OUT AND ABOUTWe just go back from a trip to New York State's Southern Tier. We took a scenic drive on Route 7 to Binghamton. Our main reason for going was to visit the Bundy Museum to see the Rod Serling exhibit. The Bundy Museum is the home of Harlow Bundy who started International Business Machines or as you may know it now, IBM. The drive to Binghamton is not that long on I 88 but it is not that exciting either, so to make the drive more of an experience and less of a chore; we took a long but fun drive south/west on Route 7. And this trip will be in two posts one this one for Binghmaton and one for Route 7.
On our first full day in Binghamton we headed to The Bundy Museum.
The house offers the opportunity to visit the home of Harlow Bundy and has a few small galleries on the second floor. But the annex out back holds the exhibits. Along with the Rod Serling exhibit, there is a completely intact barber shop that was saved when it closed right across the street from the museum and a functioning radio broadcasting booth, They have plans to start broadcasting again in the future. They also have many of the original International Business Machine time clocks invented by Harlow Bundy.
Some of the photos in the Southern Tier Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Dick Clark who started in broadcast career in Utica, New York.
Richard Deacon known for many great shows, one of which is the Dick Van Dyke Show.
And Rod Serling
Although the exhibit is small there are many photographs, promotional posters, momentous and display cases with personal items from Rod Serling's life. And one case dedicated to THE TWILIGHT ZONE. The small collection is privately owned and has some props from the episodes and other souvenirs.
Next off to Recreation Park on the west side of the city.
This park is the inspiration for the Twilight Zone's 5th episode, THE WALKING DISTANCE" and is home to the pavilion and carousel used in the broadcast.
Unfortunately the carousels are closed for the season.
Then off to the Roberson Museum.
The beautiful Roberson Mansion and attached museum is also the home of the Greater Binghamton Visitor Center.
The great exhibits off the entry for the visitor center shows the history of the region. Including Endicott-Johnson and IBM.
This lovely little museum has some wonderful exhibits.
Our Prehistoric Past
And the trains, just to name a few. There are 10 other fascinating exhibit halls and a Planetarium.
The next day was for a trip to the Ross Park Zoo and Gardens.
Home to another carousel and this little zoo is clean and casual with natural winding walks.
There are several of these little gardens through out the zoo and park.
One of my favorite exhibit (aside from the Asian cats) was the turtles. Isn't this clever.
Boardwalks and paved walkways make for an easy walk.
Binghamton is also the confluence of the Susquehanna River
and the Chenango River.
And there is a lovely promenade along the Chenango and a walkway over the Susquehanna with a park at the confluence.
The walkway over the Susquehanna.
And the confluence
And a stroll around downtown with a stop at Boscov's.
And Binghamton has their own little walk of fame.
No fancy schmancy meals this week. We had to eat at Ground Round.
This chain was a local favorite for us in the 70's and 80's but has been out of our area for a long time. So when we found out they had one in Johnson City we had to stop by.
This restaurant is new,
but we couldn't explain the vintage sign.
And while in Binghamton we had to try Spiedies.
There are two restaurants, so we hit them both. The oldest is Lupo's.
We each got an original chicken Spiedie with salt potatoes with and ice cold ice tea.
The next night we tried out Spiedies and Rib Pit.
And for the taste test another original chicken.
But the taste test is a tie. Both are great.
And they are so simple to make, so I picked up a bottle of Lupo's original Spiedie's marinade for home. Simply cube up some chicken breast, marinate and grill. Then stuff into a roll, all done.
Next post Historic Route 7.