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Woodcarving Classes at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Woodcarving Classes at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Saturdays, October 1,8,15, and 22

Beginner Classes: 9:00am – 12:00pm             $90 ($85 for Carrousel Society members)                  Ages 12 and up; youth ages 12-17 must have signed parental consent form

Intermediate/Advanced Woodcarving Classes: 1:00pm – 4:00pm         $85 ($80 for Carrousel Society members)

Carrousels feature many delicate, intricate carvings. Students of all skill levels can learn the historic craft that made the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum's beautiful carrousels possible. Classes are taught by Doug Bathke, who has been carving for 47 years and teaching for 36 years.

Upcoming Craft Shows

Upcoming Craft Shows

Feeling crafty?  Look no further than our local Moms Like Me website where one local mom has compiled a list of upcoming Craft Shows in our area. Check it out by clicking here.

Smithsonian Museum Day

Smithsonian Museum Day

Saturday, September 24

12:00pm – 4:00pm

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is a proud participant in the seventh annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine.  A celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, Museum Day helps make museums more accessible to visitors across the country. In 2010, more than 1,500 museums and cultural institutions participated, serving approximately 500,000 visitors at no cost. If you’ve always wanted to check out the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, or come back for a repeat visit, this is the perfect time. Enjoy the museum’s exhibits on woodcarving and band organs, displays of antique carrousel horses, and hands-on children’s gallery all at no charge. But remember-- visit a museum every day, not just on Museum Day!

Peach Festival 2011: New Dance Showcase Debuts Sunday

Peach Festival 2011: New Dance Showcase Debuts Sunday

Plastic trophies are nice, but the dancers participating in this year's Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival are working toward something even better: the maternity ward at Mount St. Mary's Hospital.

In an effort to shorten Saturday morning's Peach Festival parade, chairman Jerry Wolfgang and fellow Kiwanian Terry Nobles elected to cut out the dance competition. More than that, though, they decided it would be better to showcase the dancers Sunday afternoon in a non-competitive, fundraising format.

"They're thrilled about it," Wolfgang said. This new format "is to give the dance companies an opportunity to perform in front of family, relatives and friends, and have that good opportunity of performing on stage in front of a large group."

Panel Discussion on the Arts and Autism

Panel Discussion on the Arts and Autism

In conjunction with the ongoing Community Gallery exhibit “James Marino: Bflo Watercolors,” the Historical Society and Autistic Services Inc. present an evening panel discussion.

The panel discussion will be led by Veronica Federiconi, Executive Director of Autistic Services, and will also include Dana Ranke, ASI Teaching Artist, and Marino’s mother, Cathy Rouin. The panel will specifically discuss ASI’s successful Arts Work program, and more generally how using art for people on the autism spectrum can be effective; creation of art is a powerful source of expression, communication, and a tool for artists on the spectrum.

"Oliver!" Showcases North Tonawanda Youth's Amazing Talent

"Oliver!" Showcases North Tonawanda Youth's Amazing Talent

WAIT!!! Before you watch this video, take just a few moments to imagine a kid who has never had a voice lesson in his life.  Seriously, never...not once -- as in no formal training in the art of singing. Imagine how this kid would probably sound.

Done yet?  Okay, now you can watch the video, which features a young man who -- you guessed it -- has never had a voice lesson.

Adam Kluge, 11, of North Tonawanda, has been singing as long as he has been alive. It is a natural talent for him, and he will use it to entertain people from the stage as he takes on the lead role in "Oliver!" -- the Tony-winning musical based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" -- over the next month and a half. Performances run from Sept. 9 through Oct. 16 at MusicalFare Theatre, at 4380 Main St. Suite 123 in Amherst (Daemen College Campus).

Grandparents' Day Celebration

Grandparents' Day Celebration

Sunday, September 11

12:00pm – 4:00pm

In 1979 President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday in September after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. President Carter and Congress recognized that grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Each year the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum celebrates this special relationship with a day set aside to honor grandparents. Join us on Sunday, September 11 between 12:00pm and 4:00pm for a memorable afternoon of crafts and activities that grandparents and grandchildren can share in together. Whether it’s making a card, writing a poem, or creating a bookmark, young and old are sure to learn more about each other, and create some wonderful new memories in the process.