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Colgate Day – Friday, April 13, 2018

By Lauren Cassulis on March 15, 2018

Every Friday the 13th is a lucky day for Colgate University. But did you ever wonder just why Colgate Day is so special?

Well, in 1817, 13 men — six clergy and seven laymen — met in the frontier settlement of Hamilton with 13 dollars, 13 prayers, and 13 articles. During that meeting, the men founded the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York, the cornerstone for what would become known as Colgate University.

That’s not our only reason to celebrate the number 13. The university’s address is 13 Oak Drive. Our zip code is 13346. The first two numbers, standing alone, are the number 13, and the sum of the remaining three totals 13.

Even the university’s motto has a connection with 13. There are — no surprise here — 13 letters in “Deo ac Veritati,” a Latin phrase meaning “For God and For Truth.”

So this superstitious number has a very special meaning on our campus. And in honor of this tradition, every Friday the 13th is declared “Colgate Day.” We invite you to join us on April 13, 2018 as we celebrate the history of our great university. Enjoy special savings and deals all day long at the Colgate Bookstore!

The entire store will be 13% off (some exclusions apply). Sale includes S’well and Alex and Ani.

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.

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 to meet the Lorax and make special seed plantings, 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.

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.

Holiday Open House

By Lauren Cassulis on November 2, 2017

It’s never too early to shop for the holidays! On Friday, November 17th, the village of Hamilton is hosting a Holiday Open House. Participating Hamilton stores will be open late to kick off the holiday season with refreshments and giveaways.

The entire store will be 13% off from 5pm – 7pm! We will have locally made refreshments and cider, plus you can enter to win a basket of books. Happy shopping!

Booklovers Club Holiday Reception

By Lauren Cassulis on November 2, 2017

Calling all booklovers!

Come to our annual reception on Tuesday, November 28th from 6pm – 7pm to receive free books, and enter to win more! Enjoy locally made refreshments and receive expert personal assistance while shopping for the holidays.

Here’s how it works: Our friends in publishing have donated great books, which we combine into bundles. For every book you purchase at the reception, you’ll receive one raffle ticket. Browse through the bundles to find the perfect collection. Then, place your raffle ticket on the bundle of your choice, and see if you are the winner! All drawings for book bundles will be held at 7:00pm. You need not be present to win.

Want even more free books? Come browse our huge collection of free advance reading copies – including books that haven’t even been published yet!

This event is open to book club members and the general public. Book club members will receive double stamps for every book purchased that night.

Greg Ames Book Release Party

By Lauren Cassulis on September 13, 2017

Join us at Flour and Salt Bakery on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:30pm for a book reading by Colgate author Greg Ames! Copies of his books will be available for purchase.

Vivid, witty and surprising, Greg Ames’s stories will move you in unexpected ways.” —Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl

“Funeral Platter is a wonderful, witty collection of very funny and unusual short stories. Its singular characters, truly inventive premises, and manic, propulsive prose make for breakneck reading. Yet, without you knowing how it happened, these stories become genuinely insightful about our darkest secret: our loneliness.” —Dana Spiotta, author of The Innocents and Others

From the author of the award-winning novel Buffalo Lockjaw comes a powerful collection of darkly humorous short stories. A young girl uses a burnt log for her ventriloquist act; Franz Kafka and an unnamed narrator cruise a dive bar for women; a grieving couple stage and execute their own funeral; a son brings hot chowder to his caged parents. This stunning collection—packed with moments of violence and tenderness—explores the humor and unease of modern life. Since he first began publishing his fiction, Greg Ames has been praised for his willingness to take risks and the strength and freshness of his voice. Assembled here for the first time, this collection brings together the best work from a brilliant American writer, a playful and innovative artist. In these twenty original short stories, Greg Ames earns his place as one of the best writers of his generation.

In the tradition of Etgar Keret, Greg Ames’ prose style ties together the absurd hilarity and deep anguish of contemporary life. These wildly inventive stories will appeal to readers who thirst for a unique, deeply humane voice.

Greg Ames is the author of Buffalo Lockjaw, a novel that won a NAIBA Book of the Year Award. His work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Best American Nonrequired Reading, Southern Review, McSweeney’s, North American Review, Catapult, and The Sun. He splits his time between Brooklyn and Hamilton, New York, where he is an associate professor at Colgate University.

Second Annual Halloween in Hamilton

By Lauren Cassulis on September 7, 2017

Join us in Hamilton, NY as we celebrate our second annual village-wide Halloween Party on October 31st! Enjoy some spooktacular fun with costume competitions, crafts, trick-or-treating, and a movie! Safe fun for the whole family. Check out the full schedule of events below.

From 3pm – 4pm, head over to the Colgate Bookstore for a “Lego Batman” Halloween Party! There will be pizza, crafts, and goodie bags.

Then, join the Costume Parade down Lebanon Street from 4pm – 4:30pm. Local shops will hand out treats as the children parade through town. Lebanon Street will be closed for traffic from 3:30pm – 4:30pm for safety.

Starting at 4:30pm, the Hamilton Movie Theater will play the 2017 film, “The Lego Batman Movie” (rated PG) for FREE, thanks to the Colgate Bookstore, who sponsored the movie.