Events 04.20.23

Broadway Nights

Capital Community Voices, directed by Julie Panke, will present “Broadway Nights” on Saturday, May 6th at 7:30 pm at Genet Elementary School, Route 4, East Greenbush, NY.

The concert will include songs from the Broadway shows Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Les Misérables, and Phantom of the Opera. Songs by Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and Irving Berlin will also be presented.

The chorus will be accompanied by pianist Malcolm Kogut, bassist Randy Jennings, and percussionist James Iacketta. 

Ticket prices are $15 general admission and $12 for seniors and students.

Festival of Music

Do you like music? if the answer is yes, then you should plan to visit Gilead Lutheran Church on April 29th. They are having a Festival of Music at 6:30 PM. There will be various types of music not just religious. A dessert reception will follow the program. There is no admission, but a monetary or non-perishable food would be appreciated. These donations will do to our food pantries.

Hope to see you at the Church, 308 Brick Church Road, rte 278, in Center Brunswick.

For more information, please contact John at 518-279-9552 or

All Aboard! SLHS Gala at The Arlington House!

You have your ticket and boarded the trolley – the Troy and New England Railway – in Troy and are on your way to Sand Lake! It’s a beautiful summer-like day. Maybe you’re headed to the beach or to picnic at Crystal Lake or you plan a stay at one of the town’s many magnificent hotels. Hey, is that Hazel Drew in the fancy hat staring out the window in the seat ahead of you? You step off at Stop 22 in West Sand Lake at the Old Journey’s End Hotel … 

… and arrive at the 2023 Sand Lake Historical Society Gala!

This year’s event will be held at the Arlington House (3532 Route 43, West Sand Lake) on Sunday afternoon, May 21st, from 1:00 to 5:00. Our 2023 theme is Trolley’s Transportation, Hotels, and Recreation. In addition to food, drink, and conversation, this year’s fundraising gala will feature a special recognition program. This will be buffet-style event (with cash bar). There is limited seating. Additional information, tickets, and sponsorships are available at 

The current Arlington House building dates from the late 19th century and also has been known as the [Old] Journey’s End, the Elk Horn Hotel, and the Arlington Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there!

“History of the Rensselaer Glassworks” at Sand Lake Historical Society

Phil Bernnard of the National Bottle Museum will present “The History (and People) of the Rensselaer Glassworks”, for the Sand Lake Historical Society, on Tuesday, May 9th at 7PM at the Sand Lake Town Hall Courtroom, 8428 NY 66, Averill Park. This program was originally scheduled for March 14th but was postponed due to the snowstorm. 

The Rensselaer Glassworks was one of Sand Lake’s early industries (and gave us “Glass Lake”). Come hear the history of the works, the workers who made the glass, succession of owners, and the technology of glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Phil is asking attendees to bring any “Glass Lake glass” specimens they have and wishes that any descendants of glassworkers (and those who might be living in their former houses!) come and share. 

Phil Bernnard has a background in both anthropology and archeology. He has been with the National Bottle Museum for over a decade, as both a board member and researcher, and a collector of bottles and glass for fifty years. 

SLHS monthly programs are open to the public and are live-streamed on the SLHS website — (archived video also will be posted there). A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. New members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook. SLHS turns Fifty in 2024! The May 9th meeting will also serve as the Society’s Annual Meeting for 2022-23.

New Lebanon Hosts a Repair Cafe with Tech Section and Student Apprentices

Spring cleaning? Have an old clock you’ve been meaning to have repaired? Trouble with our computer or mobile device? The ColumbiaNE Repair Cafe can help. 25 skilled “fixers,” or repair coaches, will volunteer their time at the New Lebanon Firehouse on Sunday, April 30, from 12-4 to diagnose, consult and in many cases, fix your broken but cherished item. For free! The landfills are piling up and most of us no longer know how to fix things ourselves, or even where to turn to find someone who will. It was from this quandary that the idea of the repair cafe was born. Arriving in the Hudson Valley in 2013, there are now well over 30 and new ones pop up every month. 

The ColumbiaNE Repair Cafe committee is a loosely affiliated group of volunteers from the Climate Smart Community task forces of East Nassau, Chatham, Austerlitz, and New Lebanon, who recruit skilled and generous community members. New volunteers are always welcome! 

Skilled fixers and student apprentices are ready for you, whether you have a lawnmower, a lamp, a bike, a broken chair, a hole in your jeans sweater, or bedding, a clock or a small appliance that doesn’t work. Knife and tool sharpening, glueing, darning, and knitting, as well as advice on gardening and architecture will all be available. We will have an expanded computer and tech troubleshooting section, with an IT professional and student apprentices on hand. Past successes include a 1938 toaster, a horse blanket, a 19th century clock, and a 3D printer! 

Organizers, fixers and visitors alike thrive on the possibility of adding a little bit of sustainability to the community by keeping a few more objects out of the landfill. And we delight on being together Every volunteer and every visitor has a different story, and so does every object that comes in to be fixed. 

Sunday, April 30, 12-4 pm at the New Lebanon Fire House (Lebanon Valley Protective Association). 523 Route 20, New Lebanon, 12125.

Come Join the Best-Luther Fire Department!

Demonstrations, Events, Activities, and More!

When: April 23, 2023. Where: East Greenbush Town Park. Time: 10am-2pm.

All are welcome! Come meet your local firefighters and see the firetrucks! Fun for all ages!

Capital Area Flute Club 25th Anniversary Concert

The Capital Area Flute Club (CAFC) is celebrating their 25th anniversary season with a concert on May 21st at 3 PM at the Algonquin Middle School in Averill Park. This concert will include the World Premiere of Silver Jubilee by Ricky Lombardo. Following the concert, there will be a flute “petting zoo” where audience members can explore the various types of flutes and ask questions. There is no charge to attend thanks to the generosity of donors. For more information follow Capital Area Flute Club on FaceBook or email us at

Mendelssohn Club of Albany Announces Annual Spring Concert

The Mendelssohn Club of Albany will perform its traditional spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19th in the New York State Education Building’s historic Chancellor’s Hall.

“The club is thrilled to continue our long tradition of performing at Chancellor’s Hall, singing a program that blends old favorites with several fresh compositions and arrangements,” said Mendelssohn Club President Claiborne Walthall. “Folk music speaks to a wide range of experiences and cultures, and we’re excited to share this music with some great folks-our audience.”

“Folk Music – Songs of the People” will feature a wide range of traditional folk songs and other familiar pieces. To help celebrate the arrival of spring, The Kennedys will join the club as special guests. Pete and Maura Kennedy are wonderful writers, musicians, and performers. Recognized for their harmonies and instrumental prowess, the Kennedys blend elements of country music, bluegrass, Western swing and janglepop.

Tickets for the concert are available in advance for $22, or $20 per ticket for groups of ten or more. To purchase tickets in advance, please contact for more information. Walk-in tickets may also be available.

Highlight Acting Troupe Presents Moon Over Buffalo

Highlight Acting Troupe presents Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig. This hilarious farce introduces George and Charlotte Hay, performing “Cyrano” and “Private Lives” in repertoire with a down on their luck theater company in Buffalo, NY in the 1950’s. 

The comic mishaps and absurd antics of their cast and crew will keep you laughing as the Hay’s attempt to achieve their dream of Hollywood stardom. The show will open at the Brunswick Grange on Rt. 7 and Rt. 142 in Brunswick, NY on May 5th (8pm) 6th (8pm) and 7th (2pm). For Reservations please call 518-237-6936. Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo is presented by Arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Questar III Scholarship Benefit Cruise-In

Date: Friday, May 12, 5- 8 pm

Columbia Greene Educational Center, 131 Union Turnpike (Route 66), Hudson.

 Entry Donation: $10 per vehicle. Open to all specialty vehicles, any year.

Free spectator admission.

Take Out Chicken BBQ Available (Limited Quantity)

Pre-purchase tickets available. Call 518-653-1865.

Planning for Nature in Your Community

Thursday, April 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Bethlehem Public Library, Bethlehem, 451 Delaware Ave.


Which natural areas are most vital in my community? How do we plan for a future that sustains nature and quality of life for residents? What types of conservation policies have been successful in other communities? 

This workshop will address these questions and introduce approaches for conserving natural areas and water resources from the town-wide scale to the site level. Drawing on Hudson Valley examples, presentations will cover: 

• Natural resource inventories and conservation planning; 

• Using natural resource information in local project reviews; and 

• Municipal policies such as conservation overlay zones and critical environmental areas.  

The training is especially designed for members of planning and zoning boards, conservation advisory councils, elected officials, and others involved in open space and nature conservation at the local level. Those who are new to local government or conservation are encouraged to attend. Certificates for two hours of municipal training credit will be available. The workshop is free of charge.


Christine Vanderlan, Conservation and Land Use Specialist, Hudson River Estuary Program/Cornell 

Gretchen Stevens, Director of Biodiversity Resources Center, Hudsonia Ltd. 

For questions, contact Christine Vanderlan at or 845-256-3062.

Attention Veterans

The Castleton/Schodack Memorial Day Parade steps off at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 29th at the corner of Seaman and Boltwood Avenues in Castleton, NY.

The Peter Andrews Castleton Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7337 is again inviting all veterans with any kind of connection to Castleton/Schodack to help us honor those that gave their lives for our country, by marching with us. Guests marching with us should dress appropriately for the day (no politics). If you are unable to march, but still want to be in the parade with us, please contact me as soon as possible so I can reserve a seat in a car for you.

Ricardo E. “Rik” Cosgrave, Commander, Peter Andrews Castleton Memorial VFW Post 7337, 105 Scott Ave Castleton, NY 12033 Email: Facebook: My Cell Phone: 518-694-2070.

Toss It Out? No Way! Bring It To Repair Cafe

Does your child had a favorite stuffed toy with a ripped ear? Have a lamp that looks great but the switch won’t work? Got some yarn knotted up from the cat? Or a new smartphone with apps that are hard to figure out? Don’t toss it or give up – come out to the Wynantskill Repair Café!

A Repair Cafe is a fun, no-charge community event where people bring their cranky, futzy, wonky, or torn household items to the volunteer repair coaches who are glad to try to fix ‘em up. You can bring all kinds of household things to a Repair Cafe: bikes, chairs, toys, small kitchen appliances, lamps, stuffed animals, jackets, skateboards, and similar. This month we have sewing, mechanical, and electronic specialists available for you to visit with your favorite-but-broken things. We also have a specialist who can untangle any gnarly yarn or string, and a couple of smart techy-types ready to help figure out how to use apps or programs in your Android or Apple device. The motto behind Repair Café is “most items can be fixed…but even if they don’t, we have a good time trying!” 

Got something at home that needs fixing? Visit the Repair Café Saturday April 22, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at First Reformed Church of Wynantskill, 413 Main Avenue (across from the firehouse). Coffee, hot drinks, goodies, and restrooms available to all guests. Items need to be small enough to hand carry, and not powered by any combustible fuel. Email questions about items to bring are welcomed and encouraged – just send a note to

Center Brunswick Fire Company–Spring Fling Vendor and Craft Fair

Join us Saturday, April 22nd at the Center Brunswick Fire House, 1045 Hoosick Road, Center Brunswick (across from the Town Hall), from 9AM-2PM, for our Spring Fling Vendor & Craft Fair. 

This event will feature many local crafters and vendors for your Mother’s Day shopping needs. There will also be raffles, 50/50, free admission and parking.

Capital District Chevrolet Club Annual Car, Street Rod and Truck Show 2023

The Capital District Chevrolet Club announces its 40th Annual Car, Street Rod and Truck Show 2023 – June 25th, 2023 (Sunday) including all makes, model and years of vehicles. 

It will be held at Cook’s Park in the Village of Colonie from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with registration from 9:00 thru 12:30 PM. Reg is $20 per show vehicle and free to walk-ins as is their parking. Vendors $20 prior to 6/24 -day of show $25. Food available all day, DJ music, door prizes, 50/50 drawings, goody bags and dash plaques to first 150 vehicle owners. 

Two (2) Best of Show trophies and 35 plus trophies from participant judging will be awarded. Show is on the Grassed area. 

Information: Phil (518) 429-0203, Vendors: Karen (518) 281-8333. We are also looking for any kind of vendors except food type. Location: Lincoln Ave off of NY Rte. 5 (Central Ave.) 1/4 mile from Exit 2W on I87(Northway)

Crafters Wanted in Richfield Springs

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Applications are currently being accepted for two popular craft events in Richfield Springs–the 42nd Annual Friendship Craft Festival to be held on Saturday, June 10 in Spring Park and the 3rd Annual Fall Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, October 7 at the Cullen Pumpkin, 587 Cullen Road.  Both events are sponsored by the Church Of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs. 

For information and an application for both events go to or call Carla at 315-858-1451.

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