Shearing Day Open House Saturday 1/24

20 Jan

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The Shearing Day Open House will be held THIS SATURDAY (1/24) at Foster Sheep Farm and all are welcome! On Saturday, January 24th from 11am-3pm head to Foster Sheep Farm at 460 West River Road in Schuylerville for this yearly event that is a cherished tradition on the farm. As the winter days roll in, the sheep are moved into the barn in preparation of the lambing season. Each year before the lambs are born, every ewe is given their annual “haircut”. For the health and well-being of the ewes and their lambs shearing is an important step. Mid February will bring happy lambs to the Foster Farm.

Friends gather to help with the event and witness the unveiling of a year’s growth. This year approximately 30 sheep will be shorn. Gwen Hinman from Acworth, New Hampshire will be joining them once again as their shearer. An amazing talent to watch, Gwen makes shearing look easy. She is a second generation shearer, having shorn sheep from here to New Zealand. After the fleece is removed it will be sorted and graded by its value to hand spinners.

At the farm, in the old farmhouse you will find “The Yarn Shop at Foster Sheep Farm”. The shop will be open from 10am till 4pm. On this day local knitters, spinners, and weavers will be on hand to demonstrate their crafts and answer your questions. The shop carries a selection of wool from area farmers and commercial lines as well. Also many knitters’ notions, spinning wheels and rigid heddle looms are available.

We absolutely loved our time at Foster Sheep Farm for their Little Farmers Program, click here to see more photos from the farm and our visit, and head over there this weekend for a fun family day out on their farm!
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Northshire Bookstore Kids Programs Fri Jan. 16th & Sat. Jan. 17th

15 Jan

61vLBCHNBjL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Two great kid programs are coming up this week at Northshire Bookstore on Broadway in Saratoga. First on Friday, January 16th at 10:30am join them on the Children’s Floor for free Spanish Story Time with Senora Gloria of Capital Region Language Center.

Then on Saturday, January 17th head to their Pete the Cat Party at 11am. Join their booksellers for a fun morning of games, crafts and stories about everyone’s favorite sneaker-wearing feline, Pete the Cat! Free and open to the public.

Martin Luther King Day Activities

15 Jan

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  • Head to the Martin Luther King Day Family Concert with Kim and Reggie Harris on Monday, January 19th from 11-11:45am at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Admission is free. Renowned, dynamic and loved musicians and storytellers who combine traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk, and who sing of life, love, the quest for freedom, the environment and community. They will perform again as part of the MLK Day afternoon program 1:30- 4 pm. Call for 518-584-7860 more info.
  • Healthy Living Market and Cafe will have a Kids in the Kitchen: Homemade Pasta program from 12-2pm on Monday. Bring the kids to this amazing class where they will learn the secrets to making fresh pasta at home. They will make the pasta dough and then roll it out thin and perfect, then they will cook up their beautiful pasta and create a lovely, light marinara sauce to put on top! This class is great for kids aged 6-12; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $30/child. Register here or call them at (518) 306-4900.
  • The Children’s Museum at Saratoga will be open on Monday, check out their Friendship Bracelets program from 10:30-11am. Celebrate friendship and cooperation in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Create a personalized bracelet with colorful beads and letters for a friend! $2 per child, appropriate for children ages 5+, pre-registration required. To pre-register just call the museum at (518) 584-5540.
  • The Children’s Museum at Saratoga will also have an All About Bugs with Catseye program, drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to join Catseye and explore the tiny world of bugs. Learn from their bug experts, hold a real live Madagascar hissing Cockroach, and meet Caddie the Catseye Cat. Kids can even race the cockroaches on their own little racetrack! Program FREE with Museum Admission.
  • There will be a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Observance and Celebration at the Saratoga Springs Public Library today from 1:30-4pm. “The Unfinished Business of Martin Luther King, Jr.” Keynote speaker James DeWolf Perry, Executive Director of the Tracing Center, a nationally known organization whose mission is to educate the public about the history and legacy of race and other forms of discrimination in order to foster dialogue and encourage healing and justice. Performances by Kim & Reggie Harris and SHYFT – Saratoga’s Humanitarian Youth for Transformation. Refreshments to follow.
  • There is a Beginner’s Snowshoe program at Saratoga Spa State Park at 10am on Monday. Bring the family to Spa Park for a fun introduction to the sport of snowshoeing! Participants will enjoy a fireside snowshoe lesson before heading out to play a few games. Snowshoes will be available to rent. Fee is $5 per person with rental. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register. ***This program is cancelled since their parking lots are all iced over***
  • Also at the Saratoga Spa State Park on Monday at 3pm is the Fire Building and Outdoor Cooking Workshop.Learn how to build a fire and cook camp food over an open flame! This program is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. ***This program is cancelled since their parking lots are all iced over***
  • Another opportunity to get outdoors on Monday is at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park where they will be hosting a winter snowshoe walk at Camp Saratoga on Scout Road in Gansevoort at 10:30am. This hour-long walk over gentle terrain will help you to beat the winter blues by getting outside! Participants will learn about adaptations that plants and animals have that help them survive the winter. Look for signs of animals in winter including animal tracks in the snow. There will be snowshoes available for rental prior to the program at Parking Lot 1 at Camp Saratoga. The rentals are free for members or $3/pair for non-members. This program will be repeated on Monday, February 7, and Thursday, and February 19. Preregistration is required at least one business day in advance of the actual event. For more information, please call the Preserve & Park office at 518-450-0321 or via email at info@wiltonpreserve.org.

STEM Explorations Program at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga 1/17

14 Jan
cmasstemJoin them at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga on Saturday, January 17th, for a special program entitled “Trains, Planes, & Automobiles (STEM Explorations)”. Drop-in anytime between 10am and 12pm to explore different methods of transportation and engineering feats through play during their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Explorations program. Program is FREE with Museum Admission!

This program is appropriate for children ages 4 and up and no registration is necessary. Call them at (518) 584-5540 for more info.

 

Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walk at Camp Saratoga 1/19

12 Jan

snowshoesOn Monday, January 19, at 10:30am Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park will be hosting a winter snowshoe walk at Camp Saratoga on Scout Road in Gansevoort. This hour-long walk over gentle terrain will help you to beat the winter blues by getting outside!  Participants will learn about adaptations that plants and animals have that help them survive the winter. There will be snowshoes available for rental prior to the program at Parking Lot 1 at Camp Saratoga. The rentals are free for members or $3/pair for non-members. This program will be repeated on Monday, February 7, and Thursday, and February 19.

Preregistration is required at least one business day in advance of the actual event.  For more information, please call the Preserve & Park office at 518-450-0321 or via email at info@wiltonpreserve.org.  For up-to-date trail conditions or program information, please visit the Preserve & Park’s website at http://www.wiltonpreserve.org  The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is a non-profit organization that conserves ecological systems and natural settings while providing opportunities for environmental education and outdoor recreation.

For even more info on how to get outside and active locally this winter, click here for the Mamatoga Winter Wonderland Guide.

Frozen Festival at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga (plus added Frozen VIP Party!)

5 Jan

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is excited to announce that Sunday, January 25th will mark their first ever Frozen Festival, an event inspired by the Disney Movie, Frozen! Interested participants can sign up now for their VIP Party from 10am to 12pm and join princesses “Elsa” and “Anna” for brunch in their “Ice Palace”. Cost for the brunch is $25 per child (includes admission for one accompanying adult). Can’t attend the brunch? The museum will be full of Frozen fun throughout the day. From 12pm to 4:30pm museum guests can have fun exploring the museum with a Frozen inspired scavenger hunt and other themed activities, as well as participate in any of their three special Frozen Workshops (workshops will be $3 each)

Plus, due to the enormous response to the Sunday, January 25th Frozen Festival they have added another date for Frozen fun! Now you can pre-register for the VIP Party on Friday, January 23rd from 4pm to 7pm. Instead of brunch, join princesses “Elsa” and “Anna” for a pizza party in their “Ice Palace”! Enjoy photo opportunities, make Frozen inspired crafts, and have fun exploring the museum with a special Frozen scavenger hunt and other fun activities. Pre-registration is required and spots are filling up quickly. Interested participants can pre-register by calling the museum at (518) 584-5540 today. Cost is $25 per child (includes admission for one accompanying adult).

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Saratoga Springs Preschool Fair Sat. 1/24

2 Jan

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Trying to decide on the best preschool for your little one? Head to the Preschool Fair from 10am to noon on Jan. 24th at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This fair is sponsored by The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, Katrina Trask Nursery School, The Beagle School and Saratoga Springs Public Library.

The following preschools are schedule to attend the fair:

• Abundant Life Preschool
• Apple-A-Day Nursery
• Apple Blossom Bunch Day Care
• Katrina Trask Nursery School
• Malta Montessori School
• National Museum of Racing Preschool
• Saratoga Independent School
• Small Wonders Christian Preschool
• Spa Christian Preschool
• St. Clement’s Regional Catholic School
• St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
• Storybook Academy
• The Beagle School
• The Early Childhood Center at Skidmore College
• The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs
• Saratoga Regional YMCA Preschool

For more information contact Anne Maguire at The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs at 587-2224 or via email at admissions@waldorfsaratoga.org.

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