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March 29, 2012

Enjoy area activities, attractions

—  With the rising gas prices many people are counting pennies just to keep food on the table, much less thinking about taking a family vacation.

It may not mean a family has to totally cut an outing together, however. There are many attractions locally that would save on gas. A lot of people overlook the local attractions in their communities whether they feel a need to get farther away from home or fail to recognize what is available right in front of their noses. Perhaps they have been there before, and don’t think there has been much of a change. The reasoning is not necessary important.

However, we do feel it may be worth one’s while to get out and about and support the local venues. You may be  pleasantly surprised and able to save some cash. Just think,at least what is spent would be going back to the community in which you live.

The Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard will open Friday. The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum will open their doors to visitors a day early this year – Saturday, March 31 instead of an April 1. The National Baseball Hall of Fame is open seven days a week year round, but will officially begin the 2012 season on Thursday, April 5. The museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

On Saturday, the Hall of Fame will celebrate Family Day, which includes hands-on activities, crafts and demonstrations throughout the museum all day long, with children  12-and-under receiving free admission. Activities andentertainment will include baseball pennant-making craft stations; hands-on history stations throughout the museum; interactive demonstrations on the process of making baseball bats; the recreation of historic radio broadcasts and more, according to a media release. All events are included with museum admission. For more information, visit

While those are the obvious area attractions there are others that are plenty more, like taking a train ride. The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad offers a lot of themed  or holiday activities. One can hop on the bunny express withthe Easter Bunny and friends at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, March 31 and April 1, 7 and 8.

Our suggestion is to get the family together and drive around — or walk if you can. You may find something fun and interesting to do.