“POOF”! The Nutcrackers disappeared the same way they appeared. Fort Steuben Park is looking pretty lonely and empty now that the Nutcrackers have left. The beautiful Christmas Tree is still there, but the chalets are empty and closed up for the season as well.
In just a few short months though the grass will be turning greener and the trees will be blooming, the fountain will be up and running and the Park will be alive with tourists as well as locals looking for a lovely place to spend some time. The Fort itself will be open for the season May 1st and by the end of May the Park will again be filled with music and folks coming every Thursday evening to listen to it at the Berkman Amphitheater.
For now, however, remember that the Fort Visitor Center and Gift Shop is still open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. There is always something interesting to look at in the Exhibit Hall and always something special to shop for at the Gift Shop.
In April the Annual Quilt Show will take place in the Exhibit Hall. So if you wish to have a quilt on display this year, please get in touch with the Visitor Center. And for all those who just like to enjoy looking at them, the show runs from April 3rd – 14th, so mark your calendars to come and enjoy the wide variety of old, new, hand and machine sewn quilts. Every year brings something different and exciting.
As for the Nutcrackers, it will seem like no time at all and they will have returned with ‘reinforcements’ to once again ‘Take Over’ Fort Steuben Park, bringing with them some surprises as well.