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Wait Till It Gets Dark: Story Time & Book Signing

By Lauren Cassulis on February 20, 2018

On Saturday, April 14th at 10:30am at the Colgate Bookstore, meet George Steele, an environmental educator and local author! Enjoy a special story time and learn how to expand your senses with a unique activity and craft by Rogers Environmental Education Center.

It’s night. It’s dark. It’s time to go indoors—or is it? The outdoors at night can be a scary place, but Wait Till It Gets Dark will help young readers investigate the mysterious nature of night. Years of teaching children in the outdoors has given the authors, renowned environmental educators Anita Sanchez and George Steele, firsthand experience in introducing students to the joys of nature at night. They have led kids on night walks in a variety of habitats, including urban settings. Based on these experiences, the book describes night-time landscapes and the nocturnal animals that inhabit them, from desert coyotes to the frog chorus in a backyard pond—and a corner of the bathroom at midnight where a spider lurks.

George Steele is an environmental educator working with schools, nature centers and museums throughout the Northeast. The former director of the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s Education Camp Program, he received the Conservation Educator Award from the NYS Conservation Council, and the NYS Outdoor Education Association’s Gold Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has a degree in Forest Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Taking on Lucinda Book Launch

By Lauren Cassulis on February 16, 2018

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Saturday, April 14th at 1:30pm for a book signing and presentation by local author and veterinarian Frank Martorana. The cruelty of dog fighting, veganism vs. a meat inclusive diet, the credibility of veterinarians who enjoy hunting, and even the very notion of pet ownership, are hot button topics Frank Martorana weaves into his new novel, Taking on Lucinda. And it all happens while the reader enjoys a wild ride, as protagonist veterinarian, Kent Stephenson, battles to protect the people and animals in his town from a cult that thrives on all that animal lovers despise.

Dr. Martorana says, “My primary goal was to write a page-turner, with all the requisite arson, murder, and mayhem, but I also wanted it to shed a good light on our profession. By the time I looked up, I had a three-book series, The Kent Stephenson Thrillers.” (Books number two and three are complete and currently in production.)

“Martorana produces a compelling story starring an engaging hero…descriptions are strong. Both sides of the animal rights controversy are well-presented. A vet with investigative chops and his loyal coonhound make an appealing duo in this original story.” — Kirkus Reviews


Chef Jet Book Signing

By Lauren Cassulis on February 5, 2018

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore for a book signing with Chef Jet on Wednesday, February 28th, from 4:30pm – 5:30pm, sponsored by the Colgate Dining Services! Copies of his latest cookbook, 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die will be available for purchase.

Our sponsor Chartwells will also have samplings from his cookbook available.

From the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Normandie Avenue in the heart of Los Angeles to the Las Vegas Strip; from backyard cooking classes to battling legends on “Iron Chef America” — Jet Tila has carved a singular niche as a culinary storyteller.

Thanks to his diverse background and education, Tila is as comfortable as chef and consultant as he is teacher and student in the art of food. His numerous accomplishments in the culinary world continue to grow. In 2013 alone, Tila has partnered with the Compass Group, the world’s largest food-service company, to launch Modern Asian Kitchen, a new fast-casual Pan-Asian concept with locations nationwide. He is also set to separately open Kuma Snow Cream, a shaved-ice concept launching in Las Vegas this spring, all while continuing to build on his extensive national TV and radio appearances as a guest judge on “Chopped,” as well as hosting his own radio show on KLAA in Los Angeles.

Tila grew up in his family’s restaurant kitchens and markets in Los Angeles, home to the world’s largest Thai population outside of Thailand. As a boy, he spent time learning the ancient traditions of Asian cuisine from his Cantonese grandmother and working in the famed Bangkok Market, which opened in 1972, and Royal Thai restaurant, which opened in 1978. “I call it birth luck,” he says. “I was born into the ‘first family’ of Thai food in Los Angeles. My parents came here separately in 1966 and went on to open the first restaurants and grocery stores in this country and I was the kid doing homework in the back corner of the restaurant.”
Not initially sure if he would pursue a career in the kitchen, in his 20s, Tila says he “got it together” and decided to build a foundation for his passion and completed his culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu, establishing a framework of classical French technique to match his extensive knowledge of Asian cooking. He also completed an intensive study program at the California Sushi Academy. “My food is predominantly Thai and Chinese because it was the food I was exposed to growing up,” he notes. “And my cooking overall represents the neighborhood I grew up in LA: between Thai Town, Chinatown, Koreatown, and Little Tokyo.”

Combining kitchen experience with the bold new world of food media was a natural move for Tila, whose backyard cooking classes attracted the attention of the Los Angeles Times. He has successfully transitioned from subject to producer by writing for the Times and contributing to many other publications and multimedia platforms, including National Public Radio, the Food Network, and his appearances on the “CBS Early Show,” “No Reservations,” “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and battling legendary Chef Masaharu Morimoto on “Iron Chef America,” among many more. A highly sought-after consultant, Tila opened the cafe at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley and also currently maintains a wildly popular Asian food line through Schwan’s Home Service.

He keeps close to his roots by conducting “Melting Pot Food Tours” of Thai Town in Los Angeles, offering participants a curated tour of his favorite aspects of the neighborhood. In 2009, Tila debuted the acclaimed Wazuzu, a brilliant take on Pan-Asian dining, at Steve Wynn’s Encore casino and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, which he was tapped to open in a record 98 days. More recently, he launched Bistronomics, an acclaimed series of pop-up restaurant experiences in Los Angeles.

Tila has also set three world records: for creating the world’s largest stir fry (4,010 lbs.); the world’s largest seafood stew (6,656 lbs.); and the largest California roll (422 ft.).

Tila’s current and future projects promise to bring him and his culinary skills to more prominence. He is currently working with the Compass Group to open Modern Asian Kitchen, a fast-casual Pan-Asian concept with locations nationwide, and is branching out on his own to open Kuma Snowcream, a shaved-ice concept launching in Las Vegas in spring 2013—the product of which he says is “like fresh, powdered snow, but that is creamy and tastes like ice cream.” “At this point, I am interested in creating concepts, not just one-offs,” he says. “I am and always will be a chef, but I am also always interested in new ways to combine cooking, business, and communication, since I enjoy all of them as much as I enjoy teaching people about where I come from through my food.”


Seuss Saturday 2018

By Lauren Cassulis on January 25, 2018

Whether you are a long-time fan of Dr. Seuss stories, or have yet to be introduced to his classic book, “The Lorax”, all are invited to ‘Seuss Saturday’ in Hamilton, NY on Saturday, March 3rd. Join us as we celebrate Seuss stories old and new.

There will be a variety of activities for all ages at different times & locations throughout the village. Come to just one, or come to them all! Admission to the day’s programs and activities is free.

Gear up for Seuss Saturday! February 9th – March 2nd

“Where is The Lorax?” — The Lorax will be visiting different local businesses as he gets ready to celebrate Seuss Saturday. Stop by the Hamilton Public Library each week to look for clues about where he’s been and write down your best guess. If you guess correctly, your name will be entered into a Friday drawing to win a Dr. Seuss book from the Colgate Bookstore! We have four books to give away and you can participate once every week to try to track that elusive Lorax as he makes his way around town!

March 3rd – Seuss Saturday Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m. — Hamilton Public Library [13 Broad Street]
The village of Hamilton Mayor, RuthAnn Loveless, will kick off the celebrations by making a public declaration establishing Seuss Saturday 2018! A special story time will follow the proclamation to celebrate Seuss and share his story of “The Lorax”.

11:30 a.m. – Hamilton Movie Theater [7 Lebanon Street]
Enjoy a free showing of the 2012 comedy “The Lorax” based on the Seuss classic, sponsored by Dr. Devan R. Berry, DDS. Don’t forget to order some Hop on Pop popcorn! Plus, celebrate Rogers Environmental Education Center’s 50th anniversary with special birthday treats! Friends from Rogers will present a brief talk on the importance of being kind to trees.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Colgate Bookstore [3 Utica Street, 3rd Floor Events Room]
Stop by between 2-3pm for crafts sponsored by the Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center. All Dr. Seuss books and toys will be 30% off!

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Arts at the Palace [19 Utica Street, The Underground]
Enjoy a live-action storytelling of “The Lorax” in the Underground. Local children will act out the story as it is told aloud. Take photos in a Seussical photo booth, design kindness rocks, and enjoy the show!

 

 


Chopped Cooking Competition: For Kids

By Lauren Cassulis on January 9, 2018

Young fans of the popular Food Network TV series Chopped can test their budding culinary skills on Saturday, February 17th at the Colgate Bookstore. They will race against the clock to master the secret ingredients and win prizes! The fun begins at 10:30am in the 3rd floor events room, but contestants are asked to arrive at 10:15am.

6 teams of 3 will present their masterpieces to a panel of judges who will critique them according to creativity and presentation. Three of these teams will advance to the final challenge and the chance to win prizes!

This competition is open to children between the ages of 5 and 12. Children of all ages are invited to cheer on their favorite chef! Contestant slots are limited so please pre-register by emailing lcassulis@colgate.edu or texting 315-228-7480 with the name, age and contact info for the contestant. Those who pre-register will receive a special mystery gift! Depending on pre-registration, some spots may be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis.


Yoga Poses for Kids

By Lauren Cassulis on January 3, 2018

Join us on Saturday, January 20th at 10:30am for Yoga Poses for Kids! Laurie Zbock, MS, LMT, RYT will lead a free class for kids of all ages as they explore yoga poses, stretching and breathing exercises. Crafts and snacks will be provided.

Afterwards, learn about the benefits of infant massage! Laurie specializes in parent education for infant massage, highlighting the importance of a secure environment and nurturing touch in the healthy growth, development and maturation of children.

Laurie Zbock has been in practice as a licensed massage therapist since 2004. She holds an Associates Degree in Massage Therapy from Morrisville State College where she also teaches full time as a massage therapy professor and serves as the department chair. She also earned both her bachelors and masters degrees from Utica College. The main focus of Laurie’s massage practice is therapeutic and rehabilitation massage. Laurie holds many specialty certifications including prenatal massage (including labor and delivery), infant massage and parent education, aromatherapy, eastern therapeutic massage, lomi-lomi Hawaiian prayer massage, cervical and shoulder soft tissue manipulation and many more.


Customer Appreciation Day

By Lauren Cassulis on November 22, 2017

 

 

Join us on Friday, December 8th at the Colgate Bookstore as we celebrate YOU, our valued customers. The entire store will be 13% off (exclusions do apply). Enjoy locally made refreshments.


Story Time: If You Give A Mouse a (Christmas) Cookie

By Lauren Cassulis on November 22, 2017

 

On Saturday, December 16th at 10:30am, meet Mouse at the Colgate Bookstore! Story time will be followed by cookies and crafts. This event is free and open to children of all ages.


Maroon Friday: November 24th

By Lauren Cassulis on November 2, 2017

 

Shop HUGE sales on Maroon Friday, November 24th! The entire gift wing and all books and toys will be 20% off. Plus, our new Tervis Tumblers and Colgate socks will be 20% off, too!

Sales are in-store and online.


Shop Small Saturday

By Lauren Cassulis on November 2, 2017

Small Business Saturday (November 25th) is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.

The entire gift wing and all books and toys will be 20% off. Plus, our new Tervis Tumblers and Colgate socks will be 20% off, too! Enjoy locally made refreshments as you #shoplocal. Sales are in-store and online.

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