I have been working on the August issue of the Resort Insider, and I’m so impressed by this month’s offerings at the Rey Cultural Center (aka the Curious George Cottage). For such a small nonprofit organization, they produce an amazing array of fun and educational activities and events. There’s something for the entire family.
The Curious George Cottage will be filled with all kinds of exploration in August. Weekday mornings during the first two weeks, the Rey Center’s new Nature Camp for preschoolers will be in full swing. Geared towards the 3- and 4-year-old first time camper, there will be exploring, creating and learning in the Community Garden and on the Curious George Nature Trail.
Every Saturday throughout the month, Rey Center staff will be offering a Family Nature Scavenger Hunt from 10-11 a.m. followed by story hour. In August, story hour will feature tours of a fire truck tour courtesy of the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety. This is fun for kids of all ages!
On Wednesday afternoons, July 31 and Aug. 14, from 1-3 p.m., children’s book author and artist Suzan Gannett will host the Artist in the Garden program. Suzan is a retired educator, water colorist, Zen Doodler, and jeweler. With her four grandchildren in mind, she has written 12 books and has more in progress. Her books are on sale at Artistic Roots in Plymouth and on her website www.suzangannettcreation.com . I suspect that the Bookmonger in Waterville Valley may be able to get her books, too. Meet Suzan in the Curious George Community Garden for a story and more.
On Friday evenings from 6-7 p.m. the Rey Center hosts guest speakers on a variety of topics. This Friday, Aug. 2, don’t miss an opportunity to listen to and learn from Dr. Kaitlyn Morse of Bebop Labs as she talks about ticks (yup, those yucky little disease carrying arachnids). Dr. Morse is a postdoctoral trained infectious disease scientist. In her early career, she made a vaccine against a tick-borne pathogen Anaplasmosis. Later she co-invented a laser adjuvant at Harvard Medical School and Mass. General Hospital. Now she is thinking with her heart and is the founder of BeBop Labs a 501(c)3 organization with the mission to track ticks’ impacts to our health and the environment and share the findings with anyone and everyone. She will be presenting on the findings from BeBop Labs’ citizen science project promoting scientific clarity, awareness, and prevention on ticks and tick-borne pathogens. Refreshments are served. The Friday night speaker series is held at the Curious George Cottage and admission is by donation.