Yesterday I did my Day 11 sketch for Inktober from my car parked down at Off Key Tikki in Patchogue. It is on the Patchogue River and bills itself as a waterfront resort. It is a bar/restaurant decorated to have a tropical feel. I've never been inside or on their dock so I can't vouch for their food or drinks. Most of this was done with my Elegant Writer pen.
Then later in the afternoon I returned to Patchogue for a special event. The Budweiser Clydesdales were coming to Patchogue. They were celebrating the opening of the new Blue Point Brewery which is part of the same parent company as Budweiser. We were also told that they were celebrating the anniversary of the end of Prohibition but I don't know for sure if that is true.
Our Patchogue Sketch Club decided to go and try to sketch. My friend, Gina and I knew they would be starting at the grounds of the new location of the Blue Point Brewery. The event was slated to run from 5-7 so we went around 4:00 to see them get the horses ready. Of course the area was barricaded but we were able to stand along the fencing. The horses were inside huge, special Budweiser Clydesdale trailers. Each horse was led out one at a time, groomed, and readied to be hitched to the wagon that was near us. There were 8 horses and they were huge. I did a few sketches and arranged them all on one page.
Here are closeups of the different sketches.
The horses trotted along Main Street stopping to deliver a case of Budweiser to different bars and restaurants along the route. There were tens of thousands of people in the crowd lining the street. It seems like I am always in crowds lately.lol
For this last sketch I followed the truck as it went along. Each time it stopped I sketched a little more of the scene. It was a fun event! I did keep walking along and found a few of our other members of the sketch group. Most opted to watch and not sketch, but a few did sketch something...not easy to do because they kept moving. Once they passed where all the restaurants are they were turned around in a Carvel parking lot and then made their way back to the starting point.