Events 06.02.22

Rensselaer Alumni Association Star Wars Night Valley Cat Game & Picnic

The Alumni Association of the City of Rensselaer is organizing a picnic and Tri-City Valley Cat Game on July 23rd for their Star Wars Night. You do not have to be a member to go. The picnic begins at 6 pm in the pavilion, and the game will follow. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for kids. 

Tickets include a picnic dinner that includes pulled pork and chicken with all of the fixings and your ticket to the game. Fireworks will follow the game. This is our first event to organize, and we hope you will be a part of the fun. The deadline to purchase tickets is June 15th. Please send your check made payable to The Rensselaer Alumni Association to: Rensselaer Alumni Association, Rensselaer High School, 25 Van Rensselaer Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144. If you have any questions please contact D. Wright at or D. Roberts at Come join the fun!

Nassau July 4th Party

The community is invited to celebrate July 4th Independence Day on the lawn of Grace United Methodist Church, Nassau, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. 

The Hudson Valley-Berkshires Interfaith Network together with Grace UMC will host the event which will also recognize Pastor Dion Marquit’s years of service in Nassau. Beef hot dogs, watermelon and ice cream will be provided by the organizers. Guests are asked to BYO chair, and a food item (salad, dessert, etc.) to share with the group. 

This is an alcohol-free event. Gather with us and your neighbors as we celebrate our American tradition of religious freedom, peace, and recognizing the unity of all in these United States. There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 12:30 by volunteers. Music from 1:00 to 2:00 with the Church Street Stompers. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors at the Church.

Averill Park Community Orchestra Performance

The Averill Park Community Orchestra is excited to invite you to attend their upcoming spring concert! The performance is on Sunday, June 5 at 3:00 PM at the Averill Park High School. At this event, you can hear local community musicians of all ages perform music by favorite composers such as Ipolitov, Mancini, Desmond, and Brahms, along with some traditional folk music and a medley of tunes from “Chicago!” There is no admission fee, but any donations to help offset our costs is greatly appreciated. You are welcome to remain for a while afterward to enjoy refreshments outdoors and interact with the musicians. We look forward to the opportunity to share fun music with you as we celebrate the spring season. Any questions can be directed to Christina Desmond at 518-948-0565 or cdmusic600@<span class=”oe_displaynone”>null</span>

Bushman and Givens Book Talk at SLHS

On Tuesday June 14th, at 7pm, the Sand Lake Historical Society will present David Bushman and Mark Givens, co-authors of “Murder at Teal’s Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks” at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, Averill Park. After their presentation, the authors also will host a book signing. Refreshments will be served. A donation of $5 is suggested for non-SLHS members. 

Their recently-published book has been called “a brilliantly researched investigation into a nearly forgotten century-old murder that inspired one of the most seductive mysteries in the history of television and film.” Certainly not forgotten around here! 

David Bushman is a long-time TV curator at the Paley Center for Media, the author of Conversations with Mark Frost: Twin Peaks, Hill Street Blues, and The Education of a Writer, and is currently an adjunct professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Mark Givens works as a consultant for the federal government and is the creator and host of the Twin Peaks – centric podcast Deer Meadow Radio and lives in Washington, DC. 

The 1908 murder of Hazel Drew and the many tales and theories surrounding it is one of the enduring mysteries of Sand Lake. Even if you think you’re “heard it all” you probably haven’t! Please join us for this next chapter. New SLHS members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook or visit

Curtis Lumber’s 12th Annual PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day!

 Saturday, June 18, 2022

Whether you currently own a pet or are looking to adopt, we invite you to join us for a day of fur and fun at Curtis Lumber’s 12th Annual PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day from 10am-3pm!  

Meet adoptable animals from local shelters and rescue groups who are eager to meet you, your family, and your current pets at Curtis Lumber in Ballston Spa, East Greenbush, and Queensbury.  Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits and more will be available for adoption. (Selection varies per store)  Veterinarians, per service providers and pet non-profits will also be in attendance offering valuable discounts on their products and services.  Curtis Lumber’s Ballston Spa store will also host Steve Caporizzo’s WTEN Pet Connection, Benson’s Pet Center, Live Acoustic Musician, Jim McArdle and will also have a 50/50 raffle and food trucks available.  Bring your family and your pets to one Curtis Lumber location or all three throughout the day to find a new furry friend! 

 Last year’s event resulted in over 300+ pets finding forever homes!  For full details visit www.clpetapalooza or  

The Second Continental Artillery to visit Stephentown Historical Society

Mike Companion and members of the Second Continental Artillery will give a talk and demonstration on Weaponry in the Revolutionary War, on Sunday, June 5, at 2:00 p.m. 

This Stephentown Historical Society program meeting will be held at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road, Stephentown, New York. Some of the program will be outdoors, weather permitting. The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible. For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.

The Second Continental Artillery is the Color Guard for the Saratoga Battle Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution (SAR). Companion is a past-president of the chapter and a history teacher. The uniformed group will be showing muskets and artillery pieces and explaining their use in such key battles as the 1777 victory at Saratoga, often referred to as the ‘turning point of the Revolution.’

Early Travelers on the Hudson River

Esquatak Historical Society invites the community on Friday, June 3, for a free local history presentation by Dick Brooks with “Travels on the Hudson.” The program will detail the exploits and adventures of early travelers on the Hudson River from Henry Hudson and Robert Fulton up to the early days of river steam boating and the legendary Hudson River Day Lines. The talk will take place 7:00 pm at the Castleton Fire House located on 11 Green Avenue in the Village of Castleton. Admission is free, refreshments will not be served. Due to the rise in recent COVID variant infections in the Capital District, public health recommendations suggest the wearing of masks. We hope to see you on June 3 as we resume meetings again and are planning a full Fall schedule.

To Love A Child Announces 2nd Annual Nine And Dine Charity Golf Scramble
Seeks Golfers, Sponsors And In-Kind Donations

     CLIFTON PARK – To Love A Child announces it’s Second Annual Nine and Dine Golf Scramble on Friday, July 22, 2022 at the Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course to benefit two special programs.  The Thyme to Thrive Educational Program in the Capital Region, which focuses on slowly transitioning individuals of all ages into a healthier lifestyle thru mini camps and workshops for kids and teens. The second program is Food Forests & Clean Water in Zimbabwe where we will be planting indigenous trees, vegetable gardens, and fruit bearing bushes to enhance the country’s health, food sources, and maintain the natural balance of life between animals, plants, fungi, and micro-organisms. 

Golfers are welcome to sign up for golf and non-golfers are encouraged to join us for dinner.

Advance registration is a must as limited spots are available. $85 per person includes 9 holes of golf with cart, prizes and a delicious dinner. Dinner only attendees are $45 per person with cocktails and dinner at 6:15 pm. 

Sponsor opportunities are available: Dinner Sponsor $500, $250 Cocktail Sponsor, Contest and Prize Sponsors, Golf favor bag in-kind donations are available. Wonderful opportunity to promote your business to local attendees and support children.

Visit for more detailed information on this fun filled event and for registration and sponsor forms. Send sponsor donations and golfer registration forms to PO Box 165, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Questions? Call 518-859-4424 or email We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you on the course.

Strawberry Festival in Nassau

It’s that time of year again!

Join us for the annual Strawberry Festival at Grace United Methodist Church in Nassau.

Fresh strawberries, home made biscuits, and creamy home made whipped cream make up our shortcakes.

Come enjoy the berries, some local music, visit with your friends, and celebrate our community.

The Strawberry Festival will be held on Thursday, June 23, 7:00 pm.

Town of North Greenbush Summer Concert Series Announced

This is going to be an exciting year as we kick-off our biggest Summer Concert Series yet. Supervisor Joe Bott would like to invite you to the concerts on Sundays at 6pm at the Gazebo at Town Hall Park on Main Avenue (2 Douglas Street) in Wynantskill. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes (or boots) and get ready for a rockin’ good time. This is truly a mix of different musical genres, offering something for everyone. If you have any questions, please contact Deputy Town Supervisor Kelly Hoffman at (518) 283-5313, x5. If concerts are canceled due to inclement weather, we will try to have it posted on the town website at and the front sign as soon as feasibly possible. 

6/26 – Harmony Rocks

7/3 – Donny Elvis

7/10 – Southbound Renegade

7/17 – The Refrigerators

7/21 – Jet Crash Billy

7/31 – Emerald City

8/7 – Harmonie Duo

8/14 – Kyle Bourgault Band

We look forward to seeing ya’ll soon!

Brunswick Church Vacation Bible School

Brunswick Church, 42 White Church Lane, Troy, NY announces that sign up for Vacation Bible School July 11-15 from 9:00 to Noon is now open. Children ages 3 through completed 5th grade are welcome. There is no cost to attend.

This year’s theme Monumental – Celebrating God’s Greatness

Kids will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, have yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible memory verses to remind them of God’s love, and great crafts that will include a do-it-yourself designed t-shirt and photo souvenir.

Go to our website to register or call Dave 518-956-0957 to register by phone, get directions or for more information.

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