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Reconstruction of Thomas Cole’s New Studio Begins with Ground-breaking on July 3

Jul 9, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Thomas Cole National Historic Site GroundbreakingCatskill, N.Y. - The earth moved at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site on Thursday, July 3rd, as New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey joined Thomas Cole Executive Director Elizabeth Jacks and 100 other friends and dignitaries, to break ground on the reconstruction site for Cole's "New Studio."

"This is a day that many people have been thinking about and dreaming about for a long time," said Ms. Jacks.

Meet Live Snakes!

Jul 9, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Meet live snakes at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum on Saturday, July 26 at 10 a.m. Photo by Pam Golben. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center Presents "Snakes Alive!" on July 26

Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y. - On Saturday, July 26 at 10 a.m. the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum presents Snakes Alive! This special snake program will confirm that snakes are indeed awesome animals, helpful to the environment and very misunderstood.

NYC & Company Announces Curious George® as New York City's Official Family Ambassador

Jul 8, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Curious George Campaign Featuring Beloved Character Encourages Visitors to Discover Family-Friendly Adventures Throughout New York City's Five Boroughs

In 2013 New York City Welcomed an Estimated 16.7 Million Family Visitors

New York, N.Y. - NYC & Company, New York City's official tourism, marketing and partnership organization, today announced Curious George® as its sixth Official NYC Family Ambassador, a joint effort with NBCUniversal, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and PBS KIDS. As part of the yearlong collaboration, adventurous explorer Curious George will encourage family travel to the City's five boroughs by highlighting New York City as a family-friendly destination. In 2013 New York City welcomed an estimated 16.7 million family visitors, a 3.1 percent projected increase over 2012, contributing approximately $16.5 billion in direct spending to New York City's economy. Since the launch of the Family Ambassador program in 2009, family visitation to New York City has grown by 26.5 percent and currently comprises 30.8 percent of total visitation to New York City.

Characters of History at Niagara Falls adds another Famous Face

Jul 8, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Maria SpelteriniNiagara Falls, N.Y. - The "Characters of History" program at Niagara Falls State Park is in its 5th Season and the response from visitors has never been more positive. Annie Edson Taylor (first person to go over the Falls in a barrel, in 1901) leads a team the includes Frederick Law Olmsted, Father Louis Hennepin, Nikola Tesla, Angeline Whitney, Augustus Porter and this year's sensation, Maria Spelterini.

"In 1876 Maria Spelterini travelled from Italy to Niagara Falls where she became the first (and only) woman to tightrope walk across the Niagara Gorge" shares Actor Jamie Nablo-Lama, who portrays the fiesty funambulist.

2014 Finger Lakes Cheese Festival Initial Schedule of Events Announced

Jul 8, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Finger Lakes Cheese TrailFinger Lakes, N.Y. - The third annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival is slated for  Saturday July 26 from 10 am-5 pm at Sunset View Creamery in Odessa, NY, which is about five miles outside of Watkins Glen. Sunset View is a founding member of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail which puts on this annual family-focus event, and the Planning Committee is excited to announce many new additions to this year's festival.

Escape to Greene County’s Rural Farmland for a Deliciously Natural Summer Experience

Jul 8, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Explore Scenic Routes, Culture & More with Three Scenic Driving Tours

Greene County, N.Y. - This summer, explore Greene County with three distinct scenic diving tours and experience the region's diverse mix of arts and culture, rivers and mountains, markets and music.

New York State's Catskill Mountains were included in a recent list of "The Best States for Summer ...

Farm Stays & Stands in the Great Northern Catskills – Shop, Stay & Play in America’s 1st Wilderness

Jul 8, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Escape to Greene County's Rural Farmland for a Deliciously Natural Summer Experience

Greene County, N.Y. - This summer, discover the roots of your food in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County and hit the road for a fresh twist on a family vacation.

Located just two hours north of New York City, Hull-O Farms in Durham offers immersive farm stays in the Catskills perfect for a summer getaway that includes enriching experiences and a variety of family-friendly attractions.

Marine Museum Hosts Kids’ Pirate Day Events July 10 and July 24

Jul 8, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

H Lee White Marine MuseumBe there or walk the plank!

Oswego, N.Y. - Ahoy maties! The H. Lee White Marine Museum is swabbing the decks for a hearty morning of pirate carousing. Brush off your eye patch, grab your parrot and sign up for Kids' Pirate Day to be held Thursday, July 10 or Thursday July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon each day.

SPAC to Present Annual Ballet Gala on Saturday, July 12

Jul 3, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Wendy Whelan in Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain "A Tribute to Great Britain"

Special One-Time-Only Program to also Feature NYCB Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan in her SPAC Farewell Performance

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - SPAC will present its annual Ballet Gala, a fundraiser to support New York City Ballet's Saratoga season, on Saturday, July 12 featuring a special one-time-only program, "A Tribute to Great Britain." The evening's performance will include works by two acclaimed British choreographers, After the Rain (pas de deux) choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and Acheron (SPAC premiere) choreographed by Liam Scarlett, as well as Balanchine's dazzling Union Jack, a salute to the British heritage of the United States which features a spectacular cast of 74 dancers. Also highlighting the evening will be a performance by renowned NYCB Principal Dancer, Wendy Whelan, who will give her SPAC Farewell performance in Wheeldon's After the Rain, a role she originated which has since become one of her signature works.

Sidewalk Sales, Music, Magic (and More!) at Skaneateles’ Curbstone Festival

Jul 3, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Skaneateles Curbstone FestivalDuck Dash Raises Funds for Three Nonprofits Skaneateles, N.Y. - Ready. Set. Shop! Skaneateles' Curbstone Festival and Sidewalk Sales return July 17-19 along Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event, featuring more than 30 merchants, is organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. "The Curbstone Festival is a great opportunity for unique bargains and family fun," says Executive Director Tara Lynn. Among the sales and specials sure to delight shoppers: • Imagine will offer sales on jewelry, art glass, pottery, wood art and fiber art. • Fleur-de-lis Florist will feature Steals and Deals, including items marked down by 50 to 75 percent. • Rhubarb Kitchen Shop will offer 50 percent off a wide array of kitchen gadgets, acrylic ware and cooking accessories. Cooking demos will be given Friday by the executive chef from Wustof Cutlery.

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