Arts & Culture

Exploring the arts as a family can be both entertaining and a portal into a shared language. Visiting a new destination? Get your bearings at museums, art galleries, and other cultural centers.

Battle of Gettysburg Changes Everything

by Sandra Foyt

For three blistering hot and bloody days in 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, the Civil War could have gone either way. Could General Meade hold the line, or would General Robert E. Lee prevail in bringing the war to the North? It […]

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Lincoln Highway Begins In New York City

by Sandra Foyt

There is no Lincoln Highway marker in New York City. Even in 1913, Times Square was more of a ceremonial origination point rather than the beginning of an actual roadway. And yet it made sense then, as it does now, to begin in New York […]

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Will Hoffman’s Playland Go the Way of America’s Lost Amusement Parks?

by Sandra Foyt

Nostalgia is a powerful motivator as was seen last week when The Business Review reported that owners of the popular Albany amusement park, Hoffman’s Playland, were “actively pursuing offers for the land.” Within a day, the Save Hoffman’s Playland Facebook Page set up by Mike Clute […]

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Wild Center Connects People and Nature

by Sandra Foyt

When the Wild Center opened near Lake Placid, New York in 2006 it was hailed as “the place to go” by the The Boston Globe. A crowd of more than 5000–the largest Adirondacks gathering since the 1980 Olympics–attended the opening celebrations. By the time that […]

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Biltmore Photo Tour

by Sandra Foyt

Touring Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York, I was surprised to hear that it was built by one of the more frugal of William Vanderbilt’s eight sons. That assertion becomes a lot more clear if you happen to visit the house his youngest son […]

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The Roosevelt Story In Hyde Park, New York

by Sandra Foyt

In a time when American presidents struggle to hold on to approval ratings into a second term, it’s hard to imagine a politician with lasting power. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only American president elected to more than two terms, holding office for a dozen years […]

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Storming the Castle on the Bannerman Island Tour

by Sandra Foyt

Starting this week, it will be a little easier to visit the mysterious castle ruins seen from train windows on the Hudson lines. On May 4th, Bannerman Castle Trust will officially debut the new-to-them RV Estuary Steward, a 40′ by 12.5′ boat donated by the […]

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Do You Have What It Takes to Score White House Egg Roll Tickets?

by Sandra Foyt

On Easter Monday this April 1, 2013, the hottest ticket in the Northeast will be for the annual White House Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. when more than 30,000 people will swarm the presidential lawns in search of fun games, the Easter Bunny, and the coveted […]

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Meet Santa at the North Pole

by Tess Purvis

So, what’s it like to celebrate Christmas in a town where it’s Christmas every day? In a word, magical. Welcome to the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska. For 60 years, the Miller family has been celebrating Christmas every day of the year. More […]

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Explore and Celebrate “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture” at the American Museum of Natural History

by Gina Martin

“Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture,” the newest special exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, delves into the complex and infinitely interesting subject of food and its role in human culture. The food system encompasses everything from history to science to culture, and […]

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