Riddled with mud, obstacles, and more mud, Tawasentha Mud Mania challenges racers to conquer a 4–5K course sprawled across Tawasentha Park and its surrounding territory. Along the route, muck-masked waves of participants run, climb, and crawl past a series of at least 13 obstacles, including a refreshing trudge through Normanskill Creek. Course marshals stationed throughout the course help keep feet pointed toward the finish line, where official timing distributes results to those who opt against strapping a lucky grandfather clock to their back. Afterward, a fire hose will be available to blast away layers of mud and reveal new layers of confidence, which can be showcased at a celebration complete with beach volleyball, music, and refreshments.
For more than 70 years, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium has showcased innovations from the frontiers of science, technology, engineering, and math for curious minds of all ages. A full calendar of exhibits and live demonstrations facilitates understanding of science fundamentals, introduces visitors to new gadgets, and unearths complex equations mapping Einstein's hairdo from the vast archive of documents and photos. Enacting the museum's mission to provide experiential learning, the interactive exhibit Power Hour engages hands to reveal the earth's invisible forces and drops jaws with inventions such as the bridge of fire, and investigators of all ages conduct lively experiments in the Fetch! Lab, where the scientific method––much like Bob Barker––is kept alive by a vibrant game-show setting. The planetarium pinpoints 8,500 stars and 24 constellations with one of only 12 GOTO Star Machines in the nation, augmenting mechanical illumination with human insight during seasonal sky tours and humorous stories from the Cowboy Astronomer.
Contrary to its name, the equestrian training and boarding facility Winter Glen Farm is actually an ideal spot for year-round riding. Thanks to the farm's indoor and outdoor arenas, students can practice their horsemanship skills whatever the season. The farm also boasts 12 resident horses, and a highly experienced staff of instructors. This staff includes decorated equestrian coach Paige Faubel and manager Peggy Aedjian, who's trained horses and humans alike for the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. They offer English-style riding lessons to riders as young as 8 years old. Each session is personalized to the student; it can be tailored to cover advanced principles or the basics, such as mounting one of the resident steeds, easing it into a trot, and chasing down a rival king's spies.
Lynn Gorman Bakos harnesses more than 30 years of riding experience—including time studying under an Olympic rider—as she presides over Renegade Farm. Certified by the American Riding Instructors Association, Lynn trains many of her own horses to help to ensure that the animals are gentle in demeanor. During lessons, Lynn teaches students in either the outdoor riding ring or indoor lighted arena, beyond which lies more than 40 acres of lush, tree-lined pasture where riders have the chance to take a long enough running start to create the first Pegasus.
Schauber Stables, LLC is more than just a riding facility—it's the home to a cadre of rescue animals. Throughout the verdant, sprawling grounds, horses, ponies, and goats that have been given a second chance caper and gallop to the delight of onlookers. Visitors to the family-friendly establishment can learn how to ride atop a seasoned horse during lessons taught by veteran trainers or tour the farm during a field trip, where they'll learn about the animals' backgrounds from the staff and the horses' journal entries.
In 1964, the march of progress came to the doorstep of a Greek Revival mansion fallen into disrepair and abandoned to time. The house was slated for demolition. The community, though, treasured the landmark, and organized to preserve and restore the building. They moved the house, brick by brick, from its original property to a lot overlooking the Mohawk River and old Champlain Canal, where they began restorations. They dedicated its walls to preserving other pieces of local history, and the
Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center
The Museum features permanent exhibitions on the history of Waterford, including the illustrated exhibit, Born of Two Rivers. This work chronicles the evolution of the city thanks to the trade and ships that moved up and down the very waters that the museum overlooks. Other standing exhibits include a Victorian period room decorated in the style of the era and the George and Annabel O?Connor Library for Local History.