No matter what direction their houses might actually be facing, most of the roofs in the United States point toward Slate Valley, a 24-mile-long stretch between New York and Vermont. That region not only produces most of the nation's roofing slate, but also has an intricate history that reaches all the way back to the 1800s.
The Building: Slate Valley Museum fills a New World Dutch Barn, which was built around 1840
Eye Catcher: a worn-down and beat-up 1951 LJT Mack Truck, which once hauled finished slate?and then blocks and rubbish?for the Tatko Bros. Slate Company
Don't Miss: Neil Rappaport's black-and-white photographs of Slate Valley's quarries,
workers, and earliest bunny ears
Permanent Mainstay: The Dream and the Reality, which explores how various immigrant groups came to work in the slate quarries
Visiting Exhibit: Slate as Muse?a collection of sculptures, photographs, and watercolor paintings by 19 artists who used slate as medium and subject
While You're in the Neighborhood: take a self-guided driving tour through local quarries and other slate-industry sites
When dusk falls, the opening credits roll at Randall Drive-In Theatre. Families and family pets pull into parking spots, rain or shine, to enjoy double or triple features of current blockbusters. The films play Friday through Sunday, and a single ticket, which is free for kids younger than 5, grants patrons admission to the entire double or triple feature.
The One Drum Festival delights listeners with percussion circles and performances capturing the rhythms of the Middle East, West Africa, Brazil, and Japan. This one-day, family-friendly event bottles a swirling storm of meter and movement including interactive workshops where drummers, singers, and dancers of all skills levels can share their creative influences. Todd Roach will lead budding bangers in Middle Eastern hand-drum techniques from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. before Stuart Paton demonstrates the taiko drum, a Japanese instrument played with two wooden sticks or two sausage links carved into wooden sticks. Other events on the schedule hypnotize crowds throughout the day, including a concert at 6 p.m. featuring workshop instructors and special guests and community drum circles. Visitors can bring their own drum or borrow one of the many instruments on hand to tap Jimmy Carter's memoirs in Morse code.
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Pro Tip: Allow at least 2?3 hours, but don't try to do everything on your first visit.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 125+ exhibits, it's hard to pick one
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Q&A with the Director Of Marketing
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The Montshire is a 100-acre science center delighting visitors of all ages with diverse exhibits and programs.
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
Andy's Place is a special area for children five and under and the museum store is full of carefully selected gifts, books, puzzles, and toys.
Come taste what Aimie's Dinner and Movies is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Aimie's Dinner and Movies' menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Aimie's Dinner and Movies has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Crowds are boisterous at the restaurant and the music is blaring, so get ready for a very loud night out.
Whether you prefer street or lot parking, Aimie's Dinner and Movies is located near both options.
Your bill at Aimie's Dinner and Movies will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
At grassy ranches and farms throughout eastern New York, Jennifer Breslin leads lessons and training programs in several riding disciplines. Breslin began riding as a young girl, competing in hunter and equitation rings while also working for a local trainer.
In her college years, Breslin competed in eventing and dressage while also galloping racehorses. Her students regularly compete in A-Circuit shows, and her horses enjoy the variety of the lessons, which provide them with plenty of exercise and a reason to go shopping for new horse outfits.