Amy Frank

One, Two, Three Strikes Not Out

(Jul. 21, 2003) - In 1866, baseball was “base ball”. Uniforms were baggy flannel, balls were handmade, and no one wore gloves; a foul ball was not a strike, and stayed in play even when hit under the bleachers. By 1898, foul balls were still not strikes, but the first baseman and catcher were entitled to wear base ball gloves. While the rules have evolved, baseball today, even with its multi-million dollar salaries and designated hitters, has retained the distinction of the hands-down national pastime.

A Rousing River Festival

(Jun. 21, 2003) - If ‘once upon a time’ and ‘they all lived happily ever after’ are the extent of your storytelling expertise, the Story Grove Stage, appearing this month at the annual Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival Music and Environmental Festival, will help expand those notions.

FOR OUR CHILDREN, FOR OUR PLANETProtecting Your Family from Environmental Hazards

(Jun. 21, 2003) - While the good ol’ summertime may bring to mind sunshine, lemonade and running through the sprinkler, the season is also one of environmental hazards to children. These include pesticides, household cleaners and certain plants. While these items are dangerous all year long, statistically, incidences of accidental poisoning tend to rise in the summer months when the newly warm days invite lawn work, gardening or a thorough house cleaning.

Bamboo and Brush Art

(Apr. 21, 2003) - After a winter of record cold and snow, the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem offers a welcome change. Opening for the season on April 13, the museum heralds the long-awaited arrival of spring with a Japanese brush art exhibit inside, and with walks outside through the spring flowers and foliage in the Stroll Garden.

Small town big fun

(Mar. 21, 2003) - Designed to imitate the layout of a small town and featuring the elements of a global village, the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut in Niantic contains a scaled-down post office, Chinese trading post, Mexican restaurant, and local television station. A signpost in the town square notes the mileage to cities such as Moscow and Paris. Special monthly and seasonal offerings augment the everyday programs.

Climb every mountain!

(Jan. 21, 2003) - This month, the hills of Irvington will be alive with “The Sound of Music”, in a production by The Play Group Theatre (PGT) of White Plains.

Festivities in Miniature

(Dec. 21, 2002) - Whether it is the romance of travel or the fascination with technology, traditional visions of the December holidays would hardly be complete without images of a miniature train creeping around the Christmas tree or of children sprawled on the floor lost in an imaginary journey.

Do-si-do … and away we go!

(Nov. 21, 2002) - Remembering back to elementary school when square dancing was an obligatory and unwelcome addition to the physical education lesson plan, it is easy to understand why this leisure time activity has waned in popularity in American culture. But then, if taste and opinion were set into stone at the age of 11, Burger King would be a five-star restaurant and monster truck racing the national pastime.

Festival Time, up Hudson

(Sep. 21, 2002) - Some of my fondest memories go back to the days before seatbelt laws and car seats — when my parents, grandmother, siblings, and the assorted aunt, uncle or cousin would pile into a massive boat of an automobile (filling every available seat including the ‘way back’) and drive out beyond suburbia into upstate. The drive up 9W en route to the Museum of the Hudson Highlands, in Cornwall, is evocative of such memories — long ago remembered history lessons and tales of a Revolutionary fight for freedom on lands now dotted with housing developments and shopping malls.

The Renaissance in a Local Forest

(Aug. 21, 2002) - Sherwood Forest is in town, with it medieval crafts, costumes, sport and theatrical re-enactments that run the gamut from jousting to Shakespeare. The New York Renaissance Faire transports visitors back in time to a period of royal pageantry and fanfare, where even the ticket attendants dress the part and speak the Queen’s English.


(Apr. 21, 2002) - Having borne witness to all of America's conflicts from the Revolution to the current war on terror, the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point has educated both the famous and the infamous; renegades and traitors; presidents and policymakers. March 16 marks the bicentennial of this strategic Revolutionary War fortress which became an institution of higher learning and symbol of "Duty, Honor and Country".

The New at the Old

(Dec. 21, 2001) - While the Paramount Theater survived the Great Depression and World War II, it could not survive the advent of television, and was eventually taken over by the town of Peekskill by tax default. Today, however, the theater has been reinvented as the Paramount Center for the Arts, charged with providing cultural and educational programming at affordable prices.

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