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Heat Up the Night and Support Local School Children

February 11, 2011

Heat Up the Night and Support Local School Children

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (02/11/2011) —Taking school field trips to The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum is a tradition for generations of local school children. “There is no substitute for a hands-on experience. A virtual tour or video just isn’t the same. We are so fortunate to have The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum as a wonderful resource right here in the community,” says local kindergarten teacher Adrienne Lentini.

“Our collections, historic sites, and museum educators support the traditional learning activities of the classroom. We give students an up-close connection with art, history and science related topics that they may not be able to have without a visit to The Museums,” says Associate Director of Education, John Buchinger.

Such field trips have been first on the chopping block for local school budgets, but The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum initiated a fund to help cover the costs, especially the cost of transportation, for local schools. Over 1,500 students have benefited since 2008.

To help replenish the fund, The Museums have organized a fun, family winter carnival called Heat Up the Night, taking place this year on Saturday, February 26th from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at The Farmers’ Museum. With a fire juggler, live music, a large bonfire, games and contests, there will be something to entertain and amaze everyone! Enjoy free drinks (including Omegang Brewery samples) and snacks or purchase a meal from New York Pizzeria and hot drinks from Stagecoach Coffee.

Fire juggler Keith Leaf starts off the night with a show at 5:30 juggling all matter of items. At 6:30, thirteen-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental musician prodigy Owen Neid performs live. Afterwards, Keith Leaf returns for a second show at 7:30 in the courtyard, juggling flaming rings, jump ropes and torches. Games, food, and contests will continue throughout the night – indoors in the heated Louis C. Jones Center.

Adult tickets are $10 (NYSHA members) and $12 (non-members). Tickets for kids ages 13-18 are $5.00; and kids 12 and under are free. For more information or to reserve tickets over the phone, please call Sara Evenson at (607) 547-1461.

Schools and community groups that received support from NYSHA in 2008-2009 include: Cooperstown Schools, Benton Hall Academy , Sidney Central Schools, Hancock Central Schools, Roxbury Central Schools, Franklin Central Schools , Stamford Central Schools , South Kortright Central Schools , Walton Central Schools, Jefferson, Downsville, Delaware Big Buddy Programs, and Otsego Head Start Schools, Pleasant Avenue School, New York Mills ES, Charlotte Valley CS, Fonda Fultonville ES, Sauquoit Valley ES, Owen D. Young CS, Christ the King School ,Schenectady, Oneonta Community Christian School, Milford, Barringer Rd ES, Damascus MS, and Richfield Springs

Funds will be made available immediately after the event and interested schools should call (607) 547-1461 for details.

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