Kids’ Almanac (May 16-May 23)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Flea Market benefits Murphy Center in Kingston

On the cartoon program Regular Show, Benson tells his former bandmates that he’s happy with working a job as park manager and doesn’t miss being a drummer with the band: “The park is my rock, and managing it is my roll.”

Do you love rock ‘n’ roll? Love rock ‘n’ roll stuff? Then head over to the Kingston Rock ‘n’ Roll Flea Market taking place indoors on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A deejay will play all day, and more than 75 vendors will sell rock ‘n’ roll-themed art, comics, records, crafts and more.


Admission costs $3, and kids under 12 with a parent get in free. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Kingston Police Athletic League to support youth programs at the Murphy Center.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Flea Market takes place at the Murphy Center, located at 467 Broadway in Kingston, next to Rite-Aid. For more information, call (845) 380-3127 or visit


Semiannual Open House this Saturday at Slabsides

Famed naturalist John Burroughs said, “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.” Wish you could get a dose of that feeling too? You can! And at Burroughs’ own nature cabin, Slabsides! This weekend, you can visit this 1895 cabin for yourself, get a tour of the space, take a hike along the surrounding trails and let nature restore your energies.

Visitors can see the outside of Slabsides any time, but the house is only opened up for these events or for reserved groups. The Open House takes place on Saturday, May 18 from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is limited, so carpooling is suggested.

Slabsides and the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary are located on Burroughs Drive off Floyd Ackert Road in West Park. For more information, call (845) 214-2384 or visit


Sky Lake Lodge hosts nature poetry workshop for kids

It has been said, “Anyone can write/a haiku just stop at the/17th syllab.” If you or your family would like to move beyond haiku jokes and to explore the art of haiku while enjoying nature, take a look at Sky Lake Lodge’s “Nature Poems on the Meditation Trail for Children.” This program is led by Dana Fulmer and takes place on Wednesday, May 22 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. It is open to all ages, and the cost is $25 for an adult and child together, or $15 for just the child.

Sky Lake Lodge is located at 22 Hillcrest Lane in Rosendale. For reservations or for more information, call (845) 658-8556 or visit


Kingston Library hosts Henry the Juggler

Watching jugglers reminds me of what I mentioned in my May 2 Kids’ Almanac about plowing with teams of horses: It looks easy, but I can’t do it. My problem with juggling is gravity. But Henry the Juggler does not seem to have this problem. On Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m., the Kingston Library presents “Defying the Laws of Gravity” with Henry the Juggler. All ages are invited to this free, interactive show.

The Kingston Library is located at 55 Franklin Street in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 331-0507, extension 7, or visit To learn more about the performer, visit


Goat Fun Day at Orange County Fairgrounds

I love learning what groups of various animal species are called. Did you know that an assemblage of goats is called a trip? They also do not eat tin cans. If you want to learn more about goats – or better yet, see actual goats – then head over with your family to Goat Fun Day.

Goat Fun Day is hosted by the 4H Club and takes place on Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Features include interactive displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

“Goats have proven to be a very desirable pet,” said Audrey Reith, livestock educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County. “There is a great diversity in size, appearance and personality. Our guests will have the opportunity to get to know the different breeds and what makes them unique.”

Each participant will receive a Goat Fun Day Notebook with handouts and activity sheets and have the opportunity to try locally made goat products. Admission costs $2 per child, $5 per family.

The Orange County Fairgrounds are located at 239 Wisner Avenue in Middletown. To register or for more information, call (845) 344-1234 or visit


Hill-Hold Museum presents Civil War Weekend

Every spring there is a new round of historic encampments throughout our area. This weekend, the 16th annual Civil War Weekend takes place at the Hill-Hold Museum. For the interactive learners in your home, this is a wonderful way to get a real sense of an era. Families can talk to the Union and Confederate soldiers about their lifestyles, participate in a candlelight tour and do hands-on activities.

Civil War Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $3 for adults, $2 for children.

The Hill-Hold Museum is located at 128 Route 416 in Campbell Hall. For more information, call (845) 615-3833 or visit


Bevier House hosts Revolutionary War encampment

On Saturday, May 18, check out the Revolutionary War encampment happening at the Bevier House: “There will be units of reenactors in full costume and with all their equipment, spinners, weavers and many other craftsmen of the era.” Tours of the house will also be available. General admission costs $8, and students, seniors and members get in for $5.

The Bevier House Museum is located at 2682 Route 209 in Marbletown. For reservations or more information, call (845) 336-4746 or visit


New Paltz Bike Swap at Middle School

I loved reading this quote by Susan B. Anthony in 1896: “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.”

Need a bike? Got a bike to pass along? This Saturday, May 18 it’s the sixth annual New Paltz Bike Swap. Seller check-in time begins at 9 a.m., and the doors open for buyers at 10 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. This event has free admission and takes place at the New Paltz Middle School.

The New Paltz Middle School is located at 2 South Manheim Boulevard in New Paltz. For more information, call (917) 655-5123 or visit


Erica lives, loves, laughs and cries in New Paltz with her husband Mike and their two children: the inspirations behind