Events 05.02.19

May Upcoming Events at the Rensselaer Senior Center

9th – SHARE Luncheon Franklin Terrace
14th – Special Dinner “Happy Mother’s Day” W/ Winchester and Young (Crab Salad Cold Plate)
23rd – Celebrating Our Peace Officers (Meatloaf Dinner) W/ Paul Slingerland
26th – Memorial Day Parade W/ After Party Back At The Center “Must Attend Parade Representing the Center To Participate in the Party”

Always looking to receive Donations of good and gently used clothing and shoes for our corner boutique all proceeds benefit senior programs.



Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed

Looking for dedicated seniors to help with our community service program every Thursday after lunch. Making afghans and lap robes for people in nursing homes, stuffed animals for the pediatric departments in hospitals and emergency rooms, heart pillows for heart and lung surgery patients.

This is a very rewarding program and we are needing a few more angels to keep this program in place; or if you are homebound and willing to crochet or knit from home to help us out, then please call us if interested. We are open Monday thru Friday, 9am-3pm; we are located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick streets. Call for further info., 518-463-2166.
We are taking empty clear pill bottles; must be see thru.


Rummage and Food Sale

Rummage and Food Sale on Friday, May 3rd, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm; and on Saturday, May 4th, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall, Route 7, Pittstown, NY. Bag Sale on Saturday only. $2.00 Per bag. Buy 2 bags and get 1 free. For more information, call 518-663-8253.


Labor union pioneer Kate Mullany is topic for Stephentown Historical Society

P. Thomas Carroll will present an illustrated talk, “Kate Mullany: The Legacy of a Woman Trade Union Pioneer,” on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. to the Stephentown Historical Society.  Please note that the program schedule has returned to Monday evenings.  The event will be at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, New York.  The program is free.  For directions, (518) 733-0010.

Kate Mullany was an Irish immigrant who, with two co-workers, organized approximately 300 women into the first sustained female union in the country, the Collar Laundry Union, in 1864 in Troy, New York.  Only 23 years old at the time, Mullany led a successful 6-day strike in 1864 to increase wages and improve working conditions.

Mullany went on to be Collar Laundry Union president and was elected second vice-president of the National Labor Union.  She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and her home in Troy was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998.

P. Thomas Carroll is Senior Scholar for the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and Board Member of the American Labor Studies Center at the Kate Mullany National Historic Site, both in Troy, NY.


May Birthday Celebration/Mothers Appreciation

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, NY – Join the seniors at the Everett Wagar Senior Center on Friday, May 10th, at 12:30 as we celebrate May birthdays with cake. We will also have our monthly Trivia game and a special Mothers Appreciation event. Please plan to join us at noon for lunch (Creamy Mac N Cheese) for a suggested donation of $3.00. Contact the center at 518-279-3413 to reserve lunch.


Craft Time – Picture Frame

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, will have Craft Time with Caroline Church on Wednesday, May 8th, at 11:00. This month’s craft will be a colorful picture frame. Please sign up ahead to make sure we have enough supplies. Lunch will be served at noon (Haddock) and games will follow. Call to sign up at 518-279-3413.


Everett Wagar Senior Center calendar

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY
Cindy Mattison, Director

May 6- 10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Cube Steak)
1:00 Cards and Games

May 7- Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Ham Steak)
1:00 Card and Games

May 8- Hair Cut by Appt
10:00 Chair Yoga
11:00 Craft Time (Sign up)
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Haddock)
1:00 Cards and Games

May 9- Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming (NO VAN)
9:30 Quilters
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Patty)
1:00 Cards and Games

May 10- 10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Mac N Cheese)
12:30 May Birthday Celebration with Trivia

Mothers Appreciation Day 1:30 Cards / Games



Poestenkill Memorial Day Parade

Our annual Memorial Day parade will be held on May 27th at 11:00.  We are encouraging our citizens to join us in making our parade a momentous occasion by creating a float for the parade.  Our theme is all about what Memorial Day is…a time of remembering our fallen soldiers and giving honor to those who continue to preserve our freedom.  We have many organizations in our town and would welcome you marching in the parade if you are unable to create a float.

We rally for the parade in the field across from the VFW building at 10:00, parade to start at 11:00.

If you have any questions, please call Tammy at 518-389-8277 or Gail at 518-283-4890.



Illustrated Talk on W.C. Cowee: The man and his company

Thursday, May 9, 7 PM – Sand Lake Town Hall. W.C. Cowee: The man and his company.

Sharon Klein will give an illustrated talk. Cowee invented the floral pick, used to fasten flowers to arrangements and keep them in place at the request of his brother Arthur, AKA “The Gladiola King.” The Cowee Company made a variety of other wooden products, including Tinkertoys and parts of Fisher-Price toys. W.C. Cowee Company was a major employer in Berlin. The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance facilitated the Conservation Fund’s recent purchase of Cowee Forests, more than 9000 acres of which are on the Rensselaer Plateau. For nearly a century, these forests provided lumber for the Cowee products.
$5 suggested donation goes to support the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s conservation work.


Pittstown Historical Society Anti-Rent War Lecture

The Anti-Rent War (1839 – 1869) will be the subject of a lecture by historian Michael Barrett on May 16th at 7:30 PM at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock (97 Tomhannock Road).

Barrett will talk about the turbulent pre-Civil War period in which armed resistance, terror, imprisonment and strife swept across 16 counties of upstate NY. The Anti-Rent movement protested the leasehold property that the landed aristocracy refused to relinquish. Barrett, who is presently serving as the Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and the Burden Iron Works Museum in Troy, has lectured extensively and is a member of numerous local historical societies.

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 518-686-7514.


Our Lady of Victory Columbiettes hosting Indoor Garage Sale/Flea Market

The Our Lady of Victory Columbiettes of Troy will be hosting an Indoor Garage Sale/Flea Market on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Spaces are $15.00 per space and include 1 table & 2 chairs.  Those who are interested may contact us for a registration form.  Louise at (518) 708-4342 or you may e-mail us at We are located at 55 North Lake Ave., Troy. We are handicapped accessible.

A portion of the proceeds will be used to provide activities for the children at Sunnyside Center in Troy.


Garage Sale

The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes and Knights of Columbus will host their Annual Garage Sale on Friday, May 24th; and Saturday, May 25th, from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Items to be offered for sale include household items; small appliances, furniture, home décor, books, collectibles and clothing and linens!

328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110
Donations greatly accepted, please no TV’s or computers!
For further information, call 518-783-0572.


Garden Club of East Schodack 59th annual plant sale

The Garden Club of East Schodack will hold its 59th annual plant sale a week earlier than usual on Saturday, May 11th, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church located at 751 County Route 7, East Schodack. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION from previous years. This is the oldest continuing Garden Sale in this area and offers a wide variety of perennials, annuals, wildflowers, bushes, herbs, ground cover, vegetables and houseplants for local gardeners. Plant material is from our members’ gardens so it will be sure to thrive in your garden. Come early for the best selection!

This year the sale will also include a BAKE SALE, so bring your appetite as well as your love of gardening. See you on May 11!


Thrift Shop

The volunteers at the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop work hard to provide a clean, well-organized shopping experience. The shop has a very large selection of clothing for all sizes and ages, gently used baby equipment, toys, games, jewelry, household goods, prom dresses and accessories.  There is sure to be something for everyone from the amazing assortment of one-of-a-kind items.

The thrift shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at very reasonable prices. The shop will be open on Thursday, May 2nd, from 3 to 6pm; and Saturday, May 4th, from 9 to 2 pm. Located at 1249 Third Street, Rensselaer, the building is on CDTA busline #214.  Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be pleasantly surprised.


Perennial Plants Needed

The Sand Lake Garden Club is holding its annual plant sale on Saturday, MAY 11, and we could use some perennials from your garden if you have some to share.  Members from the club will actually come and help dig and separate plants to be potted prior to the sale.  Please note that some plants may be rejected due either to inclusion on the State’s invasive list or to their commonality.  Proceeds from this sale are used to fund the Club’s student scholarship.  Please call Helen at 518-674-3571 to arrange for a perennial dig.


“Introduction to Straw Bale Gardening”

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will present the program “Introduction to Straw Bale Gardening” on Wednesday, May 15th, from 7 to 8 PM.  Planting vegetables and flowers directly into straw bales may sound odd, but it provides many advantages and amazing results!  Straw bale gardens have no weeds, provide easier harvests and can be grown even where there is no soil.  Master Gardener and Straw Bale Aficionado Becky Raymond will show us this novel technique using straw bales that have been readied for planting.  Bring your garden soil for a free pH test, too.

This program is FREE to the public and will be held outdoors at the Demonstration Garden at the Robert C. Parker School, 4254 Route 43, North Greenbush. Rain or inclement weather at the start of the program may cancel it.  Limited seating provided; bring your own lawn chair.  For more information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-272-4210 or


SLGC Annual Plant Sale- Sat., May 11th

The Sand Lake Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 11th, at the Salem United Methodist Church, Shaver Rd., West Sand Lake, from 8am ‘til sold out (approximately 10:30am). Vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and shrubs will be sold. There will be a raffle with a chance to win a gift certificate to a local nursery. Bring a wagon/box for your purchases.  Proceeds from the plant sale are used to provide scholarships to high school students from the community.


Garage Sale May 17 & 18

All proceeds will be split between the community Bread of Life Food Pantry and the Poestenkill Heritage Center.  Come rent a space and sell your own things for $10.00 a space per day at the Poestenkill Lutheran Church parking lot.  DONATIONS gladly accepted.  (Please, NO clothing, large appliances or electronics!)  Drop off your goods anytime on Wednesday, May 15, or Thursday, May 16, by the garage doors located to the rear of the church.  The actual sale will be held on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on both days.  For more information, or to rent a space, contact Jill at 518-283-2510 or Helen at 518-674-3451.


Garage Sale at Brunswick Grange

Brunswick – Multi-Family Sale on May 24, 25 & 26th – Grange Hall, Rt.  7 & 142, Center Brunswick, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Assorted merchandise, antiques, plants, glassware, $1.00 table, furniture. Space available – for info., call 518-279-9113.


Greenbush Garden Club Plant Sale

Rain or shine! Saturday, May 18th, 9:00 am to 11:00 am (unless sold out before) at the Rensselaer Elks Club Pavilion, 683 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. The proceeds help fund community projects and grants. Come check out our low prices on perennials, shrubs, and house plants!!!


West Sand Lake Auxiliary Craft Fair – Vendors Needed

Vendors Needed ~ The West Sand Lake Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a Craft Fair/Tag Sale on Saturday, May 18th, in the WSL fire hall from 9am-3pm.  If you are interested in selling any homemade, handmade, or gently used items, we are happy to provide a table for $25.00. You keep your profits, and the money from tables will go to benefit the West Sand Lake firefighters.

If you would like to be a vendor, please contact Carrie Deutsch at 518-674-5309.


Book Nook Anniversary Sale

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is celebrating its 11th Anniversary with our annual $5/Bag Blow-Out Sale.  Beginning on Saturday, May 4, and continuing each Saturday morning in May, the Book Nook will be open from 9:00 am until noon.  As many of you already know, this is a great opportunity to stock up on books from your favorite authors or to find a new author.  At $5 a bag, you can’t go wrong!  No bag is too big or too small. Not only will you find novels by favorite authors, you will also find children and young adult books, historical novels, biographies and autobiographies, self-help, romance, cookbooks, large print books, books on tape and various antique books.  We also have a great selection of CD’s and DVD’s.  Our regular Book Nook is open too, with hard cover books priced at $2, $3 and $4 and paperbacks priced at $1, $2 and $3.  Please stop by any Saturday morning during May and see what everyone is talking about!  Thanks for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook!


Dump your old drugs-safely

Bring in your old drugs to the Stephentown Town Hall on Saturday, May 4, from 10 am to 12 Noon, for easy and safe disposal. This drug take-back day gives people an opportunity to discard prescription and over-the-counter medicines that are out of date, or no longer being used. All adults are welcome to drop off pills, tablets, capsules and liquid drugs, but needles and other sharps are not permitted.

Medicines that are thrown away into drains, toilets or into the ground contaminate the water supply and eventually can make our drinking water unsafe. In addition, the presence of unneeded drugs in the home is always a possible source of harmful health effects to friends and family.

The Stephentown Town Hall is located on Grange Hall Road, 1 block from Route 43 in Stephentown. The event is sponsored by the Parish Health Ministry of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph Parish in partnership with the Sheriff’s Department of Rensselaer County.

For additional information, please call Mary at 518-733-0469.


Everett Wagar Senior Center Membership meeting and Special Speaker

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold the Eastern Membership meeting at 11:00 am on Friday, May 3rd. All residents 60 and over are encouraged to attend. Upcoming activities and events will be discussed. Please join us at noon for a nutritious meal followed by a presentation by a guest speaker discussing Alzheimer’s Disease. Call 518-279-3413 to sign up.


Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament Fundraiser

West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Department Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament will be held on May 4, 2019, 1:00 pm (doors open at 12 noon).

Cost will be $25 FD Entry Donation. $50. Buy-in goes to prize pool (35,000 in chips). $20. Additional add-on available. 50/50 raffle available.

Tournament will be held at the West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Dept. Hall, 3695 NY Rt. 43. For more information, call Dennis at 518-283-2252 or Fire Hall day of event at 518-674-3677. Free refreshments and lunch will be served (Ham dinner). All walk-ins welcome. Bring your family and friends, and hope to see you at the Final Winner’s Table!!!

Future Poker Tournament Date: June 1, 2019.


Murder & Mayhem in Rensselaer County

Brunswick Historical Society Presents Murder & Mayhem in Rensselaer County on May 20, 2019 – 7 p.m.

From the gallows to the electric chair, Rensselaer County & Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan will present a lecture on the seedier side of life in the county. From the story of brothel owner Mame Fay to the stories of the Veiled Murderess Henrietta Robinson, the poisoning of Marianne Green in Berlin and the still unsolved mystery of who killed Hazel Drew in Sand Lake. These and other juicy stories of crimes in Rensselaer County will be revealed! Brunswick Historical Society, 605 Brunswick Road, Brunswick. Refreshments will be served. Any questions please call 518-279-4024.


Brunswick Historical Society Antique Appraisal Day

The Brunswick Historical Society will be holding an Antique Appraisal Day on June 8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our headquarters, 605 Brunswick Road, Brunswick. Andy Geller and Dave Ornstein from New Scotland Antiques will be appraising items. Cost: $5.00 per item. Any questions, please call 518-279-4024.


Invitation to Franklin Graham DECISION AMERICA

Franklin Graham DECISION AMERICA will be at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Eastern States Expo, Springfield, MA.   Bring your family and friends to an exciting evening featuring prayer, live music, fireworks, and a message of hope from Franklin Graham.  Admission is FREE.  A bus sponsored by the West Stephentown Baptist Church is being provided for $20.00 per person. Please contact Dave Cobden at 518-674-2641 or email:

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St. Nicholas Church Craft & Flea Market

The St. Nicholas Church will hold a Craft and Flea Market on Sat., May 11th, held at 1077 New Loudon Rd., Latham, NY. (Rt. 9 and Boght Corners) Next to Guptills Arena.

Crafters and Vendors wanted. Spaces are still available for one of the largest Flea Market in the Capital Region. Spaces are 20’x20’ for $60 until May 5th. From May 6th thru May 11th, prices increase to $75 for spaces.

For more information, please contact the church at 518-235-7355 or you can visit the church website at to obtain the forms and register online and PayPal is also available to reserve your space.


Zion’s UCC- Taborton Annual Rummage Sale

Zion’s United Church of Christ, Taborton, 741 Taborton Rd, Sand Lake will hold their Annual Rummage Sale on Friday, May 3rd, 4-7pm; Saturday, May 4th, 9am-2pm.
Kitchen-sized Bag Sale 1-2pm, $4.

Food will be available both days.  Breakfast Sandwiches and lunch available.

We are accepting donations of gently used clothing, footwear, accessories, linens, pillows, bedding, curtains, housewares, dishes, pots and pans, books and toys.
PLEASE, NO Stuffed Animals OR large or small appliances OR electronics.

Donations may be left at the pavilion thru Monday, April 29th.  Please leave them under cover where pavilion connects to the church hall.
Thank you for your support.



Spring Rummage Sale!

It’s time for spring cleaning and the Clothing Rummage Sale at the Church of the Covenant, United Methodist, located at 3055 Rt. 43 in Averill Park. Sale dates are Fri. and Sat., May 17 & 18, 9 am – 2 pm with a $3 bag sale Sat., noon – 2 pm.

We will gladly welcome your donations of clean, gently loved clothing and footwear for the whole family. We also accept linens, pillows, bedding, curtains, towels, pocketbooks, bags, etc., as well as fabric, sewing equipment and notions.

Donations may be brought to the church noon, Sun., May 12th, until NOON, Thurs., May 16th.

Our missions commission will also have a bake sale both days.

Keep de-cluttering because 3 weeks later is our Indoor Yard Sale! Watch the Advertiser for more information.


Sand Lake’s Memorial Day Parade Getting Organized and Invites You to Join In

Plans for the 2019 Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony are underway.

In an effort to attract more participation, and attendance this year, we encourage all interested civic organizations, businesses, churches, community and youth groups and individuals to participate in this year’s parade.

This year’s parade theme is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on the Normandy Beaches. Following American campaigns in North Africa and Italy, the D-Day landings were the start of the final battles to free Europe from German control and remove the Nazi Party from power in Germany.

This year’s Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 27, at 10:00 am. The Parade route is from Averill Ave. in Westfall Village to the Sand Lake Veteran’s Memorial Park on NYS Route 43. Ceremonies will begin at about 10:30 in the Park.

Those interested in participating should contact Bill Glasser at or call (518) 322-9583. Scott Gallerie at or call (518) 766-6575.


France Magnifique

La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY is sponsoring a trip to France, featuring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day & Normandy, April 23 – May 7, 2020.  Rates include round trip air from New York, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, and 20 meals. Highlights of the trip: Paris, River Seine cruise, Normandy, Omaha Beach, Le Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley, 2-night Chateau stay, winery tour, Lyon, Les Halles de Lyon, Paul Boscuse Market, Avignon, Creme Brûlée Cooking demonstration, Nice, Monaco. Plenty of time to explore on your own.  For more information, pricing or a brochure, call Lisa at Plaza Travel at 518-785-3338 or


Come Join Us…At the 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony

2019 MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY will be held at the Main Flag Pole Assembly Area, GBHS Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY 12171 on Saturday, May 25th, at 11:00 am.

Limited Seating available or bring a lawn chair.

VIP-HANDICAP-GENERAL PARKING. (Parking within the cemetery during the

ceremony will be limited.)


Reducing Caregiver Stress

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 4-6 pm, East Greenbush Library.

Presented by: Albany Medical Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease and Rensselaer County NY Connects

Sometimes caregiver stress can be really overwhelming. This presentation will help you find balance that will lead to better health & wellness. You will leave feeling refreshed, affirmed & revitalized.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP: 518-264-1095



SLHS May meeting

On May 14th, join us for a night of Sweets, Savories and Historical Tidbits at Kevin Tigre’s Bistro American (Glass Lake Hotel) 2703 Rt. 43, Sand Lake, for the Sand Lake Historical Society’s Annual Meeting.  There will be a talk after appetizers and desserts by Kevin on the history of the building.  $15/person.

RSVP by May 7th to SLHS, PO Box 492, West Sand Lake, NY 12196.



Informational Hearing on Fire Service in Town of Schodack

An informational Public Hearing on the current and future state of the Fire Service in the Town of Schodack (including the Villages of Castleton and Nassau) will be held on May 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Schodack Town Hall (265 Schuurman Road, Castleton, NY 12033). This hearing is sponsored by the Town of Schodack.

The focus of the evening will be a presentation of the report “Future of Fire Service in Schodack: An Evaluation of Existing Conditions and Options for the Future.” The report is a comprehensive review of the existing fire protection system in the town and villages. The East Schodack, Nassau, Schodack Landing, Schodack Valley and South Schodack Fire Districts as well as the Castleton Fire Department all participated in this project. The report also suggests several different options for the future of the fire service in Schodack. The report is designed to help the residents consider improvements to this essential service in their community.

The full report can be accessed on line on the project website at Paul Bishop, the lead consultant from CGR, will make the presentation and will be available for questions. This project is being funded by the New York State Community Reorganization Grant program.

For questions prior to the hearing, please contact Supervisor David Harris at (518) 477-7918.


Repair Café

What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater with a hole? Toss it? No way! The Village of Castleton-on-Hudson is hosting its next Repair Café at the Village Hall, 85 South Main Street, on Saturday, May 11th, from 11 AM to 3 PM.

People visiting the Repair Café bring along their broken but beloved items. Volunteers try their best to make repairs, and it’s free of charge!

At the May Repair Café, electrical, welding, seamstress and “jack-of-all-trades” services will be available. Do you like to fix things and want to volunteer? Contact us via email at or stop by Repair Café.

For more information about global Repair Café, visit


20th Annual Albany History Fair

The 20th Annual Albany History Fair will take place at Historic Cherry Hill on Sunday, May 5th, from noon to 4:00 p.m. This year’s fair, “Albany • The Great American Story,” will delve into the Capital City’s literary history, draw from local collections to examine the cultural history of reading and writing, and use the art of storytelling to illuminate the human narratives embedded in the history at Cherry Hill and beyond.

At the fair, visitors will enjoy a staged poetry reading in the historic house drawn from works written or enjoyed by the home’s bygone occupants. Other offerings will include a tour of the Van Rensselaer family library collections with rare books expert, Philip Eppard, family activities, and presentations by Paul Grondahl, Director of the Writers Institute, Albany City Historian Tony Opalka, and Erik Schlimmer, author of Cradle of the Union.

A free trolley will run between the Albany History Fair at Cherry Hill and Living History Day at Ten Broeck Mansion between 1 and 3 pm.

“Albany• The Great American Story” is a free event sponsored by the Hudson River Valley Heritage Area, Stewart’s Shops, the Albany Public Library Foundation, CDTA, and the New York State Writers Institute.


May Albany Pine Bush Preserve Program & Special Event Schedule

Event details can be found at

Morning Meander
Friday, May 3, 2019, 10:00am
Suitable for adults
Start your day outdoors and join us for a hike along the trails of the Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9). We plan to hike approximately one mile. This program will meet at the Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9).
Location: Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9)
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday May 5, 2019, 1:00pm
Suitable for all ages
An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush—a globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you through this 0.9-mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history and observe seasonal surprises and transformations.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or

Bird Walk at Woodlawn Preserve
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00am
Suitable for ages 6-10, tweens, teens and adults
Spring is here and that means many birds are coming back from their winter in the tropics. We will meet at the Woodlawn Preserve trailhead on Gifford Road in Schenectady and walk approximately one and a half miles around the pond searching for spring migrants.
Location: Woodlawn Preserve, Gifford Rd., Schenectady, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or

Lupine Fest
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Suitable for all ages
Witness the magic of spring at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve’s annual Lupine Fest. Fields of violet Lupine flowers and fluttering Karner blue butterflies set the stage for visitors to explore and support the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and its partners. Visitors can enjoy nature walks, hands on activities with community partners, music, games, crafts, food, vendors and more! Parking will be off site. For more information, please visit  On-site parking for people with disabilities only. No pets allowed at this event.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Parking: 302 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany
Fee: Free! Reservations are not required for special events but knowing how many people are coming helps us to plan better, so please sign up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Karner Blue Butterfly Walk
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11:00am
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 11:00am
Suitable for ages 6-10, tweens, teens and adults
Don’t miss this chance to join Albany Pine Bush Preserve staff on a 0.9-mile hike in the Pine Bush Preserve to see the Karner blue butterfly.  Come learn about the natural history of the Karner blue and what efforts are underway to rescue this species from the brink of extinction.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit


Spring Sing: Gala and Auction to Benefit Hoosick Falls Armory

Hoosick Falls, NY—Join the celebration of the Armory’s 130 years of service to the community at the Spring Sing on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 6:00 to 10:00PM. This gala and auction will take place in The Perry Room at the Hoosick Falls Armory, located at 80 Church Street, Hoosick Falls, New York.

This fun-filled evening brings together members of the community who want to honor the Armory’s significant contribution to the region, while also embracing and supporting its continued operation as a vibrant and vital community center. The evening will unfold with delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Sage Dining/Hoosac School, beer and wine (cash bar), and complimentary flavored water, while attendees bid on silent auction pieces, preview live auction items, and take in the wonderful vocal performances of Ric DiDonato, Shari Hand, Joe Shaw, and David Sutton, accompanied by Richard Cherry. Auctioneer Ron Seifert will then get the paddle raising in full fervor as he encourages attendees to bid on the many amazing big-ticket items. The evening will wind to a close over specialty desserts and more musical performances.

Both auctions feature special pieces donated by local individuals and businesses in support of the Armory. Silent auction items range from a wrought-iron planter, to a vintage tea set with teas and local honey, to starter tomato plants, and much more—there will be something for everyone. The live auction boasts more than a dozen packages including a round-trip private airplane ride for two adults to Bar Harbor, Maine, or Provincetown, Massachusetts, provided by Charles Suss, with lunch included; a day at the Saratoga Race Course with seats for four in the clubhouse, a stable tour, and lunch courtesy of Contessa Racing; an original painting by artist Evan Wilson; a 24K car detailing by DePaula Chevrolet; two 4-cubic-yard truckloads of mulch supplied by Suttonscapes and Granger Services; and more.

Seats for this spectacular event are filling up quickly, so please reserve by April 20—more information is online at The HAYC3 Board of Directors is thankful to the incredible volunteers, donors, and sponsors of this event, including Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Hoosac School, Hoosick Local Development Corporation, Brown’s Brewing, and Hoosick Rising. Sponsorships are still available by emailing or visiting the website at

The Hoosick Armory, Youth Center, and Community Coalition is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the well-being of our community.


Thrift and Plant Sale

The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush is having their Thrift and Plant Sale Fri., May 3rd, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sat., May 4th, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday is bag day. There will be many different items from household, clothing to toys as well as a snack bar. All proceeds go to our mission projects.  The First United Methodist Church is located at 1 Gilligan Road, off of 9&20, in East Greenbush.


Rensselaer County’s Second Annual Farm Day Out!

When: August 18th 12pm-3pm Where: Kinderhook Creek Farm (5168 S Stephentown Rd, Stephentown, NY 12168)

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County and The Eckhardt Family at Kinderhook Creek Farm from 12-3pm on Sunday, August 18th, for Rensselaer County’s Second Annual Farm Day Out! Kinderhook Creek Farm is an 1150+ acre field crop and vegetable farm that has been owned and operated by the Eckhardt’s since 1959. Once parked, a hay wagon ride will take you through some of the fields at Kinderhook Creek Farm. Through interactive demonstrations you will learn about the different crops (such as hay, grain, sweet corn, and the many vegetables) grown on this farm. You will also see how their farm products get to market and eventually to your family’s table. Also, be sure to visit exhibits set up by local organizations & businesses, experience the equipment used on the farm by the farmers and see the 4-H Club sponsored petting zoo. Food, corn on the cob, ice cold watermelon and other farm fresh foods will be available to purchase for your enjoyment. Admission and parking for this event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you Sunday, August 18th!!! If you are interested in being a volunteer, a sponsor, or have any questions please reach out to Kayela in the CCE office at (518)272-4210.


Vendors Needed for Spring into Summer Malta Marketplace

The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing the date for their Spring Into Summer Malta Marketplace as Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Vendors selling art, handcrafts, seasonal products and more are being sought for this lovely indoor/outdoor market at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive in Malta. Outdoor space fee is $40 each and indoor space fee is $50 each. Call 518-899-4411 or visit for a show application.


Craft Festival Seeking Applicants

Applications are currently being accepted for the 40th Annual Friendship Craft Festival sponsored by the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs. It will take place on Saturday, June 8th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spring Park on Scenic US Route 20. For information, an application and festival details go to www.rschurchofchristuniting. com or call Lani King at 315-858-9451.


Craft Vendors Wanted for Kiwanis Summerfest

Sand Lake Kiwanis is seeking craft vendors to participate in our annual Summerfest celebration at Butler Park, Averill Park. This well-attended event will take place on Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9. Participation cost is $50.00 for the event. Contact Janet Malecki for further information. 518-528-3273


Ladies Auxiliary presents Donny Elvis Romines

Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and join us at The American Legion Post 1489, located at 111 Main Ave., Wynantskill on Sat., May 4, 2019. Doors open at 6:00, show is from 7:00-9:00 pm. Advanced tickets are available at the bar for $10 prior to April 27th and $12 after. Limited seating is available, tables may be reserved with the purchase of 8 tickets. There will be a cash bar and 50/50 raffle, guests are welcome to bring their own food or snacks. Proceeds from this show will be used to support our Veterans and Community projects. Please call or text 518-265-6967 if you have any questions.


S.A.G.E.S. Garage Sale

Planning for the 3rd Annual S.A.G.E.S. Garage Sale is underway! We are currently looking for donations of items to sell. We will take just about anything that can be easily moved by high school students. You can drop your donations off at the Averill Park High School Main Office or contact us at to schedule a drop off time. Please make sure items are clean and free of mold.  Proceeds from the sale will be given to local charities within our school community. Please note, any unsold items will be given to another charity, you will not get items back.  The sale will be Friday, May 31st, from 9-5 in the Averill Park High School Athletic Complex.



SAVE THE DATE!! CHS Annual 70’s Alumni Party

Grads/attendees/teachers of Columbia High School 1970-1979: mark your calendar to attend the annual Alumni Party/Summer Get-Together on Saturday, August 17, 2019.  ALL alumni welcome!  Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way (off Route 9J), Schodack Landing.  Camping available, reserve now; sites are going fast!  Watch for further details here and on our FB page: SEVENTIES REUNION.  Contact: Caroline Lynch Zeyak at 518-928-3223 or



Faith & Love 8th Annual Ladies Spring Tea Party & Fashion Show

Fancy hat, lacy gloves, & delicate china adorn the tables at our 8th annual Ladies Spring Tea & Fashion show on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, at 12 noon, 166 Columbia Turnpike, Renss.

Please join us for a lite lunch and delicious desserts, along with many flavors of tea (& coffee), followed by a couple of skits & our “Dress for Less” fashion show including items from our 2 thrift stores. This year we will be playing a few games, and as always you will not leave without one of our handmade favors & door prizes. Please reserve by April 28th to secure a seat. All this fun & food is only $7. So, call Linda 518-380-9572 with questions or to reserve your seat… This will be a “Tea-riffic” time…so bring a friend or maybe even make a new one…Hope to see you there!


Community-Wide Yard Sale and McGreevy Chicken BBQ

The Melrose Methodist Church 20 Church Street, Melrose, will participate in the Community-Wide Sale on May 4, 2019, 9:00 – 3:00.  All types of household goods, books and many other things; you have to come to see.  Also, a BAKE SALE.

PLUS, at the church the famous JEFF McGREEVY CHICKEN BBQ.



Honor A Veteran

The Town of East Greenbush will hold an Honor A Veteran ceremony on May 7, 2019 at 10:00am in the East Greenbush Town Hall to thank for his service, Ralph O. Helmes, United States Army (deceased).

The ceremony will last about one hour.

Light refreshments served. For more information, contact Bobbie Reno, Historian at 518-477-4869.



Rensselaer County Historical Society – 2019 Exhibits, Events, Etc.!

Exhibits: Two new exhibits for 2019: ‘Bridging Rensselaer County: Two Centuries of Crossing the Hudson’ and ‘From Country Drives to The Grand Tour: Travels To and From Rensselaer County.’

Events: 1st Thursday History Talks

Saturday Walking Tours, 2nd Saturday Hart- Cluett

House Tours, Deck Parties & more! Etc. For more info, please visit: (518) 272-7232 x 11

57 2nd St., Troy, NY 12180

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