Pets, puppets and painting made summer fun in 1980
In 1980, summer pals meant a girl and her dog — and a boy and his frog.
Donna Garry, 11, and her Shetland sheepdog Brandy were big stars at the Schenectady Parks and Recreation Department’s dog show on Aug. 4. Brandy won “best in show” honors, and Garry responded with a best-in-show smile.
Todd Weiner had a lively frog. The youngster won the Niskayuna Co-Op Frog Jump, and received a king’s crown for the victory. But the frog did all the work, leaping 63 inches to beat his closest amphibian adversary by 1 inch.
Other young people were into acting, puppet shows, Hispanic heritage and painting 33 years ago. Actors in Burnt Hills and Ballston Lake staged “The Wizard of Oz” on Aug. 5. Jo Anne Assini was in charge of children’s activities at the Wingate branch of the Schenectady County Public Library, and that meant she was in charge of puppets. Kids seemed to like the dramas-in-a-box.
The librarian would see real drama later in her career. During the 2000s, Assini served as a judge in Schenectady County Family Court.
Margarita Santiago Brooks read and talked to young Hispanic children of Amsterdam in English and helped prepare them for elementary school. She also gave them facts about their Hispanic heritage.
Kids in Guilderland expressed themselves with paint on the walls of Farnsworth Middle School. They didn’t get into trouble — the exercise was an extension of the Farnsworth art program.