Sadly, NBC’s great “Parks & Recreation” comedy is off for the summer. But the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has events that will keep you busy for next few months, starting this holiday weekend at Letchworth State Park, just about an hour south of Rochester in Castile.
This weekend Letchworth will be launching six massed flights of more than 30 hot-air balloons at the Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally starting Friday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m., continuing Saturday and Sunday at 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and wrapping Monday at 6 a.m. Balloons will launch from the Archery Field near the Castile entrance. Balloon rides are available for a fee, and afford stunning views of the park, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.”
Bring the whole family to Letchworth on Saturday, May 26, to learn how to catch a fish, or for a free picnic featuring games, educational workshops, free lunch and fishing (no license required) and door prizes. The event takes place at the Trialside Lodge 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information on Letchworth, including a list of upcoming activities, visit nysparks.com/parks/79 or call 493-3600.
— BY ANTOINETTE ENA JOHNSON