Family Saturdays this Summer at The Tang

1 Jul

frances-day-chimper2-displayThe Tang Teaching Museum has announced their awesome lineup for the Family Saturdays programs for Summer 2015! The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will present a series of seven Family Saturday programs to accompany the work in their exhibitions this summer, Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup; Opener 29: Arturo Herrera — Day Before; and Elevator Music 29: Tim Davis — Unphotographable.

Held on Saturdays from July 11th through August 22nd, most programs include a hands-on art activity following a brief tour of one of the exhibitions, with all materials provided. The programs run from 2 to 3:30pm (except where noted) and are free and open to the public. Suitable for children ages 5 and up along with their adult companions.

Reservations are highly encouraged as space is limited and the programs are very popular. You may sign up for each program up to one week in advance. For additional information and reservations, or to be added to their Family Saturday e-mail list, please call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.

July 11: SPECIAL EVENT – 2nd Annual Frances Day!
Noon to 5pm
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to their 2nd Annual Frances Day, a community open house from noon to 5pm, with art, art-making, food, music, and fun in honor of the museum’s namesake. Events include chalk drawing on the sidewalk outside the museum led by Troy artist Ira Marcks (weather permitting); Krushenick Accessories, making wearable art inspired by the paintings by Nicholas Krushenick; Making Art from Books, inspired by the artwork of Arturo Herrera; and a Scavenger Hunt to lead kids of all ages to discover new things all around the museum. Refreshments will be provided. No registration required for this event; children must be accompanied by an adult.

1423164288551painting by Nicholas Krushenick

For a full schedule, click here.

July 18: Decoda Music and YOU!
Decoda Music is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. They create residencies, innovative performances, and engaging projects with partners around the world. While they are at Skidmore for a two-week visit, they will treat visitors to a fun program through music and creative collaboration.

July 25: Frames Without Photos
Look at and listen to Tim Davis’s elevator installation, Unphotographable, then make fancy frames without any photographs inside.

Aug. 1: Baskets of Another Kind
Participants will look at and discuss Cris Bruch’s sculpture, Cradle, and Margaret Curtis’s painting, Pearl Necklace: Icon for Home, then make and decorate baskets inspired by both of these artworks.

Aug. 8: Make Your Own Shopping Bags
Participants will head outside the museum to talk about Jonathan Seliger’s giant shopping bag sculpture, Politeness Counts, and then come back in to decorate their own bags in the style of Nicholas Krushenick’s colorful paintings. (Please bring an umbrella and/or raincoat if it rains that day.)

Aug. 15: Make and Decorate a Book
After viewing and discussing Arturo Herrera’s painted books in Opener 29: Arturo Herrera — Day Before, participants will learn a simple way to make a book, and then decorate the covers in fantastic ways.

Aug. 22: Art and Nature
Participants will look at Joan Snyder’s painting, And Always Searching For Beauty, and talk about how she incorporated herbs, grass and other natural materials into the paint. After the conversation, everyone will take a brief walk outside to gather leaves, grass, and other natural stuff, and then use them in their own artwork, mixing them with other art supplies.

About the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. The Museum is open noon – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday, with extended hours through 7 p.m. on Fridays during the summer, and is closed on Mondays and major holidays. The Museum celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2015. More information, call 518-580-8080 or visit

Find Waldo this Summer with Northshire Bookstore

30 Jun

wwsaratogaFind Waldo this summer! In Downtown Saratoga Springs the famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs will be hiding in twenty local businesses throughout our community this July. Join in Northshire Bookstore’s fun scavenger hunt and win great prizes! The first 125 to find at least 10 Waldos win a button and a coupon for $1 off any Where’s Waldo Book. In addition, anyone who finds at least 16 of the 20 Waldos will be entered into their grand prize drawing, which includes many great Waldo prizes.

Save the date for their Waldo party – and grand prize drawing – August 1 at 11am at Northshire Bookstore. You need not be present to win.

Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country for some scavenger hunt fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.

Participating businesses and organizations:

Northshire Bookstore – 424 Broadway
Around the Corner Cafe – 420 Broadway
Circus Cafe – 392 Broadway
Comic Depot – 514 Broadway
Common Thread Saratoga – 508 Broadway
G. Willikers Toys – 461 Broadway
Impressions of Saratoga – 368 Broadway
Kilwins Saratoga Springs – 420 Broadway
Mango Tree Imports – 454 Broadway
Miss Scarlett Boutique – 19 Phila Street
Paper Dolls of Saratoga – 438 Broadway
Plum Dandy Cookies and Milk – 55 Railroad Place
Plum Dandy Yogurt – 419 Broadway
Putnam Market – 431 Broadway
Saratoga Arts – 320 Broadway
Saratoga Dance Etc. – 53 Church Street
Saratoga Olive Oil – 484 Broadway
Saratoga Springs Public Library – 49 Henry Street
Saratoga Sweets Candy Company – 5 Washington Street
Saratoga Tea and Honey – 348 Broadway

The fun starts Wednesday, July 1st at 10am and goes for the entire month of July! Now get out there and find Waldo!

ParkFest 2015 at Gavin Park Sat, July 11th

29 Jun

ParkFest-2015-Lg-Logo-displayParkFest 2015, the Town of Wilton’s Annual Community Day, will take place on Saturday, July 11th, from 11am – 9pm, at Gavin Park in the Town of Wilton.

Gravity, one of the premier rock cover bands will be rocking it out with a variety of songs that span multiple decades on the main stage. Gravity will only be playing FIVE shows this summer, so you won’t want to miss this one! And you’re sure to love Sylvia Fletcher’s fabulous comedy ventriloquist show, and the hilarious juggling comedy act by Bryson Lang!

ParkFest will offer rides, food, and fun on the midway. Plus, some lucky ParkFest attendees will go home with a share of the $2,500 in awards and prizes being given out for various contests and competitions to be held that day, including: 1K & 5K fun runs, an ice cream eating contest, a classic car show, a sidewalk chalk-drawing contest, and NEW for 2015, a cookie decorating contest!

ParkFest attendees will also be able to take a free spin on the STAR 101.3 prize wheel.

Other events and entertainment at ParkFest will include: racing pigs, a craft and vendor fair, a bicycle stunt show, custom & classic car show, Druthers beer tasting, dog agility and martial arts demonstrations, wine samples, and the amazing woodcarving feats of Joshua Kerr. Additional child-centered activities will be: a rock climbing wall, caricature drawings, balloon animals, face painting, pony rides, and Operation Safe Child. Plus, the Saratoga County Animal Shelter will be there with adorable pets looking for new forever homes.

Finally, not to be missed will be the ParkFest fireworks grand finale.

Admission to ParkFest 2015 and parking are both FREE!

Dazzle Dogs at the Saratoga Springs Public Library Weds July 1st

29 Jun

10958542_10152622432143144_7331484507162908349_n-300x300The Dazzle Dogs are coming to the Saratoga Springs Public Library this Wednesday, July 1st! From 11am to 2pm, they are kicking off their Summer Reading Program with the Dazzle Dogs! What do these dogs have in common with with superheros? How about strength, agility, speed, and Charm! The Dazzle Dogs include, Pembroke Welsh Corgis “Charm-Charm” and “Checkers”, Border Collie, “Miss. Carina”, and introducing, “Little Miss. Charlotte”.

Free tickets available. For all ages.

Ballston Spa Village Family Fun Day 2015 {Sunday, June 28th}

25 Jun

20140504_134044-displayBallston Spa Village Family Fun Day 2015 is on Sunday, June 28th from 3-10pm at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. Admission is FREE. The 22nd Annual Family Fun Day will start at 3pm and will continue until the fireworks display at 9:45pm!

Features include:

A bouncy-bounce
Giveaways of bicycles, bike helmets, and t-shirts
Food provided by The Brickyard Restaurant

Come out and enjoy this free day filled with family fun!

Superhero Summer Kickoff at the Saratoga Springs Public Library {Sat. June 27th}

25 Jun

10469777_10152806622795947_7339536937695862818_nThe Superhero Summer Kickoff is on Saturday, June 27th from 11am to 4pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs. The theme for summer reading this year is all about superheroes, and to celebrate, they are launching the first annual Saratoga Springs Public Library Superhero Summer Kickoff on Saturday, June 27th from 11am – 4pm. The Kickoff, a pop-culture/comic convention-style event, will feature presentations and an “Artists’ Alley” of professionals from the comics, commercial art, and board game-design industries. Superhero cosplayers will be flying around for your epic photo ops & selfies!

Their Guest of Honor, and keynote speaker, is legendary comics writer, Ron Marz! Ron Marz has been writing comics for more than two decades, starting his career with a lengthy run on Silver Surfer for Marvel. Since then, he has worked for virtually every major publisher and compiled a long list of credits, including stints on Green Lantern for DC, Star Wars and Conan for Dark Horse, Witchblade for Top Cow, and as a staff writer for CrossGen Comics.

Mr. Marz will be presenting a one-man panel, starting at 12pm, where he will discuss the step-by-step process for creating comics, from script to finished book! This will truly be a unique peek behind the scenes of a major pop-culture industry!

Other guests include:
Richard Kane Ferguson (Magic: The Gathering, White Wolf Games)
Doug Hills (Manga Studio for Dummies)
Ron Hathaway (SARR Chasm Games)
Jaclyn Foglia (Magic: The Gathering Card Alter Artist
Nick Biales (comics artist and commercial illustrator)
Dan Busha (origami artist)
Superhero Cosplayers

The event is free of charge, and while you’re there, be sure to sign up for the kids’, teen, or adult Superhero Summer Reading Programs!

Nature Exploration Day Camp Registration Sat. June 27th

23 Jun

Screenshot-2014-05-13-10.15.27Saratoga Spa State Park will be offering a week long Nature Exploration Day Camp for children ages 8– 10. The camp will run from 9 am – 12 pm the week of August 10th – 14th, 2015. Campers will go on nature hikes, make crafts, and play games all while learning about the natural world and how to care for it.

The cost of the camp is $100.00 per child.

Registration will take place on Saturday, June 27th from 9 a.m – 10 a.m. and will be by phone. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 150 to register. Registration is limited to the first 15 children.

Check out a couple of their upcoming programs this week too:

Preschool Naturalists: Weds June 24th at 10am: a nature class designed for children ages 3 to 5. This hour long program will focus on using all five senses to explore a certain aspect of the outdoor world. Children will also enjoy a nature related story and craft. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Creatures of Geyser Creek: Weds June 24th at 3pm: Spend an afternoon in Geyser Creek getting to know the aquatic creatures that call it home! Please wear water shoes and clothes that can get wet. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.


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