Kids’ Almanac (July 17-24)

Elizabeth Mitchell performs Young People’s Concert at Maverick

Elizabeth Mitchell’s performances at Maverick’s Young People’s Concerts are a gift to your family because you will enjoy the songs as much as your kids do, and the rustic Maverick setting invokes a serenity that both grounds and uplifts the spirit. On Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m., make plans to hear Elizabeth Mitchell and Family. Tickets are available at the door and free for children, $5 for adults.

Maverick Concerts are located at 120 Maverick Road in Woodstock. For more information, call (845) 679-8217 or visit To learn more about Elizabeth Mitchell, visit


Make-a-Wish Foundation Family Day in Montgomery

The fifth annual Family Day fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation at Thomas Bull Memorial Park sounds like a great time for all ages, including live music, a reptile show, Touch-a-Truck, bounce houses, all you can eat and drink and more. This festival takes place on Saturday, July 19 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and are free for children 16 and under.


Thomas Bull Memorial Park is located at 112 Grove Street in Montgomery. For more information, call (845) 313-0015.


Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck stages Alice in Wonderland

If you have ever believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast, then you will feel right at home at this weekend’s performance of Alice in Wonderland at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck on Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $7 for children, $9 for adults.

The Center for Performing Arts is located at 661 Route 308 in Rhinebeck. For tickets or more information, call (845) 876-3080 or visit


Hudson River Day at Maritime Museum in Kingston

Hudson River Day is a family-friendly celebration of our favorite estuary. On Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, activities include live music, free children’s activities, deck tours on the historic tugboat Pilot, rowing and kayaking demonstrations, discounted admission to the museum and more.

The Hudson River Maritime Museum is located at 50 Rondout Landing in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 338-0071 or visit


Rosendale Street Festival

Did you know that the Rosendale Street Festival includes family music and children’s activities? On Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, Main Street in Rosendale closes at 10:30 a.m. and music begins at 12 noon and continues on six stages until 9 p.m. on Saturday and until 7 p.m. on Sunday. The parades take place at 12 noon on Saturday, and at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Highlights for young people on Saturday include Kids Rock New Paltz at 1 p.m.; Ratboy, Jr. and Paul Green Rock Academy at 3 p.m.; and the Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival on both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. On Sunday, check out Mid-Hudson Music Together at 12 noon, Fuzzy Lollipop at 2 p.m., Grenadilla at 3 p.m., the Spiral Up Kids at 4 p.m. and the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston (POOK) and Energy Dance Company at 5 p.m.

It can get pretty hot, so remember water, misters, hats and sunblock. Shuttles run from parking areas at the Bloomington Firehouse, the Tillson School, the Brookside School, the Rondout Municipal Center and the Iron Mountain Kiln lot (to the left of the Iron Mountain main entrance) on Binnewater Road. For more information or to volunteer, call (845) 943-6497 or visit



World’s longest ice cream sundae at Kingston’s Gallo Park

Great celebrations are often accompanied by ice cream, but in honor of its 100th birthday, the Boice Brothers Dairy is going a step further by creating the world’s longest ice cream sundae! On Sunday, July 20 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at T. R. Gallo Park on the Rondout in Kingston, watch (or even help with!) the construction of a one-ton, five-football-field-sized ice cream sundae. Festivities include live music and entertainment. For more information, to volunteer or to be a sponsor, call (845) 338-3506 or visit



Gardiner Library hosts Simmons Wildlife

If your kids are disappointed that nothing has taken up residence in the My Spy window birdhouse except heartbreak and emptiness, perhaps this week’s Simmons Wildlife program at Gardiner Library can help to cheer them up. On Tuesday, July 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., get a glimpse into the world of birds of prey, reptiles and a ring-tailed lemur.

The Gardiner Library is located at 133 Farmers’ Turnpike in Gardiner. For more information, call (845) 255-1255 or visit



Tree ID workshop at Staatsburgh Historic Site

If you’re looking for a way to learn tree identification beyond “pine” and “not a pine,” then register your family ages 11 and up for Tree ID for Wednesday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site. This hands-on nature experience requires an advance reservation, and the program costs $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Staatsburgh is located on Old Post Road in Staatsburgh. For more information or to register, call (845) 889-4100 or visit


Mythbusters at Saugerties Library

If your teens reject your reality and substitute their own, send them over to the Saugerties Public Library on Wednesday, July 23 from 3 to 4 p.m. for Mythbusters, where participants will explore urban myths to determine their validity. The Saugerties Public Library is located at 91 Washington Avenue in Saugerties. For more information, call (845) 246-4317 or visit



Jester Jim performs at Tivoli Park

If you’ve been wishing to see someone skillfully juggle plungers, or you like beatbox, or you just appreciate good entertainment, then head over to Tivoli Park on Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m. for Jester Jim’s free special show. In the event of rain, the show takes place on the third floor of the Village Hall, located at 86 Broadway in Tivoli. For more information, call (845) 757-3771 or visit


Kids’ Almanac Writes!

Kids’ Almanac thanks Nancy Graham for supplying writing prompts during the month of July. Nancy scribbles, doodles, playacts and lollygags with her teenage kids in and around Kingston. Here is her prompt for the week. Remember to post your piece on the Almanac Weekly Facebook page:


Prompt: Be a Spy

Spend at least ten minutes watching your pet. If you don’t live with an animal, find a squirrel or bird outside to spy on. Take detailed notes. Everything they do is significant – in fact, the survival of the planet depends on it. If you suspect that the animal may be “up to something,” but trying to cover it up by appearing to do nothing, jot that down and any of your suspicions, too.

Erica Chase-Salerno just completed two of the five Hyde Park Walkabout Trails toward earning her patch. She lives in New Paltz with her husband Mike and their two children: the inspirations behind She can be reached at