Celebrate Screen-Free Week

April 23-28, 2018 
Scroll down for a schedule of non-electronic family activities in Pulaski, Richland, Orwell and Williamstown. All these events are free of charge.

What it's all about:

Screen-Free Week is a giant celebration, a chance to disconnect from your TV, computer and other recreational electronics and reconnect with your family, your community and the natural world. Make time to play, read, volunteer, learn, hike or create. The idea is to really do things, not view someone else doing them. 

Try this experiment:

The average American spends 7 hours a day on recreational screentime (TV, Facebook, YouTube, chat rooms, video games...) How about you? Keep a log of how you spend your free time during a normal week, including all the screens you use. Make notes of screen-free things you wish you had time for. Try those during Screen-Free Week. When the week is over, think about which activities satisfy you most.  Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment box at the Pulaski  library or email them to stfrancisfarm@ymail.com

The point isn't that the screen is bad...The point is lack of proportion, the abandonment of all else, and the strange absent-present state of mind this compulsion produces.

What are the best uses of this device? Is it altering how I think or feel, changing the rhythm of my days? Are the effects good or bad?

--Hamlet's BlackBerry by William Powers

Free activities in Pulaski, Richland, Orwell, and Williamstown:

Multi-day Events:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6:30 pm-8 pm, weather permitting: St. Francis Farm (136 Wart Road, Orwell) will offer guided sunset nature walks. Look for salamanders and wildflowers,listen for frogs and owls, watch the courting flights of woodcocks.  Call 315-298-2844 or email stfrancisfarm@ymail.com. Arrive promptly or call ahead to let us know you’re coming. Call ahead to schedule a day visit, walk trails, learn flora & fauna, help with indoor & outdoor work.

Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 am-12 noon: United Friends of Homeless Animals (432 Center Rd, Richland) welcomes visitors and invites volunteers.

Take a Story Walk at the Haldane Center (16 Maple Avenue Ext, Pulaski) any day, any time.  Stories will include Star Wars--The Clone Wars and Children of the Force.

Monday, April 23:

11 AM-12 noon: Bird Walk at Selkirk Shores (7101 State Route 3,Pulaski). Join us for an hour of birding fun! We will start with a bird call craft. Then we head out onto the trails for a short hike as we keep an eye out for wildlife and plants that are excited for Spring. Meet at the large picnic shelter. Call 315-298-5737 for more information.

2-4 PM: Outdoor volunteer project at St Francis Farm (136 Wart Road,Orwell), weather permitting. Help us prepare and plant garden beds or clear brush from nature trails. Take time to enjoy the woods and field trails, wildflowers and birdsongs. Call 315-298-2844, or email stfrancisfarm@yahoo.com

6-8 PM: Earth Day Project  at the Williamstown Library (2877 County Rte 17, Williamstown)- Bird feeder craft,  paint stick activity,  stories,  lilac trees and snacks.  Sponsored by Ricard Grange and the FOLKS group. Preregistration requested.  Contact Margaret,  315-298-5938 or Margot,  315-430-2749.

Tuesday, April 24:

10 AM - 12 Noon: It's all fun and games at the Pulaski Historical Society, in the Carriage House (3428 Maple Ave, Pulaski) for kids of all ages! There will be an array of games to play, including various kinds of fishing games, jigsaw puzzles, "Krazy Ikes," card games, dominoes and story books. There will also be some antique children's games from the Mandigo family on display. Contact Larry Petry or Mary Lou Morrow, 315-298-4650, phspulaski@aol.com. 

1 PM: Kids Krafts - a variety of STEM projects for kids to make and take home at the Pulaski library (4917 Jefferson St, Pulaski). Contact Margaret Weigel, 315-298-2717

3 PM-4:30 PM: Rock Painting Party at the Orwell Library (1999 Country Route 2,Orwell), sponsored by the FOLKS group. Light refreshments will be provided. Contact Elizabeth 315-298-5563 for more info.

6:30-7:30 PM:The Pulaski Public Library and the Pulaski Parent-Teacher Group will host Bingo for Books. Free fun for all ages. Please bring a gently used book. Contact Margaret Weigel, 315-298-2717 or WesleyAnn Balcom, wesleyannbalcom@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 25:

10:30 AM-12 noon: Spring Signs of Wildlife hike at Selkirk Shores (7101 State Route 3,Pulaski)  Play detective and learn about the “footprints” mammals leave in the mud. Their footprints are called tracks. Join us for a hike where we will look for tracks and other signs to discover which mammals might be nearby. Meet at the large picnic shelter. Call 315-298-5737 for more information. 

2 PM-6 PM: 
 The Half-Shire Historical Society and the Rural & Migrant Ministry will jointly host a variety of crafts and games as well as child-friendly dinner fare, face painting, and sundaes at the Half-Shire Historical Society on County Route 48 in Richland. Contact Erma Schroeder at 315-298-2986. 

6 PM-8 PM: Old-fashioned barn dance with live music and friendly dance instruction at the Half-Shire (County Route 48, Richland), called by Sarah VanNorstrand. Bring the whole family to enjoy the music and learn some easy dances. No experience required--all ages welcome. Snacks provided.  Facilitated by St Francis Farm; call 315-298-2844.

Thursday, April 26:

10 AM: Kids are invited to plant sunflower seeds, decorate the planters, and eat popcorn at Deaton's Ace Hardware (3970 Port St, Pulaski NY 13142)   Call 315-298-2644, ask for Meghann.

1-3 PM: Leather Stamping & Mystery Braid at Salmon River Fine Arts Center (4848 Jefferson St, Pulaski NY)Contact Patricia Tanner, 315-298-7007 Stamp, Color & Braid - Come create your own personalized mystery braid wrist band (stop by anytime between 1 and 2:15 and you should have enough time to finish your project). 

1-3 PM: Rock painting at North Country Christian Church, 49 Salisbury Street, Lacona. All materials provided. Call Dolores, 315-298-2979, or leave a message with Diane at the church, 315-387-2090

6-8 PM: Community drawing class at Salmon River Fine Arts Center. Contact Patricia Tanner, as above.

6-8 PM: Family Trivia Night at the Historic Kallet Theater, 4842 Jefferson Street, Pulaski. All ages- Family friendly topics; 8 rounds of 10 questions, up to 8 people on a team. Answers will be judged and prizes awarded to the winning Trivia table. Contact  Amy McLaughlin, 315-298-0007, info@kallettheater.com

Friday, April 27:

10 AM-12 noon Preschool story hour at library. Contact Margaret Weigel, 315-298-2717.

1 PM-2:30 PM: Owl Pellets: Uncover an owl's favorite food at Selkirk Shores (7101 State Route 3, Pulaski) What did you have for dinner last night? Come find out what an owl ate by dissecting their pellets! Then, we will embark on a short hike to see if we can find remnants of what the owls ate last night for dinner. Meet at the large picnic shelter. Call 315-298-5737 for more information.

8 PM: Guided moonlight hike at Selkirk Shores. 
Walk under the bright full moon and listen for the enchanting frog chorus, which only occurs this time of year! Dress warmly, the temperature drops quickly when it gets dark. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Bring a small flashlight, but keep it in your pocket. We want to take advantage of the bright moonlight! Meet at the winter parking lot, just past the park office.  Call 315-298-5737 to learn more.