The Beat - Volume 25
Outdoor Fun
We are lucky to live in a region that offers such an abundance of outdoor activities. Go boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding, or take a walk or bike ride to enjoy some beautiful outdoor art. Pop over to downtown Troy's Summer Square and enjoy some good food, shopping, and free socially distanced entertainment. Summer is here, take some time to enjoy it!
Anchors Away
How do you get out and about during a pandemic? Take to the water! We are surrounded by it, so surrender and dive on in. The Mohawk and Hudson rivers, Sacandaga Lake , Kayaderosseras Creek , and more are nearby to play in. You can rent boats, paddleboards, and kayaks to get out there and explore! has a complete list of opportunities, click here to view them all.
Take An Art Walk!
The Clark Art Institute , MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art , created the ​ Northern Berkshire Art Outside​, an online walking and biking tour showcasing outdoor art in Williamstown and North Adams. Read all about it here. T ake a walk or a bike ride today and see some amazing a rt!
Troy's Summer Square
Troy's Summer Square was created by the city to serve as a safe convening, dining, and entertainment space for the public. They've closed streets to create an open air plaza on Broadway between 2nd Street and River Street and will accommodate outdoor dining and activities on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

The O-Tones play tonight, Saturday, July 25, 6-8 PM, at Monument Square! Performing songs from "The Great American Songbook", as well as soul, blues, and Motown hits, this group knows how to swing and serve up some soulful tunes! These events are free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Just For Fun!
Remember Little House on the Prairie?
Ma, Pa, Half-pint, Nellie - can you name the whole crew? For many members of Generation X, this show brings back great memories. Melissa Gilbert looks back at her time on this iconic show.
Prepare to be Mesmerized!
These scupltures are truly amazing. The artist Theo Jansen creates " Strandbeests " or "beach animals" which are made from PVC tube and are powered by the wind. They are a feat of engineering and the way they move is so unique, NASA has invited Theo to their headquarters to help brainstorm what they could potentially one day bring to Mars.
Entertain the Kids with the Joke of the Day!
This is for the kids! The Puppet People, based in Schenectady, NY, are posting a Joke A Day to their YouTube Channel. Subscribe here and never miss a laugh! Are your children familiar with them? They are frequent performers at local schools, libraries, and festivals!
Classical Music Soothes the Wild Beasts
This cat and this dog are the ultimate concert crashers and demonstrate that humans aren't the only ones who enjoy a good symphony concert.
We know this is hard, and if you need someone to listen, NYS has set up a Covid Emotional Support Helpline - call 1-844-863-9314,
available 8 AM - 10 PM, seven days a week.

Please share with us any links or videos that have made you laugh, entertained you, or provided a distraction. Please email them to and we may use them in
future volumes of The Beat. Thank you.