Where’s your favorite place in Irvington to read books in the summer?
More than 100 contestants (38 children, 28 teenagers, and 43 adults) answered that question during the summer of 2010, describing their favorite outdoor and indoor locations for summer reading. Written entries ranged from three words to three pages. Original artwork and photographs were also submitted.
The top five most frequently mentioned locations were: #1 in bed, #2 at the library, #3 backyard, #4 Matthiessen Park, and #5 Scenic Hudson Park.
Other locations included Halsey Pond, Irvington Farmers Market, a swing, the train station, sofa/couch, lawn chair, backyard, patio, under a tree, benches, pool, porch, car by the water, Irvington High School, Main Street School, Dow’s Lane School, Black Cat Cafe, Say Cheese & Thank You, church, roof and bathtub.
Nine contestants were awarded prizes at a short ceremony held in the soon-to-be refurbished Tiffany Reading Room on Saturday, September 11.
Prizes went to:
Children (up to and including age 12):
- 1st Place: Christina Baulch
- 2nd Place: Emma Castiblanco
- 3rd Place: Chloe Le Breton
Teenager (ages 13-17):
- 1st Place: Fou Wang
- 2nd Place: Rebecca Kissel
- 3rd Place: Dylan Romanow Etzel
Adult (ages 18 and up):
- 1st Place: Eytan Wronker
- 2nd Place: Richard Lobel (tied)
- 2nd Place: Maeve Montalvo (tied)
- 3rd Place: Connie Kehoe
The winning entry in the adult category was this self-portrait by Eytan Wronker, who enters a whole other world when he reads a book on his balcony over-looking the Hudson!