Events 05.30.19

June Events at Dyken Pond EEC

Grafton – The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is offering the following events in June:

National Trails Day: Saturday, June 1st: 9am-12pm Lace up your boots, dust off your work gloves and volunteer to clear trails in the morning. Enjoy a free BBQ lunch and then enjoy the trails or a paddle in the afternoon. Pre-registration required for lunch by May 29.

Playing in the Pond: Saturday, June 15th: 10am-11:30am Come find out just what is lurking at the bottom of ponds. Catch and release frogs, salamanders, insects and other creepy crawlies. Pre-Registration is required. All ages. Cost $3.

Full Strawberry Moon: Saturday, June 15th: 7pm

A peaceful twilight hike ending by the shoreline to see the almost full moon over the lake. Free. For adults and older teens.

Finding Fish: Saturday, June 29th: 9am-11am

Find out who lives in Dyken Pond and how best to catch them. Fishing poles and tackle provided. For beginner youth. Pre-Registration required. Cost $3.

Tuesday Treks: June 11 and June 25: 1pm – 3pm We will hike about 2-3 miles depending on conditions. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Leader: Leonard Tremblay.

Music Under the Trees: Hill Hollow Band: June 29 5pm – 8 pm. Free concert in our outdoor amphitheater. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy this local popular band. Sponsored by the Friends of Dyken Pond Center. Donations welcome.

Preregister for all events by calling (518) 658-2055 or email dykenpond@gmailcom. Call for more information and a complete schedule of our summer events or visit


Rummage Sale, Snack Bar, and Chicken Barbecue

During the Valley Falls village-wide garage sale on June 8, the Valley Falls United Methodist Church at 16 State Street will have an indoor rummage sale and an outdoor snack bar from about 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

There will also be a takeout only chicken barbecue from 1 to 3 p.m. The menu for the barbecue includes chicken, pasta salad, baked beans, a roll, and a brownie. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. The church is handicapped accessible.  Call Sharon or Bob at 518-541-3039 for reservations and information.


Village Wide Garage & Lawn Sale

The village wide garage and lawn sale will be held Saturday, June 8th, from 9am to 2pm. The sale is sponsored by the Valley Falls Free Library, which will hold its annual “Treasures and Trash” Sale on the Library lawn. Hundreds of books, a variety of garage sale finds, delicious home baked goods, and a plant sale.

This year we will be having a village map!! To get your yard sale on the map, come register at the library. The donation to be put on the map is $10, paid to the library. All registrations need to be done by Friday, June 7th.

For those who want to set up on the library lawn, a donation of $10.00 will reserve a place. Space is limited this year, so let us know soon.

If you would like to donate baked goods, perennials, or “treasures” for the sale please visit or call the library or email us at Telephone 518-753-4230

Valley Falls Free Library, 42 State Street, Valley Falls, NY 12185.


Huge Sale at Franciscan Heights Senior Community

Franciscan Heights Senior Community, located at 1 St. Anthony Lane (next to 517 Washington Avenue) in Rensselaer, will be holding a huge sale on Sat., June 15, between 10 am and 3 pm.  Rain Date is June 22 same hours.  Items include furniture, books, clothing, household & working sewing machine.

Hope to see you!


Free Soil Testing at Troy Farmer’s Market

Bring a garden soil sample to the Troy Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 8, for ONE free pH test! Master Gardener Volunteers from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will be tabling at the Market from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM to collect your sample. This test will indicate if you need to adjust the soil pH in order to maximize plant growth. Soil can be taken from a variety of places, including lawns, vegetable and fruit gardens, flower gardens, and trees or shrubs. One cup of soil is needed. You can also bring your gardening questions, which the Master Gardeners will be happy to discuss.

For more information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-272-4210 or



Extension offers “Perennial Plant Propagation”

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will present the program “Perennial Plant Propagation: New Plants From Old” on Wednesday, June 5, from 7 to 8 PM. Come watch as we demonstrate various techniques to get new plants from your favorite perennial plants. We’ll show simple division, softwood cuttings and other techniques you can employ at home, and give away some samples, 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


12th annual Monumental Tag Sale

The 12th annual Monumental Tag Sale will be Saturday, June 8th, from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. (please, no early birds) at the Old First Church Barn, 1 Monument Circle, Old Bennington, Vermont.
This year’s sale will include a large selection of furniture, antiques, sports equipment, jewelry, household, garden and children’s items. Special items will be up for bid at a silent auction and refreshments, including lunch foods and baked goods, will be available for purchase throughout the sale.
Proceeds from this sale benefit general church projects as well as the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Service, Inc.
For more information about the sale or Old First Church, call the office at 802-447-1223 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. or visit



Dept of Aging Resource and Information Table

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, NY will host Tammy McGarithy of Rensselaer County Unified Services, Dept. of Aging on Friday, June 7th, starting at 10:30. Tammy will bring contact information, brochures, pamphlets, and applications for several services offered to residents 60 years and older. Included will be information on the Cooling and Assistance Program, Clean and Tune Program, EPIC (Prescription Assistance Program), HIICAP (Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program), Home Modification Program, and a list of resources available for Home Care. She will bring additional contact information such as Utility Trouble, Legal Aid Society, Domestic Violence, warning signs of a stroke and more. All residents 60 and older should plan to stop in and talk with Tammy about the services available to them. Plan to stay for the Eastern meeting at 11:00 followed by lunch (Cubed Steak) with BINGO to follow. Call (518) 379-3413 to sign up for the meal.


Saratoga Battlefield Experience topic for Stephentown Historical Society

Learn about the Saratoga Battlefield Experience from one of Saratoga National Historic Park’s rangers on Monday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephentown Historical Society meeting.  After a quick overview of the battlefield’s significance to the American Revolution, you will get updates on current projects and visitor programs, such as living history events and Schuyler House tours. The event will be at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, New York.  The program is free, and the building is handicapped accessible.  For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.


Senior Craft Day

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, NY will sponsor Craft Time on Wednesday, June 5th, at 11:00 am. Join us for a fun-filled hour of crafting. We will be decorating a flowerpot and planting a flower. Stay for a nutritious lunch at noon (Chicken Breast) for a suggested donation of $3.00. All Rensselaer County residents 60 and older are welcome. Please call and sign up for craft time and lunch at 518-279-3413.


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 will hold the next Repair Café on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market (COHFAM), on the corner of Scott Avenue (150) and Main Street (9J). If COHFAM is canceled due to rain, Repair Café will be held 9/7, same hours at the Village Hall instead. 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! Featured services in June are electrical, welding, seamstress, and “jack-of-all-trades.” Do you like to fix things and want to volunteer? Contact us via email at or stop by the Repair Café table at COHFAM. For more information about global Repair Café, visit



Lansingburgh Historical Society Open House

John Connors, guest artist

Once again, the Lansingburgh Historical Society will have the Melville House open for tours on June 8, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm. We are excited to have John Connors as our guest artist for the month.  John is a Lansingburgh native now living in NYC.  He is known for his local and NYC street scenes. He studied artistic anatomy and painting on scholarship at the Art Students League of New York and was awarded a Fine Arts Certificate of Completion.  John also studied Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting including studies in Japan).  He has exhibited extensively and has taught both in the Capital Region and NYC and has three books out of his paintings.

Come tour the house, purchase John’s work, and talk with John about his Burgh and Troy influences.  The Herman Melville house is located at 2 114th St., Troy, NY.  A $5 donation is appreciated and helps the Historical Society continue historical preservation.  Further questions, please contact John and Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295.


Kiwanis Announces “Summerfest 2019”

“Come One Come All!” – From June 7th until June 9th, the Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake proudly presents “Summerfest” to thank our Community for their support of our projects. Summerfest is the largest fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake to support the community projects conducted during the year.

This year includes many local vendors & crafters; displaying their wares & serving delicious foods, multiple rides & Midway attractions; including the landing of a black hawk helicopter. Live entertainment and musical acts are on stage daily. A Corvette Car Show is featured on Sunday to raise funds for deserving military veterans.

Full event schedule at Butler Park on Gettle Rd. (off Rt. 43) is as follows:

Friday, June 7th
3pm – Park Opens with Carnival Rides, Food Vendors and Crafters
5:30pm until 7:30pm – Music by “Gone Gray”
8:00pm until 10:30pm – Music by “Stray Dogs”

Saturday, June 8th
Gates open at 9:00am
9am Tennis Tournament (APHS Courts)
10am – Food Vendors and Crafters
10am until 1pm – “Firematics Demonstration – Local Fire Companies (Ball Field)
11am Carnival Rides Begin
1pm until 3pm Black Hawk Helicopter (Ball Field)
3pm K-9 Demonstration (Park Stage)
3:30pm – 4pm “Da Band Kidz” – APHS-Student Brass Band
5:30pm until 7:30pm – Music by “Whitewater”
8pm until 10:30pm – Music by the area’s Favorite Country Band – “Whiskey Highway”
9:40pm Firework Display

Sunday, June 9th
Gates open at 10am
10am until 1pm “Vettes Honoring Vets” – A Corvette Car Show Fundraiser for Vets (Ball Field)
12noon until 5pm – Carnival Rides – $20 carnival ride wristbands –Ride all for one price)
1pm Car Show Awards (Under the Tent)
1:15pm until 2:15pm – Music by “Averill Park High School Jazz Band” (Park Stage)
3pm until 5pm – Music by “Zach and Hannah” (Park Stage)

Additional information can be found on the event’s website:


Poestenkill Business Assoc. 28th Annual Benefit Auction

Poestenkill Business Association’s 28th Annual Benefit Auction will proudly be held on Saturday, June 1st, at the Poestenkill VFW Post. All items may be previewed starting at 10:00 AM with the Auction beginning at 11:00 AM. We will also hold a 50/50 Drawing. Ample seating available in the VFW Pavilion. Our concession stand features delicious hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage & peppers, soda, beer, bottled water and coffee at very reasonable prices. Bring the kids too. There will be a Bouncy-Bounce and other activities to amuse them. So, come on down to our Auction, come hungry and bid often for a great day out, rain or shine. All net profits from our 28th Annual Auction will directly benefit the greater Poestenkill Community!


Free talk on Civil War History

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The role of a Civil War infantry regiment recruited from New York City, and Newark, New Jersey as well as villages across Western New York will be the subject of a free talk on Saturday, June 15, at 1 p.m. at the New York State Military Museum.

Rick Barram, the author of the book “The 72nd New York Infantry in the Civil War, A History and Roster” will talk about the history of the unit which in every key battle waged in the War’s Eastern Theater from 1861 to 1865.

The 72nd was part of the Excelsior Brigade, a unit of five regiments recruited by Brig. General Daniel Sickles from across New York.

Sickles, a New York City Democratic Congressman, was infamous for shooting and killing the son of Francis Scott Key, who was having an affair with his wife, and then claiming temporary insanity. He was found not guilty during the trial and then went on to lead Union troops.

Rick’s talk will look at the founding and history of the brigade, Sickles’ enthusiastic but flawed leadership and the difficulty ‘Sickles the politician’ would experience in becoming ‘Sickles the General.’ This talk will use the 72nd’s role within the brigade as a focal point while examining some of the hardest fighting of the Eastern Theater until the brigade’s dissolution in the summer of 1864.

Barram lives and works in northern California where he teaches social studies and theater arts in the Gateway Unified School District. He is a Civil War reenactor and serves on the boards of two Civil War-related non-profits.

The New York State Military Museum is located at 61 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.


Celebrate Stephentown 2019 Is Coming August 16-18

Greetings from Celebrate Stephentown HQ:

Three months from today we’ll be kicking off Celebrate Stephentown 2019, the third annual edition of our town-wide, grassroots festival here in Stephentown, New York.

More than two dozen events are already in the works with our farms, businesses, churches and service organizations all working together to present three special days of family-friendly fun.

We’ll announce more schedule details in June, but in the meantime, please mark the third weekend in August on your calendar and keep your eyes open for future updates.

A great way to find out more about what we do and why is on social media, where we’d be glad to connect with you on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Thanks so much for your interest and support; and we can’t wait to show you all the things we love about living here in “the only Stephentown on Earth.”

~Scott Menhinick
Founder & Co-Organizer

Celebrate Stephentown, LLC
Learn more at:


Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament Fundraiser

The West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Department will hold their Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on June 1st at 1:00 pm. (Doors open at 12 noon.) The cost is $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 Department Hall, 3695 NY Rt. 43.

Free refreshments and lunch will be served. All walk-ins welcome. Bring your family and friends and hope to see you at the Final Winners Table!! For more information, call Dennis at 518-283-2252 or the Fire Hall day of event at 518-674-3677.

Future Poker Tournament Dates: Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, 2019.


Ft. Crailo DAR historical walking tour

Ft. Crailo DAR will take a historical walking tour of Saratoga at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 8th, with lunch at the Old Daley Inn at 12:45 PM.


June Upcoming Events at the Rensselaer Senior Center

June 6th – Dance Day With Brian Zappel

June 11th – “Follow That Dream” With Donny Elvis

June 19th – Happy Father’s Day With Paul Slusar

June 27th – City Picnic With Rocking Rob Carson

Call for reservations (518) 463-2166.

We are open from 9am to 3pm, Monday Thru Friday, we are Located on East and Herrick Streets in Rensselaer.

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 Need 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. 518-463-2166

We Are Taking Empty Clear Pill Bottles, Must Be See Thru.


Tractor Safety Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is excited to offer a Tractor and Farm Safety Course on Friday, May 31st, at Hudson River Tractor in Schaghticoke (11853 New York 40 Schaghticoke, NY 12154). This program is geared for adult audiences.

Statistics show that farming and operating equipment is a hazardous and dangerous endeavor. Help yourself reduce the risks of an accident and attend this informative evening session. The program will begin at 5:30 P.M with a presentation from the New York Center of for Agriculture Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) followed by an opportunity to be hands-on with some equipment. This program is perfect for farmers old and new as well as any adult who currently works with machinery on the job or in their backyard or plans to in the future.

To register, please call CCE office at 518-272-4210. There is a registration fee of $5 payable at the class. If you have special needs to participate, please let us know at the time of registration. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity employer and programmer.


Veterans of Stephentown Craft Fair

The Veterans of Stephentown are hosting a Craft Fair on September 7, 2019 at the Veterans Memorial Park in Stephentown. If you are a vendor and are interested in renting a space, please contact Phyllis DeFreest at (518)733-6504 by August 24th. Don’t miss out on the last big selling day of the year.


Capital Area Beekeepers hosting special speaker

Capital Area Beekeepers are hosting a special speaker on June 12th, 7pm, First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

Sam Comfort with the topic: Less Invasive Beekeeping:

Raising Queens at Anarchy Apiaries, from North to South.

Sam is a beekeeper extraordinaire and a musician. Formerly a commercial beekeeper, he applies a very independent and exploratory approach to “less invasive beekeeping.” Presently raising queens and caring for hundreds of hives on the East Coast from New York to Florida, Sam travels the country to inspire bee clubs with his lively, hively down-to-this-earth and up-to-the-sky experiences.

CAB members encourage youth, beekeepers and anyone thinking about starting out as a beekeeper to attend this free event.


Indoor Yard Sale!

It’s time for the Indoor Yard Sale at the Church of the Covenant, United Methodist, located at 3055 Rte. 43 in Averill Park. Sale dates are Fri. and Sat., June 7 & 8, 9 am – 2 pm with a bag sale; Sat., noon – 2 pm.

We will gladly welcome your donations of clean, gently-loved kitchen items such as china, glassware, dishes, silverware, utensils, small appliances and other household items. We also accept holiday decorations, books, DVDs, CDs, toys, crafts of all kinds, artwork, frames, baskets, tools, cameras, camping equipment, sports equipment, and much more.  PLEASE NO TVS, COMPUTERS OR OTHER ELECTRONIC ITEMS.

Donations may be brought to the church, noon, Sun., June 3rd, until NOON, Thurs., June 7th.

Our mission’s commission will also have a bake sale both days.


Clearview Heights Community-wide Yard Sale

There will be a Clearview Heights Community-wide Yard Sale day on Saturday, June 8th, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Multiple homes in the South Schodack area are participating in this event. Maps, parking, rest rooms and free food will be available at the Clearview C&MA Church (GPS = “275 Schodack Drive, Castleton, NY”). If you have any questions you may call the church at 518-732-2027; send an email to <>; or get updates, including addresses of participating houses, at <>.

We look forward to seeing you!


7th Annual CHS 60’s Reunion

Summer is coming and Labor Day will follow, which means the 7th annual CHS 60’s Reunion will be Saturday, September 7, 2019.  Please mark your calendar and save the date.  As always, we meet every year the first Saturday after Labor Day.  All classes from the 60’s including ’60 to ’69 along with all pre ’60’s classes are invited to attend. We will meet again at the East Greenbush Firehouse pavilion on Phillips Road from 4 to 9 PM.  Beer, wine, mixed drinks and soda, along with food will be available at reasonable prices. Pictures from previous reunions are available for viewing at courtesy of Paul Kardos ’63.  No reservation is required.  All are asked to pay $5 to cover expenses and the surplus will be donated to CoNSERNS-U for their back to school program.  Please share this information with your classmates and encourage them to join you on the 7th. Have a great Summer.  Hope to see you in September!

~Bob Flynn ‘63


East Greenbush Town Wide Garage Sale

Do you want to be part of the East Greenbush Town Wide Garage Sale? The First United Methodist Church is here to help! The Sale will take place on June 1st from 9 am-3 pm, rain or shine.

We have space available for vendors and families.

Email or for more information or call 518.477.9693 and leave a message for Amber.


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


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


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

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