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Kid's Art Festival coming to Schenectady
Kid's Art Festival coming to Schenectady

The ElectriCity Arts District has announced the 17th Annual Kid’s Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 4 p.m. on Schenectady’s Jay Street Mall and the area surrounding City Hall.

The Zucchini Brothers will be this year’s special guests. Originally from Saratoga Springs, the Zucchini Brothers are well-renowned for their concerts in schools, theaters and festivals throughout the country, as well as their internationally syndicated weekly radio show, The Zucchini Brothers, Live! at the Clubhouse.

Local artists will offer creative activities for kids as well. Stephan Bourgeois is making a Kid’s Mural, Tony Iadicicco and Elyse Vacherot will host “Kids Mark-IT ART” and Steve Kowalski, local sculptor, will work on pipe cleaner figures.

The event is targeted to pre-school and young school-age children, the Festival features professional entertainers, youth performers and free arts activities sponsored by community agencies.

There will be two stages for performances, one set up by Schenectady City Hall and one on Jay Street, which will feature the following performers:  

City Hall Stage:

  • Noon: The Central Park International Magnet School Jazz and Rock Bands led by Music teacher Rob Aronstein.  
  • 12:45 p.m. The Puppet People performing Puppet Potpourri
  • 1:15 p.m.  Stephen Gratto, Circus Star
  • 2:00 p.m. The Puppet People (City Hall)
  • 2:30 p.m.: The Zucchini Brothers
  • 3:15 p.m: Stephen Gratto

State and Jay Stage

  • Noon Mike Purcell, MC, DJ, Keyboard, Songs & Dances
  • Fun with Music & Dance
  • Paul Mitchell School Line Dancers
  • the Indo Youth Group,
  • Chinese Ribbon Dance and
  • Steel Pretty Steel Drummers

On the street kids can expect to see Tip the Clown and Pip Squeaks who will make balloon figures. Gary Van Slyke will appear as the historic musician with penny whistle and Stephen Gratto and sons will be on stilts.  

The day’s more than 25 activities also include: GE Volunteers making slime, the Price Chopper Hopper and Plant a Seed activity, native American Crafts by the Keepers of the Circle, Tattoo Blue doing temporary tattoos, The Schenectady Day Nursery designing journals, the Public Library with Butterfly Crafts, and the Tang Museum with Spectacular Spectacles.

Young participants also will see the City of Schenectady’s giant Recyclution Truck and learn about recycling and the City’s Smoke House provided by the Fire Department to talk about fire prevention. The Schenectady County Sheriff will be there to make IDs for children.  

The event will be held rain or shine, with the rain location inside Schenectady City Hall.

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