Children navigate the waters of Lake George during a 2012 kayaking session offered though the Bolton Recreation Department’s 'Adventure Wednesdays' series. The town agency annually offers dozens of special events, concerts, performances, field trips, sports lessons, plus fitness and craft instruction sessions as well as week-long camps focusing on soccer, basketball, dancing and the theater arts.
While town recreation programs in the region routinely consist of only swimming and a few sports games for youth, the town of Bolton is offering far more.
Through their recreation department, Bolton government offers a full range of special events, camps and programs for all ages that are intended to build life skills, boost wellness and spark people’s imaginations — while providing a lot of fun.
Almost all the activities and programs are offered for visitors and residents of nearby communities, as well as Bolton folks.
In the upcoming weeks, these activities hit high gear with lots of special events, concerts, performances, field trips, sports lessons, plus fitness and craft instruction sessions.
But that’s not all.
The recreation department is also offering various camps for youth that focus on developing athletic skills as well as creative expression through theater and dance.
In addition, there’s an ongoing series of classes for crafts and fitness, for both adults and youth.
Town Supervisor Ron Conover said July 15 that a full schedule of stimulating activities for all ages was a long-standing tradition locally.
“In Bolton, there’s a real interest in recreational programs and keeping youth interested,” he said. “Offering these programs for all ages is an important part of what we are as a community.”
Full information on events and activities is available at the town of Bolton’s website at: www.boltonnewyork.com/recreation. For schedules and details, click on the “Printable Documents” links on the right hand side of the page.
Special events for varied ages
The upcoming weeks offer an impressive array of activities. One top attraction for youth seeking active recreation is a stand-up paddle-boarding session from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.on July 24. An installment of the Adventure Wednesdays series, the paddleboard session offers an introduction to the sport for ages 10 through 18. See the town recreation department website for details.
On Wednesday July 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the recreation department is offering a horseback riding adventure at Saddle Up Stables in Diamond Point at a cost of $37. Again, see the town website for details.
This Adventure Wednesdays series continues on Aug. 7 with a visit to the Ashville Game Farm. This excursion, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will allow children to get close to a variety of animals, including monkeys, peacocks wild cats and farm animals.
Also, tennis lessons are offered in Rogers Park, and swimming lessons are administered in Veterans Park — both with sessions for varied experience levels, free of charge.
Adult and youth arts and craft sessions are held weekdays, at no charge and no registration required. The youth sessions start mid-morning, and the adult sessions are held in the evenings. Card-making classes are held each Thursday evening at a nominal fee.
Various exercise classes are held — primarily for adults — focusing on Pilates, cardio-fitness, chair yoga and paddle-boarding.
The youth camps include soccer camps from July 29 through Aug. 2 for various ages; and a youth dance camp from Aug. 5 through Aug. 9 for two age levels.
A theater camp is to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday July 22 through Friday July 26 at the Bolton Town Hall.
The drama camp involves developing an original stage play including plot, script, staging, scenery, and costumes. This play is performed for the public — accompanied by a youth talent show — at 6:30 p.m. July 25 in Rogers Park.
Other special events to be presented in Rogers Park include a performance at 8 p.m. July 18 by the Mettawee River Theatre Co. which has been featured in Bolton during summers for decades. This acclaimed group offers imaginative shows with an array of giant figures, puppets and masks. Their Thursday July 18 show portrays the story of Taliesin, a Medieval Welsh tale of sorcery and court intrigue.
On Aug. 1 in Rogers Park, the Adirondack Shakespeare Co. presents a mini-drama of Celtic fairy tales at 7 p.m.
Two days later, the Lake George Theater Lab presents the musical “Open Season,” a collaboration between award-winning playwright Bill Cain and Manhattan actor/musicians Micah Bucey and Nicholas Williams who have been in residence here composing original music. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Bolton Community Center off Edgecomb Pond Road. A talk with the crew is offered afterwards. Call 203-2600 for reservations.
Also on Aug. 3, a Las Vegas Night is to be held at the Bolton firehouse, featuring casino-style games for those 18 and older. Entry is a mere $1.
On Wednesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. through the summer, family-oriented movies are shown in Rogers Park.
On Tuesday evenings at 7:17 p.m., concerts featuring local folk, rock, country and jazz groups are presented. Next up in the series is the renowned group Matt Finley & Rio Jazz. Then on Aug. 6 is the Stony Creek Band, who have been playing their folk-rock and roots music around the east coast for nearly 40 years. The rain location is the Bolton Community Center.
If this weren't enough, the town also conducts a Summer Day Camp that features recreation and swimming, plus several field trips per week. The cost is $500 for six weeks, two of which have already passed — but several more children can be accommodated for the full fee.
Bolton Recreation Department director Michelle Huck, who grew up in town, said a robust roster of summer events and activities were an important part of life in Bolton for well more than a generation. She remembered as a child seeing Mettawee River Theatre Co. shows and enjoying town-sponsored concerts and field trips.
“A lot has been going on for many years, but I keep trying to add to the schedule,” she said. “There’s a demand for it!”
Praising Huck and the seven-member town Recreation Commission, Conover added that he’s witnessed lots of enthusiasm among children for the town’s programs.
“Kids are so excited when they show up for the sessions,” he said. “They’re thrilled with what the town offers.”