Barker Park, Downtown Troy, Corner of 3rd and State Streets
]The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation and The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation announce free summer fun for children with the Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series! Last summer we handed out bunny ears and asked everyone to hop on over to Barker Park. This year we celebrate our Super Heroes and everybody will get a free Super Hero badge! Every Thursday at 11 AM, starting July 5 through August 23, a new performer or activity will be presented in the park, located on the corner of 3rd and State Streets in downtown Troy.
The complete schedule:
July 5 - Troy Fire Department and Troy Police Department
We kick off the Barker Park series with a visit from the Troy Fire and Police Departments! The Fire Department will bring one of the big rigs (and maybe an antique Fire Truck) and children will have a chance to get up close! The Troy Fire Department numbers 119 uniformed personnel and operates 5 engine companies, a rescue engine company, 2 truck companies, three ambulances, a hazardous material response unit, and 2 rescue boats. Approximately 12,000 calls are answered each year – truly earning them the title of Heroes!
Joining them will be members of the Troy Police Department. Children will have the opportunity to look up close at a police car, a police bike, and we might get a visit from the K9 officer! The Troy Police Department has 130 sworn police officers. There is a civilian support staff of 13 full time personnel and 18 part time school crossing guards serving a population of approximately 50,000.
July 12 – Movement Story Hour with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
Appropriate for children, toddler to age eight, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company’s workshops are designed to nurture the creative potential of each child. The stories are drawn from the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company’s extensive collection of children’s books and are led by its Artistic Director, Ellen Sinopoli. An array of fun filled visual and verbal tools are given to assist children in finding innovative shapes and imaginative ways to move.
July 19 – Andy The Music Man
Andy "The Music Man" Morse is a popular children's musician renowned for the special way he connects with his audiences. A talented guitarist, mandolin player and songwriter, Andy mingles traditional and original songs and novelty, delighting and involving kids through sing-a-longs, dancing, play-acting and storytelling.
July 26 – Ramblin Jug Stompers
Ramblin Jug Stompers have been kickin’ up a vintage American roots-rockin’ ruckus for more than a decade and they’re still stompin’ strong. Conjuring up the ghosts of early legends like Gus Cannon and Charlie Poole, mixing in the best of the 60’s folk revival with some seasoning from the current Americana movement, Ramblin Jug Stompers have melded these influences with their own contemporary spin and wry sense of humor. The quartet – Cousin Clyde, Bowtie, Mister Eck and Wild Bill – traces their roots directly to membership in the legendary Star Spangled Washboard Band and early MTV pioneers Blotto, echoing those bands’ unique combination of hot-wired musicianship and quick wit.
August 2 – Troy Public Library
The Troy Public Library will host a Story Hour with a very special visit from the one and only Spiderman! Appropriate for children ages 4 to 10 years of age, and the wearing of all Super Hero gear is encouraged!
August 9 – Heard
Heard is Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, composer/pianist, Jonathan Greene, woodwinds, Bobby Kendall, bass, Brian Melick, drums/percussion, Zorkie Nelson on drums/percussion/vocal, and special guest Aston "Robot" Ellis on steel drums! (Check him out here: http://robanicreggaemusic.com/robanic_reggae_bios.html )
Heard's energizing world music will put a smile on your face and get you up and dancing! The group will present an all-ages interactive show with percussion instruments for kids to check out and learn some rhythms!
August 16 – Watch Reggie Run – Dave Graham
Formed in 2017 by Dave and his son Luke who has autism, WATCH REGGIE RUN, is named after how they spend their time when not making music (watching Luke's sister Reggie run in Track and XC meets). The father/son duo shares a love of music and has found it to be a great way of connecting despite Luke's limited communication skills. Music can be a very powerful way of breaking down any barriers! The songs were all inspired by Luke. It's fun music for all ages!
August 23 - Seth & The Moodymelix
Borrowing from a wonderfully diverse mix of musical styles, this toe-tapping trio plays lyrically rich music for kids that parents can appreciate, too. With guitar (Seth Warden), fiddle (Doug Moody) and percussion (Brian Melick), along with sweet harmony vocals, their songs impart good values and educational tidbits in a fresh upbeat organic style.