“No winter lasts forever;
no spring skips its turn.”
– Hal Borland
Not having practiced archery since tenth grade, I wasn’t sure what to expect when Dave Beck at Bowdoin Park invited parents to join in for a session during our children’s class, but that satisfying thwack of arrows sinking into the target sure felt good. Winter is a terrific time to channel your inner Katniss or Hawkeye, because with an indoor range, you can practice archery in any weather. For more information or to introduce your family to the sport, here are some area archery resources to check out:
Bold Archery Design, Jeffersonville, (845) 482-2173, www.boldarcherydesign.com
Bowdoin Park, Poughkeepsie, (845) 298-4602, www.co.dutchess.ny.us/countygov/departments/dpw-parks/archeryprogramflyer.pdf
Flying Arrow Sports, Wappinger Falls, (845) 462-0100, www.flyingarrowsports.com
Kenco, Kingston, (845) 340-0552, www.atkenco.com
Northern Dutchess Archery & Sportsman Supply, Red Hook, (845) 758-3651, www.ndarchery.com
Ti Yogi Bowmen, Hyde Park, (845) 229-9447, www.tiyogi.com
“Lost Towns” photos wanted
When the Rondout and Neversink Reservoirs were built, more than 1,500 residents were forced to move, and the former sites of the towns of Bittersweet, Eureka, Lackawack, Montela and Neversink are now underwater. Do you happen to have any written materials, stories or photographs of families whose lands were removed for these reservoirs? If so, the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville would like to scan them for its interactive computer program about this project. For more information or to help, call (845) 985-7700, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org.
Museum of Innovation and Science
The quiet Schenectady Museum that I grew up with upstate is now miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, and its engaging exhibits, hands-on activities and informative planetarium shows are a fantastic place to visit with your children or grandchildren. The Making Sense of Sound exhibits are up until June 7, and my kids dashed around playing the haunting theremin, watching a tube of water react to sound waves and playing with recordings of their own voices to isolate various consonants. MiSci’s indoor butterfly house, on-site until April 19 and included with admission, offers a taste of spring with its warm temperature, plentiful flowers and fluttering butterflies.
The planetarium show features a GOTO Star Machine that displays the actual star positions in the night sky for that area. Hands-on science workshops for all ages, from preschoolers through teens, are offered during school breaks and weekends. After your visit, head downtown to Perreca’s Bakery to score a loaf of Perreca’s legendary Italian bread and a cannoli.
Admission to miSci costs $6.50 for ages 3 to 12, $8 for seniors age 65 and older, $9.50 for adults and $5 for planetarium shows. Remember to clip your miSci coupon from Saugerties Times! MiSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. For more information, call (518) 382-7890 or visit www.misci.org.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Tracy Bonham performs at Woodstock Day School
Singer/songwriter Tracy Bonham kicks off the Woodstock Day School Storytellers concert series on Thursday, February 26. Hear the songs and the stories behind them! The doors open at 6 p.m., and admission costs $10 for adults; children get in free.
The Woodstock Day School is located at 1430 Glasco Turnpike in Saugerties. For more information, call (845) 246-3744 or visit ulsterpub.staging.wpenginedayschool.org.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Snowshoe treks at Olana
Get out onto that white stuff while admiring gorgeous scenery, with this weekend’s snowshoe walks at the Olana State Historic Site. Guided snowshoe walks take place on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1 from 1 to 3 p.m., and the route is perfect for beginners or families. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children.
The Olana State Historic Site is located at 5720 State Route 9G in Hudson. For reservations or more information, call (518) 828-0135 or visit www.olana.org.
Chili Bowl Fiesta at Rosendale Community Center
Women’s Studio Workshop’s 18th annual Chili Bowl Fiesta is the place to be on Saturday, February 28 at the Rosendale Community Center. For the best variety of handcrafted, bowl, mug and tumbler choices, you’ll want to pay the $5 early admission to get in at 2 p.m. Admission is free from 4 to 7 p.m., which is also when one of our family’s favorite bands performs at the event: Dog on Fleas.
The Rosendale Community Center is located at 1055 Route 32 in Rosendale. For more information, call (845) 658-9133 or visit www.wsworkshop.org.