Friday, August 29, 2014

It's a bird, it's a plane! Holy COMIC BOOK PROJECT Batman!

It's a bird, its a plane! Holy Comic Book Project Batman!


Schoharie Crossing hosted Michael Bitz, founder and director of the Comic Book Project this past Wednesday.  The children participated in creative activities designed to get them to use their imaginations, writing and drawing skills. 

Bitz started them off on some exercises in which they examined how characters in comics show expression and communicate in dialog or with narration.  Moving around the room, Bitz was energetic as he shared each child’s skills and ideas with everyone else thus creating a group effort in understanding the way one can express themselves through illustrations and writing.  Encouraging each child to think of ways to design their comic panels, he stated “there are no rules” and “you create what you want your character’s to be doing.” 
Several of the children plan to work on their full length comics during the remainder of summer break or even after school starts in the next few weeks.  The kids where given the opportunity to have their activity books that were completed during the workshop scanned and uploaded to the Comic Book Project website that will also be shared through Schoharie Crossing and the NYS Parks outlets. 
Michael Carpenter, 9 years old, left, and his sister Megan Carpenter, 7 years old, both of Fort Hunter, make drawings during a comic book class at the Schoharie Crossing Visitors Center in Fort Hunter on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
Credit: Gazette Photographer: Patrick Dodson

Site Director Janice Fontanella stated it was exciting to “have an opportunity to bring a program like this to the local community.” 

For more information on the site, or events/programs that they offer please either check out their Facebook page, or call (518) 829-7516.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Megan Hicks performed wonderfully - 22nd Annual Not Just For Kids Storytelling series

Megan Hicks delighted the crowd on August 17th outside of the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center as part of the 22nd Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series.  Hicks told of how she became an inspired storyteller as well as some tales of "No Tricks, Just Magic."  She is an award winning performer who has brought joy, laugher, good vibes and deep thinking to those she entertains. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Professional Development – Uncommonly Common: A Thank You

I’d like to extend a thank you to the Friends of Schoharie Crossing for sponsoring both mine and Site Director Janice Fontanella’s attendance to the New York State Education Center’s Office of Cultural Education 2014 conference – Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core this past August 12th & 13th. 

While cultural educators have long engaged children as well as adults in the most fundamental ways, above all being to ask questions and seek answers, this gave us the opportunity to discover different methods of incorporating the standards within the Common Core in the development of programing here at Schoharie Crossing.  Additionally, those elements of standards that we have already contained within our site visit and outreach programs we may now better identify for teachers, administrators, school boards and other organizations. 

I believe it was also beneficial to represent NYS Office ofParks, Recreation & Historic Preservation among the attendees of other cultural institutions as well as educators and librarians as a source of learning in practicum with standardized modules.  The resources Schoharie Crossing may provide for learning purposes is astonishing, but the connection to those in the education community is a vital component.  Through attending this conference, Janice and I also established greater networking with those within similar cultural education programs. 

Most importantly however is a greater understanding of the Common Core and methods that others –whether they are educational institutions or museums & libraries – have developed to meet those standards while engaging children and fostering a sense of passion for learning and community. 

Again, Thank You to the Friends of Schoharie Crossing, whom used funds from patron donations and membership dues to further the mission of this site by paying for professional development that will better enable us to educate those that visit the site, and those we visit in our outreach programming.  

Best regards,
David Brooks
Education Coordinator
Ph. (518) 829-7516


Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Comic Book Project! ...& More!

As our Thursday post implied, Schoharie Crossing has a special program scheduled for Wednesday, August 27th at 3pm. 

David, the SXSHS Education Coordinator, stated that this will be the first time that the Comic Book Project will be in the Mohawk Valley region implimenting it's world renowned program.  The CBP engages children by allowing them to design and create their own comic book.  For more information on this 3 hour workshop, please click here: SXSHS Event Listing
If you want to know more about The Comic Book Project and its Founder/Director, Dr. Michael Bitz, please visit:


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Friends of Schoharie Crossing.

Load, print, & complete this form then send it to the address above or come to the Visitor Center for more information.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thank you Ed Stivender!

 Thank you to everyone that came out on Sunday.  Don't forget the series continues next Sunday at 6pm with Geraldine Buckley! 
Ed Stivender spins tales!

Ed Stivender was at Schoharie Crossing on August 3rd for the
Not Just for Kids Storytelling series! 

A wonderful turn out complete with lemon poundcake!