By Rachel Stanislawek
On Monday, while some worked away, plenty played across town.
Two of those lucky to have the day free from work were Robert Saal and Christina Goldblum, both of whom enjoyed the time off in Northport Village Park.
With little clouds in the sky, Saal, an artist from Smithtown, was found working on one of his newest pieces.
“Now that it’s summertime, I go out by the water, sit in the parks, sometimes I’ll work on drawing some buildings, sometimes the water itself,” Saal said.
“Northport is a very nice town; it’s peaceful, quiet, the people are very nice here,” he added.
That day, Northport Village Park was filled with many families running around playing catch; dog owners and their companions; and Saal, who posted up in front of the gazebo, gazing at his easel.
Saal and his work sparked curiosity in many walking through the park. Some walked behind him to get a glimpse of his work, to which Saal took pleasure, answering any questions about it and his artistic process.
As for his Fourth of July plans, Saal said he would be “barbecuing, and swimming in the pool, for sure.”
Saal hoped to complete his piece at the park and maybe start a new one elsewhere that day.
Meanwhile, walking down by the marina was Goldblum and her five-year-old dog, Brooklyn. The pair was enjoying the day off, too.
Brooklyn drew many smiles from parkgoers as she was walked around the perimeter.
“She loves people,” Goldman said. “She’s super friendly and will come up to anyone.”
Goldman was planning on meeting up with some friends visiting from out of state at the park that day, and decided Brooklyn should come along for the ride, too.
“I’ll be relaxing for sure,” Goldblum said of her Independence Day plans. “I’ll bring her [Brooklyn] around; she loves going places with me.”