Join artist Wes Modes and the World Awareness Children’s Museum for a Shanty Boat Picnic in Fort Edward on July 1! See Modes’ amazing re-creation of a mid-century shanty boat, listen to stories about the Hudson River, and enjoy a picnic in the park. With music, kids’ activities, and fun games, this is one event your family won’t want to miss!
About the Shanty Boat
Stories are the driving force of Wes Modes’ latest project, A Secret History of American River People. “I try to find our elders who grew up here and remember a different time and a different river,” said the Santa Cruz artist in a statement. Now in its fifth year, the project has brought Modes all over the country to speak with people whose lives have been impacted by American waterways.
Having traveled more than 1,250 river miles so far, Modes’ houseboat will be floating down the Hudson next! In conjunction with a major exhibition at WhiteBox Art Space in New York’s Lower East Side, the summer tour begins in Lake Champlain and will travel on the Hudson River for a month, gathering stories and showing at locations like the Fort Edward Yacht Basin. You can learn more about Modes and this fantastic project at peoplesriverhistory.us.
The World Awareness Children’s Museum will be hosting Modes and his homemade shanty boat on Sunday, July 1 from 11 AM to 2 PM. The event will be held at the Yacht Basin, 159 Broadway in Fort Edward, and will feature amazing stories about the canals, the Hudson, and what they meant to previous generations. Kids and adults are invited to tell their own stories, too! Pack a picnic, listen to some great tunes, and enjoy this wonderful celebration of the river.
For more information about the picnic, contact the World Awareness Children’s Museum at 518-793-2773 or visit them online at worldawarenesschildrensmuseum.org.
About the World Awareness Children’s Museum
The World Awareness Children’s Museum is the first and only museum in the nation whose core mission is to educate about world cultures. For over 20 years, the Museum has instilled principles of “inclusion, acceptance, and understanding through engaging, interactive activities and educational programming.” Visit the Museum at its Glens Falls location on 89 Warren Street.