62 Days of Summer
Get the kids outside this summer with a free program every Thursday at 11 a.m. at Barker Park, at the corner of Third and State streets in downtown Troy.
From music to animals, puppets to gardening, there’s something for everyone. Events start Thursday and run through Aug. 28, all sponsored by the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corp., in cooperation with the city of Troy and the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.
Here’s the full schedule:
An interactive program built around world jazz by the musical group Heard: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, composer/pianist; Brian Melick, drums/percussion; Bobby Kendall, bass; Jonathan Greene, woodwinds; and Zorkie Nelson, drums/percussion/vocals.
July 17: Dog on Fleas
The trio sings and plays guitars, drums, horns, piano, bass and various wild instruments from around the world to get kids singing, moving and thinking with a creative approach to exploring the music of the world.
July 24: Melissa Thorne
This visual artist leads a fun, hands-on activity to get kids’ creative energy moving. Thorne is a painter and a visiting assistant professor of art at the University at Albany.
July 31: Ivy Vine Players
With more than 75 puppets and just one human, Ivy Vine is the creation of Grian MacGregor, who makes puppets from recycled materials and has them help her in her programs of music and stories.
Aug. 7: Animal Tales
The College of Nanoscale
Science and Engineering Children’s Museum will offer a hands-on educational program using live animals. Kids can listen to animal stories such as “The Greedy Python” by Eric Carle, then meet the live stars of the stories from CNSE’s animal collection.
Aug. 14: Tastes Good
Capital District Community Gardens will present an entertaining and educational program about nutrition and good food. Using music and games, program leaders will show kids how to prepare locally grown produce, then they’ll get to taste it.
Aug. 21: Andy The Music Man
The Music Man is Andy Morse, a children’s musician known for the special way he connects with his audiences. Playing guitar and mandolin, he mixes traditional, original and novelty songs, and the kids get to sing and dance along.
Aug. 28: Movement Story Hour
Two dancers from the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will lead a movement workshop for kids, with a soundscape created by a live percussionist.
For information about the Barker Park series, contact the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 273-0038 or www.troymusichall.org.
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