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July 5-July 9, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps announces
Ashokan Family Camp
3 p.m. Sunday - Noon Thursday
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12461
Vist the websitefor more information
The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-246-2121
Cost: Adult: $375 (until Dec 1, 2014), $425. Younger than 21: $100-$375.
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason’s ASHOKAN FAMILY CAMP:
An all ages hands-on experience in Music, Dance, Storytelling, Puppetry, Nature and Crafts. Ashokan Family Camp will activate your fun button. In the beautiful, natural setting of the Ashokan Center in the mountains of upstate NY, families can enjoy a wide variety of age-specific classes for all skill levels along with full family activities. Ashokan Family Camp will leave you with hearts filled with joy and family memories that will last a lifetime.

Begin or improve on the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, banjo or percussion
Join community sings (rounds, chorus songs, call and response)
Enjoy accessible community dancing
Learn to call dances
Make puppets and join a puppet show
Take part in jam sessions
Join a teen band or mixed age band
Make musical instruments from junk
Write songs. Learn to lead songs.
Try blacksmithing, tinsmithing or broom-making
Enjoy guided nature walks and other outdoor activities

Directors: Cathy Fink, GRAMMY Award Winner; and John Krumm, Music Educator and dance caller.

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July 16-19, 2015
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
A Who’s Who of Bluegrass in the Beautiful Catskill Mountains
DAYS/HOURS: Wednesday, July 15: Ca.m.ping gates open at 7 a.m. for those with full festival tickets only. Thursday, July 16: Gates open at 8 a.m.. Music 1p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday, July 17: Gates open at 8 a.m.. Music 11a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, July 18: Gates open at 8 a.m.. Music 11a.m. to 1 a.m.. Sunday, July 19: Gates open at 8 a.m.. Music 10a.m. to 3 p.m..
Walsh Farm, 1 Poultney Road, Oak Hill, NY
Buy tickets online
GREY FOX presents a wide range of award-winning bluegrass and acoustic music artists on five stages with workshops, dancing, and children’s activities. TICKETS go on sale January 1st. The full festival ticket includes on-site camping in the rough. We sell 4,000 full fest tickets. Childten 12 years old and under are admitted free with ticketed adult. Day tickets also available.

The Main Stage is where you’ll see and hear dozens of award-winning, internationally acclaimed artists. Located in the lower field, the intimate and relaxed Masters Stage is the site of dazzling instrumental and vocal workshops, mini-concerts and chats by your favorite bluegrass musicians.If you want to kick up your heels, learn some new steps and dance the night away to your favorite dance bands, the Dance Pavilion is absolutely the place to be! From opening day straight through to Sunday afternoon, young people have mountains of activities to enjoy: crafts, games, clowns, magicians and musicians. The Grass Roots Tent is the gathering place for amateur and semi-professional musicians alike who want to improve their playing. We offer free, hands-on learning sessions in banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass and vocals taught by top players and teachers. At the Grey Fox Slow Jam Tent, entry-level players of all ages are encouraged to jam with others at their own speed. Camping at Grey Fox is flat and grassy. Tents, popups and RVs are all appropriate.


The History Center in Tompkins County presents
Opening reception: Friday, September 5th, 2014 5-8 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The History Center, 401 East State Street, Ithaca, NY (one block east of the Ithaca Commons)
For more information, please contact Catherine Duffy, Curator, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0
The History Center in Tompkins County will open their new exhibit “Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County” on Friday, September 5th at 5 p.m.. The artifact-based exhibit will explore the lasting effects of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County. In 1828 the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, an extension of the Erie Canal, was opened, connecting Cayuga Lake, and therefore Tompkins County to the economic watercourse that spanned across most of New York State. Combined with the increasing ubiquity of railroads, the Canal system changed Tompkins County from a collection of quiet lake-side towns into a mass of booming centers of commerce and industry. Captains, Commerce, and Community will illustrate the changes and effects the Canal had on this region through representational artifacts from The History Center’s object collection. A series of themes will be explored over the course of the 12-month exhibit, which includes commerce (September through December 2014), boats and their builders (January through April 2015), and travelers and community folk (May through August 2015). This exhibit has been made possible through a generous grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. In 2012 the ECNHC funded the development of a Canalway object collection, and provided The History Center the opportunity to gain greater intellectual control over its object collection. Additionally, the project supported the complete inventorying of The History Center's permanent Open Storage display. As a result, The History Center has ascertained a classifiable collection of historical objects that directly relate to the Erie Canal.

September 6, 2014 —August 29, 2015
The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, present the exhibition
The Shakers: America’ Quiet Revolutionaries
Museum Open Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
Admission: The NYS Museum is free. Donations are accepted at the door
The exhibition details one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American History. Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections will be exhibited together for the first time at the New York State Museum in November 2014. The Shakers launched a revolution parallel to the American Colonies’ struggle against British rule. As they sought religious freedom in America, their spiritual practices and community focus set them apart from greater society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations, marketing acumen and views towards gender equality seemed “revolutionary” to the outside world. Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibit will show how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the new nation.

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

Albany Institute of History & Art presents the exhibition
Triple Play: Baseball at the Albany Institute
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 6, 5-8 p.m. Please RSVP to 518/463-4478 x 403
W 10-5 p.m.; Th 10-8 p.m.; Fri. &Sat. 10-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210, 518/463-4478
The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to present three exhibitions celebrating our passion for baseball! The centerpiece is BASEBALL: AMERICA’S GAME, organized by the Bank of America’s Art in our Communities program. It is complemented by two community-supported exhibitions, PLAY BALL! BASEBALL IN THE CAPITAL REGION and THE CLUBHOUSE: BASEBALL MEMORABILIA. Many items were borrowed from regional fans, community collectors, and museums. All three exhibitions contain nationally or regionally significant materials, such as photographs, signed bats and balls, stadium seats, trophies, pennants, jerseys, and more. We have an exciting rose of related events too, so be sure to check out our calendar!

February 7, 2015 — July 26, 2015

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