Thursday, June 21, 2012

A.U.S.A.- F.M.W.R. Riverfest 2012

Alexandria Bay:

According to the A.U.S.A Web page: The Riverfest is "Presented annually in late June by the NNY-Fort Drum AUSA [Asscociation of the United States Army]  and FMWR [Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation],  Riverfest is a day of relaxation and fun for Soldiers, their families, and friends of AUSA.  Participants spend the day in the beautiful Thousands Islands at Alexandria Bay, NY.  

The day is highlighted by boat tours of the Thousand Islands with a tour of historic Boldt Castle, games and food.  In 2011 there were over 5,000 participants".

For the first time, lunch is being cooked and served at the Village Pavilion.  In prior years families were served lunch at Boldt Castle. This way the group is split up, some eating lunch before the tour while others opt for eating lunch after the tour  From my observations the line for the boat cruise is shorter which makes boarding the cruise boat much quicker. Given today's temperatures, the families looked much happier.

One other change was made to this years Riverfest. Overflow parking is located at the Bay Drive-In, with shuttles transporting people into the village.