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NYS Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation Rensselaer, N.Y. – On August 12 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, discover how colonists in the Hudson River Valley prepared ice cream on hot summer days, long before electricity made it easy to keep things cold.  Watch as interpreters in period costume use colonial era recipes, ice cream molds, and a reproduction 18th century ice cream maker called a sabotiere to prepare this summer treat the old fashioned way.  A scavenger hunt will highlight items in the museum related to Dutch colonial dairy production, the sugar trade, and more.  Visitors of all ages will also learn how to make their own ice cream at home, using basic ingredients and simple techniques.

Jasper String QuartetEvening concerts August 4 and 6, and Daytime Family Music Fest on August 5

Cooperstown, N.Y. (July 23, 2017) – The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will present three concerts the weekend of August 4-6, featuring the Jasper String Quartet, pianist Gilles Vonsattel, and flutist and Festival artistic director Linda Chesis.

On August 4 at 7:30 pm at Christ Church in Cooperstown, the Jasper String Quartet will perform a program called “Paysages,” featuring four works that convey a sense of place. Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia’s Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. The Jaspers (J Freivogel and Sae Chonayashi, violins; Sam Quintal, viola; Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello) have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and “powerful” (New York Times).

Path Through History HighlightPersonalized Itineraries & New Bike Paths Now Available

July 20, 2017, Rome NY — History in the Mohawk Valley has never been more alive, and now it’s easier than ever to experience historic battlegrounds and striking monuments while traveling through scenic New York.

New bike paths are available on the Mohawk Valley Path Through History website, www.BikeThruHistory.com. Cyclists can now easily navigate to culturally-significant destinations within several local counties, including Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, and Saratoga. More than thirty bike paths are offered, featuring turn-by-turn directions, printable cue sheets, downloadable app information and GPS tracking. Cyclists can view their current location directly from the website, and the majority of the bike paths can also be driven.

Shaker Heritage SocietyAlbany, N.Y. – Classes in chair taping, basket weaving, and woven holiday ornaments will be taught on Saturdays at the Shaker Heritage Society.

On Saturday, August 19, (10:00-1:00), local artist, Elizabeth Lee, will lead a workshop in constructing Shaker chair seats using cotton tape. Participants will need to bring their own chair with all old chair tape/seat removed as well as fresh chair tape. (To determine how much chair tape needed, please visit www.shakerworkshops.com.) $25 per participant. Pre-registration with payment is required by August 15th. Space is limited.

Mighty Might in the Green Trunks$100,000 from Terra Foundation, $60,000 from Warhol Foundation

Funds will support fall 2018 exhibition at Skidmore Colleges, The Imagist Object: New Dimensions in Chicago Art, 1964-1980

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (July 19, 2017) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College has received two major grants totaling $160,000 from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Terra Foundation for American Art in support of the fall 2018 exhibition and catalogue The Imagist Object: New Dimensions in Chicago Art, 1964-1980.

The Imagist Object, on view from September through December 2018 at the Tang, will explore the sculptural work and dimensional paintings by Chicago artists who invented their own kind of pop art, …

George Eastman Museum logoHidden Garden Concert will bring live music to the museum’s grounds

Rochester, N.Y., July 19, 2017— Due to a major restoration project that has temporarily closed the East Porch and East Vista of George Eastman’s historic mansion, this is the first summer in 22 years that the George Eastman Museum is not hosting its annual Garden Vibes concert series. The museum plans to keep the music alive, however, with a special Hidden Garden Concert on Saturday, August 19, at 6 p.m.

Rochester’s own Ben Morey and The Eyes will headline, celebrating the release of their album Mt. Doom, which was recorded at the South Wedge Mission in 2016. The concert, which will feature a very special opening set by solo performer O, will be held on the north side of the museum grounds, near the University Avenue fence.

Fort Ticonderoga Corn MazeTiconderoga, N.Y. – What activity combines solving puzzles and testing your knowledge of history with fresh air, sunshine, and over two miles of winding trails? Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corm Maze Adventure! Beginning August 12, bring the family along to test your navigational skills among towering stalks of corn in Fort Ticonderoga’s six-acre corn maze located near the King’s Garden. The Heroic Maze is included in the Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission price and will be open daily August 12 - August 28 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm). The maze will be open on weekends only, starting September 1 through October 15. It is also open Labor Day (September 4) and Columbus Day (October 9). Call 518-585-2821 to ask about group rates and availability, or visit www.fortticonderoga.org for corn maze details.

Yonkers Gallery GroupYonkers, N.Y. (July 19, 2017) – Returning for its second month on Thurs., August 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the First Thursday Gallery Hop is excited to announce the addition of Urban Studio Unbound (US+U) to the list of participating galleries in the monthly art walk. Other studios include Blue Door, PC4, Philipse Manor Hall, and Riverfront Art Gallery.

Each month, galleries extend their hours so visitors can explore Yonkers’ art scene through self-guided walking tours, bringing together art lovers, community members, and repeat visitors who collect art, dine, and shop at local businesses.

Saratoga Auto AuctionSaratoga Springs, N.Y. – The Saratoga Auto Auction, presented by the Saratoga Auto Museum, announces a world-class classic car auction taking place on September 22 and 23rd, 2017.  Up for bid will be 200 unique and vintage autos, classic boats and motorcycles, all scheduled to be auctioned from the stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) as well as online via Proxibid and by phone. Celebrated auctioneer Brent Earlywine will preside.

One in a Million

Jul 18, 2017

Wild Center One Millionth VisitorTupper Lake, N.Y. –  Less than five years after The Wild Center welcomed its first 500,000 visitors, today just after 12:30pm it celebrated eight-year old Andrew Chrien of South Carolina as the one-millionth person to walk through the Center’s doors.
 
Andrew, accompanied by his siblings Tyler, 6, Laura 4, and Mattie, 2, as well as his mother, Colleen Chrien, and grandparents, Charlie and Laurie Wall, was visiting The Wild Center for the first time. “I was not expecting it,” said Andrew. “I was just expecting to come here and learn about animals”…