Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Kingston, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Kingston, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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When Gennaro’s Restaurant in Princeton closed in 2015 after 19 years it was missed by its loyal customers. In time, it would also be missed by the owner.Gennaro Costabile had closed the restaurant in order to focus on his new endeavor: Gennaro’s Italian Market in Kingston, which kept his busy enough that it took some time for him to realize how much he missed operating the restaurant.For Costabile, his restaurant has always been like a home where he could welcome guests, telling them it was nice to see them and maki...
When Gennaro’s Restaurant in Princeton closed in 2015 after 19 years it was missed by its loyal customers. In time, it would also be missed by the owner.
Gennaro Costabile had closed the restaurant in order to focus on his new endeavor: Gennaro’s Italian Market in Kingston, which kept his busy enough that it took some time for him to realize how much he missed operating the restaurant.
For Costabile, his restaurant has always been like a home where he could welcome guests, telling them it was nice to see them and making sure they had an enjoyable evening. His market has become popular for takeout meals and quality catering of his classic Italian cuisine, but he realized he had really enjoyed one-on-one contact with his customers.
To resolve that problem he bought the building next door to the market and renovated it as a restaurant featuring a pleasantly comfortable combination of wood floors, soft grays and black and white photos.
He connected the two businesses so they could share the same kitchen and chef Benjamin Brault, who had worked at the Princeton restaurant for 16 years.
He brought back most of the menu from Princeton, with some changes, but mostly it is his familiar version of upgraded Italian classics.
We started our meal with the aruguletta, $12, a towering salad of impeccable baby arugula with cherry tomatoes that were flavorful despite the time of year. A sprinkling of excellent gorgonzola and a light, bright vinaigrette brought the dish into perfect balance.
We also tried the zucchini rollatini appetizer, $13, which was tender and flavorful. Topped with the outstanding house tomato sauce, it is no surprise this dish is a customer favorite.
From among the entrees we tried the linguine Nero, $32, and a chef specialty, short ribs, $36. The linguine was a lovely tangle of black pasta, white calamari rings and pink shrimp. The pasta was al dente, but had absorbed just the right amount of the diced tomato and garlic broth, while the calamari was tender and delicate and the shrimp perfectly cooked and flavorful.
The generous portion of boneless short ribs was tender, moist and cooked in a perfectly seasoned tomato ragout with plenty of mushrooms. It was served on top of ribbons of house-made pappardelle that had been cooked to the perfect al dente.
For dessert we shared the dolce Italiano, $12, a sampler that included a cannolo, chocolate-covered marzipan and a tender, golden svogliatelle pastry. We enjoyed them all, and there was plenty to share, but the pastry, which is made in-house and sold at the market, was our favorite.
Dinner at Casa Gennaro was excellent. We enjoyed everything from the décor to the owner’s sincere pleasure in greeting us, to the food, which stands out for the quality and freshness of the ingredients and the restrained application of salt, garlic, and olive oil that allowed the ingredients to shine. Casa Gennaro is only open three nights a week, so reservations are recommended, but diners should find it well worth the wait.
Short ribs: Ditto: Tender and moist, the pappardelle had absorbed the right amount of sauce. Also, a generous portion.
Nice bonuses: Warm housemade rolls, the best and most perfectly executed espresso I’ve had in many moons (that goes for regular as well as decaf!), warmed milk for your tea.
Dessert: A must-have! I expected a good cannolo, but not the superb svogliatelle and the multi-colored marzipan square. That last is often cloying, too dense, and lacking in almond flavor. This was the opposite in all regards.
4585 Route 27, Kingston
HOURS: 5-9 p.m. Thu.-Sat.
CREDIT CARDS: Most major.
FOOD: Excellent classic Italian dishes raised to a higher level.
SERVICE: Friendly and informed.
AMBIANCE: A relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere set in a former home decorated in soothing shades of gray with black and white photos of Italy and Italian celebrities.
COST: Antipasti and salads $12-$15, entrees $22-$36.
Michael Politz, now a Somerville resident, grew up going to the PA Dutch Farmer's Market of Wyomissing. He started when he was about four-years-old, accompanying his mother who frequented the market due to its fresh meats and produce sold by Pennsylvania Dutch farmers.“She always said that the food you found there was better than what you could find in a grocery store,” he said.Now, almost 40 years later, Politz still heads to local Dutch marketplaces twice a month for homemade pretzels, chips, meats,...
Michael Politz, now a Somerville resident, grew up going to the PA Dutch Farmer's Market of Wyomissing. He started when he was about four-years-old, accompanying his mother who frequented the market due to its fresh meats and produce sold by Pennsylvania Dutch farmers.
“She always said that the food you found there was better than what you could find in a grocery store,” he said.
Now, almost 40 years later, Politz still heads to local Dutch marketplaces twice a month for homemade pretzels, chips, meats, produce and sticky buns. These days, he can be found at the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers’ Market in the Kingston Mall in Princeton on select Thursday afternoons.
“I like the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers’ Market in Princeton because it’s small and conveniently located for me," said Politiz, who writes the Spirits of NJ column for the Courier News and Home News Tribune. He also appreciates that the food is always fresh.
Politz isn’t the only one regularly heading to the indoor, year-round Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers’ Market, which is open each week from Thursday to Saturday on Route 27 in the Kingston Mall in Franklin Township (it has a Princeton address online). According to Vernon Beiler, manager of the market, about 1,000 to 1,200 people go there weekly, with about half of them being regular customers.
The market was started by Beiler’s father, Isaac Beiler, in 1992 with five vendors. Today, the market has 11 vendors, including Beiler’s Dairy, Beiler’s Fresh Meats, Stoltzfus Poultry, Lynn’s Soft Pretzels, King's Salads and Jellies, Mom's Candy Corner, King's Seafood and Grill and Sun Rise Bakery.
“My father was from Lancaster, and as a general rule, our people usually farm,” Beiler said. “However, it’s getting harder and harder for us to do that, so he was looking for alternative ways to sell. Other people had started markets in Maryland and other areas of New Jersey, so he scooped up the idea.”
According to Beiler, many people raising families enjoy trips to the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers’ Market, and they have told Beiler they enjoy the freshness of its products and its friendly customer service.
These days, the market has been selling more and more antibiotic- and preservative-free foods in its produce and meats, said Beiler, reflecting customers' interests in such products.
The Princeton market isn’t the only destination that Central Jerseyans consider when they’re looking for high-quality meats, produce and other items. The Dutch Country Farmers’ Market on Commerce Street in Flemington is also a community staple, bringing in 800 to 1,000 weekly customers to its indoor, year-round market during its open hours from Thursday through Saturday.
According to John King, market manager, about 85 percent of their customers come regularly, especially when the holidays come around and they feel more inclined to drive long distances for specialty items.
They have been doing so since the market opened in Flemington in 2000 — before that, it operated at a more northern location for three years, and before that, it was at another Flemington location for an additional seven years.
“Our market really holds its own,” King said. “We’ve always had a steady pace of customers.”
The Dutch Country Farmers’ Market in Flemington has 12 vendors, including Marty's Candies & Canned Goods, Lil's Pretzels & Ice Cream, Beiler's Cheese & Pickles, Esh's Crafts, Hubby's Watch Service and MY Restaurant, an on-site restaurant for homestyle cooking with all meals made from scratch.
“People tell us that our meat and breads are fresher than what they can find at grocery stores,” King said. “All of our bread is baked here at the market and you can actually watch the pretzels being made from scratch.”
King said that customers love their homemade pretzels and sausages, both of which have no preservatives and are made on the premises. The market also carries a line of grass-fed beef.
“Our customers also come to our market to buy salads and other prepared foods to take home as well,” King said. “You can buy a full-course meal from us, pop it in the microwave and be ready to go since many people don’t have time to do a lot of cooking.”
Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market is at 4437 Route 27, in the Kingston Mall, Franklin Township, and can be reached at 609-683-5260 or padutchfarmersmarket.net.
Dutch Country Farmers Market is at 19 Commerce St., Flemington, and can be reached at 908-806-8476 or dutchfarmersmarket.com.
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princeton-nurseries.JPGA row of Princeton Nurseries Ginkgoes in fall color.(Submitted by Doug Kiovsky)The 100th anniversary of the former Princeton Nurseries will be celebrated tomorrow afternoon at the company’s original site in Kingston.The nonprofit Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands is holding the free event with displays about the land, historic vehicles, live music and a birthday cake.Karen Linder, the group’s president, said the celebration is about keeping the land alive and pre...
A row of Princeton Nurseries Ginkgoes in fall color.
(Submitted by Doug Kiovsky)
The 100th anniversary of the former Princeton Nurseries will be celebrated tomorrow afternoon at the company’s original site in Kingston.
The nonprofit Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands is holding the free event with displays about the land, historic vehicles, live music and a birthday cake.
Karen Linder, the group’s president, said the celebration is about keeping the land alive and preserved from development or other encroachments.
“It’s really rich in history and it’s a beautiful piece of property,” she said Thursday. “We were afraid of what the other alternatives would look like.”
Princeton Nurseries was established in 1913, shortly before World War I, when William Flemer, Sr. bought the company’s first farm of sixty acres for $9,000.
Over the years the farms expanded and Princeton Nurseries bought more land, growing to become the nation’s largest commercial nursery. The company left Kingston in 1995 and closed in 2010.
Over its 85 years in Kingston, the nursery introduced vital plant varieties, including the Princeton Elm, the October Glory Maple and the Snow Queen Hydrangea, according to the Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands.
At its peak Princeton Nurseries farmed about 1,200 acres in South Brunswick, Plainsboro, West Windsor and Franklin Township. Five hundred acres of the former nursery lands remain undeveloped in South Brunswick and Plainsboro.
In 2005 a 53-acre portion of the land, the Mapleton Preserve in Kingston, was purchased to be preserved as open space by the New Jersey Green Acres program and South Brunswick Township. The former main office for the Princeton Nurseries’ site was restored and is now the D&R Canal State Park headquarters.
Linder said the FPNL formed unofficially in 1997 in response to developer interest in the land and became a nonprofit eight years later. When the nursery shut down in 2010, Linder purchased many of the tractors and old vehicles used at the site, she said.
To her, it’s a special place evoking memories of the past and should be experienced by everyone, she said.
“It’s a place that just has a unique feel driven to a large extent by the nursery,” she said. “We just didn’t want that feeling to disappear.”
The celebration will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston.
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The village of Kingston has hosted colonial taverns, armies during the American Revolution, canal boats, railroad trains and travelers on the Lincoln Highway. One of the oldest settlements in central New Jersey, Kingston evolved with America over its 340-year history.Kingston: On The Map will be exhibited from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through November, in the History Room at the D&R Canal Locktender’s House, on old Lincoln Highway off Route 27, in Kingston.The display uses journal entries and prints of...
The village of Kingston has hosted colonial taverns, armies during the American Revolution, canal boats, railroad trains and travelers on the Lincoln Highway. One of the oldest settlements in central New Jersey, Kingston evolved with America over its 340-year history.
Kingston: On The Map will be exhibited from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through November, in the History Room at the D&R Canal Locktender’s House, on old Lincoln Highway off Route 27, in Kingston.
The display uses journal entries and prints of a dozen historical maps to illustrate Kingston’s evolution, from settlement to commercial center to modern community. One map shows how Kingston moved between the colonies of east and west New Jersey. Another shows both Kingston and Princeton divided by county lines.
Railroads appeared in the 19th century, disappearing by the 20th.
The Delaware and Raritan Canal was built for commerce, but is now a recreation destination.
This display follows a talk by George Luck, Jr. and Charlie Dieterich, titled “Why is Kingston Here?” given in February.
Dieterich explained that “in preparing for our talk I looked at dozens of historical maps of central New Jersey. I was struck by the ways Kingston reinvented itself in every generation. In the 1600s it was a place to rest after crossing the Millstone River. In the 1700s Kingston thrived as the midway tavern stop on the Kings Highway and a place to change horses. During the American Revolution, Washington used the Kingston hill to gain perspective, returning to pass through the settlement in several directions during the war,” according to a prepared statement.
“In the 19th century Kingston changed to a prosperous mill town, a port on the canal, a station on two railroads (now long gone) and a stop on the Lincoln Highway. The village included two schools and supported two industries: Kingston Quarry and Princeton Nurseries. In the 21st century Kingston has become a multicultural community with many parks and open space,” he said in the statement.
The display allows visitors to go deeper on each of these “Kingstons.”
The Kingston Historical Society is planning events, including a community walk on May 21 and a panel discussion later this spring.
Details of future events and a video of the February talk are available at www.khsnj.org/.
The Kingston Historical Society (KHS) was formed in 1997 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization to preserve, enhance and promote the history of the village of Kingston. The society has its headquarters in the Locktender’s House on the Delaware and Raritan Canal where it maintains the original circa 1834 home of families who operated the Kingston locks on the canal.
Air circulation is limited, so masks and distancing are requested when visiting the exhibit
KINGSTON >> With a “Toot! Toot!” of his horn, Thomas the Tank Engine pulled out of Kingston Plaza on Friday, his cars brimming with the tiny passengers who are his biggest fans.And while the youngsters – mostly 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds – were either unable or reluctant to share their thoughts about the chance to climb aboard their favorite storybook and cartoon character, the excitement was evident in their faces as Thomas pulled into the “station” and they eagerly climbed aboard.Rowan Sh...
KINGSTON >> With a “Toot! Toot!” of his horn, Thomas the Tank Engine pulled out of Kingston Plaza on Friday, his cars brimming with the tiny passengers who are his biggest fans.
And while the youngsters – mostly 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds – were either unable or reluctant to share their thoughts about the chance to climb aboard their favorite storybook and cartoon character, the excitement was evident in their faces as Thomas pulled into the “station” and they eagerly climbed aboard.
Rowan Shortle, 3, and his sister Ivy, 2, were among some the day’s earliest passengers, catching a ride on the first train of the day’s “Day Out With Thomas: Thrill of the Ride” event.
The two traveled from Gardiner with their parents, Tina and Dave, to take a ride on Thomas, who is Kingston through a partnership with the Catskill Mountain Railroad.
Aboard the train, the boys and girls, many wearing conductor’s caps, giggled with excitement as the train made its way along the tracks, across Washington Avenue, through a tunnel, over a bridge that crosses the Esopus Creek and then back again.
“I heard him talk!” exclaimed J.J. Robinson, the son of Rebecca and Greg Robinson of Rhinebeck.
Rebecca Robinson said her son is a big fan of trains in general and of Thomas the Tank Engine and friends in particular, so the chance to not only bring him on a train ride so close to home but also on one of his favorite characters was one they couldn’t miss.
“Spending $19 in our back yard to do something like this? It was absolutely worth it,” Rebecca Robinson said. “This was ideal.”
In addition to the train ride, children could have their picture’s taken with Thomas, meet Sir Tophamm Hatt, play with trains, get a Thomas the Tank Engine tattoo and, of course, buy souvenirs, all under tents set up on the baseball field adjacent to the plaza.
Additionally, five local businesses set up concessions where passengers could get a bit to eat or something to drink.
Jean Beyer of New Paltz said she and her husband Chris were going to bring their 3-year-old twins, Aidan and Kaeli, to Pennsylvania to ride Thomas until they discovered he would be in Ulster County.
“It’s just too bad that he can’t come back,” Jean said, referring to an ongoing battle between the Catskill Mountain Railroad and Ulster County over future use of the tracks.
The county, which owns the tracks and leases them to the railroad, wants to create a recreational trail on the tracks between Kingston and the Ashokan Reservoir.
“It’s very disappointing,” said Beyer. “I don’t know why they can’t do both.”
Catskill Mountain Railroad President Ernie Hunt said about 400 tickets were sold for Friday’s rides on the Thomas-led train and about 1,600 had been sold for Saturday and Sunday rides.
Thomas the Tank Engine also will be in Kingston next weekend, Sept. 12-14.