Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst

Celebrating 35 Years at Westchester’s Most Beloved Art and Shopping Experience at One of Its Most Popular Landmarks! Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst, a celebration of all things handmade, returns to Tarrytown, New York for its 35th anniversary on the rescheduled dates of July 24, 25 26, 2020. This semi-annual event featuring 275 of America’s best artists and modern makers is held at Lyndhurst, one of the country’s most beautiful historic Gothic Revival estates. Crafts at Lyndhurst continues to thrive by being Westchester County’s favorite art and shopping experience and is a Hudson Valley event not to miss! For over three decades this cultural phenomenon has brought hundreds of thousands of craft lovers to the Lyndhurst estate, raised almost four million dollars for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and helped to sustain the careers of thousands of independent artists from across the country.

Visit WSKG Education at STEAMfest

Build a robot, make a fidget spinner out of recycled plastic bottles, listen to plants as they make music, create a flying critter with LED light-up eyes, explore fossils, 3-D printing or discover how to power Broome County’s carousels with the wind! STEAMfest 2018 brings together afterschool/out-of-school-time providers, makers, business and industry to highlight Science, Technology, Engineering Art/Agriculture and Math career pathways for young people and innovation throughout our region. STEAMfest 2018 features a huge variety of fun, interactive “maker” stations where young people can learn about exciting STEAM careers through hands-on activities and learn what they need to study in school and college to prepare for these careers. STEAMfest will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY. Be sure to visit the WSKG station featuring a Bob the Builder inspired activity! This is a free event open to the public.

Kindness is at the Heart of Sesame Street’s New Holiday Special

It’s Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo’s dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo’s new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit in hopes that Santa would come to visit. They learn that all you need is kindness!

Memories of a Penitent Heart pbs rewire

When Family, Religion and Sexuality Collide

First-time filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s “Memories of a Penitent Heart” is many things. It’s a love story and a family history. It’s an investigative report and a warning. But first and foremost it is the story of Miguel Dieppa, Aldarondo’s uncle.The life and family legacy of Miguel Dieppa (right) is the subject of “Memories of a Penitent Heart.” His partner of more than 10 years, Robert, is on the left. Photo courtesy of Blackscrackle Films LLC.Conflicting forces were at play in Miguel’s life.

Share the Magic of Beatrix Potter with Your Family

This program recounts the fascinating life story of internationally beloved author Beatrix Potter. More than just a children’s writer, Potter was a compelling storyteller and artist who brought classic characters like Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs. Tiggywinkle and Peter Rabbit to life with her beautifully detailed illustrations. Seventy-five years after her death, British actress and Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society Patricia Routledge takes viewers on a journey to Potter’s home in the English countryside, where she examines an original sketchbook and even reads passages from the personal journal Beatrix began during her teenage years. A passionate fan and Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society, Routledge presents viewers with a close-up look at Potter’s illustrations, the Cumbrian farmland she called home, and even a personal journal begun during her teenage years. Released in 2016 to commemorate her 150th birthday, the program also ties into the release of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots, a story that was written just before World War I but never published during the lifetime of its remarkable author.

District to Host 'Digital Citizenship Summit EDU'

Maine-Endwell School District is sponsoring the Digital Citizenship Summit, a free event open to students, parents, educators and all members of the community. Learn how students can harness the power of digital technology to make the world a better place. The event will feature keynote speaker, Curran Dee. Curran is a fourth grader and the Chief Kid Officer of DigCitKids, and a TEDxYouth speaker. He created DigCitKids to combat the lack of digital access at his school.

Are You Raising a Budding Builder?

We want to hear from families and teachers! Join the #WSKGBuddingBuilders campaign via social media. Take a photo or video of your own child building, creating, making! Upload a drawing or finished project! Share your budding builder and their STEM work with WSKG via Facebook, Instagram,Twitter.

Let’s Make History Together This Thanksgiving

This weekend, you and StoryCorps can preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.  

Ready to record? Choose someone you love to interview.

Let’s Make History Together This Thanksgiving

This weekend, you and StoryCorps can preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.  

Ready to record? Choose someone you love to interview.

Kids' Book Fest Promises Fun for Families

Editor’s Note: Last October, the Family Reading Partnership of Owego-Apalachin was recognized by the community as a local American Graduate Champion.  The organization strives to create a culture of literacy for the community it serves.  Family Reading Partnership of Owego-Apalachin is about to host its annual Kids’ Book Fest event and we sat down to talk with Kristin Barton, coalition President.  

Can you provide an overview of the event and talk logistics? Our fourth Kids’ Book Fest “Fairy Tales Do Come True” will be on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10am-2pm and it will be held at Owego Elementary School 2 Sheldon Guile Blvd.

Easter Weekend Fun

The Easter Weekend is fast approaching and WSKG is here to give you a few family friendly ideas on how to celebrate! -Children’s Charity of Greater Binghamton Easter Egg Hunt at Recreation Park in Binghamton; Saturday, March 26 beginning at 10am with the Easter egg hunt starting at 11am

-Dino-Eggstravaganza at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca; Saturday, March 26 from 10am-1pm

-Eggstravaganza at Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira; Saturday, March 26 beginning at 11am

An old industry returns as a family event at Hanford Mills

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The Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith presents its annual Ice Harvest Festival. It’s an interactive event showing how important this “winter crop” was, and how it was done.  There are lots of other activities going on at Hanford Mills as well.  The best part is that the ice harvested this weekend is stored until July, when it is used to make ice cream. http://wskg.org/audio/hanfordicemix.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Hanford Mills

Birthstory

(Illustration by Chance Bone)

You know the drill – all it takes is one sperm, one egg, and blammo – you got yourself a baby. Right? Well, in this episode, conception takes on a new form – it’s the sperm and the egg, plus: two wombs, four countries, and money. Lots of money. At first, this is the story of an Israeli couple, two guys, who go to another continent to get themselves a baby – three, in fact – by hiring surrogates to carry the children for them.

New Year's Eve, Family Style

From PBS Parents:

New Year’s Eve celebrations are often adult-only events, but kids get excited about the big night as well. Because babysitters are scarce and restaurant prices are high on December 31, it makes more sense to celebrate with the kids. Many communities now host family-friendly First Night celebrations with fireworks, music and games (like this one in Windsor, NY), but you can also have lots of fun staying home. Whether you decide to host a neighborhood party or just cozy up with your family, make it a New Year’s Eve to remember with these tips for a kid-friendly celebration.  
Ring in the Noon Year
Many children can’t (or shouldn’t) stay up until midnight, so count down until the noon year.

No snow? No problem!

Winter has been anything but “white” so far this year and some little ones (and big ones!) are disappointed in the lack of snow. Take some time today to create your own snow-themed fun!  
LEARN
This multi-sensory writing activity from PBS Parents gets kids writing in the “snow” no matter the weather! In this activity, kids engage both their sense of touch (dragging their fingers through the salt) and sight (revealing color) to practice writing their letters. For older children, try writing math facts in the snow.

Adventures in Learning | Charity

Talking to kids about charity can be tough, but research shows that talking about charity is more effective than role-modeling. PBS Parents presents Adventures in Learning with Jennifer Cooper! https://youtu.be/p29dKpHnPjQ

THE SET UP
Talking Points: Kids often operate from a center of self so talk to them about how their actions will affect others. For instance saying, “When we raise money for this charity, the money will go to kids who need medicine so they will get healthy” will have more of an impact than, “because it’s the right thing to do.” Both are true, but one helps frame it in a relatable way. Keeping the Conversations Rolling: Bob Stains, from The Family Dinner Project offers these conversation starters to help inspire fun, thoughtful conversations about giving.

BU Music presents an enduring Christmas favorite

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Binghamton University Music Department presents two Sunday matinees of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Originally written for television, Menotti wrote it so that it could be easily staged in a theatre.  Stage Director Steven Nanni, Music Director Willie Waters, and Henry Wager, the boy soprano singing the title character, talk about why this short opera is so beloved. http://wskg.org/audio/amahl2015.mp3

Photo courtesy Binghamton University Music Department