Fort Ti Homeschool Day

Friday, September 9, 2016

Homeschool groups, you are invited to join us for a day exclusively reserved for you! Spend a day at Fort Ticonderoga and take part in a series of programs designed for homeschool families. While interacting with British soldiers, students can ask about the life at the 18th-century fort.
During the day, students can learn about the British troops who helped defend Fort Ticonderoga in the fall of 1777. While interacting with these British soldiers, students can ask about the life of an 18th-century soldier. What did he eat? Where did he sleep? What did he wear? Where did his clothes come from?
Students can explore the Fort and museum exhibitions. They can take guided tours, learn about the Fort’s history, and observe musket demonstrations. They can visit the historic trades shop, where shoes and clothing are produced by the Fort’s staff, and learn about the global economy of the 1770s.
To register your homeschool students, please email our Group Tour Coordinator at Fort Ticonderoga, atinfo@fort-ticonderoga.org
I wanted to thank Ft. Ticonderoga for Homeschool Day. My kids & I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a day at the fort. The demonstrations were wonderful, and we enjoyed learning about the history of the fort & the area. The guide explaining the geography of the area & lakes helped us to understand why the fort was so strategically desired. --2015 Homeschool Day Participant
By the way, the day was AMAZING!!! No joke, it was absolutely everything we hoped for and more. We all want to come back! Thank you to everyone who put so much effort, planning, enthusiasm, and time into a perfect way to start the homeschooling year!!! --2015 Homeschool Day Participant
All of you at Fort Ticonderoga should be high-fiving each other!  Your homeschool day was incredible!  My family and I have traveled all over the Northeast and Midwest attending homeschool events at historical landmarks, national parks, national lakeshore, etc, and yours was one of the best!  We had an amazing time enjoying your majestic fort in it's beautiful surroundings on Lake Champlain.  The interpreters were informative and interesting.  Every staff member and volunteer was friendly and helpful. Thank you for this special event geared towards the homeschooling family.  We've been telling everyone how great Fort Ticonderoga is!  We'll definitely be back!--2015 Homeschool Day Participant

Cost

Student admission fo Homeschool Day is $6 per student with one free parent. Additional adults pay $14 each. Student rates apply to Grades K-12.

Making Reservations

To make a reservation for Homeschool Day, contact our Group Tour Coordinator, at (518) 585-2821 or info@fort-ticonderoga.org.
To download or print the Homeschool Day form, click here

Homeschool Day Schedule (tentative)

10:15--Guided Tour—Learn about the history of Fort Ticonderoga on this 30-minute guided tour.Begins at the American Flag.
10:30--Historic Trades Program, Shoemaking—Visit the Shoemaker and learn about the production of shoes in 1777. Program takes place in the Shoe Shop on the ground floor of the Officers’ Barracks.
11:00--Carillon Boat Cruise--Explore Ticonderoga's history from the water! Embark on this adventure for an unforgettable experience aboard the Carillon cruise vessel. Reservations are required, please call (518)585-2821 to reserve your spot!
11:00-1:00--Watercolors in the King's Garden—Try your hand at Watercolor Paints, while using the beautiful landscapes of the King’s Garden as your inspiration. Not into paint? Colored Pencils will also be available with suggestions for painting and drawing.
11:00--Musket Demo—Learn about Bristish battlefield tactics, including the loading and firing of muskets. This takes place in the Demonstration Area on the south side of the Fort..
11:30--King's Garden Tour—Learn about the history of the King’s Garden and the Grounds surrounding the Pavilion. Tour begins at the American Flag.
12:00--Mid-Day Mess Program—Learn about how the British Troops at Fort Ticonderoga in 1777 prepared their mid-day meal in a field kitchen. Program takes place at the Camp Kitchen next to the Fort’s archway.
12:30--Historic Trades Program, Tailoring—Visit the Tailor and learn about the production of clothes in 1777 for the British Army. Program takes place in the Tailor’s Post on the second floor of the Officers’ Barracks.
1:00-- "To Act as One United Body" In the Footsteps of the Continental Soldiers--In this program, children can observe a musket demonstration and practice formation tactics. The soldier's experience comes to life as children learn about key aspects of the American Revolution. Come learn about the training used to prepare soldiers to meet a powerful enemy, what soldiers ate, and experience the confusion of battle. Advanced reservations are required, along with an additional $4.oo per person. Please call (518)585-2821 to reserve your spot!
1:15--Guided Tour—see 10:15 description.
1:30--National History Day Program introduction—Learn about the National History Day Program, a program for students in grades 6-12. Program takes place in the 2nd floor classroom in the Mars Education Center.
2:00--Cannon Demonstration- Learn how the British Army used well trained cannon crews to make cannons effective in 1777.
2:00-4:00--Watercolors in the King's Garden—see 11:00 description.
2:30--Historic Trades Program, Shoemaking—see 10:30 description.
2:30--King's Garden Tour—see 11:30 description.
3:00--Guided Tour—see 10:15 description.

Ongoing Activities at Fort Ticonderoga

9:30-5:00 Explore the Museum! We have several new exhibits this year, with lots of intriguing experiences for students.  See teacher resources to help plan your visit.
12:00-4:00 The Heroic Corn Maze! Explore Fort Ticonderoga’s six-acre corn maze. Find your way through both phases of this maze. Try out the “Engineer a Fort Quest” and place your name on the wall of fame! Last entry at 3:30.
9:30-5:00--Explore the Kings Garden! Roll up your sleeves and help the gardeners, or just experience the beauty of the gardens. We also have suggestions for self-guided activities in the gardens posted in the kiosk across from the Chicken Coop.

North Country History Day

The National History Day® program provides homeschool families with an excellent opportunity for project-based learning. Students create projects based on an annual theme and compete at the regional, state, and national level.
Fort Ticonderoga coordinates North Country History Day for students is Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties in New York State. Homeschool students who reside in these six counties are invited to participate. Learn More.

Adirondack Youth Orchestra

Hello Parents,
As summer starts to wind down we are preparing for the upcoming fall season of the Adirondack Youth Orchestra Association.  Attached please find the registration form for this year.  We have kept the pricing the same as last year.  The deadline for the $10 discount for early submission is September 2nd.  You can either mail the forms in to the AYOA at PO Box 1590, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 or you can drop them off at my office at 61 Smithfield Blvd, Plattsburgh (an after hour drop slot is available).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THIS YEAR:
FIRST REHEARSAL:
The first rehearsal will be on September 11th and is being held at the Plattsburgh Senior High School in the area of the Auditorium.  For the first rehearsal only we ask that a parent stay for the parent meeting.  Here is the schedule…
        3:30-4:00  Registration (for those that haven’t taken advantage of the early registration) and Check-In: held in the lobby and auditorium.
        4:00-4:30  Parent meeting for all groups: held in the auditorium.
                    Student meeting for all groups: held in the band room.
        4:30-5:00 Audition warm-up area will be in the band room.
                    Optional light snack for the students (water and cookies) will be in the auditorium.
                     Chorus auditions* will be held in the orchestra room (all students, even those that have submitted NYSSMA forms are asked to audition)
                     Instrument auditions* will be held in the conference room (optional but recommended for those that have submitted NYSSMA forms)
                *The conductors use the auditions to assist them with group/seat placement.  Your child should have a short selection ready for the audition.
        5:00 Rehearsals start
                AYO will be in the band room with a 7:00 dismissal
                AYM will be on the stage in the auditorium with a 6:00 dismissal
                AYS will be in a room to be determined with a 6:00 dismissal
                AYC will be in a room to be determined with a 6:00 dismissal
                AYV will be in the orchestra room with a 6:00 dismissal
REGULAR REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
The current scheduled rehearsal dates for this session are-9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 and an 11/12 dress rehearsal.  The schedule may be adjusted by the conductor of each group.  If any changes are necessary the conductor will communicate them.  This information should also be available on our web-site, www.ayoa.org.  The rehearsals are all being held at the Plattsburgh Senior High School.
The rehearsal times are:
AYC & AYM  3:30-4:30
AYV 4:30-5:30
AYS 5:00-6:00
AYO 5:00-7:00
CONCERT:
The concert is being held at the Plattsburgh High School Auditorium at 2pm on Sunday, November 13th.
OTHER INFORMATION
We are pleased to welcome a number of new conductors to the AYOA this year.  Our AYO conductor and music director, Todd Pray, has requested a one year leave of absence and will be replaced by Patrick Towey.  Our AYM conductor, Kate Bulluck, has moved back to her home area in the capital district to teach and will be replaced by Joel Perkins.  Emily Allen is returning as the AYS conductor.  David and Megan Yonteff, our AYW and AYV conductors have stepped down.  The AYW is being merged into the AYM and our AYC conductor, Cherie LaDuke, will be moving from the AYC to the the AYV.  Jennifer Moore will be joining us to conduct the AYC. 
I still have photos orders for a dozen folks.  If you ordered pictures at the spring concert and haven’t picked them up yet they are available at my office (State Farm Insurance, 61 Smithfield Blvd) Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Also, we are very interested in having more parents join us on the board.  It is always best to have the parents perspective represented.  If you are interested in joining the board and/or if you are able to assist us at the opening rehearsal please let us know
Thank you,
AYOA
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Homeschool Soccer

Hello Homeschooling Soccer Fans! My husband, Steve, and I are going to be doing a fun, non-competitive soccer program for homeschoolers, ages 4-18, starting Saturday, September 10th and going until Saturday, October 29th (eight Saturdays). It will take place from 2-3pm for 4-10 year olds, and 2-4pm for 11-18 year olds. 

Please fill out this form if your kids plan to participate: https://goo.gl/forms/KpBocQexHfkF8LD63

I am working on making this happen at the fields in Cadyville by the former school, but this is not verified yet. I am also working on getting insurance, which we need to be able to use any field, and it is usually around $25 per child, but once I have a pretty good idea of our numbers, I'll be able to give a firm cost.

All kids must wear shin guards and bring a water bottle (labeled with their name), and cleats are optional.

The program is informal, and of course we want kids to attend as often as they can, but don't feel bad if you have to miss practice.

We will spend the first part of each practice playing games and doing drills, and the second half of practice scrimmaging. There is a chance that for the older kids only, Steve might be able to arrange a relaxed game against the North Country School in Lake Placid.

We'd love to have parent helpers, and you don't even have to know anything about soccer! You can list your ability to help on the sign-up form. Also on the sign-up form, you can list any equipment that you might be willing to share, like foldable soccer goals or soccer balls. The more equipment we have the better!

I will be leading the younger kids group, and I'm not a soccer star by any stretch of the imagination, though I do know lots of fun games, but don't feel daunted if you aren't a star either, and please help out if you are a star! Steve will lead the older group. He's really into healthy, safe fitness that can be achieved with whatever resources are on hand, and he has coached many teams from the elementary to the college and adult level. He is a very, very nice person and the whole reason I married him was because he was my nordic ski coach in college and I just loved the way he always worked to lift up the slowest members of the team (usually me) and not just the hot-shots, though he was a hot-shot himself. We have two boys, ages 7 and 11, who really like to do the PLAY part of playing soccer and really enjoy the camaraderie of teamwork.

-Sunita & Steve Halasz
518-891-6440 (home, for most of the time)
518-524-4883 (cell, for Saturdays when we are on the soccer field)

Adirondack Museum Homeschool Day

We are pleased to invite you to Home School Day 2016 at the Adirondack Museum!

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, we will be offering exciting, experiential programming especially for your students as well as self-directed activities to guide you through the museum’s grounds and exhibits. Programming and museum admission is offered free of charge.  

Program descriptions, (times are forthcoming):
The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY: Silent Wings, a live bird of prey program for students of all ages. 
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry:  A participatory class for students aged 12-16 about fall bird migration.
The Adirondack Watershed Institute:  A participatory class for students in middle and upper grade ranges on water in our region.
Hamilton County Soil and Water Dept.:  A participatory class focused on conservation of natural resources.

Hands-on activity tables presented by:
Historic Saranac Lake
The Adirondack Watershed Institute
A variety of self-guide activities will also be available. 

Important*
An adult must accompany students at all times. 
You do not need to pre-register to attend.
Class attendance will be on a first come basis. Registration for classes will take place on the day of the event.


Diane L Carver
Assistant Educator
The Adirondack Museum
P.O. Box 99
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812

Homeschool Camp

It's Homeschool Camp time of year again!  If you are interested in checking us out or have questions, please call my cel phone at 518-569-3327 because I will be out of town until Saturday. We'd love to have new faces and make new friends. Here are the basic details...

Where:  Summer Camp at Camp Cherokee (433 Gilpin Bay, Lake Saranac)

When:  Aug.21st – Aug.26th, 2016 (Sunday, August 21st (dinner time) through Friday, August 26th (morning))

Cost: $461/family plus you supply a meal for everyone including staff and help another family with a meal (that way you have help with your meal too!) Note:  If you’d like another adult with you for the week (Grandparent) it is an additional $120. The cost of an additional child (13 and under) it is $100 for the week. Foster children are considered family children and included in the family price.

If you can't make the week... here are some additional choices:

Day Rate: for a family is $75 dollars plus you will be asked to contribute dessert or drinks for one meal and be a helper for that meal. The $75 does include activities and food for your family for the day

Night Rate: for a family is $110 plus you will need to provide a meal for everyone (I can help you with this). Each additional night will be $99 and you will need to help with a meal. The rate includes activities and food.

Activities (all included in the cost):
Pool with lifeguard, Horseback riding, Archery or Knife throwing, Ping Pong, Small Sand Pit (little boys liked it there!), Vollyball/Sand area, Playground area, Motorboats with almost everything imaginable behind them (staff drives the boats), Boat Area (includes kayaks, canoes, paddle boats) 

Other things you may want to know --
  • The kitchen is vegetarian; hence no meat – milk, eggs & dairy are fine.
  • You bring your own bedding, towels, etc (beds and bunks are provide). I’ll let you know what beds/bunks you will have in your room before you go.
  • Every family supplies a meal - so food is mostly covered. You can put the food you bring in the main kitchen where there is a walk in fridge and area to store food. (You may also want to bring extra snacks for your family in a plastic container if you store where you sleep or you can store anything you want in the kitchen)
  • Due to allergies, we have only allowed peanut butter in the kitchen and asked that an adult makes the sandwich, then they watch the child while they eat it. Afterwards, please wash everyone’s hands.
  • If you have other allergy concerns, or this policy is not acceptable, please notify me and we will work together to insure everyone is safe!

Feel free to contact me with questions. You can email me at tamneureuther @yahoo.com or call me (c) 518-569-3327. My kids are looking forward to an amazing time with their friends and I’m looking forward to the peace and friendship I enjoy each year.

Homeschool Soccer Skills

There’s quite a bit of news and changes coming on the soccer front. The format of soccer will change this year. We hope to develop a NON-competitive soccer season/ gym class where skills will be taught the first half and then a scrimmage for the second half.  This will allow kids from different ages and skill levels to attend.  There will be an older “team” (11/12 to 17 years old) and a younger “team” (7ish-10/11 years old).  It is planned that the older team will meet for two hours while the younger team my meet for only one.  More details to follow. There will still be a small fee for insurance (so we can use the town parks); but we will no longer need to pay for referees.
 
Sunita and her husband are excited to take over the homeschool soccer progam and have soccer coaching experience! If you'd like to touch base with Sunita, her email is sunitahalasz@gmail.com.
 

Homeschool Ballet

Please see below for information from Victoria Ainsworth. She has previously taught a homeschool ballet class and is now joining Langlois Dance to teach ballet at that location. If there is enough interest, Victoria says a homeschool class will be created. Please reach out to Victoria for more information.

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Hello, Ms. Barbra Racine, the owner of Langlois Dance school, is making the schedule. The ballet classes are open to all children however if we have 8 or  more than children Ms. Barbra will create a separate Homeschool class only for Home school children. Previously when I taught a homeschool class (my daughter has been homeschooled for years) we did the class at 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon depending on the most convenient day for all. I also teach mornings at the cvph Wellness center but am free to teach most afternoons!  Thank you Please feel to contact me with any further questions. 

Victoria

Farmhouse Pantry Co-op

Farmhouse Pantry is available on Thursday mornings for homeschoolers to use for group classes/workshops/club space. 

Teacher/facilitator applications are being accepted now. Student applications will be available soon.

Any other questions, feel free to email Sarah Vaillancourt at lovermont@gmail.com or at Farmhouse Pantry thekitchen@farmhouse-pantry.com .

Feel free to pass this info on to anybody you think would be interested in leading a class/club/etc (music teacher? drama teacher? board game lover? writing tutor? etc).


Science Offerings at Newcomb Campus


This is Erin Griffin, Environmental Education Coordinator for the College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Newcomb Campus. I wanted to reach out and let you know of the educational opportunities here in Newcomb that may be of interest you.  I grew up as a homeschool student in Redford myself.

At ESF’s Newcomb Campus, I design science education programs for school and youth groups of all kinds, from high school overnight programs to canoe adventures to hands-on labs. We have year-round overnight facilities and all kinds of equipment for science programs which can be a great resource for homeschool families looking to gain more exposure to hard sciences. More info on our campus here: www.esf.edu/newcomb , and I attached a brief flyer as well that you are welcome to circulate.

I am available anytime for conversation about the types of programs we can design for homeschoolers of all ages!  Please feel free to email egriff03@esf.edu or call with questions or ideas – I am most interested in offering programs that support your specific needs and interests.

Thanks, and enjoy the week!
Erin


Erin Griffin

Environmental Education Coordinator
SUNY ESF’s Newcomb Campus

Homeschool Day at Fort Ticonderoga

Homeschool Day at Fort Ticonderoga

Friday, September 9, 2016

Homeschool groups are invited to join us for a day exclusively reserved for you! Spend a day at Fort Ticonderoga and take part in a series of programs designed for homeschool families. While interacting with British soldiers, students can ask about the life at the 18th-century fort.
During the day, students can learn about the British troops who helped defend Fort Ticonderoga in the fall of 1777. Interacting with these British soldiers, students can ask about the life of an 18th-century soldier. What did he eat? Where did he sleep? What did he wear? Where did his clothes come from?
Students can explore the Fort and museum exhibitions. They can take guided tours, learn about the Fort’s history, and observe musket demonstrations. They can visit the historic trades shop, where shoes and clothing are produced by the Fort’s staff, and learn about the global economy of the 1770s.
To register your homeschool students, please email our Group Tour Coordinator at Fort Ticonderoga, atinfo@fort-ticonderoga.org
I wanted to thank Ft. Ticonderoga for Homeschool Day. My kids & I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a day at the fort. The demonstrations were wonderful, and we enjoyed learning about the history of the fort & the area. The guide explaining the geography of the area & lakes helped us to understand why the fort was so strategically desired. --2015 Homeschool Day Participant
By the way, the day was AMAZING!!! No joke, it was absolutely everything we hoped for and more. We all want to come back! Thank you to everyone who put so much effort, planning, enthusiasm, and time into a perfect way to start the homeschooling year!!! --2015 Homeschool Day Participant
All of you at Fort Ticonderoga should be high-fiving each other!  Your homeschool day was incredible!  My family and I have traveled all over the Northeast and Midwest attending homeschool events at historical landmarks, national parks, national lakeshore, etc, and yours was one of the best!  We had an amazing time enjoying your majestic fort in it's beautiful surroundings on Lake Champlain.  The interpreters were informative and interesting.  Every staff member and volunteer was friendly and helpful. Thank you for this special event geared towards the homeschooling family.  We've been telling everyone how great Fort Ticonderoga is!  We'll definitely be back!--2015 Homeschool Day Participant

Cost

Student admission fo rHomeschool Day is $6 per student with one free parent. Additional adults pay $14 each. Student rates apply to Grades K-12.

Making Reservations

To make a reservation for Homeschool Day, contact our Group Tour Coordinator, at (518) 585-2821 ext. 225 or info@fort-ticonderoga.org.

Homeschool Day Schedule (tentative)

10:15--Guided Tour—Learn about the history of Fort Ticonderoga on this 30-minute guided tour.Begins at the American Flag.
10:30--Historic Trades Program, Shoemaking—Visit the Shoemaker and learn about the production of shoes in 1777. Program takes place in the Shoe Shop on the ground floor of the Officers’ Barracks.
11:00-1:00--Watercolors in the King's Garden—Try your hand at Watercolor Paints, while using the beautiful landscapes of the King’s Garden as your inspiration. Not into paint? Colored Pencils will also be available with suggestions for painting and drawing.
11:00--Musket Demo—Learn about Bristish battlefield tactics, including the loading and firing of muskets. This takes place in the Demonstration Area on the south side of the Fort..
11:30--King's Garden Tour—Learn about the history of the King’s Garden and the Grounds surrounding the Pavilion. Tour begins at the American Flag.
12:00--Mid-Day Mess Program—Learn about how the British Troops at Fort Ticonderoga in 1777 prepared their mid-day meal in a field kitchen. Program takes place at the Camp Kitchen next to the Fort’s archway.
12:30--Historic Trades Program, Tailoring—Visit the Tailor and learn about the production of clothes in 1777 for the British Army. Program takes place in the Tailor’s Post on the second floor of the Officers’ Barracks.
1:00--Historic Trades Program, Carpentry Yard—Visit the Carpenter and learn about the building projects and techniques used here at Fort Ticonderoga in 1777. The Carpentry Yard is on the path from the Camp Kitchen to the King’s Garden.
1:15--Guided Tour—see 10:15 description.
1:30--National History Day Program introduction—Learn about the National History Day Program, a program for students in grades 6-12. Program takes place in the 2nd floor classroom in the Mars Education Center.
2:00--Cannon Demonstration- Learn how the British Army used well trained cannon crews to make cannons effective in 1777.
2:00-4:00--Watercolors in the King's Garden—see 11:00 description.
2:30--Historic Trades Program, Shoemaking—see 10:30 description.
2:30--King's Garden Tour—see 11:30 description.
3:00--Guided Tour—see 10:15 description.

Ongoing Activities at Fort Ticonderoga

9:30-5:00 Explore the Museum! We have several new exhibits this year, with lots of intriguing experiences for students.  See teacher resources to help plan your visit.
12:00-4:00 The Heroic Corn Maze! Explore Fort Ticonderoga’s six-acre corn maze. Find your way through both phases of this maze. Try out the “Engineer a Fort Quest” and place your name on the wall of fame! Last entry at 3:30.
9:30-5:00--Explore the Kings Garden! Roll up your sleeves and help the gardeners, or just experience the beauty of the gardens. We also have suggestions for self-guided activities in the gardens posted in the kiosk across from the Chicken Coop.

North Country History Day

The National History Day® program provides homeschool families with an excellent opportunity for project-based learning. Students create projects based on an annual theme and compete at the regional, state, and national level.
Fort Ticonderoga coordinates North Country History Day for students is Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties in New York State. Homeschool students who reside in these six counties are invited to participate. Learn More.

Piano Lesson Offering

Margaret Meyer will be teaching piano lessons beginning this fall. She will be teaching them out of her home in Peru and possibly in Plattsburgh as well. She may be able to teach in a student's home depending on the number of students, scheduling etc...

Her website is in the process of being updated so check back http://www.margaret.meyer.net

For more information you may contact her at meyer.margaret@gmail.com

Homeschool Parent Support Group

Homeschool Parent Support Group

When: Saturday August 6th 9:30am-10:30am 

Where: Farmhouse Pantry  http://farmhouse-pantry.com/

Contact: Sarah Vaillancourt

Come learn more about homeschooling in the North Country, talk about your plans for the upcoming year, and connect with other homeschooling parents. Homeschooling parents of all experience levels welcome.
Due to the constraints of the space, we ask that parents find alternate childcare for their children. Babes in arms welcome. 
Any questions, contact Sarah Vaillancourt at Farmhouse Pantry (thekitchen@farmhouse-pantry.com or 518-293-5174).

The Adirondack History Museum Fire Tower Program Family Day

ESSEX COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY FIRE TOWER DAY

The Adirondack History Museum
Fire Tower Program Family Day
July 30th 2016
The Essex County Historical Society is sponsoring a series of classes and hikes focused on the historic role of Adirondack fire towers in forest stewardship. The Adirondack Fire Towers and Land Stewardship Program is offered to community members and school groups throughout the 2016 season.
The daylong sessions will begin with a 1 hour class at the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown, followed by a 2.5 mile round-trip guided hike to the restored fire tower at Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in the nearby town of Chesterfield. Participants should wear clothing and hiking footwear appropriate for the day outdoors and bring a snack, ample liquids, and lunch, which will be enjoyed on top of the mountain.
The program will examine Adirondack fire tower history, using the Museum’s exhibit and restored fire tower as resources. Hike participants will learn about the natural history of Poke-O-Moonshine and its fire tower in protecting the surrounding forest.
The free session will be offered to families in the community and recommended for children in the 4th to 8th grade level. The field day will occur on July 30th from 9 am until about 3pm. For further information, or to reserve, contact David Thomas-Train at badtts@gmail.com . 

Play at the Jay Theatre Friday July 15th

Everyone is invited to the Mountain to Mountain Youth Theatre Production of Aesops Musical foibles and the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon. 

Friday July 15th at 6:30pm at the Jay Theatre-- right in the center of jay NY. 

Come see some great acting. It is always a evening of fun, laughter and great theatre. 

Art in the National Parks Talk at the Alice T. Miner Museum

Find Your Park Trough Art
Thursday, July 21, 7:00 p.m.
The Alice T. Miner Museum
9618 Route 9
Chazy, NY 12921
518-846-7336

The Alice T. Miner Museum is pleased to announce that former director/curator Amanda Palmer will be returning to the museum to share with us her campaign to encourage artists and people of all ages to find their park through art! She will give a presentation during which she will discuss her several artist residencies in the National Parks, reveal some of her many inspirations, and explore a few of her creative methods. Amanda’s artwork will be on exhibit for the following week and will be available for sale.

Amanda has completed artist’s residencies at Homestead National Monument in Nebraska and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming and Montana. She also has been awarded residencies at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. She has been invited to give her Find Your Park Trough Art talk this fall at Zion National Park, where she will also teach a relief printing workshop.

In celebration of its 100th birthday, the National Park Service launched the Find Your Park movement to inspire all people to connect with, enjoy, and support America’s national parks. Find Your Park also encourages people to explore state parks, local parks, trails, museums, historic sites, and the many ways that they can connect with history and culture, enjoy nature, and make new discoveries.

Secrets of Benjamin Franklin’s Kite at Miner Museum

The Alice T. Miner Museum announces:
Secrets of Benjamin Franklin’s Kite
Friday, July 22, 7:00 p.m.

Chazy, New York – We’re all familiar with the story of Benjamin Franklin’s discovery of electricity by flying a kite in a lightning storm. But what really happened on that day in 1752? Join us at the Alice T. Miner Museum on July 22 to find out! Jan McCormick will demonstrate a replica of Ben’s kite and explain how it was made. Could he have really flown it, and did he actually perform his famous experiment? Where did the myths about Franklin and electricity come from?

This program will explore science and history through hands-on activities and is free and open to children of all ages. Refreshments will be served, and visitors will also have the opportunity to play some historic games of Ben Franklin’s time.

The Alice T. Miner Museum is located in Chazy, New York. This fifteen-room Colonial Revival museum houses Alice T. Miner’s collection of furniture, ceramics, glass, samplers, silhouettes, quilts, dolls, and more, most from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also displays artifacts related to Alice and William Miner’s life and philanthropic work in the North Country.

Farmhouse Pantry Homeschool Co-op

We are offering Farmhouse Pantry on Thursday mornings for homeschoolers to use as group class/workshop/club space. 
Teacher/facilitator applications are being accepted now. Student applications will be available in August.
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Any other questions, feel free to email me at my personal email (lovermont@gmail.com) or Farmhouse Pantry (the kitchen@farmhouse-pantry.com) - either way, I'll get the e-mail.
Feel free to pass this info on to anybody you think would be interested in leading a class/club/etc (music teacher? drama teacher? board game lover? writing tutor? etc).
Thanks!