Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows the corner of West Franklin Street and Grand Central Avenue in Horseheads, NY, circa 1900. The first white settlers began arriving in the area soon after the American Revolution and the town was officially formed in 1835. Horseheads’ unique name came from an interesting Revolutionary War era anecdote. The area still looks very similar today. One of Horseheads most famous residents was Eugene Zimmerman.
Ansel Adams’ black and white photographs captured the American West with a level of sharpness and detail that seems far advanced for his time. Now, a collection of his early works will be shown at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. Michelle Murdock, Director of Exhibitions at the Fenimore Art Museum, spoke with Crystal Sarakas about Ansel Adams and his legacy. Ansel Adams: Early Works opens April 1 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. It will be on display until September 18.
WSKG celebrates the environment with Cyberchase! Our Cyberchase pick of the week is this online collection of nature-themed activities that are low-cost/no-cost and easy to replicate at home or in the classroom. Topics include wind power, temperature, recycling, fog, ecosystems, and more. Cyberchase airs on WSKG TV Fridays at 5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday at 10:30am. Tune in to support math and environmental lessons.
Potter Leslie Green Guilbault was in a professional quandary. She had just finished one job, unrelated to her training in art, and was wondering what to do next. She took a winter walk in the woods with her ten year old son. He spotted the sad remains of a fawn that had been killed by a coyote. They took the bones home and Ms. Guilbault introduced herself to bone carving. She also uses the ‘sgraffito’ technique in her pottery to create arresting designs on pieces that more than display pieces; they are useful as well. http://wskg.org/audio/guilbaultmix.mp3
Know Theatre is presenting Theresa Rebeck’s play ‘Seminar’. The battle lines are drawn when a group of young writers hire a famous novelist to help them improve their work. Director Tim Gleason and actor Joanna Patchett talk about the issues these writers are dealing with, and the issues their idolized instructor is dealing with himself. http://wskg.org/audio/seminarmix.mp3
Join WSKG’s Youth Focused team on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Tanglewood Nature Center. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, sensory safari, screenings of the new, hit PBS KIDS show Nature Cat, and more! This free event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the community. Call 607.732.6060 with questions. Parents, do your kids love Nature Cat?
Nature Animal Reunions airs on WSKG TV on March 30, 2016 at 8pm.
What happens when people are reunited with the wild animals with which they forged a deep bond years ago? Will these gorillas, elephants, cheetahs and chimpanzees still recognize their human caregivers and how will they react? That is the premise of this program which also raises the question whether wild creatures can really experience emotions like joy, devotion, and love. It’s a debate that many animal lovers are convinced is true and the scientific community is beginning to accept.
Crystal Sarakas and local entertainment editor Chris Kocher talk about some of the other arts events that are coming up over the weekend. Highlights include Kansas – yes, THAT Kansas – performing at Magic City Music Hall, Sultans of String in Ithaca, and the Ely Young Band in Elmira. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8mKJL4SvpQ&spfreload=5
Remember Chef Julia? She was recently recognized as a local American Graduate Champion. Ever since taking a top honor at the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, she’s traveled, taught, and has been prominently featured in local media. We were curious as to how and when Julia’s love for cooking started so we asked Rachel Knight Rissberger, Julia’s mother, about this. Rachel was kind enough to share her experience through this guest web post and she included some great book recommendations.
Tech Savvy, a program of AAUW, introduces girls in sixth through ninth grades to many types of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and teaches “savvy skills” such as negotiation, computer coding and public speaking. This hands on day will be filled with experiments, mentorship opportunities and making new friends interested in science. Girls will participate in a live chat with K. Lindsay Hunter, one of the underground astronauts who excavated Homo naledi. Keynote address will be by Kathryn J. Boor, Dean of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. WSKG Science will be interviewing girls on their future STEM careers and sharing SciGirls resources for families.