Ti Festival Guild to offer children's programs

TICONDEROGA - Arts Trek will be available for area children this summer.

The program, operated by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild, will not be affected the town of Ticonderoga's decision not to hold a summer youth recreation program in 2009, according to Cathie Burdick, guild executive director.

"The Ticonderoga Festival Guild plans to continue its children's programs, the Arts Trek, during the summer of 2009," Burdick said.

The programs are presented free to area children on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 a.m.

The full program will be announced soon as the guild launches its 2009 membership drive. One featured program will involve both the Heritage Museum and the guild.

Two of a Kind, a couple with the twin sons who performed in 2008, will return. Using the quadricentennial of Champlain as a theme, along with the uses and conservation of water, they will conduct a song writing workshop at the Heritage Museum at 9 a.m. on July 15 and a program under the tent for the guild, during which the songwriters will perform their original song. A Pennpat Grant has been applied for which will help fund both programs.

"With no overall town recreation program this summer, children will still have their Wednesday programs in place," Burdick said. "Arts Trek is in its 27th year and has become a summer tradition in Ticonderoga."

There will be no summer youth recreation program in Ticonderoga this year.

A construction and renovation project at Ticonderoga Middle-Elementary School has left the program without a home. Work is also planned this summer at Ti High School, making it unavailable.

For years Ticonderoga has operated a six-week recreation program for children ages 5-13.

Free breakfast, lunch and snack were provided daily along with swimming lessons at the Black Point beach.

Besides sports, games and arts and crafts activities, the program featured trips to local attractions, ice skating, a train ride and a visit to the training camp of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants in Albany.

Also included in recent years was a music program under the direction of Nelson Shapiro and Megan Walls.

The town looked for alternative sites to house the summer program, looking at the Ti Armory, St. Mary's School and Silver Bay.

The Armory and St. Mary's lacked adequate space, while the cost of transportation to Silver Bay eliminated that site.

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