Events 03.07.19

Nassau Village to Mark 200 Years

Two community events are scheduled to mark the start of the bicentennial year for the Village of Nassau. On Friday, March 15th, an illustrated talk “Nassau at 200” will be presented by Nassau Village Historian Kurt Vincent at the Grace United Methodist Church, 42 Church Street (US Route 20). The 7 pm program will trace the founding, incorporation and growth of Nassau Village from the 1740’s to today. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be served. This program is being presented by the Esquatak Historical Society.

On the following day, Saturday, March 16th, a bicentennial display of photographs, artifacts and curiosities from Nassau’s past will be available for viewing from 11 am – 3 pm at Nassau Village Hall, 40 Malden Street, Nassau. Information on additional Bicentennial Events is available at


SLHS program: Traveling through Rensselaer County in the 19th Century

Tuesday, March 12, Sand Lake Historical Society program: Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan will present “From Plank Roads to Horse Boat Ferries: Traveling through Rensselaer County in the 19th Century.” Join for an illustrated lecture on the many ways people traveled throughout Rensselaer County in the early 19th century. Using maps, letters and photographs from the Rensselaer County Historical Society archives, Kathy will explore the early turnpikes, plank roads, covered bridges and the stories of crossing the Hudson River, our main highway to the outside world.

Starts at 7:30pm at the Sand Lake Town Hall. Like us on Facebook.


Grandma Moses, Her Life and Art

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, the Greenbush Historical Society will host a talk on Anna Mary Robertson, more famously known as Grandma Moses, on March 17, 2 PM, at the East Greenbush Community Library. Grandma Moses spent her childhood and early adulthood in and around Eagle Bridge, NY. She moved to Virginia when she was 27, right after she got married. Returning to Eagle Bridge in 1905, Moses began painting her early artistic creations. Deana Mallory, Director of Public Programs for the Bennington Museum, will give an illustrated talk on the life and art of Grandma Moses. Deana is a resident of Petersburgh, NY, and has a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, and a Master’s degree in education. The program is free and open to the public. Please register with the library at 518-477-7476 as seating is limited.


 “People of the Plateau” Lecture Series “Who Killed Hazel Drew”

Thursday, March 14, Sand Lake Town Hall, 7 PM. Rensselaer Plateau Alliance “People of the Plateau” Lecture Series presents “Who Killed Hazel Drew,” with Bob Moore. Today the mystery of the brutal killing of Hazel Drew in 1908 remains unsolved. And while the case attracted daily coast to coast press coverage at the time, the story would be long forgotten except for one thing: the murder happened in the vicinity of Taborton where “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost spent his summer vacations as a youth. The recent return of the 1990’s ABC television show has reignited interest in the case. Moore will discuss how the case started as a small file folder of 1918 Troy Record reprints he found in the historian’s office and grew into two books and a film due out in early 2019.

$5 suggested donation.


“What You Eat Affects the Environment” Forum

Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment will be sponsoring a free public forum entitled “What You Eat Affects the Environment”. This event, co-sponsored by the  Green Sanctuary Committee will take place on March 13, 2019 in Channing Hall at the First Unitarian Universalist Church located at 405 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The forum* will feature an educational, edited version of the documentary, “Cowspiracy, The Sustainability Secret” and two short presentations by Mr. Demosthenes Maratos, Communications Director at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and Dr. Mary Ellen Mallia, Director of Environmental Sustainability at SUNY Albany. Eric C. Sharer, Registered Dietician and Certified Dietician-Nutritionist will be part of the panel to answer questions pertaining to nutrition and a plant-based diet.
Demosthenes Maratos has worked in the field of environmental and public policy since 1989.

Along with community education, Mr. Maratos’ work includes integrating concepts of sustainability, environmental ethics, and veganism into the curriculum, operations and culture at Molloy College and the larger Long Island community. Mr. Maratos is featured in “Cowspiracy”.
Dr. Mallia is the Director of Environmental Sustainability at SUNY Albany and supports the university’s sustainability efforts, including its “UAlbany Green Scene” initiative, environmental education, and policies.

Mr. Sharer is dedicated to promoting and embracing the health benefits of a plant- based diet for disease prevention, treatment, and the optimal health of his clients.
~Robert Connors

Community Advocates for Sustainable Environment


Rensselaer HS Alumni Hall of Fame

Rensselaer Alumni Association holds its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 27, 2019 ~ 5-9pm ~ Birch Hill, 1 Celebration Way, Castleton, NY 12033.  Inductees this year:  Tony Butler, Jr ’67; Tracy Farley ’83, RCSD staff; Arthur Felt ‘67; Susan Garrigan Piela ‘75; G. Arthur & Marie Lee Hall 1901, Posthumous; James Kapp ’69 Lasalle Institute & RCSD Faculty & Coach; Robert Lewis ’67, Posthumous; Lt. Col. Ret. Thomas Mulyca ‘69; Karen Urbanski Faculty & Administration; and Robert J. Whitford ’82, Posthumous.

Cocktail hour ~ hors d’oeuvres & cash bar; followed by dinner & induction ceremony.

Send names, # of attendees, meal choice and check made out to “Rensselaer Alumni Association” for $45/pp for adults or $15/pp for children under 12 to 25 Van Rensselaer Dr., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Meal choices:

Chicken with prosciutto, spinach, peppers, cheese, and a garlic cream sauce or Flank steak over portabella mushrooms or Cavatelli pasta with tomatoes, spinach, garlic and olive oil

Child’s meal: Chicken fingers & fries, Salad, potato, vegetable, beverage and dessert


Contact Lynne Beiermeister at 518-765-2624 if needed.


Eastfield Village topic of next Pittstown Hist. Soc. Meeting

Eastfield Village, the collection of antique buildings in East Nassau, will be the topic of a talk by historian Peter Schaaphok on March 21st at 7:30 PM at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock. Eastfield Village is one of Rensselaer County’s hidden gems – an extraordinary group of historic buildings that recreates an early American Village. Schaaphok will tell the story of how Don Carpentier, the Village’s founder, collected and rebuilt over 20 late 18th to early 19th century buildings, moving them from locations throughout the Northeast. Schaaphok has served for many years as Petersburgh town historian as well as town councilman and supervisor. He is currently the president of Friends of the Historic Eastfield Foundation and owner of a manufacturing business in Hoosick.

The meeting, which is sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

For further information, email: or call Connie Kheel at 518-686-7514



Craft and Vendor Fair

Shop for Spring!! Sixty vendors and crafters will be at the Rensselaer High School, 25 Van Rensselaer Drive, on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Admission is free! The fair is from 9am to 2pm. Please come out and shop! All the proceeds go to the senior class to defray the cost of the prom. Everything from jewelry, candles, specialty vendors, honey and original crafts. Hope to see you on Saturday!!


Mark your calendars!  Vanguard Designer Showhouse Is Back!

This fundraiser to benefit the Albany Symphony Orchestra will be open from April 30, 2019-May 19, 2019.  The house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 6030 Nott Road off Route 155 in Guilderland.  It has been home to the Nott and Veeder families and has hosted many historic figures. Local designers will decorate each of the rooms with period motifs.  Pricing: $18.00 per person/$16.00 with coupon/$14.00 if part of a group of six or more.  For group reservations, call Diane at 518-371-0535.  For further information, go to



March Shopping

The Hoosick Falls / Everett Wager Senior Center – A shopping trip to Saratoga for residents 60 and over is planned for Monday, March 11, 2019. The van will pick residents up at the Petersburgh Church parking lot on Route 22 at 9:00 and will leave the Hoosick Falls Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be at Applebee’s. The van will make stops as suggested by the residents on the trip. Sign up at the Hoosick Falls Senior Center or call (518) 686-7561.


Adirondack Bluegrass League

The Adirondack Bluegrass League will hold their Meeting/Jam/Pot Luck on Sun., March 17th, 1:00 pm, at the Lake Luzerne Town Complex, 539 Lake Ave., Lake Luzerne, NY.

Bring something to share for pot luck. Bring your instruments for jammin’ after the meeting. Bring your friends; everyone welcome. See ya’ll there! Share and spread the word…thank you.,, 518-221-6231.

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