This Weekend

Okay, collecting events today made me a little wistful. . . summer programs are winding down.  Here’s what I’ve found:

All Weekend:

A couple of Friday items that I missed earlier:

  • Learn to fish on a Moreau Lake Fishing Trip at 10 am.  Register; this event costs $15, which includes boat rental and supplies.
  • Mac-Haydn Theater’s last children’s production of the summer, The Frog Prince, is playing at 10:30 am on Friday and Saturday.  This is a drive, but I love this theater.
  • There’s a High Peaks Juggling show at 11 am at Crandall Public Library. You need to register.  This guy does a good show and gets the kids involved.
  • People will be rappelling off the Crowne Plaza in downtown Albany all day to benefit the Special Olympics.

Evening of Friday, August 20th:

Saturday, August 21st:

  • At 10:30 am it’s Little Wonders of Science about Snakes at the Schenectady Museum.  For ages 3-5.  Call to register, free with admission.
  • Mac-Haydn Theater’s last children’s production of the summer, The Frog Prince, is playing at 10:30 am on Friday and Saturday.  This is a drive, but I love this theater.
  • From 11 am to 1:30 pm learn about the Science of Baseball with the Tri-City ValleyCats at the Schenectady Museum.  Looks like you can just show up with this one, and it’s free with admission.
  • It’s Family Fun Weekend at the New York State Museum from 1-4 pm.  The theme is shells.
  • Learn about Grazers and Browsers of North America at Grafton Lakes State Park at 1 pm.
  • There’s an End-of-Summer Dance Party at 1:30 pm at the main Albany Public Library.
  • At 2 pm, learn about Muskrat Love at Five Rivers.
  • The Greyhounds will be doing a Retro Dance Party for the final Powers Park concert of the season in Troy at 6 pm.

Sunday, August 22nd:

  • At 11:30 am, just show up for a tour of the Albany Pine Bush with a naturalist.  It’s free.
  • Take a Goldenrod Walk at 2 pm at Five Rivers.
  • From 2-3:30 pm, it’s A Prescription for Fire at the Albany Pine Bush.  Learn about how fire helps regenerate nature, plus they say that there’s a firefighter obstacle course.  Pre-register, and it’s $2/person, $5/family.
  • The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company is performing at 7 pm at Freedom Park in Scotia.  I’ve already said that I love them.
  • It’s a Slavic Soul Party at Music Haven at Schenectady’s Central Park at 7 pm.  This is the last of the series for the summer.
  • At 7 pm, there’s a Rock and Soul show at Clifton Common Stage.


  1. Jennifer

    Hello K!
    Heldeberg Workshops really is about the best in wholesome, educational fun. Yes, it is short (only a few hours) and the kids spend almost as much time on the bus as at camp. This was at least our 6th year attending. My little guy thinks of the bus as half the fun. Blacksmithing, archery, world of music, world of science, woodland indians–all really great programs with adult leaders.
    Closer to home but for middle school and high school kids with musical inclinations the Jazz Institute at Proctors is amazing. Led by Keith Pray and Arthur Falbush, two amazing local musicians, the kids learn serious jazz–think Charles Mingus–all by ear and give an amazing end of program concert.

  2. It’s still closed. I called and left a message for them on the 16th asking for an update, took them a day and a half for someone to call and give me another number to call, which I did, and I still haven’t heard, again.

  3. According to the Daily Gazette today, Playscapes is starting work on Monday and expects to be done by Monday the 30th. The delay was because Playscapes didn’t want to replace the surface, so I’m thinking of handing the workers a letter to pass on to management regarding how remarkably irritated I am with them.

  4. Thanks, Juliet & Jennifer. I didn’t even know about the Heldeberg Workshop–I’m going to add it to my Big Ol’ List for now, but I might try to ask you for more info in the spring when people are pondering summer camps. I’ve heard that the Proctors programs are good, too. Who are we kidding? I just all-around love Proctors.

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