Friday, June 10, 2011

What would have been a weekend full of fun

There are so many fun, creative, and free things to do this weekend, as I was preparing my post for today, I was in awe of what to choose to do.  That was before the little man broke his wrist and we had to schedule a surgery for tomorrow to reset the bones.

But, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't enjoy the fun!

My favorite must-do item on the docket is a new storytelling festival that will be taking place on Saturday, June 11 at the Village Green in Clinton, The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival.  The idea came from a group of local story tellers, that meet in the historic Old Stone Church and share stories, the name of the festival comes from a book, where people share ordinary ingredients to create a delicious soup.  The festival takes place from 9:30am-10:30pm and will feature music, crafts, and food and drink booths, as well as you guessed it, plenty of stories to go around.  For more information, click here.  And since I will be at the hospital all day, please feel free to share your FAVORITE STORIES with me in the comments below.

This weekend Utica will host both, the Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society and The Special Olympics.

Relay is hosted at Mohawk Valley Community College and kicks off at 12 noon on Saturday.  There are children's events, live music, a classic car show, and others on-site fundraisers to benefit ACS and a touching luminary ceremony to honor those who have been struck by cancer.  For the full schedule for this year's Relay, click here.
Why I Relay
Nearly 2,000 athletes and coaches from across New York State will participate in the 2011 Summer Games.  Athletic competitions include Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling, Powerlifting, Gymnastics, Tennis, Volleyball, and Athletics (Track & Field).  This is a great family friendly opportunity.  The Opening Ceremony is at  8:00 pm on Friday, June 10th at Utica College’s Gaetano Stadium. In typical Olympic style, the event will begin with a Parade of Athletes and a Torch Run to signify the start of the Games. There will also be a fireworks show and a full Olympic village featuring games, music, dance crews, mascots, fire engines, and at least fifteen different police agency cars in attendance to show support to the athletes.

So pull out your calendar and take your children to learn about the old fashioned joy of storytelling, the compassion for people with cancer, or that no matter what ability you have, everyone is special.  No matter what you choose, it's a great way to Celebrate Life in Central New York!

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