Take the right off the main drag next to the former Syracuse China plant at 5 p.m. on a Friday night smack dab in the middle of May in Syracuse, N.Y., and a slice of Americana awaits.
Gray skies matter not much.
Park in the middle of the lot and wander off to the right to see a Little League softball game in action.
Does it remind me of the years me wonderful daughter Elisabeth played youth softball and graduated on to school teams out in Morrisville in Madison County? Yes. Yes, it does.
Go over to the left instead, and the Eastwood Carnival awaits.
It’s too early for a big crowd, but the operators are getting the big rides ready by pulling the levels and spinning the wheels.
Not bad, Syracuse. Not bad at all.
Sports game first or carnival first? Have you had a child close to you play a youth sport, and if so, when and which? Where you a quiet spectator or a loud spectator, and how did the other adults around you react to you and the game?