I promise that this is my last alliterative title. I couldn’t help myself.
We went to M’s first school orchestra and chorus concert. For the chorus portion she had a solo, and she did a great job. Poor J, who had seen the program as part of an assembly once already during the school day, tried her best to be patient in the hot, crowded gym. After the concert, roughly a million 4th and 5th graders and their families knocked around expensive, unwieldy musical instruments while praising each other’s performance, gossiping, and shuffling toward the cafeteria, where a spread of cookies and juice awaited everyone.
And that’s when the fire alarm went off. Everyone was ushered outside into the freezing rain, where mothers frantically sought out their children to ensure that coats had been retrieved (and, crucially, put onto bodies) and at least one music stand was abandoned in a pile of slush during the melee. Fire trucks were arriving, and although the word in the hallways was that someone had accidentally leaned against an alarm pull, prospects for getting back inside to the food and warmth were dim.
On the walk home, J cried, because she’d been looking forward to the best part, chatting with her friends and eating cookies after all the sitting still and “listening” was finished. I feared that M would be disappointed, too, but she was fine. “It’s too bad that you had to miss that extra time eating cookies and having people tell you how great you did,” I said to her. “Oh, it’s okay. I got, like, five compliments just while I was walking up the stairs.”
Anyway, here’s the link to the KidsOutAndAbout.com weekly newsletter. And here’s what I’ve found for this weekend. I love additions and corrections in the comments.
- Hansel & Gretel continues at Steamer 10 Theatre.
- It’s Sesame Street Live presents 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and Friends at Albany’s Palace Theatre, where tickets range from $15 to $67.
- Shrek the Musical is at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets are $20 and up.
- It’s Snow Fest with Armlin’s Army, NYSERDA & Schoharie River Center on Saturday and Sunday at Mine Kill State Park. They’re planning: Chili Contest, Survival Workshop, Winter Energy Tips, Snowshoeing Clinic, X-C Skiing, Camping, and more!
Evening of Friday, January 27th:
- The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will be performing Unannounced: Dance in Unexpected Places! at The Arts Center of the Capital Regionat 7 pm. This free performance is part of Troy Night Out, which runs from 5-9 pm. Another fun-sounding event as part of Troy Night Out is a Broadway Musical Singalong.
- There’s an Adirondack Phantoms hockey game at 7 pm at Glens Falls Civic Center.
- There’s a Barn Dance in Delmar with Homespun Occasions starting at 7:30 pm.
Saturday, January 28th:
- There’s an Ice Fishing Clinic for kids from 10 am until 2 pm at Moreau Lake State Park. Registration is required, but no equipment needed.
- People aged 10 and up can Learn to Snowshoe at Saratoga Spa State Park from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Pre-register; $5 includes snowshoe rental. Cancelled if the snow gets washed out by rain.
- It’s a Critter Scene Investigation from 11 am to 12:30 pm at Albany Pine Bush. Pre-register; it’s $3/person, $5/family.
- They’re planning a Snowshoe Hike at Up Yonda Farm from 1-2 pm. $7/person includes snowshoe rental, or $4 if you have your own.
- It’s Sundae Funday from 2-3 pm at New York State Museum.
- From 2-4 pm it’s the first meeting of the Harry Potter Club at the Bach Branch Library. They’re making it for ages 10-16, which seems like it will leave out some very pro-Potter 8- and 9-year-olds.
- From 2-5 pm at the Delaware Branch Library, it’s the Albany Mommies Monthly Meet & Greet Pizza Party. $5 covers pizza.
- There’s an Albany Devils vs. Adirondack Phantoms hockey game at the Times Union Center at 5 pm.
Sunday, January 29th: