Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Love Field Trips? Heat Up the Night!

By: John Buchinger, Associate Director of Education
Before my life as Associate Director of Education for The New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum, I was a teacher. A teacher who loved field trips. Not because it got me out of teaching, or because I used them to take trips to amusement parks, but because it was a way to engage kids in learning in a more participatory fashion. Almost every day of the year, The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum provide programming to area and regional schools. Prices vary for admission from 4-6 bucks and most schools have little problem with this very affordable admission price. But in the last two years the skyrocketing cost of fuel and general budget tightening has threatened many schools with canceling these important visits.So on February 27th from 6-9 pm in The Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers’ Museum, we are planning an awesome hootenanny to raise funds for area schools called Heat up the Night: A Benefit for Area Schools and Programs at the Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum. Heat up the Night will help us deliver programs at reduced or no cost to area schools. The night features area roots rock sensation The Gypsy Pioneers, high school rockers Cheese and the Misty Ceremony, the amazing fire juggler Keith Leaf, a bonfire, and family games and entertainment. The evening will feature free snacks and soda and water, but Ommegang will be on hand for more stout drinks and heartier fare will also be available for a small donation. Area sponsors currently include Brewery Ommegang, Stage Coach Coffee, and Stewart’s Shops. Tickets are on sale now for $10 by calling 607-547-1410. NYSHA members, Facebook Fans and readers off this blog get $1 off if you buy your tickets in advance. Kids under 12 are free and will get a free tattoo. We will also be raffling a Growler of Ommegang’s finest signed by their brewmaster!
The funds we raise will go primarily for transportation costs, but all needs will be considered. Funds will be made available immediately after the event, and interested schools can contact Karen Wyckoff at 607-547-1410 for details. Here are just a few of the schools and groups we have helped in the past two years!
Cooperstown Schools
Benton Hall Academy
Sydney Central Schools
Hancock Central Schools
Roxbury Central Schools
Franklin Central Schools
Stamford Central Schools
South Kortright Central Schools
Sydney Center Central Schools
Townsend Central Schools
Delaware Big Buddy Programs
Otsego Head Start Schools

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