The Keepers of the Flame

Fire Feast Returns to Pitney Meadows Community Farm with a Dream Team Lineup of Chefs, and a Continuing Commitment to Conservancy

On the Cover: The Leadership and Staff at Pitney Meadows Community Farm had every detail covered!

SARATOGA SPRINGS – A certain President and CEO of a beloved Saratoga Arts Organization once paid me a great compliment by saying, “Arthur, you cut to the essence!” So let me attempt to do that here:

On Tuesday, July 19, patrons at Pitney Meadows Community Farm were treated to the following:

The best in the business – at the top of their game.

Am I referring to the Chefs, the food and beverage quality and plenty? Certainly….

Or do I mean the Gardens, which were at their peak-est of peak? I do…

Certainly, I must be referring to the entertainment. Soul Session and carriage rides – NO DOUBT!

But the essential element that pulls it all together, are the efforts of dedicated leadership, staff, board of directors and many, many volunteers who put an extremely difficult logistical challenge of an event together, and kept it running so well that they had time, in the middle of everything, to pose for a relaxed staff photo (see above) and even take the time for a leisurely carriage ride themselves!

Executive Director Lynn Trizna

It was their efforts, combined with Executive Director Lynn Trizna’s message about their commitment to Conservancy, that inspired me to run around like a banshee, in some extreme heat, to gather the photos above, and those you are about to see in the gallery. From the Pitney Meadows website, Conservancy as a core value has these practical applications:

  • Keep wildlife areas and important agricultural viewsheds preserved.
  • Practice environmental stewardship through sustainable farming practices.
  • Welcome the community to participate in recreational activities. SOURCE

On this evening, I saw nothing but A+’s on Pitney Meadows’ conservancy report card. Thats the essence of what it means to be the best in the business, at the top of their game.


The sun was beginning to set, and the patrons who were so kind to pose and smile for me, were now sitting. eating and enjoying what I had managed to taste on the fly, so I knew it was time to take my leave. My battle with the summer sun was over for now, and though I would not make the bonfire at the end, I had absolutely no doubt that Pitney Meadows Community Farm were in the hands of the very best Keepers of the Flame.

Enjoy the gallery.

Arthur Gonick – July 23, 2022

Pitney Meadows’ Fire Feast – July 19, 2022

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