As with many holidays, Father’s Day often sends people scrambling for the store in search of the perfect gift. In fact, when President Richard Nixon signed the proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday in 1972, he may have had re-election in mind. The holiday had the secondary effect of boosting support from retailers who stood to profit from the revenue from gifts and cards, which now totals more than $1 billion annually.
But just as research shows that experiences tend to make people happier than material possessions, the gifts that are individual, created and experienced make Father’s Days most memorable. Here are some locally inspired ideas for how to recognize that special dad, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather or stand-in dad:
Bill Michaels of Fly Creek Cider Mill described a weekend-long Father’s Day special event at the Mill where dads can be treated like kings. A coupon available online treats dads to a free ice cream sundae. Lunch at the cider mill can include special items such as pot roast panini sandwiches, cider slushes or cold hard-cider beverages. Michaels described the visitor-friendly venue as a kid-oriented setting with space to play, nap in the sun, and sample loads of delicious products.
Michaels also suggested visiting The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown to celebrate the day for dads. This weekend’s “Step Back in Time” weekend event will feature historic pickup trucks. Or, the daring can challenge dad to a spin on the “Vomit Comet” aboard the museum’s Empire State Carousel.
For adult children and their fathers, Michaels suggested taking Dad on the Cooperstown Beverage Trail. Visitors who make it through all six locations on the trail can receive a free glass at the end — an offer detailed in the trail’s new “QUENCH” magazine, available at all locations. More information is available at www.cooperstownbeveragetrail.com. Just remember to establish a designated driver for the day’s travels.