One of our goals for the summer is to "experience" New England. We don't just want to see the touristy things, we have already done a lot of that. We want to go beyond what we could do on a vacation to the area.
I get a weekly roundup of activities from RI Monthly. One event last weekend was a Strawberry Festival at Smith's Castle. We love strawberries, and the article boasted that they have a short season, so I thought, why not?
So, we took the drive to East Greenwich, about 30 minutes away on a surprisingly non-rainy Saturday afternoon. The entrance fee was $1/person. There were some activities for kids, including a real live 6'5" puppeteer. We could also walk around Smith's Castle for free. It was the first home built by an Englishman in the midst of the Native Americans.
I was a little dismayed to find no strawberries. Oh you could get strawberry lemonade and strawberry shortcake made with frozen strawberries, but no fresh strawberries. The festival was supposed to showcase all the wild strawberries that grow in the area, but I didn't see any.
It was, however, a nice little trip, despite the lack of strawberry goodness.