This Months Feature Story

When the older generation holds everyone together

Interviews by Aaron Gifford

Photos by Michael Davis

Grandparents today are coaching, teaching, helping with homework, providing daily child care, or even becoming the primary caregiver while continuing to work full time.  And they are also increasing in number. Family Times interviewed four local grandparents from different walks of life to illustrate various aspects 
of grandparenthood.



The Gifford Family Theatre, Central New York’s premier theater for young audiences, presents its new show, “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” starting Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 28, 2 p.m., and continuing with performances on June 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. The show is based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The stories turn classic fairy tales on their heads, with lots of silly songs. Among the stories are “Cinderumplestiltskin” and “The Princess and the Bowling Ball.” Shows take place at the Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for children. For more information, call (315) 445-4200 or visit


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