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Vacation In Your Back Yard

Local residents do not have to travel to far-away locations to enjoy some family-friendly activities this summer. With very little effort or expense, families can take advantage of all the Adirondack region has to offer, without ever leaving their backyards!

Those looking for a quick getaway or something to cure the summer doldrums should stop by any of the following local businesses - all of which are accessible within an hour's drive.

Hudson Falls

If local theater is your penchant, then check out The Hudson River Shakespeare Company, based in Hudson Falls, which draws talent and audience from Washington, Warren, and Saratoga counties.

The mission of The Hudson River Shakespeare Company is to make available to residents of the area works of classic literature with emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare. Residents participate as both actors and auditors.

For more information about being involved or for a schedule of upcoming performances, call 747-4418.

Glens Falls

Looking for a great rainy day activity? Why not take the family to the Hyde Museum at 161 Warren St. in Glens Falls.

The museum offers a world class collection of objects that span the history of western art from the 4th century BC through the 20th century. The museum's founders, Louis and Charlotte Hyde, acquired the majority of objects during a 50-year period of avid and highly informed collecting. Many of these works are displayed in their home, known as Hyde House, as well as select galleries in the education wing.

The permanent collection consists of approximately 2,800 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, furniture, and decorative arts. When the Hydes began collecting, their focus was not unlike that of their contemporaries. They acquired Old Master paintings, drawings and sculptures by such artists as Botticelli, El Greco, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Rubens. In their most important decisions, notable scholars William R. Valentiner and R. Langton Douglas often guided them.

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