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Howe Caverns in Cobleskill, NY, features an 80-minute tour of a living, limestone cave, carved by an underground river over the course of millions of years, located 156-feet below the earth's surface!

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Cooperstown offers an incredible amount of events, year-round, including plenty of entertaining and educational things to do at  the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Farmers' Museum  and Fenimore Art Museum

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The Mt. Wellington Red Hatters enjoy participating in the 4th of July parade in neighboring Springfield, NY (Cooperstown for Kids File Photo)

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Cooperstown Events Spotlight:
Museums Continue to Offer Great
Summer Programs for Kids

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (07/12/2010) — The Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum are offering several fun and interesting programs for kids through July and August.

Weeklong Experiences
A chance for kids to experience the Museums firsthand - working closely with interpretive staff. (Only 2 programs remaining.)  For more information, contact Karen Wyckoff at (607) 547-1410.

 • Animals Around Us - (The Farmers' Museum / July 19-23 / 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / ages: 5-7 / maximum: 15 children / fee: $150 NYSHA Members and $175 non-members)  Explore our exhibition Wild Times!  A New York Animal Road Trip; visit our farm animals; and discover a new carousel animal every day.

 • Week at the Crossroads - (The Farmers' Museum / July 26-30 / 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. / ages: 9-12 / maximum: 20 children / fee: $200 NYSHA Members and $250 non-members)  Kids love this unique hands-on experience of farm and village life circa 1845. Delve into the routine of the 19th-century pharmacist, blacksmith, and farmer and learn about heritage breeds of farm animals, medicinal remedies, and blacksmithing techniques.

Both Sides of the Canvas
(Fenimore Art Museum / August 2-6 / 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each day / ages 11 and up / program designed for adult and child partners - cost per couple: $175 NYSHA Members and $225 non-members plus a Materials Fee of $30 per couple.) 

Parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren will enjoy this very special program that combines exploring the art of John Singer Sargent and the story of one of his paintings through the reading of Carnation, Lily Lily Rose: The Story of a Painting, and art lessons which include outdoor sketching and painting in the plein air style with artist Kevin Gray. 

Museum educators will lead a weeklong book club, teas on the terrace, a game of croquette, and tours of John Singer Sargent: Portraits In Praise of Women.  Partners will also be led in art activities which culminate in the creation of their own painting. Artist Kevin Gray will provide daily instruction that will benefit novice, and long time artists alike.  (Materials Fee includes a copy of the book, paints, a sketchbook, and more.)  For more information contact Karen Wyckoff at (607) 547-1410.

Art in August
(Fenimore Art Museum / every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday / August 3 - 21 / 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. / ages 5-7 / $5 for NYSHA members, $7 for non-members) 

Art in August introduces 5 to 7 year olds to paintings and other objects currently on exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum. Featuring gallery walks, stories, and crafts, each one hour session will connect your child to works of American art.  For more information contact: Laura Ayers at (607) 547-1481 or

August 3:    Haida Totem Pole
August 5:    John Singer Sargent Portraits
August 7:    Family Pets in Art
August 10:    Everyday Art: Quilts
August 12:    Gallery Nature Hike: Birds
August 14:    Native American Weaving
August 17:    Fenimore Flowers
August 19:    Native American Masks
August 21:    Lake Otsego Landscapes


Daily Activities for Families at the Fenimore
(Every day in July and August)  Activities include tours, and programs for families pertaining to The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art and the exhibition John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women.  For more information contact: Laura Ayers at (607) 547-1481 or

10:15 a.m. - Resourceful Art - Drop by to learn what Native Americans used to create the pieces of art in the Thaw Gallery.
11:00 a.m. - Mohawk Indian Bark House Tours - This 45 minute tour gives visitors a unique look at life for the Mohawk Indians in the 1750s. A hands-on tour great for adults and children of all ages!  Meet at ticket desk.
12:30 p.m. - An Artist’s Tools - Discover what John Singer Sargent used to create the art in Portraits in Praise of Women.  Explore oil painting and understand the materials behind the masterpieces.
1:30 p.m. - Mohawk Indian Bark House Tours - This 45 minute tour gives visitors a unique look at life for the Mohawk Indians in the 1750s. A hands-on tour great for adults and children of all ages!  Meet at ticket desk.
2:30 p.m. - Resourceful Art - Drop by to learn what Native Americans used to create the pieces of art in the Thaw Gallery.
4:00 p.m. - Mohawk Indian Bark House Tours - This 45 minute tour gives visitors a unique look at life for the Mohawk Indians in the 1750s. A hands-on tour great for adults and children of all ages!  Meet at ticket desk.

Daily Mini-Workshops at The Farmers' Museum
(Monday - Thursday at 1:00 p.m. through July and August)  These one hour, hands-on workshops operate on a first-come, first-served basis.  Sign up in advance or at the workshop's location that day.  Cost: $10.00 per person.  Limit of 3-4 people per workshop.  For more information, contact Kajsa Sabatke at (607) 547-1453 or

 • Forge an S-Hook with the Blacksmith - Learn how to make an S-hook using the tools of a 19th century craftsman. (In the Blacksmith Shop, fourth grade and older, children must be accompanied by an adult, please wear closed-toed shoes)

 • Create Medicines of the 1840s - Discover how pharmacists in the 1840s made pills and lozenges - and then make your own. (In the Pharmacy, fourth grade and older, children must be accompanied by an adult)

 • Baking in a Hearth Oven - Bake a cake in an authentic hearth oven. (In the More House, 18 and older only - children can watch)


 • Mowing with a Scythe - Use a traditional Scythe to harvest grains and hay.  Learn how to master this tool - how to cut, use safely, and how to sharpen its Austrian hand-hammered blade.   (Start at the Lippitt Farm House, 18 and older only, limit 3 people)

 • Printing with a Washington Press - Perform a small print job on an actual Washington Press. (In the Middlefield Print Shop, fourth grade and older, children must be accompanied by an adult)

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About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late- nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

About Fenimore Art Museum
The Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake -- James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass Lake” -- in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including: folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; an extensive collection of domestic artifacts; more than 125,000 historical photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprising more than 800 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions.  Founded in 1945, the Fenimore Art Museum is NYSHA’s showcase museum.

Ozzie Smith Teams Up with Fellow Hall of Famers to Thrill Fans at PLAY Ball
-- Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter Will Join the‘Wizard’
 For Non-Stop Interaction with Fans on Friday at Doubleday Field --
( COOPERSTOWN, NY) – It’s a dream team reunion of the 1982 World Series in Cooperstown. But this time, Ozzie Smith is inviting baseball fans – as well as fellow Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter – to get in on the fun.
The Wizard will host PLAY Ball – a fundraiser for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s educational programs – at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 23, at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend officially gets under way with the event.
“I’m really looking forward to coming back to Cooperstown and to PLAY Ball,” Smith said. “We have a great time on the field, and it’s for a great cause.”
The annual Induction Weekend event features more than two hours of non-stop interaction between the Hall of Famers and participants, with tales of the big leagues and on-field instruction all part of the afternoon. Smith and Sutter were part of the 1982 World Champion Cardinals team that defeated Molitor’s Brewers in a classic seven-game World Series.
Participants in PLAY Ball each receive on-field round-robin interaction with the Hall of Famers along with special mementos to commemorate their experience. The event is part of the July 23-26 Hall of Fame Weekend activities that will be highlighted by Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. Induction Ceremony when Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog will be enshrined as the Class of 2010.
A limited number of spaces for PLAY Ball remain, and a reservation is required. Event pricing is $450 for Members, $600 for non-Members. To reserve a spot, call 607-547-0397 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on Membership, please visit
The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 23: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. ; Saturday, July 24: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ; Sunday, July 25: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 26: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Advance tickets are not necessary but are available by contacting the Hall of Fame at 888-425-5633 . For Hall of Fame Members, doors open at 7 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission. A special Members’ only entrance eliminates the need to wait in line. Interested parties may enroll in the membership program in advance or at the Museum.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The Museum observes off-season hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. Ticket prices are $16.50 for adults (13 and over), $11 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $6 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger.  For more information, visit our Web site at or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

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