AUGUST 2024

(OH) First Saturday Every Month,  DO THE MU, 12:00–2:00 pm, All ages. Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon, Ohio 44646, 330.833.4061, info@MassillonMuseum.org. Intergenerational creative drop-in workshop. A new craft every month. All supplies included. Accessible. No preregistration necessary.  Free. Free parking.  MassillonMuseum.org.

(CT) May through October, NATHAN HALE HOMESTEAD MUSEUM TOURS, Fridays & Saturday, 12 – 4 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm All welcome. Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry, CT 06238,  (860) 742-6917, hale@ctlandmarks.org. At the Nathan Hale Homestead, it is 1776, and a war for independence is underway. Learn how members of the Hale family supported the war effort by gathering supplies, helping their neighbors, and serving in the Continental Army. Nathan Hale, Connecticut’s State Hero, was born on the property in 1755. He was recruited as one of America’s earliest spies but was caught and hanged by the British in September 1776. In the early 20th century, historic preservationist George Dudley Seymour purchased the home from a family still farming the property and restored it to honor Nathan Hale’s story. Tours on the hour; last tour departs one hour before closing. The Hale Homestead grounds are open year-round from dawn to dusk. FREE-$15. https://ctlandmarks.org/properties/nathan-hale-homestead/.

(CT) June-October,  COVENTRY FARMERS’ MARKET, every Sunday from 10 am–1 pm, All welcome. Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry, CT 06238, (860) 742-6917. Home-grown heroes and local produce, too! The Coventry Farmers’ Market on the Nathan Hale Homestead grounds is an experience not to be missed. This market carries the tradition of being the largest farmers’ market in Connecticut, featuring some of the best of CT-grown, CT-made products around at one of the most unspoiled countryside settings in the state. Each week, the staff of the Homestead hosts family-friendly programs including 18th–century games, hearth cooking, cheese-making, woodworking, and so much more. The market runs from 10 am–1 pm, and the Nathan Hale Homestead is open from 10 am–2 pm on Sundays. Tours of the museum’s interiors are available for regular admission fees. Feel free to stop into the Museum Shop to continue your shopping adventure! Cost of Event: FREE admission to the grounds; fees apply for some programs. Admission to the Nathan Hale Homestead is by regular admission and is not included in the Farmers’ Market program. https://ctlandmarks.org/market/.

(SC) Ongoing, HOMESCHOOL IN THE PARKS, Ages: 7-12. Charleston County Parks, 843-795-4386, customerservice@ccprc.com. Cost: $7. Charleston County Parks hosts various events for homeschool groups in our parks throughout the year! From the marsh to the oceans, the outdoors serves as our classroom and make for great homeschool field trips during science lessons. https://ccprc.com/.

(MD) Ongoing: First Friday of Month, OLD JAIL MUSEUM: EXTENDED HOURS DURING LEONARDTOWN FIRST FRIDAYS, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Old Jail Museum, 41625 Court House Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650. The Old Jail Museum, a well-known landmark in the heart of Leonardtown and one of the four museums and historic sites overseen by the St. Mary’s County Government’s Museum Division, will be open to the public for extended hours on Leonardtown First Fridays. Staff will be on-hand to showcase the Old Jail and its interesting story. A special exhibit regarding Benjamin Hance, a young African American man who was held at the Old Jail in 1887 and later killed by a local mob, will be on display. Hance is the only documented lynching victim recorded in St. Mary’s County. The museum’s regular daily hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is FREE to all ages. For more information about the Old Jail Museum, special hours, contact information, updates and much more, please visit Facebook.com/TheOldJailMuseum.

(KY) August 1, 2024, THE STEPHEN FOSTER STORY, All ages. Show begins at 8pm (EST). The Stephen Foster Story, 411 E. Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-5971, info@stephenfoster.com. The music of Stephen Foster Story is a 2-hour long dramatic stage musical. The show is set in the mid-19th century and follows America’s first great composer Stephen Foster as he paves the road for future songwriters through love, heartache, and struggles of the time. Tickets Prices – Adult $31 Child $19/$13.  https://stephenfoster.com.  

(PA) August 2-3, 2024, HISTORY CAMP, ages 10-18. Pennysylvania Lumber Museum, US Route 6W, Ulysses Twp, PA 16948, 814-435-2652, jenhaines@pa.gov. Students will spend two days immersing themselves in the rough and tumble lifestyle of a 19th-century logger.  On day one, campers try activities like using a crosscut saw, rolling on a log in our mill pond, peeling bark, and cooking over a fire.  They’ll play games like horseshoes, seed spitting, and model log raft racing.  On the second day, participants demonstrate their new-found skills at the Galeton Rotary’s Cherry Springs State Park Woodsmen Show. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the program for students.  More information can also be found on our website at www.lumbermuseum.org.

(KY) August 2, 2024, THE LITTLE MERMAID. All Ages.  Show begins at 8pm (EST). The Stephen Foster Story, 411 E. Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-5971, info@stephenfoster.com. The Little Mermaid is a musical based on the Walt Disney film and fairytale. The story follows Ariel, a young mermaid who longs for life on land and falls in love with a human prince. Tickets Prices – Adult $31 Child $19/$13. https://stephenfoster.com.

(MD) August 3, 2024, DRAYDEN AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOOLHOUSE FREE OPEN HOUSE, 11 am to 2 pm, 18287 Cherryfield Road, Drayden, MD 20630, (301) 994-1471, smmuseumdivision@gmail.com.  The Drayden African American Schoolhouse is one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses, and its story represents a significant part of St. Mary’s County’s African American history. Visitors are invited to learn more about the restored schoolhouse, its rich history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Hear the real stories about how African American students learned in this school up until the mid-20th century. All ages are welcome, and admission is free. Facebook.com/DraydenSchool.

(KY) August 3, 2024, THE STEPHEN FOSTER STORY, All ages. Show begins at 8pm (EST). The Stephen Foster Story, 411 E. Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-5971, info@stephenfoster.com. The music of Stephen Foster Story is a 2-hour long dramatic stage musical. The show is set in the mid-19th century and follows America’s first great composer Stephen Foster as he paves the road for future songwriters through love, heartache, and struggles of the time. Tickets Prices – Adult $31 Child $19/$13.  https://stephenfoster.com.

(PA) August 5-9, 2924, AHMEC SPACE PROGRAM, 10-3 pm, ages 6-12. American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19380. This NEW program is out of this world! This week-long adventure is for boys and girls ages 6-12 who have an interest in space and science! During this program, trainees will learn about all things space. How big is space? How far are the planets and stars and how do we get there? How powerful is the Sun? What are the challenges of living on Mars? Trainees will reach new heights through exciting demonstrations, science shows, and hands-on activities as we learn about space. This program includes a helicopter ride! Cost:  $425 per student. After Care 3-5 pm, $125.  Register here: https://form.jotform.com/240165866843161.   helicoptermuseum.org.

(DE) August 6, 2024, HOMESCHOOL DAYS: STONES & BONES, 11:00 am-1:30 pm. Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Delaware 19807, 302-658-9111, info@delmns.org. Calling all homeschool families! Explore our school programs at your own pace! In addition to normal museum activities, staff are on the floor to facilitate learning through hands-on games and activities relating to the topic for the day. For all ages! This session: Stones & Bones. Our education staff takes you on a geologic tour of the museum featuring hands-on activities with rock specimens, fossils, and science demonstrations. Students learn about the rock cycle, the geologic history of Delaware, how fossils form, and how to identify some common minerals. Stations include: Rock Garden, Delaware Geologic History, Mineral ID, Rock Cycle Passport, Fossils. $10 per student, $13 per adult, Free for member adults. delmns.org.

August 6, 7, 8, 2024, Art Kids: Collage: Piecing Together Clues from the Past,  12 pm to 3 pm, ages 7 to 17. St. Clement’s Island Museum. This year’s theme is “Explore Sunken Ships and Sea Creatures with Pencils and Paint.” The 2024 Young artists are invited to join local artist and instructor, Ms. Ellen Duke Wilson, this summer to explore fine arts through St. Clement’s Island Museum’s Art Kids classes. Young artists will expand their understanding of art and history while learning to sketch, paint, and sculpt. Students will also reflect on how making art can impact society in positives way for future generations   At the end of each session, all participants create an individualized work of art to share with their family and community. Each class consists of three sessions in which participants will create a work of art to share in an exhibit opening on August 17, 2024, at Children’s Day at St. Clement’s Island Museum. Preregistration is required and the cost is $5 per child. All materials are provided; however, participants are asked to bring a light snack. Parents are encouraged to sign up soon as slots fill up quickly. For more information or to sign up, please call Christina Barbour at (301) 769-4723. For more information on this or other events, visit Facebook.com/SCIMuseum.

(KY) August 8, 2024, THE STEPHEN FOSTER STORY, All ages. Show begins at 8pm (EST). The Stephen Foster Story, 411 E. Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-5971, info@stephenfoster.com. The music of Stephen Foster Story is a 2-hour long dramatic stage musical. The show is set in the mid-19th century and follows America’s first great composer Stephen Foster as he paves the road for future songwriters through love, heartache, and struggles of the time. Tickets Prices – Adult $31 Child $19/$13.  https://stephenfoster.com.

(KY) August 9, 2024, THE STEPHEN FOSTER STORY, All ages. Show begins at 8pm (EST).The Stephen Foster Story, 411 E. Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-5971, info@stephenfoster.com. The music of Stephen Foster Story is a 2-hour long dramatic stage musical. The show is set in the mid-19th century and follows America’s first great composer Stephen Foster as he paves the road for future songwriters through love, heartache, and struggles of the time. Tickets Prices – Adult $31 Child $19/$13.  https://stephenfoster.com.  

(MD) August 10, 2024, SATURDAYS OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:  BEACH COMBING, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (for families and children); 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (for adults). Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, 44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point. All ages are invited to enjoy new outdoor activities while visiting   the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum. These activities encourage visitors to explore nature and the outdoors through curiosity and play. Modeled loosely after “Forest School” learning styles in Denmark and Sweden, the Nature &Forest Play for All Ages Series encourages discovering nature through hands-on, tactile, “no right or wrong way to play” experiences. Age is not a factor; adults need to connect with nature in relaxing, simple ways, just as much as children do! Themed activities will be held on the following dates and times. Price is included in regular museum admission. Save the dates and call ahead to pre-register! More information: (301) 994-1471 or Facebook.com/1836Light.

(OH) August 10, 2024, FUN FEST, All ages. Duncan Plaza—Downtown Massillon, First Street SE, Massillon, Ohio 44646, 330.833.4061, info@massillonmuseum.org. Games, sports, performances, music, health and safety booths, giveaways, characters, art activities, face-painting, inflatables, MPL Bookmobile & more! All the fun of a festival with no  junk food or souvenirs! Free (small charge for a few activities). massillonmuseum.org.

(KY) August 10, 2024, THE STEPHEN FOSTER STORY, All ages. Show begins at 8pm (EST). The Stephen Foster Story, 411 E. Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-5971, info@stephenfoster.com. The music of Stephen Foster Story is a 2-hour long dramatic stage musical. The show is set in the mid-19th century and follows America’s first great composer Stephen Foster as he paves the road for future songwriters through love, heartache, and struggles of the time. Tickets Prices – Adult $31 Child $19/$13.  https://stephenfoster.com.

(NY) August 1216, 2024, P.L.A.Y. GAME LAB,  9AM – 4PM. Ages 10-12, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720, 845-583-2000, Education@BethelWoodsCenter.org. Using computer programs like Minecraft, Scratch, and Stencyl, participants aged 10-12 will play and build collaboratively with peers and talented Teaching Artists from game Design disciplines. This process based, hands-on program will take place both in Bethel Woods’ Mac Lab, and outside on our beautiful historic grounds. Cost of Event: $300/session & $275/session (Member). https://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events/detail/play-all-day-56.

(NY) August 1223, 2024. P.L.A.Y. FINE ARTS, (M-F), 9AM – 4PM, Ages 10-15. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720, 845-583-2000, Education@BethelWoodsCenter.org. In this intensive two-week program, youth will immerse themselves in the world of visual art, gaining a deeper understanding of its various elements through hands-on exploration across a spectrum of media. Led by experienced teaching artists, participants will explore their interests and curiosities while learning the foundational aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and more, drawing inspiration from the historic site and legacy of Bethel Woods. Guided along the path of creative discovery, students will have the opportunity to create both individual and collaborative 2D and 3D artworks, pushing the limits of their imagination and creativity. The program culminates in a vibrant exhibition, providing a platform to showcase the students’ artistic accomplishments and celebrate their creative journey. Cost: $500/session & $460/session (Member). https://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events/detail/play-all-day-56.

(PA) August 12-16, 2024, AHMEC FLIGHT SCHOOL, ages 6-12, 10-3 pm. American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA 1938. Book your ticket now for the AHMEC Flight School! This week-long program is for boys and girls ages 6-12 who have an interest in science! During this camp, cadets will learn about all things flight. What did early flight pioneers learn from nature? What are the forces of Flight? How are these forces different in space? How can we engineer the helicopter of the future? Campers will reach new heights through exciting demonstrations, science shows, and hands-on activities as we learn the science of flight. This program includes a helicopter ride! After Care 3-5 pm, $125. Register here: https://form.jotform.com/240166265322147. helicoptermuseum.org.

(NC) August 30 – September 1, 2024.  EARL SCRUGGS MUSIC FESTIVAL. All ages. Tryon International Equestrian Center: 4066 Pea Ridge Rd, Mill Spring, NC 28756, 704-487-6233, info@EarlScruggsCenter.org. The Earl Scruggs Music Festival honors the life and legacy of American icon and musical legend, Earl Scruggs, who was born in the small Flint Hill community of nearby Cleveland County, NC. Bringing the best of bluegrass, Americana, and roots music together with fans who have a true appreciation for the music, the Earl Scruggs Music Festival is a multi-day celebration of Mr. Scruggs’ incredible contributions and the rich musical culture of the region. The Earl Scruggs Music Festival is presented in partnership by the Earl Scruggs Center and public radio WNCW-FM a flagship roots music station located at Isothermal Community College in Western North Carolina. The festival will take place Labor Day weekend 2024 at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. CURRENT TICKET PRICES START AT $175. Ticket options, packages, and pricing are available through the festival’s website www.earlscruggsmusicfest.com.