After a 2-year hiatus due to Covid, Gardiner Day 2022 came back with a bang! Although the weather looked a bit iffy early on in the day, it held out and did not deter the crowd of people that showed up. Pretty quickly, the parking at Majestic Park was full, and overflow parking at the church was utilized.
All of the events and performances went off without a hitch, and the pole barn and area outside it featured many different vendors and activities. Some favorites for the kids were a slime-making activity that the Gardiner Library hosted and a bouncy slide and obstacle course sponsored by Wallkill Savings Bank. Other activities, including a balloon artist, henna and face painting were big draws too. Vendors sold a variety of wares, including everything from handcrafted cutting boards, art, and jewelry to focaccia bread and other delectable items.
Performances from local favorites like Take the Leap Dance Studio, and Fighting Spirit Karate kept the crowd entertained as well as other acts like illusionist Ryan Dutcher and trick basketball star, Black Jack Ryan. Throughout the day, music was provided by the local teen band Tone Def. By all accounts, it was a celebration of local people and products from the Gardiner community.
A large amount of talent, showmanship, craftsmanship, and kindness was displayed on this small community day. Special thanks to the Town of Gardiner, the Gardiner Day Committee, and all the volunteers that came out for their time and effort in putting on this event for the community.