This year’s Bike Race will be held on Sunday, April 21st. The course is a beautiful 17 mile scenic route around Otisco Lake, enjoyable for both the competitive rider and those just out for a leisurely ride. Prizes are given out for many categories including first and last place, most colorful, and youngest. Refreshments are provided for all participants. Registration begins at 8am at the Otisco Lake Community Center adjacent to our barn. At 9 am the racers depart to the cheers of our throng of spectators. Last year’s 1st Place winner was Tom Forte.
The Bike Race is followed by our Duck Race, which also garners prizes. This is a great way to enjoy a long-awaited Spring. In addition to riding, you can visit our animals, enjoy our fifty acre treasure hunt, visit our new garden or gazebo, or just relax in an easy chair on our site. If you haven’t yet visited Amberations, here is your chance!
Entry fee for the race is $20 per person / $40 per family. All proceeds go towards keeping Amberations going.
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Take a break, get out of the house and come visit Joe and the rest of the animals. It will do you both some good. The animals get lonely in the winter and you will benefit from a little fresh air.
Amberations is a 501(c-3) not-for-profit organization in Marietta, New York.
Our primary focus is to develop our 50 acre site as a natural oasis for people of all abilities to enjoy. We have two streams, beautiful woods, fields, abundant wildlife, a barn with a donkey, sheep, cats, ducks and chickens, an outhouse, and plans for trails and gardens.
All of this is the work of volunteers. We always need help and invite you to join us. Our grounds are always open however we suggest you call before your first visit to arrange for a guided tour. Our goal is to support mental health by offering opportunities and encouragement to interact with our natural environment
On Sat., March 3, one of the dreams for Amberations came true. A group of spirited, wonderful kids from Syracuse came to visit. They are part of B.i.k.e Syracuse, focused on providing kids from Skiddy Park, next to Blodgett School in the city, with experiences and healthy alternatives. B.i.k.e. stands for Bicycles and Ideas for Kids’ Empowerment (bikesyracuse.com). About 17 kids aged 12-16 came in a bus with their leader, Bob, and adult chaperones.
Luckily, due to our remarkable weather this year, the day was beautiful. The kids were mesmerized by the animals. Of course, Big Joe is always a hit and he and the sheep got plenty to eat that day! The ducks, chickens, turkey, peacock and guinea hen were a hit as well. Then the students went on a long hike following the treasure hunt map and even going into the gorge. This provided opportunities to be challenged and to help each other in the process. On their return, some of the students played basketball with a few local kids, while others looked for ways to be helpful, brooming and raking the grounds. The day was capped off with a pizza party.
We greatly look forward to their visit again! The fact that they have transportation and had a great time really makes this possible.