The minute the kindergartners stepped off the buses at Outhouse Orchards in North Salem the excitement began.
It was the children’s first field trip and there was so much to see -- a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a hay-filled tractor. The first thing that caught their eyes, however, were their parents, many of whom had driven to meet the buses and enjoy the field trip with their children.
“Mom, Mom, Dad,” some of the children shouted, eager to run for a hug.
The kindergarten teachers from Fulmar Road Elementary School -- Kathryn Jesselli, Lisa Barletta, Margaret Bartholomew, Patricia LaPeruta and Fran Shea and Megan Shea, who are known to the students as Mrs. Shea and Ms. Shea, respectively -- kept the students in line until they could all calmly join up.
“This is going to be fun,” said Nash, as his mom, Tiffany Ward, smiled.
Wearing matching shirts that read “Mahopac High School Class of 2034” the kindergartners broke up into class groups with their teachers and went to explore the orchard.
Robert L. Treadway, Outhouse’s tour guide/storyteller started Mrs. Shay’s class off with some tales.
“Who knows who Johnny Appleseed is?” he asked, pointing to the fields of apple trees beyond.
Nash’s hand went up: “He cut down the apple tree.”
“Um, not exactly,” Treadway said. “That was George Washington.”
Later, after talking about the corn maze as a little hint, Treadway asked “What’s another name for corn?”
“Corn on the cob,” some children shouted..
“That’s true,” Treadway said. “But I was thinking ‘maize.’”
Soon the children set out to pick their pumpkins, bounce around in a hayride, find their way through the corn maze and color at a picnic table.
“A great time was had by all,” Mrs. Shea said. “The children enjoyed apple cider donuts, apples and water provided by their teachers.”