Happy New Year!
Despite the sub-zero start to our first week of playgroup in the new year, our Chatham site was busy and it’s going to be a busy winter season, we can tell. You won’t want to miss the family events that are schedule, as well as arts, crafts and music programs which will be hosted at our sites throughout the season. Or, just find a quiet spot and enjoy a cup of coffee while the kids play–There’s definitely something for everyone at FRC!
Don’t forget to check in with FRC on Facebook to keep abreast of closings in the event of nasty weather– we can be located under Familyresourcecenterscc — And if you haven’t “liked” us yet be sure to do so and invite a friend!
We also take a moment to recognize the recent and sudden loss of long term, Chatham site director Pam Raup- Kounovsky’s husband Nick. A friend to FRC for many years, Nick could be found working behind the scenes to assist FRC in so many ways…whether is was fixing a troublesome door, keeping the refrigerator running, or lending a hand with our tag sale. Nick will be missed. Our condolences to Pam and her family.
As we begin the new year we would especially like to thank all of our friends and families who contributed so generously to our Annual Appeal! Without your support, our playgroups could not survive and we are truly grateful for our community’s commitment to our mission!
From our Board and Staff
Playgroup Schedules and Times
HUDSON: Christ Episcopal Church, 431 Union Street (across from the Hudson post office)
Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
CHATHAM: Morris Memorial, Park Row in Chatham Village
Chatham is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. As always kids are free to enjoy an additional playtime in the gymnasium after the Chatham playgroup!
NORTH CHATHAM: North Chatham United Methodist Church, Route 203 in the Hamlet of North Chatham
North Chatham is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m to noon. Note: North Chatham will close with a 2 hour school delay and will be open with a 1 hour delay.
GERMANTOWN: Reformed Church of Germantown, 20 Church Ave
Germantown will open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Do you have a question regarding our site opening times, locations or schedules? E-mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a Swap!
FRC is holding its first ever clothing and accessories swap at the Morris Memorial in Chatham on January 24th at 6:00 p.m. We need 20 participants to make this event happen. It’s a great way to clean out the old and bring in the new — all while supporting a great cause! We will be serving wine and cheese during the event!
Where: Morris Memorial, 2nd Floor, Park Row, Chatham
When: January 24th @ 6:00 p.m.
RSVP REQUIRED for this event! Call 392-3911 or email email@example.com
Family Dance is Back!
We will be hosting another Family Dance with local DJ Max Lagonia on February 8th. Back by popular demand this fundraiser is a great time for the whole family. Balloons, streamers and fancy light make this an occasion you won’t want to miss! Toddlers, pre-schoolers and school aged kids are all welcome. Snacks and beverages will be served on site!
When: Saturday, February 8th from 4-6
Where: Morris Memorial Gymnasium, Park Row Chatham
Suggested Donation: $15.00 per Family
Never Too Early to Think Tag Sale
We are accepting donations for our annual Tag Sale which will be held on June 7th. We are ALWAYS on the lookout for quality, gently used furniture and household items. Please let us know if you have items to donate. We have storage capacity and can help move items! Leave us a message @ 392-3911
Visitors to our Sites!
Kinderhook Memorial Library
Amy Thiel, from Kinderhook Library will be visiting our sites this winter to talk about Tumble Books — A fun, interactive site geared towards pre-schoolers, toddlers and beginning readers. The program is available FREE through the library and sounds like a fun, new educational tool! To learn more, visit with Amy when she attends playgroup on the following dates:
North Chatham: February 5th
Chatham: February 11th
Hudson: February 21st
Dental Health Month with Dr. Starkman’s Office
We look forward to hosting visits from the dental office of Dr. David Starkman at our Chatham and North Chatham sites this year. February is Dental Health Month! Goody bags are handed out to kids and this is a great opportunity for parents to ask questions about a child’s first dental visit. Thank you Dr. Starkman!
Chatham: February 5th at 10 a.m.
North Chatham: February 12th at 10:45 a.m.
Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook to keep on top of event happenings at our sites throughout the winter months!
Odds and Ends
We love sharing our favorite websites and this time have come up with a few to help you get through the winter months. With plenty of activities near-by and farther afield, there’s no excuse for staying home with the kids! Get up, get out and enjoy winter!
#1- A fine and updated list of activities in and around Albany from skating to Planetariums there are sure to be venues you had forgotten about: www.albany.com/winter/
#2- They feel your pain….it’s ONLY January. Albany.kidsoutandabout.com is a cheerful and creative site. They want you to have fun and have great suggestions for a day trip or an event that you can look forward to attending.
#3-The Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation area boasts a fabulous sledding hill! Check out www.clctrust.org to learn more about this conservation area as well as accessible nature walks that will tickle your winter fancy.
#4-Headed to the Big City for a day trip or for some weekend fun? Maybe you live there part time and need to discover some new stuff outside of your neighborhood? Check out www.mommypoppins.com. We especially love their list of “100 things to do with your kids in New York City before they grow up”.
And when you’re not heading out with kids in tow, don’t forget about us –the perfect answer to winter doldrums! FRC, it’s FREE, it’ SOCIAL and it’s FUN!
As always, we love to hear from you and welcome your comments and suggestions! We can be reached at (518) 392-3911 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.