Tomorrow is the third Sunday in June and a day to celebrate patriarchs.
Dear old Dads around the region may be treated to breakfast in bed, meals in their favorite restaurants, a game of golf, a trip to a ballgame or some new gadget or gizmo. Then there’s the old standby — a new tie.
At Simon’s Men’s Wear in Schenectady, owner Michael Bernstein has seen an uptick in the sale of gift certificates, shirts, ties and pants over the past week, as children and moms prepare to celebrate dads.
“Sports shirts, long or short sleeve, are popular this year,” he said. “Right now, shirts are fancy, with cuffs and collars having a different lining. Suits are slimmer fit.”
Bernstein has owned the store since 1974 and said gifts of clothing are always appreciated for Father’s Day.
Tools and grill accessories are also popular gifts, according to Joe Lapczenski, owner of Carman Hardware in Rotterdam.
“We’re selling a lot of battery-operated weed whackers this year,” he said. “They’re lightweight and rechargeable and very popular.”
Grills, charcoal and accessories for outdoor cooking are also being purchased as Father’s Day gifts, he said.
“Dads like to cook, as long as it’s outdoors,” he said.
Some fathers will be spending part of their special day in a motor coach to destinations including casinos, Broadway shows, the Bronx Zoo or a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame followed by a ball game, according to Marketing Coordinator Meagan Green at Yankee Trails World Travel in Troy.
“The motor coach tours are very popular for Father’s Day,” she said. “In fact, a majority of the trips are sold out. We’re also selling a lot of gift cards, which the dads can use for future travel.”
Trips to see the New York Yankees are popular at this time of year, she said.
Closer to home, golf courses are taking reservations for Sunday, as kids plan to get their dads on the links.
“My phone keeps ringing, I have a feeling it’s going to be crowded Sunday morning,” Glen Millis, a clerk in the pro shop at the Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course, said Friday. “We’re selling a lot of gift cards too, so Dad doesn’t have to play Sunday.”
The phones were also ringing at Hillcrest Golf Club on the Duanesburg/Princetown town line, said manager Cheryl Sullivan.
“We always get a lot of people on Father’s Day,” Sullivan said. “The wife or kids take Dad out for a game of golf; it’s a nice way to spend a couple of hours.”
Sharon D’Agostino, principal at Malta Avenue Elementary School in Ballston Spa, remembers making Father’s Day cards in the shape of ties when she was a child. Art teacher Joyce Moreau said the paper ties are still popular at this time of year.
“I don’t usually do Father’s Day project with the kids because the classroom teachers plan those,” she said. “One of the cutest things I saw this year was a first-grade teacher had the children make pet rocks with wild rice glued on rocks to make them look kind of like a hedgehog.”
The children then wrote stories about how their fathers “rock,” she said.
Many nonprofit organizations are planning Father’s Day breakfasts for Sunday, including the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge, Saratoga Springs Racing City Rotary Club, Galway Volunteer Fire Co., Glenville Boy Scouts and Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus.
Also Sunday, the city of Albany and the Port of Albany are presenting a free Father’s Day Concert, featuring the United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band, at the Corning Preserve’s Albany Riverfront Park Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. A fireworks display will end the show.