Sackets Harbor, N.Y. - The Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY, is now a Blue Star Museum.
The Blue Star Museums program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts with Blue Star Families, an organization that raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life- and more than 1,300 participating museums across America. The museums, nature center, historic and cultural sites provide free admission spouses and families of active military.
More than one million children in the U.S. have had at least one parent deployed. The program provides the free admission to affected families through Labor Day, September 5, 2011. Read more »
Seneca County, N.Y. - There are tons of things going on in the Finger Lakes this holiday weekend. But here are 10 must do’s to add into your plans:
#10. Friday night music pairings. Montezuma Winery (2981 Auburn Road, Seneca Falls, 315.568.8190) and Buttonwood Grove Winery (5986 Rte 89, Romulus, 607.869.9760). Or Americana Vineyards (4367 East Covert Road off Rte 89, Interlaken, 607.387.6801) and Wagner Vineyards (9322 Rte 414, Lodi, 607.582.6450).
#9. Kendig Creek Paddle. Get a kayak and guided tour from Canal Side Experiences (706 Waterloo-Geneva Road, Waterloo, 315.651.4443) or Fuzzy Guppies (1278 Waterloo-Geneva Road, Waterloo, 315.539.8848). Read more »
New format will boost ecotourism
Albany, N.Y. - The Hudson River Valley Greenway is encouraging residents of the Hudson Valley and beyond to get ready for the 11th Annual Great Hudson River Paddle, scheduled for July 1-31, 2011.
The Paddle features 80 paddling events throughout July. More information on paddling events like fireworks tours, “Pirates of Esopus” kayak scavenger hunt, kayaking instruction, and a variety of tours being held throughout the Hudson River Valley can be found on http://www.greathrpaddle.org/paddleEvents.aspx. You can also click here to watch a video about the GHRP. Read more »
Niagara County, N.Y. - On July 30th and 31st the Niagara Wine Trail will hold the third annual Wine & Culinary Festival at Artpark. The wine festival has brought hundreds of people over the past two years to the picturesque setting of Artpark in Lewiston, NY to enjoy wine tasting from the wineries of the Niagara Wine Trail, local cuisine and live music.
This year’s wine festival will include wine tasting and cuisine from local restaurants on Saturday from 12pm-8pm and Sunday from 12pm-6pm. Live music will be featured all weekend including a preview of the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival on Sunday, bands from Music is Art on Saturday and Artpark’s Rock Camp featuring young musicians on Saturday. Read more »
New Paltz, N.Y. - PianoSummer at New Paltz Institute/Festival is the pinnacle of the summer arts season in the Hudson Valley. Under the direction of internationally renowned pianist Vladimir Feltsman, the Institute/Festival begins its 16th season on July 9 with concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures and a piano competition. Concerts and events take place at the State University of New York at New Paltz campus. Read more »
Opening Night on Tuesday, July 5 at 8 p.m.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - The 2011 Season of New York City Ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center presented by HSBC Bank, July 5 - 16 will feature two weeks of stunning, world-class ballets. Among the highlights of the season is the major revival of Peter Martins’ enchanting story ballet, The Magic Flute, Balanchine “black and white” ballets including Agon and Apollo, Jerome Robbins’ multi-media I’m Old Fashioned, the Gala premieres of new works by Susan Stroman and Benjamin Millepied and the Saratoga debut of “See the Music” pre-curtain talks by NYCB Music Director Fayçal Karoui. Read more »
Rochester, N.Y. - The Strong’s National Museum of Play is pleased to announce a partnership with the Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens Initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fight childhood obesity. The national initiative helps children learn about healthy food choices and promotes physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs. The program aims to sign up 2,000 museums and gardens and reach 200 million visitors in the coming year. Read more »