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Mon 30 Jul
Junior History Club
Monday, July 30, 2018 until Friday, August 3, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

For Ages 7 - 12​

Campers will explore the museum's extensive grounds, play games, and make historic crafts that will help them to learn about the lives of the Livingston family at Clermont. At the end of the week, the children will put on a performance for their parents, acting in costumed skits as Livingston family members they have researched during the week.​

$130/child for Friends of Clermont members - $150/child for non-members

Mon 30 Jul
Learn to Swim Second Session 7/30-8/9
Monday, July 30, 2018 until Thursday, August 9, 2018
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Grafton Lakes State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 30th to August 9th Monday through Thursday from 10:15 am to 11am.
Mon 23 Jul
Learn to Swim Session Two 7/23 - 8/16
Monday, July 23, 2018 until Thursday, August 16, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:45 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Mine Kill State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 23rd to August 16th Monday through Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:40pm.
Mon 23 Jul
Learn to Swim Session Two: 7/23-8/3
Monday, July 23, 2018 until Friday, August 3, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Keewaydin State Park
(315) 482-3331

Keewaydin State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 23rd through Aug 3rd Monday - Friday from 9am to 11am.
Mon 23 Jul
Summer Learn to Swim Classes Session 2: 7/23-8/03
Monday, July 23, 2018 until Friday, August 3, 2018
Riverbank State Park (Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park)
(212) 694-3600

Riverbank State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from 7/23 - 8/03 Monday through Friday:

9:00am - 9:45am Yth and 7:15pm - 8:00pm Yth.

Mon 23 Jul
Learn to Swim Session 3
Monday, July 23, 2018 until Friday, August 3, 2018
Roberto Clemente State Park
(718) 299-8750

Roberto Clemente State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 23rd - July 27th and July 30th - Aug 3rd from 9:00am - 9:45am.
Mon 23 Jul
Learn to Swim Session 4
Monday, July 23, 2018 until Friday, August 3, 2018
Roberto Clemente State Park
(718) 299-8750

Roberto Clemente State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 23rd - July 27th and July 30th - Aug 3rd from 6:15pm - 7:00pm.

Mon 16 Jul
Learn to Swim First Session 7/16-7/26
Monday, July 16, 2018 until Thursday, July 26, 2018
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Grafton Lakes State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 16th to July 26th Monday through Thursday from 10:15 am to 11am and 5pm to 5:45pm.
Mon 16 Jul
Learn to Swim July 16th - 26th
Monday, July 16, 2018 until Thursday, July 26, 2018
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Moreau State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 16th - 26th (Monday - Thursday) from 10:15am to 11:00am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm.
Mon 16 Jul
Learn to Swim July 16th - 26th
Monday, July 16, 2018 until Thursday, July 26, 2018
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Moreau State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 16th - 26th (Monday - Thursday) from 10:15am to 11:00am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm.
Sat 14 Jul
Canal Days
Saturday, July 14, 2018 until Sunday, July 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Around the Visitor Center

The annual celebration of the community & canal! More information to come, check back for updates!

If you'd like to be a part of the activities and programs for this event, contact Janice at SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov or (518) 829-7516 for details.

Sat 14 Jul
40th ANNUAL JONES BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Saturday, July 14, 2018 until Sunday, July 15, 2018 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

A free volleyball tournament that is played on sand courts. There are two divisions, 4-player teams and 6-player teams, which are open to males and females. Award ceremony is at the conclusion of each division's match. Advanced registration is required. Call the Regional Recreation Department for more details, 631-321-3510.

Saturday July 14th- 6 Player Division

Sunday July 15th- 4 Player Division

Central Mall- Field 4

Sat 14 Jul
40th ANNUAL JONES BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Saturday, July 14, 2018 until Sunday, July 15, 2018 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

A free volleyball tournament that is played on sand courts. There are two divisions, 4-player teams and 6-player teams, which are open to males and females. Award ceremony is at the conclusion of each division's match. Advanced registration is required. Call the Regional Recreation Department for more details, 631-321-3510.

Saturday July 14th- 6 Player Division

Sunday July 15th- 4 Player Division

Central Mall- Field 4

Mon 09 Jul
Junior History Club: Creatively Reconstructing History at Clermont
Monday, July 9, 2018 until Friday, July 13, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

For Ages 12-15​

Do you know all the legends and history of Clermont? Campers age 12-15 will take a deeper look at Clermont's past through research and exploration of the house and grounds. Throughout the week, students will work with Clermont staff on a creative project to present to parents at the end fo the week- prose, a skit, a painting, a comic, or an exhibit.​

$150/child for Friends of Clermont members - $170/child for non-members

Mon 09 Jul
Learn to Swim Session One: 7/9-7/20
Monday, July 9, 2018 until Friday, July 20, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Keewaydin State Park
(315) 482-3331

Keewaydin State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 9th through July 20th Monday - Friday from 9am to 11am.
Mon 09 Jul
Learn to Swim Sesion 1
Monday, July 9, 2018 until Friday, July 20, 2018
Roberto Clemente State Park
(718) 299-8750

Roberto Clemente State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 9th - July 13th and July 16th - July 20th from 9:00am - 9:45am.
Mon 09 Jul
Learn-to-Swim
Monday, July 9, 2018 until Friday, July 20, 2018
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Saratoga Spa State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 9th through July 20th, 2018 at the Peerless Pool.

Who: Any child between the ages of 3 and 12

Where: Peerless Pool

When: Monday – Friday, July 9 – 20, 2018, between 8-10a.m.
Session I: 8:30-9:10a.m.
Session II: 9:20-10:00a.m.

Cost: FREE

How: ONE registration session: (at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building): Wednesday, May 16th, 6p.m.

Bring: Medical information- Child's guardian's name, address and phone number, Child's doctor's name, address and phone number, Child's insurance information (name of company and ID number), List of any allergies or special conditions, Date of last tetanus shot, List of medications being taken.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Jul
Summer Learn To Swim Classes Session 1: 7/9 - 7/20
Saturday, July 7, 2018 until Friday, July 13, 2018
Riverbank State Park (Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park)
(212) 694-3600

Riverbank State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from 7/9 to 7/20 Monday through Friday:

9:00am to 9:45am Yth and 7:15pm-8pm Yth

 

Fri 06 Jul
Powwow Celebrating St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Friday, July 6, 2018 until Sunday, July 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Around the Visitor Center - $8 donation per person (age 6+) $6 donation for Seniors (age 60+)

Gates open at 10:00 am. Grand entry is about noon each day and then Opening Prayer followed by the posting of the colors (flags). Event will include veterans honor dance, intertribal dancing, Aztec dancing, Iroquois Social Dancing, and more. The public is invited to join in and have fun.

Metis Nation North America-Canadian Bands encourage all veterans to come and be honored at the Veterans Dance. We will honor all firefighters and paramedics also. All handicapped spectators, nursing home residents and children under 5 years of age are free.

Metis Nation North America-Canadian Bands

Gates @ 10am

Grand Entry and raising of flags starts @ 12n

Veterans Honor DanceIntertribal DancingAztec Dancing @ 2pm

Iroquois Social Dancing @ 2:45pmCandy Dance for kids @ 3:30pm

Intertribal Dancing @ 4pm

Retrieval of flags @ 5pm

Mon 02 Jul
HEMPSTEAD LAKE ANNUAL OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Monday, July 2, 2018 until Tuesday, September 4, 2018 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

Daily, July 2nd through September 4th. Weekdays 4pm to 8pm. Two matches per night, 5:15pm & 6:30pm. Fee: $12 singles; $15 doubles.

Daily tennis tournament in the following divisions: Men’s and Women’s Singles; Men’s and Women’s Doubles; Mixed Doubles. Trophies are given to the 1st place winner and runner up in each division. Begins May 1 to June 30 or until the 384 maximum participant number is reached.

Mon 02 Jul
Learn to Swim July 2nd - 12th
Monday, July 2, 2018 until Thursday, July 12, 2018
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Moreau State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 2nd - 12th (Monday - Thursday) from 10:15am to 11:00am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm.
Mon 02 Jul
Learn to Swim July 2nd - 12th
Monday, July 2, 2018 until Thursday, July 12, 2018
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Moreau State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 2nd - 12th (Monday - Thursday) from 10:15am to 11:00am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm.
Sat 30 Jun
43rd CAVAC Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday, June 30, 2018 until Sunday, July 1, 2018
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

June 30 10AM – 5PM and July 1, 10AM – 4PM

This popular arts and crafts show and sale draws more than 130 artisans and thousands of visitors. Sponsored by the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CAVAC); admission to the show is free. For more information, contact the CAVAC business office at (315) 655-9798.

 

Sat 30 Jun
Garden Tour
Saturday, June 30, 2018 until Sunday, July 1, 2018
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Beginning at the formal garden gate at 2PM each day of the show, a free 20-minute guided tour (weather permitting) highlighting the history of the Lorenzo formal garden will also be offered. For tour information please call Jackie Roshia at (315) 655-3200, ext. 106.

Sat 30 Jun
Celebrate Independence!
Saturday, June 30, 2018 until Sunday, July 1, 2018
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Lecture: Declaration of Independence: Senior Historian Michael Sheehan will present an illustrated talk on the proceedings of Congress in early 1776, featuring the parts played by John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence at 2pm.

Reading of the Declaration by a costumed interpreter at 2:45pm.

Artillery drill and firing demonstration at 3pm.

All activities Free.

Wed 27 Jun
War of 1812 Living History Camp
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 until Saturday, August 18, 2018
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
(315) 646-3634

Weds. – Sats. - site staff in Memorial Grove

Mon 25 Jun
Learn to Swim Session One 6/25-7/19
Monday, June 25, 2018 until Thursday, July 19, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:45 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Mine Kill State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from June 25th to July 19th Monday through Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:40pm.
Tue 19 Jun
Plein Air Painting Workshop: Artist Beth Rundquist at Shady Glen Farm
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 until Friday, June 22, 2018
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

This four day and three-night painting workshop will focus on developing and expanding skills of drawing, composition, and painting through keen observation of nature en plein air at Olana State Historic Site. Olana offers endless inspirational vistas, views, and vignettes to choose from all under the guidance of master painter Beth Runquist. Participants will be in a special “residency status” at Olana and will stay in an expansive and beautifully situated, privately owned farmhouse (with only painters in residence). In this way participants will step further into the Hudson River School atmosphere by eating, living and painting immersed in the local Hudson Valley culture. Shady Glen Farm has been in one family for nearly a century and offers private room comfort, meals provided by talented regional chefs (including from “Blue Hill” at Stone Barns), a swimming pool, walking trails, stone terraces and a rooftop deck for relaxing at the end of the day. Participants will receive site demonstrations, active teaching, and critique will be part of every day to expand experience and benefits. Join us and steep yourself in the art of living and painting in the Hudson Valley. Art making materials and transportation not provided. Space is limited and advance registration is required. $1275 all-inclusive | More information at bethrundquist.com | Location: Wagon House Education Center| Ages 18+
Registration: Required
Sat 16 Jun
Genesee Valley Fare & Ware- Local Food, Drink, & Art
Saturday, June 16, 2018 until Sunday, June 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Food and beverage tastings and sales from local New York State vendors who offer products made in NY, over 100 vendors. Highbanks Recreation Area. In collaboration with Livingston Arts.
Sat 16 Jun
GENESEE VALLEY FARE AND WARE Local Food, Drink and Art
Saturday, June 16, 2018 until Sunday, June 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Food and beverage tastings and sales from local New York State Vendors who offer products made in NY. Over 100 vendors 10am-5pm Highbanks Recreation Area. A collaboration with Livingston Arts.

Sat 16 Jun
GENESEE VALLEY FARE AND WARE Local Food, Drink and Art
Saturday, June 16, 2018 until Sunday, June 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Food and beverage tastings and sales from local New York State Vendors who offer products made in NY. Over 100 vendors 10am-5pm Highbanks Recreation Area. A collaboration with Livingston Arts.

Sat 16 Jun
Genesee Valley Fare & Ware- Local Food, Drink, & Art
Saturday, June 16, 2018 until Sunday, June 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Food and beverage tastings and sales from local New York State vendors who offer products made in NY, over 100 vendors. Highbanks Recreation Area. In collaboration with Livingston Arts.
Sat 16 Jun
PANORAMA SUMMER LEARNING FOR YOUTH AT OLANA
Saturday, June 16, 2018 until Friday, August 3, 2018
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Three weeklong programs for ages 6-12. Act fast for early bird pricing.

Week 1: July 16-20 – Olana as an Oasis: Discovering Different Ecosystems

Week 2: July 23-27 – Unearthing the Artistic Senses

Week 3: July 30-August 3 – The Nature of Wandering w/ author Keri Smith, The Wander Society

Information & registration opens at www.olana.org!

Sat 16 Jun
Path Through History Weekend
Saturday, June 16, 2018 until Sunday, June 17, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

All Weekend:

Across New York State various cultural institutions, historic sites, museums and communities will celebrate their heritage!

We will be conducting a Scavenger Hunt for those interested in exploring the site and discovering all that it has to offer. Complete the hunt and be entered into a prize drawing. Contact the site for more information and pick up a copy of the scavenger hunt booklet.

On Saturday, June 17th there will be a History & Hearsay tour of the site starting at 3pm at the Visitor Center. The tour lasts approx. 90 minutes and proper footwear for walking on grassy trails is suggested.

"Path Through History Weekend is a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. You don't have to be a historian to appreciate New York State's rich heritage. New York's new Path Through History helps you discover, experience and appreciate the state's amazing past. A wealth of memorable experiences awaits you - from living history museums, to forts and military landmarks, to the homes of presidents, great writers and artists. With an unparalleled network of museums, historic sites and cultural institutions, Path Through History takes you across the state to discover events of the past and learn how they reverberate today. "

Sat 09 Jun
Learn to Swim Session 2
Saturday, June 9, 2018 until Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Roberto Clemente State Park
(718) 299-8750

Roberto Clemente State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 9th - July 13th and July 16th - July 20th from 6:15pm - 7:00pm.
Sat 26 May
Militia Muster
Saturday, May 26, 2018 until Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
(315) 823-0398

Herkimer Home State Historic Site will open for the season on Saturday May 26th with a Militia Muster living history event. The muster will be held on Saturday and Sunday and will include demonstrations, guest speakers, and a taste of what life was like in 1773 for the newly formed Tryon County Militia. Demonstrations both days between 10 am and 4 pm will included African American foodways, Palatine German foodways, 18th Century trade bales, laundry, blacksmithing, medicine and medical practices, and chocolate. The Militia will provide drilling demonstrations at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm and there will be bateuax afloat on the Mohawk river with demonstrations at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. At 12:00 pm Colonel Wells will read the Militia Act and at 2:00 pm Anne Clothier will present Maladies, Medicine and Mortality: Disease in Upstate New York, 1750-1850.
Sat 26 May
BETHPAGE AIR SHOW AT JONES BEACH
Saturday, May 26, 2018 until Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Please join us Memorial Day weekend, May 26 & 27, from 10 am to 3 pm for the 15th Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, NY. We are proud to have the U. S. Navy Blue Angels as the headliner this year. We are also excited to have joining the Blue Angels, the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the U. S. Army Golden Knights parachute team and the U. S. Air Force F22 Raptor. Returning to our shores are Sean Tucker and Team Oracle, Screamin' Sasquatch presented by John Klatt Airshows, Matt Chapman, the GEICO Skytypers, American Air Power Museum Warbirds, and David Windmiller. There will also be an appearance by the B17 Yankee Lady. Besides the show in the sky there will be military recruiters and displays from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard along the boardwalk from the West Bathouse to the East Bathouse joined by food and merchandise vendors. There is a $10 parking fee per vehicle and the show is rain or shine. For more information, visit www.bethpageairshow.com or Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show on Facebook. See you at the park!

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Central Mall

New Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (both days)

Fee: $10 Vehicle Use Fee

Sat 26 May
BETHPAGE AIR SHOW AT JONES BEACH
Saturday, May 26, 2018 until Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Please join us Memorial Day weekend, May 26 & 27, from 10 am to 3 pm for the 15th Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, NY. We are proud to have the U. S. Navy Blue Angels as the headliner this year. We are also excited to have joining the Blue Angels, the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the U. S. Army Golden Knights parachute team and the U. S. Air Force F22 Raptor. Returning to our shores are Sean Tucker and Team Oracle, Screamin' Sasquatch presented by John Klatt Airshows, Matt Chapman, the GEICO Skytypers, American Air Power Museum Warbirds, and David Windmiller. There will also be an appearance by the B17 Yankee Lady. Besides the show in the sky there will be military recruiters and displays from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard along the boardwalk from the West Bathouse to the East Bathouse joined by food and merchandise vendors. There is a $10 parking fee per vehicle and the show is rain or shine. For more information, visit www.bethpageairshow.com or Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show on Facebook. See you at the park!

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Central Mall

New Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (both days)

Fee: $10 Vehicle Use Fee

Fri 25 May
RED, WHITE AND BLUE BALLOON RALLY
Friday, May 25, 2018 until Monday, May 28, 2018
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Six massed balloon flights, Friday 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am and 6:30 pm, Monday 6:00 am, launching from The Archery Field near the Castile entrance weather permitting. Visit BalloonsOverLetchworth.com for details.

Fri 25 May
RED, WHITE AND BLUE BALLOON RALLY
Friday, May 25, 2018 until Monday, May 28, 2018
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Six massed balloon flights, Friday 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am and 6:30 pm, Monday 6:00 am, launching from The Archery Field near the Castile entrance weather permitting. Visit BalloonsOverLetchworth.com for details.

Fri 11 May
GUIDED TOURS OF THE MANSION
Friday, May 11, 2018 until Monday, October 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200 ext 316

Wednesday through Sunday, and Monday holidays, 10 AM to 4:30 PM, with last tour of the day beginning at 4:00 PM; visitor center and museum shop are open during these hours. Group tours may also be scheduled year-round by prior arrangement; please call Jackie Roshia at (315) 655-3200, est. 106, for availability and more information.  Grounds are open year-round from dawn to dusk including the formal garden and Dark Aisle Arboretum.

Tour fees:  Adults. $5; Seniors, $4; students, $4.  Groups of 12 or more with 2-week advance notice, $4 per person.  Children 12 and under, free.  Friends of Lorenzo members receive free admission.  
Fri 04 May
Mineral Springs Tour 2pm
Friday, May 4, 2018 until Monday, May 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

(5/4, 5/5, 5/11, 5/12, 5/18, 5/19, 5/25, 5/26)

Join a docent on a guided mineral springs tour to learn about the history, geology and lore surrounding our special waters! No registration necessary. This is a free event and meets at the Creekside Classroom.

Fri 04 May
Mineral Springs Tour 11am
Friday, May 4, 2018 until Monday, May 28, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

(5/4, 5/5, 5/11, 5/12, 5/13, 5/18, 5/19, 5/20, 5/25, 5/26, 5/27, 5/28)

Join a docent on a guided mineral springs tour to learn about the history, geology and lore surrounding our special waters! No registration necessary. This is a free event and meets at the Creekside Classroom.