Around Troy 12.05.19

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CCE Rensselaer County 4-H Holiday Mitten Tree

The weather is getting colder, so stay warm by visiting the Holiday Mitten Tree, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County. Stop by the Cornell Cooperative Extension office between 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday to grab a warm hat, gloves or scarf. All items are free of charge, so take what you and your family need. Donations of winter clothing items will also be gladly accepted. The Cornell Cooperative Extension office is located on the second floor at 61 State St., Troy.

For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210.

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The 63rd Annual Holiday Greens Show – ‘Holidays Around the World’

The Van Rensselaer Garden Club & the Hart Cluett Museum present: The 63rd Holiday Greens Show – Holidays Around the World! in the Hart-Cluett House. Enter at 57 Second St., Troy, NY

The Greens Show – A holiday tradition showcasing 12 rooms of the elegant 1827 Hart-Cluett House with holiday displays utilizing fresh greens, flowers and more.

Self-guided Tours Daily, Thursday, December 5th thru Sunday, December 8th. Noon to 5 pm

Lantern Tours Friday 5:30 – 7pm by reservation only

Holiday Gift Shop | Decorated fresh wreaths & Creative Expression arrangements for sale

Tickets & Info: Rensselaer County

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

Ilium Literary Club Meeting

The Ilium Literary Club of Troy will begin the holiday season with our Christmas Tea on Friday, 12/6/19 @ 1:30 pm, at the Troy Masonic Community Center, 39 Brunswick Rd, Troy. Our guest speaker, Thomas A. Kernan, will present the Colorful Story of Christmas Celebrations Throughout History. Guests are welcome to attend.

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Harvest Connection App Rolled Out

On Wednesday, November 20th Engel’s Acres in Brunswick hosted the roll out of the Harvest Connection App. This farm store was bursting at the seams with interested officials, residents and fellow farmers. The App is a tool developed through a Farm to Market USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) grant that Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Rensselaer County received. With help from Spiral Design, CCE was able to see the app come to life. Preceding the app was the Harvest Connection website which was initiated years ago under the direction of the Rensselaer County office of Economic Development and Planning which included only specialty crop agriculture products. The Farm to Market USDA grant allowed CCE of Rensselaer County to expand the Harvest Connection website to include all agriculture products. The Harvest Connection website is designed to be a bridge for consumers to source local, fresh and nutritious farm products. The app which was rolled out this month is one more tool to help drive consumers to the website and ultimately to farms and local farmer’s markets with the goal of increasing farm gate sales. Harvest Connection includes farms from Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington Counties. Use of the app will allow consumers to quickly search with their mobile devices where local product, closest to them, can be found. Harvest Connection includes a consumer enrollment that provides electronic newsletters that contains recipes, growing trends, seasonal tips and help consumers understand better how food and fiber is grown or raised. Harvest Connection will continue to enroll farms and consumers. The app can be downloaded for free at the Apple Store and Google Play Store. For more information visit Harvest Connection at, or contact CCE of Rensselaer County at 518-272-4210. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO.

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LOC Fashion Show Success

Thanks to all who made the recent Troy Chapter of the Ladies of Charity fashion show a great success. Over 200 people attended. It was held at the Franklin Terrace in Troy with fashions from local shops. All proceeds raised went to the Roarke Center in Troy and other local charities.

– Barbara O’Brien

Troy 12180

11/14/2019 – 12/12/2019

Meditation Group at The Lansingburgh Library

The Troy Public Library will offer Meditation Classes on Wednesdays, November 13th – December 18th at 2PM.

Are you interested in learning how to relax your mind and body? Come to a safe place to let go of your cares and worries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, all are welcome. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the group!

Contact Ray Reuter at the Empowerment Exchange at 518-235-2173 for more information.

This program is free and open to the public. The Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy, New York.

11/14/2019 – 12/12/2019

Highlight Acting Troupe Presents The Christmas Carol

Highlight Acting Troupe presents The Christmas Carol, adapted and abridged by Harold G. Sliker. This is a play based on Charles Dickens’ heartwarming story of a supernatural life-changing experience. Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Come see Scrooge transformed into a kinder, gentler man. Performances take place at the Brunswick Grange, 7 Grange Road in Troy, NY. Performances are Friday, Dec. 6th & Saturday, Dec. 7th @ 7:30pm and Sunday, Dec. 8th @ 2pm. Tickets are $18 for adults & $15 for seniors and students. Please contact Ethel Levan for tickets at (518) 237-6936.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

New This Year: Dec.14th Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show

New This Year: Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show on Saturday December 14th 2 seatings – 11am and 2pm Snow Date Sunday December 15th same times

$5.00 per person Children under 12 Free Reservations required by Thursday December 12th. Call 518-328-0090 Specify which seating, name, phone, how many people including children.

Enjoy the beauty of the Earl Chapel and its excellent acoustics as you listen to seasonal songs by the Highlight Acting Troupe. Sing along with your favorites then sip some warm cider and nibble on Christmas cookies. A jolly man in a red suit may even stop in!

This year there will also be a display of cleverly themed Christmas trees. An Old Fashioned Christmas, Pets, By the Sea, Birds, and a Patriotic tree are just a few examples of the trees decorated by the Friends of Oakwood.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, we are asking that you bring an unwrapped item to help our local Veterans. Anything new and non-perishable, such as toiletries, towels, socks, underwear, gloves, hats etc will be greatly appreciated. The donations will be brought to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany.

The Friends of Oakwood is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer group working to support the preservation and maintenance of the non-sectarian chapel and grounds of Troy’s still-active historic 19th C. Oakwood Cemetery. New volunteers are always welcome.

11/14/2019 – 12/19/2019

Guided Meditation

The Troy Public Library will offer Guided Meditation Classes on Tuesdays, November 12th – December 17th from 5PM – 6PM.

Learn a surprisingly simple yet powerful practice that can help your reduce stress, get recharged, experience overall improved physical health and possibly get you “blissed-out” all while sitting comfortably in a chair. Led by Michael Fuselli, with over 30 years of meditation teaching and practice experience. Beginners always welcome. Registration is encouraged, but not necessary!

This program is free and open to the public. To register call 518-274-7071 or online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, New York.

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11/27/2019 – 01/09/2020

Invisible Cities Mixed Media Workshop

Join us at the Troy Public Library where artist and instructor Sarah Nenno Bowen will be hosting a two-part workshop in two-hour sessions at the Troy Public Library on

Mondays, January 6 & 13, at 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Each session will be led by an excerpt from the book “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino, and each session will have its own excerpt. Read and respond to this piece of literature with the use of materials such as paint, paper, graphite, markers, and more to create a mixed media masterpiece. Register in person, online, or by phone.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

This program is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register, call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy, NY.

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