@theVIC Tuesday, April 15, Through Monday, April 21

Friends of the VIC

Help support the Paul Smith's College VIC by joining the Friends of the VIC. Membership is available at a range of levels, starting with a $45 annual contribution. 

Monday-Friday, April 14-18 – No School Days: Spring Break

Children ages 7-11 are invited to learn and play during spring break. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. We will visit a variety of subjects related to the season, as plants and animals wake up and claim territory. We will listen to the sounds of the forest, find tracks in the mud, smell the spring flowers, touch tree bark and create adventures together. Preregistration is required for each day. Reserve a spot by calling (518) 327-6241, or emailing Michelle Berrus at mberrus@paulsmiths.edu. Minimum class size is four. $35/person, $25 for Friends of the VIC. 

Saturday, April 19 – Holy Shiitake Mushroom Workshop

The Adirondack Mycology Club will present a shiitake-cultivation workshop from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn to grow your own edible mushrooms. $5 suggested donation. Free for Paul Smith's College students, staff and faculty. Take an inoculated log home for $10. Bring a lunch. Call (518) 327-6330 for more information. 

Saturday, April 19 – Wetland-Detectives Training Workshop I – Frogs & Toads

This training workshop, which takes place from 2-5 p.m., will provide you with the tools and information needed to become a citizen scientist and wetland detective as part of a new wetland-monitoring program in the Adirondack Park. Trained participants will be able to enroll in the long-term monitoring program committed to improving our understanding of Adirondack wetlands and conserving these unique places for future generations. The second workshop will take place Saturday, May 17, and will focus on wetland bird and plant monitoring. 

Monday, April 21 – Forest, Farm and Fork: An Opportunity Symposium at the Paul Smith’s College VIC

Discover grant and loan opportunities for your North Country farm, business, organization or community, available through the new 2014 Farm Bill. Also learn about other private and New York State funding sources. If you are involved in forestry, agriculture, food production, tourism or community development, you should attend. You’ll hear from U.S. Rep. Bill Owens and other federal, state and private officials about how you can tap into these resources. Be there from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to get the most out of this opportunity. RSVP by Monday, April 14.  Partners include Paul Smith’s College and Cornell Cooperative Extension. 

Saturday, April 26 – Science, Art and Music Festival

Paul Smith's College and TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) will hold a daylong festival celebrating science, art and music from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event features musical performances by North Country musicians, presentations on Adirondack climate-related topics, a panel on climate in the Adirondacks, traditional folk and visual arts, maple syrup and refreshments, and a showing of "Green Fire" – an award-winning documentary on Aldo Leopold. $5/person, free for the Paul Smith's College community, Friends of the VIC and Friends of TAUNY. 

Adopt a Sugar Maple

Support the development of maple sugaring at the VIC by adopting a tree for $50. We'll do the tapping, and you'll be investing in the education of an intern and the equipment to take care of your tree. You'll also get a quart of maple syrup from the tree when it's ready. (Shipping not included) Adoption papers are available at the VIC front desk. Makes a great gift! You can also adopt by mail: Just send a check for $50 (plus $15 for shipping for 1-2 quarts). Make checks payable to the PSCVIC: Paul Smith’s College VIC, 8023 Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970.   

Purchase Some VIC Maple Syrup

The students are hard at work collecting and boiling maple sap to make syrup. We have a limited supply of VIC handcrafted, wood-fired syrup available. Pint, $10; quart, $18; and half-gallon, $30 (plus shipping). 

New Moon Art Show: The SAM Fest Exhibition: Art About the Land, the People and the Climate

Regional artists Sandra Hildreth, Lee Ann Sporn, Meg Bernstein, Tim Fortune, Burdette Parks and others will exhibit their art during the run-up to SAM Fest on Saturday, April 26. The exhibit will hang until Sunday, April 27. Free admission. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC.


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Paul Smiths, NY 12970

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