Showing posts from July 19, 2009

Family Time Weekend Spotlight: 7/24/09

Here is a brief synopsis of family events happening around the Adirondack Park this weekend. Of course this wouldn't include taking a dip in a secret swimming hole or taking a fun walk in the woods. Those events are just assumed to be on the roster. Clinton County: July 24-26: Clinton County Fair: www. Essex: July 24: Rebecca Kelly Ballet (free) 6:00 p.m. Lake Placid, Mini-Performance at Mids Park Bandshell July 25: Champlain Quadricentennial and Fort Centennial Celebrations. Fort Ticonderoga Re-enactors,Suffragette, Music & More! July 25: 10:00 a.m. (Matinee seats all $12) The Wizard of Oz at the Pendragon Theatre July 25: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Strawberry Festival, Lake Placid Franklin: July 25, 7:00 p.m. free Shakespeare in the Park Tupper Lake July 25-27: (free) Chamber Music for Families at the Saranac Lake Free Library on the 25th at 10:30 - 11:15, Loon Lake Jewish Center on the 26th at 7:30 p.m. or Saranac Lake Laboratory on the 27th at 7:30 p.m. Ju

Adirondack Theatre: Would you like popcorn with your free movie?

There is something so powerful about the word free. In my humble opinion it needs to be used with more frequency. I don’t think we should reserve it for special occasions or use it with the solemn shake of the head, “in times like these.” We should be hearing it all the time. The word plays like a musical in my head, “Free!” I can sing it, dance it and if someone is giving something away I can stand in line for it. (My husband manages to stand on line but I can’t cater to that.) Well, for the second year in a row the Champlain Centre 8 Cinema in Plattsburgh is hosting its Family Film Festival and yes to add to the tongue twister it is free and fun. As much fun as walking through the movie turnstile without a ticket and choosing between two free films can be. My kids feel pretty powerful just waving to the attendant as they pass by and I have to say I do too. These second-run films are a mid-morning fiesta with kids pondering over such tough decisions as should they see the free G rate

No cook play dough

1 cup flour 1 cup hot tap water 2 tbsp. lemon juice ( You can use vinegar or some kind of acid. I just like the way the lemon smells) 1/2 cup salt 1 tbsp. oil Mix and knead together. I have the kids help measure and mix as well as mold whatever they want. Even my nine-year-old still likes to play with this. Tip: Roll in seeds in the winter and put outside for the birds. The artwork will eventually melt away in the weather (unless the dog eats it first) and the birds or squirrels will enjoy a wrestle with the seeds. Enjoy! Eat well. Live well. Love well.

Clinton County Fair - July 21-26

If your children like to go on the rides the Mega Pass is the best bargain for the weekends. If rides are not the agenda then it is worth just paying the gate fee and enjoying the vendor exhibits, clowns, magic shows and other sponsored events included with admission. Go to See you at the fair! LAST DAY TO GET MEGA PASS IS JULY 20th: Good for any ONE day of the Fair. This covers the gate fee (usually $7/adults, children 11 and under free) and all rides . This does not cover the "games of chance." All tickets and passes are available at the Fair Office or by calling 518-561-7998 If you can not get a MEGA PASS, buy a wristband for unlimited rides. Wristbands are only available on Wednesday (all day), Thursday (7:00 p.m. - close) and Friday (all day). Schedule: July 21, Tuesday: (Press Republican Day: FREE newspaper for early birds) 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Rides are FREE! A fter or before noon all rides will require a ticket (ouch!) That can get qui