for up to 10 days. If that happens, I'm not too sure when I'll be able to get back here to post again. Hopefully, the damage will be at a minimum. Right now, the wind is really whipping up; I've battened down the hatches and gotten my candles at the ready. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens. In the meantime, have a Happy Hallowe'en and stay safe! Cheers!

"In the fear of the Lord 
is strong confidence: and his children
shall have a place of refuge."

~Proverbs 14:26