Celebrate Screen-Free Week

April 23-28, 2018 
The draft schedule of local free non-electronic activities on this page is still in progress. Everything should be finalized by mid-March. Let us know if you'd like to add an event now. 

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 and Orwell:

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.  Contact Joanna, 315-298-2844, 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.


Take a Story Walk at the Haldane Center any day, any time

 Contact Joanna at St Francis Farm if you're interested in volunteering or hiking during the day: 315-298-2844, stfrancisfarm@ymail.com

Monday, April 23:

11 AM-12 noon: Bird hike for kids at Selkirk Shores (7101 State Route 3,Pulaski). Dress for the weather.Contact Kelly Morrissette, 315-298-5737, kelly.morrissette@parks.ny.gov


1-4 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. Contact Joanna, 315-298-2844, stfrancisfarm@yahoo.com

Tuesday, April 24:

1 PM: STEM activities for all ages at the Pulaski library (4917 Jefferson St, Pulaski) Details TBA. Contact Margaret Weigel, 315-298-2717

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:

Time TBA: Animal track hike at Selkirk Shores. (7101 State Route 3,Pulaski) Dress for the weather. Contact Kelly Morrissette, 315-298-5737, kelly.morrissette@parks.ny.gov 

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: Barn dance with live music and friendly dance instruction at the Half-Shire (County Route 48, Richland), organized by St. Francis Farm. All ages welcome.  Contact Joanna Hoyt at 315-298-2844.

Thursday, April 26:

10 AM: Crafts and snacks at Deaton's Ace Hardware (3970 Port St, Pulaski NY 13142)  Details TBA. Call 315-298-2644, ask for Meghann.

1-3 PM:  Leather carving at Salmon River Fine Arts Center (4848 Jefferson St, Pulaski NY)  Contact Patricia Tanner, 315-298-7007

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

6-8 PM: Trivia at the Kallet Theater, 4842 Jefferson Street, Pulaski.

Friday, April 27:

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

1 PM-2:30 PM: Owl hike at Selkirk Shores (7101 State Route 3, Pulaski) Contact Kelly Morrissette, 315-298-5737, kelly.morrissette@parks.ny.gov