1. FRSA FLASH 24 May 2012Contents of this news letter are compiled from multiple military family news sources and local area event sources. Materialpresented does not represent the views or endorsement of the 2nd BSTB, 2 nd BCT or the Army. This material is for personal use by the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable restrictions and guidelines This Information Day brings together Federal, State and non- profit organizations in one location to provide a face-to-face interaction between Veterans, their Families and Survivors. Anyone who has served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on Active-duty is considered a Veteran and is eligible to receive benefits. Recent changes in eligibility for entitlements, educational and health, especially for Gulf War and Vietnam-era Veterans, make dissemination of information on services imperative if we as Americans are to honor our debt to our Veterans and their Families. This is a great opportunity for service members to find out about benefits, entitlements and services available to them in an on-the-spot, one-stop information gathering, rather than relying on phone service or having to travel inconvenient distances. There are more than 11 agencies within the North Country dedicated to supporting Veterans of the present and past conflicts providing information on increased, retroactive benefits to Veterans and their Families. Representatives from both Federal and New York State Veterans’ Administrations will be present to help explain benefits and entitlements, both in New York and nation-wide. Representatives will be available to explain new criteria for the awarding of the Purple Heart in cases of Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI). The new program for Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing for Veterans will be represented.
2. May 26Sackets HarborVILLAGE WIDE YARD SALE Phone: 315-783-2995 - BARB MCKEEVERMay 26Alexandria BayGrape Blossom Festival at Thousand Islands Winery from 12:00 - 8:00 PM http://www.thousandislandswinery.comWe will have a pig roast, beer, Thousand Islands Winery Wine, local craft vendors, and live music! Complimentarywine tastings and winery tours available! Don’t miss this fun for the whole family event!May 26 – June 24Sackets HarborSACKETS HARBOR 12TH ANNUAL SPRING ART SHOW Sackets Harbor Arts Gallery 119 West Main StreetOpen to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12:00-4:00pm. Free admission. The Arts Association ofNorthern New York invites you to come and enjoy the competitive artwork of our local and regional artists. Sevendivisions plus youth. Email: email@example.com MARSHA DEMING Phone: MARSHA DEMING - (315)785-9038 DONNA REPATY - (315) 777-2492 Links: http://www.aanny.orgMay 26, 2012"I Love Chocolate Day" at the Tug Hill VineyardJoin us from 1:00 to 4:00pm to pair Chocolates with your favorite wine including our Gold Medal Winner"Raspberry Rhapsody"!!May 29Sackets HarborTHE WAR OF 1812 STORY FROM A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVESackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site Barn, Hill St., off West Washington St. Join the Sackets HarborBattlefield Alliance for their annual meeting with guest speaker MJ John Grodzinski from Kingstons Royal MilitaryCollege for his presentation at 7pm following the annual business meeting at 6pm. MJ Grodzinski teaches historyand writes extensively on military topics. Email: CONSTANCE.BARONE@OPRHP.STATE.NY.USPhone: 315-646-3634 - CONSTANCE BARONE Links: http://www.sacketsharborbattlefield.orghttp://www.sacketsharborny.com http://www.nysparks.comMay 30WatertownOpening Day Watertown Farm & Craft Market Date: May 30, 2012 Time: 6:30 AM - 3:00 PMJune 1-3LaFargeville23RD ANNUAL THOUSAND ISLANDS BLUEGRASS PRESERVATION SOCIETY FESTIVAL NNY Ag Historical Society at Stone Mills. North on Route 81 to exit 47, turn North on Rt 12, go about 8 miles toRt 180. Turn right and go about 1 mile to Fesitval Grounds. Coming South: take I-81 to exit 49, turn right on Rt 411to LaFargeville, NY. Then go straight on Rt. 180 about miles to Festival grounds. Signs along the way. Combinedolde-time and bluegrass festival with workshops, vendors, crafts food and more. Featuring Kickin Grass. OtherGreat bands include Louis Setzer (Appalachian Mt. Boys), Atkinsons, Bristol Brothers, Spare change, Lake Effect,Dont Quit Your Day Job, and the Foggy River Band. Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: DICK BARTLETT - 315-658-2679 or AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM - 315-658-2353Links: http://www.stonemillsmusem.org
3. June 1 & 2WatertownDPAO and BOSS are partnering with Parkitects Inc. to create a new sensory park (Boundless Playground) at ourDavidson street location. This Sensory Oasis will include many wheelchair accessible components which will allowour individuals in wheelchairs the opportunity to participate in outdoor play. This sensory park will have sensoryplay areas that will encourage individuals with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder to explore and discover thetactile, visual, and audio elements that our park has to offer in addition the oasis will have all the classic fun thingsto do. Please check out the following dates to see if you or even your friends and family would be available to helpus make this unique park come to life.FRIDAY: June 1, 2012Preparation Day: Goals for the Day Stake out area, drill holes, sort parts 2:00 – 6:00Volunteers - 5 people to help Parkitects stakeout the area. Hole drilling crews can begin work. Volunteers – 5 to 10 people to help sort parts, drill holes and begin setting sono tubes.SATURDAY: June 2, 2012The Main Event: Goals for the Day Install play area and pour concrete before dark.Install playground surfacing8:00 – 12:30 Volunteers - 35 to 40 people12:30 - 7:00 Volunteers - 30 to 35 peopleIf you can volunteer some of your time or have questionsSPC Trinidad, Vanessa Fort Drum B.O.S.S. Vice President O-315-772-7807, O-315-772-0278, C-315-777-0065June 2Alexandria BayVILLAGE WIDE YARD SALEVillage and Town residents set up on Saturday from 9am to 3pm.Email: email@example.com ALEX BAY CHAMBERPhone: 315-482-9531 - ALEX BAY CHAMBERJune 3ClaytonSUNDAY CONCERT SERIESFrink Park, Riverside Drive6:30 pm. Join us each Sunday evening for a free waterfront concert. Each Sunday will offer a different performance.Bring a chair or blanket.Phone: 315-686-3771 - CLAYTON CHAMBERLinks: http://www.1000islands-clayton.comJune 3BrownvilleZUMBA FOR KIDS SAKEDate: June 3, 2012 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMhttp://www.samaritanhealth.comZumba for Kids Sake, is a family Zumbathon which benefits Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York,will be part of the Brownville Village General Brown Days activities. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. and it willtake place outdoors at the Brown Mansion, located AT 216 Brown Boulevard in the Village of Brownville (or incase of rain at the Brownville American Legion party barn, located directly behind the Legion, on the corner ofMain and Washington Streets). Zumba for Kids Sake is an event aimed at promoting a healthy and active lifestylefor the entire family. “What better way to get your kids interested in exercise than to exercise together as a family,”says Zumba instructor Kierstyn Zaykoski. She adds, “You’re never too old or too young to start making healthylifestyle changes.” Zumba is a high energy aerobic exercise done to the beats and sounds of Latin inspired music.Come enjoy getting fit, win some raffle prizes, and help local sick children too!To pre-register, call the CMN office at 315-785-405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are $15 (children 12and under $5). All proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan MedicalCenter.
4. June 6 - 8LaFargevilleFARMER BOY DAYSLaFargeville, NY - Route 180 at Stone MillsInspired by the books of Laura Ingalls. A variety of animals including oxen will be on hand as well asblacksmithing, old crafts, school house activities, spinning, quilting and much more. Great fun for school childrenand a special admission rate of $3.00 per student is being offered.Email: email@example.com MUSEUM STAFF Phone: 315/658-2353 - MUSEUM STAFFLinks: http://www.stonemillsmuseum.orgJune 9&10MadridThe St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum can offer active duty and wounded warriors free admission to ourJune Exhibition June 9 & 10 in Madrid, NY. Ronald Day 315-344-8823 June 9Lowville"The Might Mutt Strut ~ Dog Walk & Festival" is being held at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lowville from 12:00to 3:00pm, rain or shine! Refreshments & Fun for everyone with vendors, prizes, dog games, demonstrations andmore! All proceeds to benefit the animals entrusted to The Lewis County Humane Society.June 9LowvilleShultz Farm is hosting a "Family Farm Day" from 10:00 am to 2:00pm, rain or shine! There will be:Chicken BBQ 11am - 2pm, Educational Displays, Cheese making demonstrations, Childrens activities, ScavengerHunt, Farm Tours, Free Ice Cream Sundaes, and much more! All proceeds to benefit Lewis County Junior HolsteinClub for more information, (315) 376-5270June 9ClaytongTRASH & TREASURES DAYTime to clean out those closets, attics,and basements. Village wide sales throughout the day. For more informationplease contact the Clayton Chamber. One mans trash is another mans treasure!Email: firstname.lastname@example.org CLAYTON CHAMBERPhone: 315-686-3771 - CLAYTON CHAMBERLinks: http://www.1000islands-clayton.comJune 14 – 17ClaytonSAILING SEAWAY CLAYTONThousand Islands Regional Dock at Frink Park, Riverside Drive. The 2012 featuredvessel, the 110-foot sailing training tall ship Fair Jeanne. Email:email@example.com MIKE FOLSOMJune 15-17LowvilleTUG HILL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL 2012held at the Maple Ridge Center, 7421 East Rd, Lowville. The hostbands, the Atkinson Family and Lost Time would like you to join us in our 7th year, 2012 when we bring to TugHill The Lonesome River Band, The Spinney Brothers, Acoustic Blue and Remington Ryde to name a few! Also bypopular demand, Audie Blaylock and Redline, and Heather Berry and Tony Mabe, along with your host bands, theAtkinson Family and Lost Time. Come and join us for the 6th Tug Hill Festival!
5. June 15Alexandria BayPOKER RUNS AMERICAN THUNDER IN THE BAYPoker Run of the most powerful boats in the water. Take off from the Village docks and travel to Clayton, CapeVincent, and Ogdensburg.Phone: 315-482-9531 - ALEX BAY CHAMBERLinks: http://www.pokerrunsamerica.comJune 15ClaytonTHE GREAT NEW YORK STATE FOOD & WINEFESTIVALRecreation Park Arena - East Line Rd.This is an event celebrating quality "Made in New York" food andwine products including candy and cheeses, nuts, sauces, herbs &spices, maple syrup and other maple products, apple cider, cookiesand ice cream and of course, NYS wines. Come and taste and buythe great foods and wines of New York St...Email: firstname.lastname@example.org CLAYTONCHAMBERPhone: 315-686-3771 - CLAYTON CHAMBERLinks: http://www.nysfoodwinefestival.comJune 16Clayton1000 ISLANDS FAMILY DAY Antique Boat Museum 750 Mary Street, Join us for a day of free admission, free boat rides and activities for thewhole family!Email: email@example.com MARGARET HUMMELPhone: 315-686-4104 - MARGARET HUMMELJune 16-17WatertownThompson Park ZooZOOM is coming back to the North Country! The Fast and the Furriest.Presented by the Car-Freshner Corporation and sponsored by Otis Technology, ZOOM is a car show like noother! This years event will be hosted at the New York State Zoo on June 16th and 17th and will feature big trucks,fast cars, sleek limos, smoking sports cars, giant dump trucks, fire trucks; all the hottest vehicles in one place!ZOOM has raffles, giveaways and kids games; plenty to do and see!This years highlights include the Highway Legends and a demonstration by the heroes of the Watertown FireDepartment as they perform a vehicle extraction right before your eyes!June 16WAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN DEDICATIONSackets HarborWest Main Street corner of Ray Street, Sackets Harbor joins with communities around Lake Ontario observing theWar of 1812 Bicentennial by establishing an International War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden. The villagesgarden dedication is at 2pm. Join the village in commemorating this historic event. A community BBQ follows.Email: village firstname.lastname@example.org VILLAGE CLERKPhone: 315-646-3548 - VILLAGE CLERKLinks: http://www.sacketsharborny.com
6. June 16LaFargevillCIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT NNY Agricultural Society at Stone Mills, Route 180Come and watch as the North defends itself against the South. Here the cries of the wounded and the cheers of thevictors. Call for more information.Email: email@example.com MUSEUM STAFFPhone: 315-658-2353 - MUSEUM STAFFLinks: http://www.stonemillsmuseum.orgJune 16WatertownMidsummers Eve Masked BallDate: June 16, 2012 Time: 6:00 PM - 6:00 PMhttp://www.renuespaandskincarecenter.comEvent Description Renue Spa & Skincare Center proudly presents Midsummers Eve Masked Ball to benefit thechildrens charity projects of the Watertown Evening Rotary Club. In partnership with NNY CommunityFoundation Live music by "the Critics" of Syracuse, Catering by Dominicks Restaurant of Syracuse, NYHeld at the State Office Building at 317 Washington Street, Watertown from 6pm to 10 pmDancing, Great Food and plenty of fun! Chances to win spa packages and other prizes!Company sponsorship availableTickets are $70 per personTables of 10 availableJune 17- 23GREAT INTERNATIONAL STEAMBOAT FLOTILLA Antique Boat Museum 750 Mary Street Clayton, NY 13624American and Canadian steamboat owners gather at the Antique Boat Museum for their annual event!Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MARGARET HUMMELPhone: 315-686-4104 - MARGARET HUMMELLinks: http://amb.orgJune 17LaFargeville32ND ANNUAL DRAFT HORSE SHOW AND PULLLocated at Rt 180 at Stone Mills.Draft Horse Show & Pull and Chicken BBQ...a great way to spend Fathers Day. This has become an annual favoritefor the whole family.Email: email@example.com MUSEUM STAFFPhone: DONNA RUSSELL - 315-658-2333AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM - 315-658-2353Links: http://www.stonemillsmuseum.orgJune 20WatertownSUMMER SOLSTICE AT THE ZOOThompson Park Watertown, NY 13601Find out what the solstice is all about with a fun and educational lecture, witness the construction of a NativeAmerican tipi, participate in live demonstrations, story time, crafts, animal enrichment opportunities, live music,refreshments and a one of a kind solstice ceremony. Admission Charged.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org KURTPhone: 315-755-0894 - KURTLinks: https://www.facebook.com/events/360915630598543/http://www.nyszoo.org
7. June 21- July 9Alexandria BaySUMMER BOOK SALE AT MACSHERRY LIBRARY112 Walton StreetBook sale at the library for 2 weeks.Phone: 315-482-2241 - MACSHERRY LIBRARYJune 21ClaytonBLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS Clayton Opera House 405 Riverside Drive Clayton, NY 13624A musical institution, Blood Sweat & Tears has left an indelible mark on the American music scene since 1968. Oneof the greatest horn bands in the history of popular music, BS&T alumni roster reads like a Whos Who of theworlds greatest jazz and rock musicians. The last original member Bobby Colo...Email: email@example.com BOX OFFICEPhone: 315-686-2200 - BOX OFFICELinks: http://www.ClaytonOperaHouse.orgJune 22 – July 30ClaytonALONG THE RIVERS EDGE ART SHOW & SALEThousand Islands Arts Center 314 John St Clayton, NY 13624Please join us on Friday, June 22nd for the Opening Reception of our Along the Riverâ€™s Edge Art Show & Salefrom 5:00-7:00PM. The exhibit will remain in the Arts Center until the end of July.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org INFORMATIONPhone: 315-686-4123 - INFORMATIONLinks: http://www.tiartscenter.orgJune 23 & 24Free Fishing Days in New YorkAccording to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website (DEC), each year, the last fullweekend in June is designated as Free Fishing Days in New York State. During those two days, anyone can fishNew York State waters, and no fishing license is required. This event started in 1991 to allow all people theopportunity to sample the incredible fishing New York State has to offer. Since no license is required, it is theperfect time to take a friend or relative fishing.June 27ClaytonTHE MANHATTAN STRING QUARTETClayton Opera House 405 Riverside Drive Clayton, NY 13624Critically acclaimed as one of Americas leading ensembles, The Manhattan String Quartet is celebrating its 41stseason. Hailed by Michael Steinberg of the Boston Globe as "a national treasure", The Manhattan Quartet hasappeared throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Canada, Mexico and South ...Email: email@example.com BOX OFFICEPhone: 315-686-2200 - BOX OFFICELinks: http://www.ClaytonOperaHouse.orgJune 29-July 1Alexandria BayTI RIVER RUN MOTORCYCLE RALLYVillage of Alexandria Bay 3 day Motorcycle Event that includes live music, biker games, burn out contests, over 30vendors, and so much more. Poker Run on Sunday to benefit Childrens Miracle Network.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ALEX BAY CHAMBERPhone: 315-482-9531 - ALEX BAY CHAMBERLinks: http://www.tiriverrun.com
8. June 30ClaytonTILTREK - GRINDSTONES GRASSLAND BIRDS HAYWAGON RIDE Grindstone Island10 am. Join expert Gerry Smith on this island tour aboard a haywagon to see sensitive grassland habitat and look forbirds. We may walk in wet fields, so wear appropriate footwear and bring binoculars. Meet at the TILT office. Spaceis limited! Make a contribution to TILT to participate.Email: email@example.com TILT STAFFPhone: 315-686-5345 - TILT STAFFLinks: http://www.TILandTrust.orgJune 30Clayton3RD ANNUAL KEITH BRABANT MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FESTIVALCoyote Moon Vineyards. Continuous music from 2 stages, HUGE silent auction, craft vendors, food vendors,family activities, info & display booths.Phone: 315-686-5600 - INFORMATIONLinks: http://www.CoyoteMoonVineyards.comAugust 11WatertownThompson Park ZooBobcats, Bears and Brews - (21+ only)Taste test good food and different brews with a special evening view of the animals. CHECK OUT THE DRIVEIN MOVIES www.baydrivein.com Adults (12 & over) $6 Active duty military with ID $5 Children 7-11 $2 and under 6 free www.blackriverdrivein.com Adults (12 & over) $7 Children 7-11 $2 and under 6 free Showing this week: Men in Black III and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
9. Military families will have access to 1,600 art exhibits, science centers, and amazing museums all over the nation. Visit the site http://www.bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums to see participating museums.Contents of this news letter are compiled from multiple military family news sources and local area event sources. Material presented does notrepresent the views or endorsement of the 2nd BSTB, 2 nd BCT or the Army. This material is for personal use by the readers. All readers areencouraged to do further research for all applicable restrictions and guidelines.