Events 03.03.22

Award-Winning Author Sandra Cisneros Visits HVCC on April 8

TROY – Acclaimed writer Sandra Cisneros will visit Hudson Valley Community College on Friday, April 8, to discuss and share her work, including a new novel published in 2021. 

Open free to all, the program will be at 11 a.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Troy campus. Cisneros’s writing depicts the lives of immigrants trying to find their way in an often-unwelcoming world. 

Her coming-of-age classic, “The House on Mango Street” (1984), tells the story of Esperanza Cordero who is determined to build a future better than others expected her to have. The book is translated into more than 20 languages and is required reading from middle school through college across the U.S. Cisneros’s first novel in nearly 10 years, “Martita, I Remember You” (Vintage Books, dual-language edition, 2021), is an intimate story of memory and friendship. As a young woman, Corina leaves her Mexican family in Chicago with dreams of becoming a writer in Paris. Though brief, her time in the City of Light takes on a lasting glow due to her new friends, Martita and Paola. The women lose touch over the years, until a long-forgotten letter brings back Corina’s days in Paris with startling immediacy. 

The writer’s many awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Medal of the Arts, and the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by SUNY Purchase in 1993. She is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, and currently lives in Mexico. Time will be allotted for Q&A and a book signing. 

The event is presented by the Cultural Affairs Program in collaboration with the English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language Department. Per the author’s request, audience members must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear a mask. 

Contact Debby Gardner at or (518) 629-8071 for more information.

The Lion King JR. Performance by the Goff Drama Club

Disney’s The Lion King JR. is playing at Columbia High School on Friday, March 18th at 7pm & Saturday, March 19th at 2pm & 7pm. 

The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor and the 1994 Disney film. The Goff Drama Club cast & crew of 70 students is led by Lorraine LaVoie, Rebecca Stevens, Hannah Decker and Jean Hirt.

The Lion King JR. tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters including spunky lioness Nala, charismatic meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar. The Lion King JR. features classic songs from the 1994 film such as “Hakuna Matata” and the Academy Award®-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” as well as additional songs penned for the Broadway production.

Performances of Disney’s The Lion King JR. are open to the public. 

Admission is Adults $10 – Students/Seniors $8.

Rensselaer HS Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

RHS Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductions Dinner will be held April 9, 2022 from 5-9pm at Birch Hill 1 Celebration Way Castleton NY. Reservations required via school website Select Rensselaer Jr-Sr High School from the menu, then Alumni Association. $47pp adult, $15 children under 12yrs. includes hors d’oeuvres and full course meal. Menu choices, listed on the website with payment, via check made out to “Rensselaer Alumni Association”, must be sent to 25 Van Rensselaer Dr., Rensselaer, NY 12144 no later than March 31, 2022.

Inductees for this year are: Rikki Terry Allert ‘95; Jon Badi, Sr ‘62; Jay Corcoran ‘66; Carol Davis ‘72; Philip Foust ‘76; Frances Harrison, Faculty, Posthumous; Edward “Eddie Angel” Heeran ‘71; Bryan Leahey ‘74; Jacklyn Nixon, Staff; Capt. Grant Staats, Rrtd. ‘78.

Knapp to Present “The Kittle Family Murders” at SLHS March 8th

On Tuesday, March 8th, the Sand Lake Historical Society will feature author Jill Whitbeck Knapp and The Kittle Family Murders. 

The region was shocked in December 1870 when blind 20 year-old Asa Kittle shot both his parents to death. Described by some as a “half idiot,” his ability to understand the charges against him was questioned. But Asa was the not the first, nor would he be the last, family member to be involved in a murderous situation in West Stephentown. Learn about the lawlessness that entangled other members of the family, its impact on the local community, and what became of Asa. 

Jill Witbeck Knapp grew up in Latham, graduated from Shaker High School, received a BS in agriculture and MS in agronomy from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in agronomy from Purdue. She’s held several executive director positions with small nonprofits from Iowa to New York, and as adjunct faculty at Berkshire Community College and Ramapo College in New Jersey. Upon returning to the Albany area in 2005, Jill became interested in her family history, resulting in her non-fiction book, “The Time for Redemption,” the story of her great great grandfather William Witbeck who was charged with the murder of a Rensselaer County, Deputy Sheriff Griggs in 1869. During her research, Jill discovered other fascinating topics of the period including the Kittle Murders and her current research interest, the Capital Police District. 

SLHS monthly programs are open to the public and are held monthly at the Sand Lake Town Hall Courtroom, 8428 NY 66, Averill Park, beginning at 7 pm. COVID protocols are as determined by the Town for the use of their facility (masks are currently required). SLHS programs are also simulcast on Spectrum Channel 1303 and archived video can be accessed at the SLHS website ( 

New members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook or visit Any questions, call 518-527-9926, Jackie Tremont, President.

Hoosick Falls St. Patrick’s Parade

The Hoosick Falls St. Patrick’s Parade is less than a month away. Saturday March 12. 2022 at 1:00 PM. Floats, Bands, Marchers, Cars, Trucks, Tractors and Horses are welcome. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best floats. This year’s theme is Irish fairies, Legends and Myths.Get your friends, family, businesses or service organizations to enter and join the fun!.

To enter contact Kevin O’Malley at 518-894-5035 or email

For More information on the parade check out our Facebook page: Hoosick Falls St. Patrick’s Parade and Irish Festival.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts 2022 Juried Art Show Call for Submissions

Artists of all media are invited to submit up to two works for a juried show at Sand Lake Center for the Arts July 1 through July 31, 2022. Twenty pieces will be selected. Awards will be presented for first ($300), second ($200), third ($100), and people’s choice ($100). There is no submission fee for this show. 

Art should reflect the concepts presented in the song “When I’m Gone” by Phil Ochs. Song lyrics are included on our website, Submissions should be sent to in jpeg form by June 1, 2022. Selections will be announced by June 20, 22. Selected pieces must be delivered to SLCA by June 30,2022. 

For more information, visit or call 518-674-2007. Sand Lake Center for Arts is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY.

HVCC Offers Noontime Concert Series, In Person or Live Stream

TROY – A series of Thursday noontime concerts begins Feb. 17 at Hudson Valley Community College. The performances are live in the Bulmer Auditorium on the Troy campus and live streamed at Each hour-long event is free and open to all. (Masks are required indoors on campus.)

The concerts — all at noon in the Bulmer Auditorium — are:

March 10 — Reese Fulmer & the Carriage House Band — Up-and-coming, Saratoga Springs-based, singer/songwriter Reese Fulmer and band mates on guitar, upright bass and drums are eager to share the music on “It’s All A Dream,” a debut EP released in 2021.

March 24 — Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys — Singer/guitarist Jim Gaudet is joined by stellar musicians on fiddle, mandolin, piano and upright bass to deliver a blend of bluegrass and rockabilly reminiscent of Hank Williams, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe.

April 21 — Double B & the New Orleans Drive-by Band — Area mainstay trumpeter Bob Button and six band mates — playing sax, guitar, harmonica, accordion, Hammond organ, bass, trombone, tuba, drums and spoons – stir up a gumbo of dance music and soulful ballads that is a hearty mix of jazz, New Orleans funk, R&B and Gospel-infused soul. The concert series is presented by HVCC’s Cultural Affairs Program. Visit for live stream access. Call (518) 629-8071 for more information.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents a Wine and Sweets Tasting

Join us for this fundraiser featuring wines from Sabba Vineyard and sweets from Parchment Bakery. Thursday, March 10 from 6 to 8pm. We will also have raffles plus wines and sweets for sale. Tickets are $20 and are available at Ages 21 and older. *Proof of vaccination will be required. Masks must be worn when not eating or drinking.



Castleton Boat Club

Spring 2022 History Lecture Series

92 South Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033

Join local historians and USCG Licensed Captains at the Castleton Boat Club for an informative and enjoyable series on Castleton and Hudson River history. Admission fee of $5 per person. Light refreshments provided prior to the lecture. NYS COVID guidelines will be respected.

Friday, March 25, 6:30-8:00 PM – Ice Harvesting Industry on the Hudson and in the Northeast: Tom Ragosta is the City of Watervliet Historian, and curator of the Watervliet Historical Society Museum. He has studied the Ice Harvesting industry of the Northeast. This presentation focuses on the methods and techniques used on the Upper Hudson. 

Friday, April 22, 6:30-8:00 PM – The Industrial age of the Upper Hudson: Join Rensselaer County Historian, Kathy Sheehan, for an in-depth look at the industries and businesses on the shores of the Upper Hudson. These are the industries that built the Capital District.

Friday, May 27, 6:30-8:00 PM – Steamboats of the Hudson River: Captain Stanley Wilcox is the author of the full-color book “HUDSON: FROM TROY TO THE BATTERY”. He is a USCG licensed captain and has worked the river for many years. In this presentation he looks at the boats that brought Albany and Manhattan together during the age of Steam Power.

For more information, or to preregister, call 518-708-7995 or email

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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