Free Arts & Crafts for Kids Sept. 1 in A'Bay

A free instrument-building arts and crafts demonstration for children is slated from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, on the front lawn of Bay House Artisans at 21A James Street in Alexandria Bay.

The demonstration is being put on by betterArts, a Redwood-based not-for-profit, and is made possible through space provided by Bay House Artisans and a donation by Watertown Evening Rotary.

Youngsters can show up anytime between 1 and 4 to learn how to make a variety of instruments, including kazoos and harmonicas. Children will also have the opportunity to decorate the musical pieces with paint, glitter, and other arts and crafts items.

The event is being put on in conjunction with Alexandria Bay's Blues in the Bay music festival. All attending will get their own instruments to play and take home.

BetterArts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the arts throughout the North Country through the provision of free and low-cost workshops, residencies, private instruction, studio and gallery space, performances, and events. For more information, visit or call (315) 482-2536.


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.