Hall to host Spring Break
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will host Spring Break Week from Monday through Saturday next week.
Visitors may compete in baseball-knowledge gameshows, celebrate the 125th anniversary of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s poem “Casey at the Bat” and watch opening day games at the Hall.
All events are included with admission. The Spring Break Week schedule includes the following programs:
Monday: Opening Day Celebration (MLB games and trivia in Bullpen Theater), 1-5 p.m.
Monday-Saturday: The Plaques of the Gallery (20-minute guided tour) 10:30 a.m.; Visit with a Vendor (ballpark vendors and foods) 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday-Friday: Casey at the Bat Poetry Station, 2:30 p.m.; So You Think You Know Baseball? (game show), 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday: Hands-On History Cart (equipment), 12:30 p.m.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the website www.baseballhall.org.
Coin competition starts April 11
The United States Mint will start a coin-design competition April 11 that will end with the Secretary of the Treasury’s selection of the image for the heads side of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act calls for a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver, and half-dollar clad coins, and requires a competition to select a common design on the heads side that symbolizes baseball. The $5 gold and $1 silver coins will be the first “curved” coins minted and issued by the U.S. Mint. The tails sides will be convex (bulge outward).
The competition is open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents ages 14-and-older. The winner will receive $5,000, and the winner’s initials will appear on the minted coins.
A Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge, for children ages 13-and-under, also will run. Winners will receive a silver coin and a certificate. The winning children’s designs also will also be showcased on the Department of the Treasury, U.S. Mint and Baseball Hall websites.
The design must include the inscriptions “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” and “2014.” Designs cannot feature names or depictions of real people or places, or anything associated with real organizations whose membership or ownership is not universal.
For more guidelines, rules and entry instructions, visit the websites www.baseballhall.org/coin-design, www.usmint.gov, www.usmint.gov/kids/batterup and www.challenge.gov.
Hall to host Mars project April 27
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will host the Imagine Mars Project, a workshop for students in grades 4-8, on April 27.
Imagine Mars is a national arts, sciences and technology education initiative sponsored by NASA and the National Endowment for the Arts that leads students to work together with scientists, engineers, artists and civic leaders to design and share a futuristic Mars community.
At the Hall workshop, students will work to create a baseball experience on Mars – factoring in the extreme Martian environment and the physical aspects of the red planet while imagining what life may be like on it.
Working with NASA educators, scientists and Hall staff, students will be asked to create uniforms, stadiums, marketing, concessions and new baseball rules. Within each category, students will work together to devise a way that baseball can be played on Mars.
Cost of the workshop is $10 per student, which includes materials, supplies and lunch and beverages provided by Price Chopper. The first 50 students to register will be accepted. A parent or guardian must be present to register and pick up the student April 27. Parents are welcome to attend the Imagine Mars Project Showcase from 3-5 p.m.
For more information or to register, call 607-547-0313.