Events 01.20.22

Capital Region Social Happenings December Event and Concert Series

CAPITAL DISTRICT – – Friday Night Events at 7 pm – Picnic at noon at 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Building) at “Hill” door entrance. Open to the public. Inside seating is limited. $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. Plenty of free parking. Handicap accessible.CDC & COVID compliant. Masks required on everyone. Be prepared to show your vaccination card as well as provide your phone number for contact tracing. Our inside seating is limited. Call 518-452-6883 for more information.

Friday Night – January 21 at 7:00 pm:  Special Event: Going on the Cheap!  Fashion and Food!!!  Wear an outfit that you assembled from a thrift store for no more than $10 and show us your creation.  In addition bring a dish to share that you prepared for no more than $2.  This will be a fun night for everyone attending.  Only $5 for all. If you decide not to participate in Fashion or Food then it’s $10 for the pleasure of watching the rest of us! Prizes. 

Friday Night – January 28 at 7 pm:  The Back Porch Players will perform music that we all enjoy.  Maybe even some sing-a-longs.  Performance starts at 7 pm.  

Sunday Night – January 30 at 7 pm:  We’re kicking off our first dance of the year with a great DJ. Put on your dancing shoes and be prepare to strut your stuff on the dance floor. Music requests taken.  Only $6. 

Circle Theatre Players Presents “Admissions” by Joshua Harmon at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Get your tickets today for this “Shockingly insightful and outrageously hilarious satire about class, race and the increasingly unbridgeable American cultural divide.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at a New England prep school, fighting to diversify the student body. Alongside her husband, the school’s headmaster, they’ve largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values with convulsive results. A no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of hypocrisy. January 21, 22, 23. Tickets are $20. Purchase online at

January 2022 Meeting for the Capital District Genealogical Society

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 1:00pm – Online Zoom Meeting. CDGS meetings are presently held on Zoom. Registration is free and will open to the public on 16 June 2021. See under meetings and events. There is a 100-person limit.

Topic: Family Search: The Other 70% by Jill Morelli. You put the given and surname into the fields provided by FamilySearch. You perhaps add a year and place of birth. You click the search button. Did you know-you are reaching less than 30% of the collection? It’s time to access that other 70%! You may not even know what you are missing. The key is to conduct locational searches. We will look at three traditional search strategies and three that will access those elusive image-only documents. It’s a little tougher but armed with the techniques you will learn, the search is easier and the reward is much greater!

Grafton Lakes State Park Needs Volunteers for Cabin Fever Event

GRAFTON – Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park are looking for volunteers to assist with the Cabin Fever event on Sat, January 22, 2022. Due to COVID-19, we have modified our annual winter fest and are excited to offer capital region families a day full of outings, demonstrations, and tabling. Events like these are not possible without the dedication of volunteers who love the park. The event is free of charge and will take place from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Love to hike? Be a sweep on hikes and walks led by local clubs and organizations such as the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, LL Bean, and the Rensselaer Land Trust. Prefer more of a front row seat? Assist with greeting visitors, registration, manning an activity, and more! To sign up to volunteer visit: ( The park will offer two free snowshoe rentals and meal tickets for your donated time.

Group sizes for outings will be limited. Masks will be required for all participants ages two and older when indoors. Cabin Fever activities will be spread out across the park. Locations for different activities will be shared upon registration. Volunteers will agree to not attend if they are experiencing any symptoms, have been in contact with someone who recently tested positive or is suspected to have COVID-19.

Grafton Lakes State Park is located off of Route 2, twelve miles east of Troy, New York. For more information about Grafton Lakes State Park events, check out our Facebook page at “Grafton Lakes State Park”, or visit our website at

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 71 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on twitter.

Grafton Lakes State Park to Host Cabin Fever

GRAFTON – Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park will host a Cabin Fever event on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Due to COVID-19, many of the indoor exhibits will be offering hikes and scavenger hunts outside throughout the day. The event will include a polar plunge, food vendors, and family-friendly recreational activities. The event is free of charge and runs from 11:30 AM-3:00 PM.

Cabin Fever will include activities such as its popular snow bowling hill, snowshoe races and a snowball toss, as well as guided snowshoe outings. Other outdoor offerings this year include free snowmobile rides, sensory walks, and an ice dive demonstration. Registration for the hikes will open in January.

The Polar Plunge kicks off the main events at 11:30AM (registration from 11-11:30am). As always, the Plunge includes a playful prize for the silliest costume offered by the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park, so start planning your January beach attire! To pre-register for the Plunge, please call Ray Dozois for more information at 518-663-5648, or call the park office at 518-279-1155.

For visitors who need to warm up there will be many large fires outside by the Welcome Center and the beach. Live animals will also be present at the festival in the welcome center. Visitors will not be disappointed with the refreshments available both inside the welcome center and outside by the main parking lot.

Note that this year’s Ice Fishing contest is being held on the weekend before, on Saturday, January 15th. Registration will take place the morning of the 15th. There is no pre-registration. Please call the park for more information:

Grafton Lakes State Park is located off of Route 2, twelve miles east of Troy, New York. Please use the park’s main entrance on Grafton Lakes State Park Way for this event. There is no entrance fee for this event. For more information, please call the park at 518-279-1155.

New York State Arms Collectors Association, Inc. Albany Gun Show

CAPITAL DISTRICT – January 22-23, 2022. Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, N.Y. 450 Tables. Open To The Public. Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm. Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm.Daily Admission $8.00 Per Person. Children under 12 free – Must be accompanied by Adult• Senior Citizens $6.00.

Dining with Diabetes Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County  

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Mondays, January 24, 31, February 7 and 28th at 6:30pm – Virtual Program via Zoom

Adults with type 2 diabetes (or those who are at risk of type 2 diabetes) and their family members, caregivers, and support persons are invited to participate in Dining with Diabetes.  This free virtual program will help you learn the skills needed to promote good health while living with diabetes.   Dining with Diabetes is an Extension program taught locally by Karen Roberts Mort, MS of Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County.  

Participants will learn how to read the new food labels, count carbohydrates and plan meals using the Plate Method.   There will also be time to discuss ways to stay motivated to eat healthy and stay active during the current health crisis.  This class offers opportunities to connect with others who are dealing with diabetes.  Healthy recipes, cooking techniques and even ideas for making healthier choices at restaurants and grocery stores will be shared with the group.  A Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist has been invited to attend one of the sessions. 

Please register here :

in order to get the Zoom link for the series.  For help with registering or any questions, contact Karen from CCE Albany at or leave a message at 518-765-3552. 

Johnny Rabb Returns to the Wynantskill American Legion

WYNANTSKILL – The Sons of the American Legion in Wynantskill, NY invite you to shake off the winter blues with Johnny Rabb and his Big Band featuring the Tichy Boys and Blue Hand Luke, on Saturday, January 29th at the post located at 111 Main Ave. Tickets are $15, and reserved seating is available with a minimum purchase of 4 tickets. A cash bar will be available, and attendees are welcome to bring their own food or snacks. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm, make sure to get your tickets soon as this show always sells out. All proceeds benefit Sons of the Legion veterans and youth charities, so please come out and have some fun while supporting a worthy cause. ***Proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the show will be required*** All health protocols in effect on the day of the event will be observed. For more information, call Bill McGuirk at 518-441-0013.

Extension Holds “Spring Garden Day” 

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will hold its 24th annual “Spring Garden Day” virtually, on Saturday, March 12.  Using Zoom, the cloud-based video communications format, we’ll have a webinar-type program from 9:45 AM to Noon.  Garden designer, consultant and writer Robert Clyde Anderson will discuss how to revolutionize your garden in his talk, “Perennial Planting The New Wave Way.”  For friends of trees and shrubs, Fred Breglia, Executive Director of the Landis Arboretum, will talk about “Promoting Plant Health Through Proper Pruning.”  A great selection of garden-related door prizes will be given away.  You’ll need to download the free Zoom app to participate.  For registration information, visit or contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at (518)272-4210 or

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