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Posts from August 2020

Ganondagan logoMore Than $14,000 in Cash Prizes Offered in Fourth Annual Show

Victor, NY— When in a global pandemic, the “art” show must go on. 

The 2020 coronavirus has not dampened Ganondagan’s desire—or ability—to promote and highlight Hodinöhsö:ni' art. With that, Friends of Ganondagan announces the call for entries for its fourth annual juried Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show to take place virtually beginning Friday, November 6 through December 31, 2020.

Bethel Woods Augmented RealityImmersive tour NOW OPEN to the public

Bethel, NY (August 31, 2020) – The Museum at Bethel Woods, located at the National Register historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, today announced a new augmented reality tour, Meet Me at Woodstock.  The immersive tour gives guests the chance to experience the history of the festival first-hand as they listen to stories of those who were there, visualize the iconic stage, hear concert recordings and authentic announcements, and survey the grounds as a member of the 450,000 person crowd.

NYS - Making Progress HappenNation's Third Largest State Fair Postponed Due to COVID-19, Will Still Have Its Annual Butter Sculpture

Fair Fans Can Enjoy Virtual Contests and Activities From The Fair and Its Partners 

Drive-Thru Fair Food Events on Fairgrounds to Continue Through Labor Day 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a full slate of virtual Great New York State Fair special events and activities allowing New Yorkers to safely enjoy the Fair until its return in 2021. Fair fans can enjoy the Fair food drive-thru on fairgrounds, virtual visits to farms to witness live dairy cow births and live stream the Fair's annual Butter Sculpture reveal. Activities include online contests and virtual celebrations to mark some of the Fair's traditions. The Great New York State Fair is the nation's first and oldest state fair and the largest state fair in the East. …

Power of Native Women eventNew Paltz, NY – As a part of the museum’s 2020 initiative to shed light on the history of women’s rights, Historic Huguenot Street will honor the stories and celebrate the lives of Native women in the larger narrative of our communities. “The Power of Native Women” is a three-part multimedia event: Visitors can choose to attend in person Saturday, September 19 from 4 to 6 PM; join the museum online for a live-streaming of the speakers that same evening; and also attend follow-up themed virtual sessions to learn more on special topics.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of FameWith new state-of-the-art Hall of Fame and multiple exhibit openings

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will reopen to the public on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. The Museum has been closed since January for the installation of a new state-of-the-art Hall of Fame experience as well as multiple new and updated exhibitions. The Museum has put in place a number of enhanced safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is a Saratoga Cares Stay Safe Pledge institution with a commitment to the health of Saratoga County residents, workers, and visitors.

I Survived the Sinking of the TitanicStaatsburg, N.Y. — Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present stories for children outdoors on the mansion’s front portico on Saturday afternoons at 3pm in September.  The 30-minute programs will feature stories from or about the Gilded Age.  Selections from stories by Beatrix Potter (the author of Peter Rabbit) will be offered for children ages 5 to 7 on September 5 and 12.  On September 19 and 26, selections from the story I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis will be offered for children ages 8 to 11. 

There is no charge to attend, but visitors must register in advance.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  To make reservations, visit www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com.   …

Sojourner Truth StatueMonument at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Site Honoring Abolitionist and Suffragist Commemorates The 100th Anniversary Of Women's Suffrage

Monument Expands Representation Of Figures Who Have Contributed To New York State's History 

Photos Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a seven-foot bronze statue of eminent abolitionist and suffragist Sojourner Truth was unveiled at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in Ulster County to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.

"Sojourner Truth's passionate belief in equal rights for all made her an enduring role model for the reformers of the civil rights and women's equality movements," Governor Cuomo said. "As New York celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, it is fitting that we recognize this courageous and pioneering New Yorker and look to her for inspiration as we continue striving to make New York State a beacon for equality and inclusion for all people."…

Catskills Folk ConnectionEast Meredith, N.Y. – Catskills Folk Connection will present an exhibit of local artists, “Folk Art in Wood,” on view by reservation at Hanford Mills Museum from Wednesday, September 2 through October 15. The exhibit features artists who work with wood in a wide variety of ways.

Joe Dibble carves decoys of water birds such as swans, geese, and ducks, plus wood carvings of trout and land birds. Gary Mead creates one-of-a-kind furniture from carefully selected wood, some of which he harvests and mills specifically for his projects. Kira Lendo creates pictures on wood, drawing wildlife and Catskills scenes with a wood burner. Joe Hewitt and Ken Etts know the secret of the “whistle stick”, a folk toy they make out of a notched stick and a small propeller, which reverses direction when they whistle.

Tang Teaching Museum photograph by Tom JenkinsSaratoga Springs, NY (August 25, 2020) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, in accordance with Skidmore College guidelines, will reopen for the fall semester for Skidmore students, faculty and staff only with limited hours and new protocols.

While the Museum building is closed to the public, the Tang continues to be open online for everyone. Since the COVID-19 closure started in March, the Tang has expanded its exhibitions online, opened new digital exhibitions, created a new page of at-home art-making activities, and presented many online programs that have included Tang at Home Studio family art-making projects, student musical, dance, and poetry performances, and special events with artists Tim Davis and Liz Collins, both celebrating the publication of their new exhibition catalogues.