@theVIC Tuesday, March 18, through Monday, March 24

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. 

Skiing and Snowshoeing at the VIC

Check out the most recent trail conditions. Skiers and snowshoers must purchase a season pass, or a day pass, to use the trails during the winter months. The VIC is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. 

Friday, March 21 – No-School Day: Tapping Into Spring

Children 7 - 11 are invited to this full-day program where they’ll learn about the sugar maple and how to turn sap into maple syrup. Bring your outdoor clothes for walking and playing in the snow and snack food. Don’t forget your snowshoes or rent them for an additional $5. Reservations are required. Reserve your place by noon Thursday, March 20, by calling (518) 327-6241. Minimum class size is 4. $35/person, $25 for Friends of the VIC

Saturday, March 22 – Quilt Workshop: Tree of Life Quilt Blocks

In this workshop, you will learn techniques for making half-square triangles quickly and accurately and then use these units to piece together the tree of life quilt block. This simple yet striking block will be used to complete your pillow, wall hanging or quilt. Construction of other quilt blocks using the half-square triangles will also be explored. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $45. Preregistration is required by calling (518) 327-6241. 

Saturday, March 22, & Saturday, March 29 – "Sap to Syrup" Maple Activity

Work with Paul Smith's College VIC sugar makers Tom Manitta and Kyle Dash to experience all aspects of the syrup making process. Participants will go home with a pint of fresh maple syrup. The program runs from 1-4 p.m. $25/person. Preregistration required. Limited to 10 participants per session. Contact: Brian McDonnell, bmcdonnell@paulsmiths.edu

Saturday and Sunday, March 22 & 23 – Maple Weekend

The Paul Smith’s College VIC is holding a maple weekend with sugar bush tours, maple confections, family activities, workshops and the grand opening of the VIC Sugar House. 

Wednesday, March 26 – Astronomy Night at the VIC

Learn about the springtime constellations, vernal equinox and meteor showers. We’ll have a lecture and then pull out the 14-inch Celestron (deep space) Telescope. 7:30 p.m. $10/person. Free for Friends of the VIC. Preregistration appreciated; please call (518) 327-6241. 

Thursday, March 27 – Armchair Traveler Lecture: Mt. McKinley/Denali

Join Jack Drury at 7 p.m. for a slide show on one of the first 100 attempts to scale the highest mountain in North America: 20,320 ft. Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska. This was one of Drury’s first major adventures. In 1971, while a senior in college, Drury joined the National Outdoor Leadership School for its first attempt to climb this challenging peak. $5/person. Friends of the VIC, season-pass holders and students, faculty and staff are admitted free. This program is underwritten by the Friends of the VIC. 

Friday, March 28 – Winter Owl Prowl

Join Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister at 7:30 p.m. for a winter owl prowl. $10/person, $5 for Friends of the VIC. Children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult. Preregistration appreciated. Call the VIC at (518) 327-6241 for more information or email bmcdonnell@paulsmiths.edu. 

Saturday and Sunday, March 29 & 30 – Adirondack Maple Weekend

The Paul Smith’s College VIC is holding an Adirondack Maple Weekend with sugar bush tours, maple confections, workshops, family activities and a maple run. 

Sunday, March 30 – Maple Sap 5K Run

Fill up a quart bottle with sap and run, or walk, it to the VIC Sugar House for processing. The event starts at 10 a.m. Every runner wins syrup! Preregistration requested. $20/person. Friends of the VIC save $5. Part of the Adirondack and New York State Maple Weekend. 

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! 

New Moon Art Show: Naturally: Photographs by Burdette Parks and Paintings by Mary Woodcock Johnson

This art show, featuring work by artist Mary Woodcock Johnson and photographer Burdette Parks, will be on display until Saturday, March 29. Free admission. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC.



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