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  • Allen’s 19th Century General Store

    580 Dillenbeck Road, Palatine Bridge

    (518) 894-7136

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    Old-fashioned 19th century-styled general store. Selling homespun calico dresses, needlework, folk art prints, dolls, antiques and more.
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  • Amsterdam Free Library

    28 Church Street, Amsterdam

    (518) 842-1080

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    The mission of the Amsterdam Free Library is to offer the community access to and assistance in the use of the broadest possible selection of recorded knowledge. It is to assist patrons with informational, business, professional and recreational needs in a diverse number of formats. The Amsterdam Free Library offers a wide array of services and materials including access to over 45,000 items, 70 magazine and 7 daily newspapers. Adult and children’s programs are carried on throughout the year, highlighted by the summer reading program. Reference services are available both in print and electronic formats. Free WiFi Monday 9am – 8pm Tuesday & Wednesday 9am – 5:30pm Thursday 9am – 8pm Friday 9am – 5:30pm Saturday 10am – 1pm (Closed Saturdays July – August) Sunday Closed Free public parking, Handicap Ramp access, Elevator Access available.
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  • Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

    2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie

    (518) 673-2314

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    The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie is home to a world-class collection of American Art, including works by Winslow Homer, George Inness and Georgia O’Keefe. The museum also has a growing collection of Mohawk Valley history material. Programs include group tours, lectures, school events and special exhibits. Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company, built the original Canajoharie Gallery in 1927 based on galleries he had experienced in his travels to Europe. A museum designed by Ann Beha and DesignLAB Architects was added in 2007 to the existing Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery to provide inspiring new space for exhibitions and programs. Hours March – December Closed Monday Tuesday through Friday: 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 5pm Closed January – February and major holidays Free for members; Adults $8; Students and senior citizens $6; Children 11 and under free with an adult; free for active duty military
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  • Creative Connections Art Center

    303 East Main Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010

    (518) 841-4369

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    Classes in the arts for all ages! Community activities like a shared garden, mural painting and more! Vision: To inspire creative connections and spark community arts expression in a collaborative environment for the enrichment and unification of the community at large. Mission: To celebrate the diverse creativity of individuals and groups; stretch and stimulate imaginations for greater self-discovery; foster participation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts; encourage sponsorship, interaction and community outreach; act as ambassadors of arts education, learning, sharing and dreaming; embrace cultural awareness about the arts and offer extraordinary collaborative arts experiences (visual arts, theatre, music, dance, writing, crafting and more) that the community will treasure; create a captivating, positive, inclusive atmosphere that brings people together through idea-exchange, creative enrichment, celebration, open communication and meaningful dialogue.
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  • El Rancho Drive-In Theatre

    6070 State Route 5, Palatine Bridge

    Movieline (518) 883-5735

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    Built in 1951 and running continuously since its opening in 1952, the El Rancho Drive-In still has its original 60’x90’ screen. The lot accommodates 400 cars. Before showtime, the smell of popcorn, burgers and fried food wafts from the traditional flat-roof concession stand, luring people from their frolicking to oldies music on the front lawn. The only thing different from the old days is that the sound for the movies can now be played through the automobile and portable FM radios, eliminating the need to hang clunky wired speakers from the car windows.
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  • Emerald Cinemas

    136 Perth Plaza, Route 30 North, Amsterdam

    MOVIE HOTLINE (518) 842-1861 or OFFICES (518) 842-1862

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    Movie Theater: Modern sound systems, including four DTS 6 Channel Digitalound and two 3D screens. Plenty of parking.
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  • Fort Hunter Free Library

    167 Fort Hunter Road, Amsterdam, NY

    (518) 627-4142

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    “Get Creative @ Your Library” this summer. Join us at the Fort Hunter Free Library, where children can explore their creative side through writing, painting and music. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Youth Bureau and the Mohawk Valley Library System, this program is open to young people – preschool through young adult – with programs, crafts, prizes, story hours and entertainers. Stop in and pick up a flyer of summer events. All activities are free and open to the public. Library Hours Monday 3pm -8pm Tuesday 9:30am – 2:30pm Wednesday 3pm – 8pm Thursday 9:30am – 2:30pm Friday 9:30am – 2:30pm Sat. and Sun. – closed
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  • Fort Plain Free Library and Visitor Center

    19 Willett Street, Fort Plain

    (518) 993-4646

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    The Fort Plain Free Library seeks to provide educational and recreational materials and programs to all segments of the population. In addition to a collection totaling over 20,000 volumes, the library also circulates videos, DVDs, CDs, books on tape and CD, and magazines. Interlibrary loans makes available material in most of these formats not owned by the Fort Plain Library. Programming regularly includes a six-week Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults; an adult literature reading/discussion series; and a monthly pre-school story hour. Free WiFi. Online databases and encyclopedias, word processing and similar programs are also available. Fax and photocopy services for a fee. Library Hours Monday 10am – 5pm Tuesday 10am – 5pm Wednesday 10am – 5pm Thursday 10am – 5pm Friday 10am – 5pm Saturday 9am – 12pm Sunday – Closed
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  • Frothingham Free Library

    28 West Main Street, Fonda

    (518) 853-3016

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    Books for children and adults, large print books, ebooks, audio books, DVDs, CDs, videos, interlibrary loans, internet access, fax, copier, mini art gallery with a new artist each month. Dozens of magazines for teens and adults. Books on tape, large print books, audio books videos, CDS, and cassettes. Internet, informational databases and other educational software. MVLS Reference, interlibrary loan, web-based catalog. Children’s summer reading program. FAX and copier service for a fee. Free WiFi. Every Wednesday at 1pm, story hour and crafts for children; First & third Tuesday of each month at 1pm, Book chats for adults. Library hours: Monday 11am – 7pm Tuesday 11am – 7pm Wednesday 11am – 7pm Closed Thursday and Sunday Friday 12 – 7pm Saturday 9am – 1pm
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  • GFWC Century Club

    130 Guy Park Avenue

    (518) 842-2031

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    The goal of the Century Club was and still is the mental, moral and social development of its members and the civic improvement of the community. We sponsor annual scholarships, support the arts and participate in community projects that promote friendship and understanding within the community. We are women from all walks of life, races and cultures, who come together to make our home, community and world a better place to live. Special events held. Club rentals available. Events at this Location May 29, ’15 9:00am – May 29, ’15 3:00pm – Annual Garage Sale May 30, ’15 9:00am – May 30, ’15 3:00pm – Annual Garage Sale May 30, ’15 1:00pm – May 30, ’15 4:00pm – Spring Fever BBQ Oct 24, ’15 11:00am – Oct 24, ’15 7:00pm – Physic Fair Nov 30 to Dec 6 – 24th Annual Festival of Trees
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  • Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community

    4934 Route 5, Fonda

    518-673-4197 or 518-584-9270

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    A traditional community of Mohawk families. Kanatsiohareke (“the clean pot”) is a gift shop of Native American crafts, apparel and books. Also offering a working farm with hay and sleigh rides. Kanatsiohareke is a sustainable, living Onkwehon, a community grounded in Rotinonhsionni culture – its language, land and social structure. Annual festivals, conferences and pow-wows are held on the grounds. Native language immersion classes. Open daily 9am-5pm. Email: info@mohawkcommunity.com June 27-28 – Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community Strawberry Festival 10am -6pm
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  • Light Up The Sky With The Marching Rams

    154 Brookside Avenue, Amsterdam 12010

    Linda Selbert

    (518) 843-3052

    Ladarm@aol.com

    A drive through light show with illuminated arches and over 400 handmade, hand painted display pieces ranging in size from 2’ to 10’ high. Some of the displays featured are Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Garfield, The Flintstones, The Jetsons and many more. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Amsterdam High School Marching Rams. Students dress in costumes and dance, Santa and Mrs. Claus greet all who enter. A unique Show that won the Barbara Spraker Tourism Award. November 30 – December 23 6:30pm – 9pm $5 per Vehicle
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  • Margaret Reaney Memorial Library and Museum

    19 Kingsbury Avenue, St. Johnsville

    (518) 568-7822

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    Extensive Revolutionary and Civil War displays, period rooms, paintings and bronzes, farm and trade tools and genealogical resources. Open year round. dlamphere@sals.edu Hours: M, T, W, F – 9:30 am – 5pm Sat 9:30 am – noon Th, Sun – Closed
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  • Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook

    Mohawk River Amsterdam NY 12010

    518-841-4300

    The Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook is a park over the Mohawk River that will connect the North and South sides of Amsterdam while celebrating its heritage.
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  • Tribes Hill Heritage Center

    Tribes Hill, NY

    Marjorie (Dance) Heacock

    (518) 829-7031

    danceheacock@outlook.com

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  • Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley

    100 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010

    Ann Peconie

    518-843-5151

    director@walterelwoodmuseum.org

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    The Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley (formally the Mohawk Valley Heritage Association or MVHA) was formed in 1981 to protect a small, school-owned museum. Due to budgetary difficulties, the school district had had to give up staffing the museum and turned over management of the collections to our group. The collections include an extensive assortment of approximately 25,000 artifacts encompassing: multicultural, Victorian, natural history and items that relate to Mohawk Valley’s colorful industrial past (documentary, photographic and tangible). Since its inception, the museum has served to link school curriculum to the dynamic richness of our common cultural and historic heritage and has functioned as an intellectual and artistic center for Amsterdam and the Mohawk Valley. We offer interactive learning environments, educational classes and a spectrum of cultural events. We also feature various new exhibits, guest lecturers and summer and vacation enrichment classes in science, math, art, literature and natural history. Museum hours: Monday through Friday: 9am to 4pm Saturday (through Labor Day) 12pm to 4pm Evenings and weekends by appointment Admission: Adults $3.00, Seniors $2.00 and Children 12 and under: FREE.
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  • Windfall Dutch Barn

    Hamlet of Salt Springville, NY (Co Rd 31)

    (607) 264-3996

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    The Windfall Dutch Barn is a pre-revolutionary restored structure, seated on its original site, located in the hamlet of Salt Springville, NY (Co Rd 31). This site was used as a resting and feeding place during the Revolutionary War wagon march by General Clinton on the way to the Susquehanna River, with 3,000 patriots and 400 boats loaded on wagons. Summer concerts, poetry readings.
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