Brooklyn in August: Birthday Trapeze Edition

Thank you everyone for all of the birthday wishes, and thank you especially for making my tribute post to my mom one of my most popular posts to date.  It figures, right?
I celebrated over the weekend in Brooklyn with Kayte and Melissa – my BFF’s that had the nerve to flee Boston for NYC within a year of each other and leave me behind.  Fortunately I manage regular visits.  Friday night we had a supper of takeout tacos, no bake cookies birthday “cake”, and my cocktail of choice (G&T, in case I need to say it). 

cookie birthday

After a lovely brunch on Saturday morning, we headed over to Pier 6 to take the ferry to Governors Island for… wait for it…TRAPEZE LESSONS from New York Trapeze School!  Roughly fifteen minutes after showing up and signing the waiver, I found myself standing at the edge of a platform, holding onto a bar, poised and ready to jump.  Flying through the air was like being a kid again on the monkey bars…only more thrilling, and with a snug harness.   

Here is a video of me doing a mid-air catch with Dave, one of the instructors.  The guy yelling instructions was Hal.  You can’t see him in the video, but you can see him with me in a picture below.  The last instructor on the platform was Eric.  They were all terrific.

It was an amazing two hours and I loved every second (except the part beforehand where we had to change into our trapeze workout clothes in port-a-potty’s).  I highly recommend that you put this on your NYC to-do list.  I am already itching to get back on the bar.

These girls made it all happen and I adore them.

Before heading back to the ferry we strolled around the island and came across a Civil War soldier’s camp reenactment.  Needless to say, I was thrilled to stand in my sports tank and talk hardtack with one very friendly Yankee.  History nerd alert.  My solider demonstrated how authentic his homemade hardtack was by firmly rapping it on his tin cup and then showing us how it was virtually unchanged.

Trapeze lessons and a Civil War reenactment camp all in one afternoon?  Does it get any better?  It did!

Back in Brooklyn, we picked up Italian Ices for the journey home (the creamsicle was superb), which also included a stop at the Zombie Hut for some kitschy tiki fruity bevvies.

Later that night we headed over to the Bell House for a 90’s dance night, featuring The Bayside Tigers – a live band with a vast and impressive set list.  When 3 dudes can pull off a cover of Madonna’s “Ray of Light” you have to give them their due credit.  We danced from the moment we entered the room until the wee hours of the morning, laughing nonstop. 
And of course, what trip to Brooklyn would be complete without a stop at Four and Twenty Blackbirds for pie?  I have mentioned it before here and here, but when we woke up Sunday morning to rain, it was the obvious choice.  My pie this time was a beautiful summer peach.  Part of this complete breakfast, also featuring coffee and a hot-sauce drizzled egg-in-a-nest:

I am so blessed to have friends that love me so much.  They made me feel like a million bucks, and I only hope I make them feel equally special, because they sure are.

Love you girls!  Thanks for a fun, hilarious, and delicious birthday weekend!  I’ll get you both back in a few years when you both get around to turning thirty…jerks!

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13 Comments on “Brooklyn in August: Birthday Trapeze Edition”

  1. August 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    Beautiful birthday post for a beautiful birthday girl! I am soo happy to hear this….and see you fly through the air with the greatest of ease

    • August 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      Looking forward to a stylish picnic soon with my favorite Bostonian lasses – THIS MEANS YOU, FI! xoxo

  2. Kayte
    August 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Solid post, lady, and even solid-er weekend. Xoxo

    • August 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

      Love you, Kayte! Get ready for some serious FB tagging.

  3. August 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Looks so enjoy…i love to try that trapeze…so exciting.

  4. mgw
    August 16, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Looks like you had a blast celebrating your 30th. (and what a way to do it !) Such nice friends you have Aimee. They gave you quite a special weekend.

  5. August 16, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    What a great day! You look like a total pro on the trapeze!

  6. August 16, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    Yay for awesome birthdays! You make trapeze look so effortless, but I’m sure I would have gone careening down :)

  7. August 16, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Look at you flying through the air with the greatest of ease! I’m so proud of you and so happy to hear that you enjoyed your special day as you should. I mean seriously, a Civil War reenactment you just happened upon? So you!

  8. August 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Sounds like such a great birthday weekend celebration. Nothing beats great girlfriends!

  9. August 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Happy happy birthday!! and what a fabulous weekend as well :) i’m not sure i have it in me to try trapezing, but you never know!

  10. August 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    I’ve never been to four and twenty! I’ve gotten pie at Pies n Thighs many times. Hopefully sometime before the year end I will try them. Trapeze school looks awesome btw.

  11. Sam Morris
    August 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Aimee those no bake cookies look DELICIOUS! Can you post the recipe??!

    – Sam

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