More free summer stuff!
But first, as a public service announcement, I’m issuing a parental advisory.
Moms, you must not, under any circumstances, take speaking children with you into the dressing room when trying on swimsuits.Â I know:Â it’s such an unpleasant task anyway that it’s tough to use precious “me time” for this. However, it’s important for your self-esteem that you do not bring anyone else into the room with you, especially, for example, a five-year-old who might offer all sorts of kindly-meant comments* such as:
- Oh!Â Not that one!Â Because did you look at the back?Â It looks like your back is saying, “It’s too squishy in here!Â I’m too tight!”
- Mommy?Â Is that underwear comfortable?Â Because it looks like it might be too small.
- Oh!Â I like that one!Â Except not this part. . . or here. . . or that. . . or the color.Â Uh, never mind.
- That one is not a really good idea because your breasts look all flat and squashed down.
- I like this one better than all the other ones, but I still don’t think you should buy it because the other ones were really terrible and this one is mostly good but also a tiny bit terrible.
Ummmm, no.Â I didn’t buy anything.
At Canal Square in Cohoes, there are Friday night concerts in July and August from 6:30-8:30 pm.
In July and August, there’s the Music Haven Concert Series at Central Park, generally at 7 pm on Sundays.Â There’s food there if you don’t have the chance to pack a picnic.
The Grand Street Kids Club is a free summer camp for inner-city Albany kids aged 4 to 12.
This week kicks off the Tuesday night concerts in Cook Park at 6:30 pm.Â They run through July and August.
At Clifton Commons Park, there’s music or theater on Sunday evenings at 7 pm, and family-oriented entertainment on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. (The link for this is a huge booklet, so for the concert info., check out pp. 26-27, aka “inside 24-25”)
*Yes, these were all actual comments, alas, and not hyperbole for the cheap laugh. Although I didn’t take notes right then and there, so the quotesÂ may not be exact.