Labor Day Activities while social distancing

The end of the summer is here but we still have our last long weekend to enjoy it while social distancing. We would like to share some activities you can do during the weekend.

Go to the drive-in.

Movies have always been escapist.  Today, as the pandemic continues, drive-in theaters have been popping up all over. In Astoria, Queens, the Bel Aire Diner started one in its parking lot,https://www.belairediner.nyc/,  also in Queens you can find https://www.queensdrivein.com/ and in Brooklyn https://rooftopfilms.com/drivein/brooklyn/ but if you want movies with a view https://skylinedriveinnyc.com/.

But even with new rules in place, an evening at the drive-in feels like a normal summer activity. People spread out, have picnics, sit in their open S.U.V. trunks (or truck beds) sipping a beverage or even play a game of cornhole. Everyone is six feet apart, but it’s still a communal experience — a rarity right now. And as a bonus on Labor Day weekend, some theaters are even showing a new release: “Unhinged,” with Russell Crowe. 

 

Cut your own bouquet.

With large-scale weddings and events canceled for the foreseeable future, many flower farmers across the country have opened their fields for the first time to people who want to cut their own blossoms. This weekend, visitors can enjoy clipping their own bouquets full of fall favorites such as zinnias, sunflowers, celosia, phlox and marigolds. At the https://redtri.com/new-york/nyc-area-pick-your-own-flowers-farms/slide/1 you can find different farms in the area. Most farms require masks and social distancing, and provide sanitized clippers and buckets. Local farmers’ market networks are a good starting point when trying to find a you-cut field near you. 

Pick your own produce

Now, more than ever, going to a farm, being outside, away from crowds, getting fresh, local produce, makes more sense than ever before! It’s a fun, safe and educational to pick some fresh berries, fruit and veggies and more, then come back here to learn how to freeze, can, make jam, salsa and much more! Of course, check with the farm before you go, both to check on crop availability and hours.  We also have a state-by-state guide to Farm COVID-19 requirements here

You can find the nearest farm to your location here https://www.pickyourown.org/NY.htm