Loco for cocoa

"We're hoping somebody will sponsor that," Siegfried said. "We always put together a team that programs events to draw people to our exhibits."

On Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m., two biology professors, George Robinson and Ingrid Peter Robinson from the University at Albany will talk about the natural history and ethnobotany of cacao.

On Sunday, Nov. 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the museum will present "Sundaes on Sunday" with all the goodies to make your own ice cream treat. The fee for that event is $1 for members; $2 for non-members.

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, from 1 to 4 p.m., Sarah Salerno-Thomas from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will present "The Singing, Ringing Cacao Tree," an interactive children's theater presentation.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, Chef Armand Vanderstigchel will demonstrate uses of chocolate in cooking. Vanderstigchel is head chef at Stew Leonard's in New York City, author of several cookbooks, hosted a PBS-TV series, and appears regularly on television.

That day, chocolatier Kevin Tighe of Averill Park, will make chocolate truffles for tasting. Chocolate desserts and treats will also be available from Chocolate Springs in Lenox, Mass. And the Arlington House in West Sand Lake.

There will also be tours of the chocolate exhibit every Saturday at 1 and 2 p.m.

Admission to the exhibit Chocolate is $4 for adults and $2 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Museum members will receive complimentary tickets based on their level of membership. The exhibit will run until Jan. 7.

The New York State Museum is located on Madison Avenue in Albany, near the Empire State Plaza. It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although there's a fee for the Chocolate exhibit, admission to the rest of the museum is free. For information, call 474-5877 or visit the museum's Web site at www.nysm.nysed.gov.""

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