Events 07.06.23

Our Lady of Victory Giant Parish Garage Sale

Our Lady of Victory Church will be having a Giant Parish Garage Sale, Friday July 14th & Saturday July 15th, 9:00 – 3:00, 55 North Lake Ave. Troy Parish Center. We are Handicap Accessible.

We have Collectibles, Barbie Dolls, Tools, Lawn & Garden, Christmas, Household items, Cabinets, Bookshelves and so much more!

There will be food available for purchase and a bake sale!

Lavender Season at Slate Hill Flower Farm U Pick Lavender Days & Special Events

SHARON SPRINGS – Now through mid July 2023: Slate Hill Flower Farm will be open for U Pick Lavender Days on the farm along with several special events for visitors to experience the lavender while it is in season.  The farm is open Wednesday & Weekends until July 16 for U Pick Lavender Days where you can visit to cut lavender, walk the farm and shop the Lavender Barn. We grow 6 varieties of lavender that bloom at differing rates on a hill overlooking a scenic valley in historic Sharon Springs, NY. 

Things to know: 

• All cutting tools will be provided. 

• Lavender varieties we grow include (English) Hidcote, Munstead, Big Time Blue, Super Blue; (French) Grosso and Phenomenal.  

• Stop by our Lavender Barn for your lavender needs from fresh & dried bunches, sachets, and lavender plants to your culinary staples. 

• Though we do love pets, we cannot accommodate them on our farm due to growing herbs and lavender for culinary purposes. 

• The setting is a farm and our lavender field is on a hill so please wear appropriate clothing and shoes to make your visit more comfortable.

We also will be hosting Twilight Tuesdays on July 11 and 18, 5-9pm when visitors can cut lavender, have dinner in the field of boxed charcuterie and enjoy an evening on the farm complete with a beautiful view for sunset. Another evening event, Fridays on the Farm, is planned for June 30, July 7 and July 14, and will feature Back Barn Brewery along with differing weekly food providers; June 30 – Back Barn Brewery only, July 7 – Megabites Food Truck & Back Barn Brewery, July 14 – Boxed dinner from Brimstone Bakery* (advance ticket required).  

Twilight Tuesday event – “This was a really nice way to spend the evening! Beautiful property, friendly & accommodating hosts, delicious meal and in a beautiful setting”.

For more information –

• Slate Hill Flower Farm, 342 Slate Hill Road, Sharon Springs, NY 13459

• U Pick is free to attend, $10/bunch to cut; Twilight Tuesdays and July 14 Fridays on the Farm are ticketed events to allow for ordering boxed dinners.

For more information, contact: Maria Lange 

(518) 424-3668 •

Abate Of Rensselaer County Poker Run

Abate of Rensselaer County, a non profit organization is hosting a poker run on July 8th.

1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes, Raffles, Door Prizes, and Food at end of ride.

All vehicles/Motorcycles welcome, $20 Rider,  $10 Passenger.

Registration begins at 9am at the Paddock,  6 Ridge Rd, Rensselaer. New members welcome.

Derek Roberts 518-312-0735.

Capital Area Beekeepers July Meeting

Join CAB July 11th 7:00-9:00 to celebrate honeybees and beekeeping with speaker Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries. Sam always provides interesting and engaging perspectives on beekeeping.

Please check CAB website for location information:

Stephentown Historical Society will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on July 8 & 9

The Stephentown Historical Society is hosting a celebration on July 8 and 9 to mark the 50th anniversary of its founding. The open house at the Stephentown Heritage Center will bring together those interested in the town’s stories and will reflect upon those individuals integral to the success and progression of this beloved institution.

To spark your memories or curiosity, exhibits will show off vintage photos of olden days in town, Stephentown’s veterans, updated display cases, and slide shows of the society’s events over the years. A working train layout will mark the importance of railroading to the town, from decades of active passenger and freight service to the current recreational Corkscrew Rail Trail. The store area offers various historical albums, t-shirts, and other Historical Society memorabilia.

The Heritage Center is at 4 Staples Road, facing Garfield Road. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, July 8, and 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, July 9. Come and meet your neighbors, share a memory, and learn something new (or old) about the “only Stephentown on Earth.” The events are free and open to the public. The building is handicapped accessible.

Sunday’s event includes the annual potluck picnic at 2 pm. The society is providing rotisserie chicken, as well as tableware and beverages. All that is needed to complete the menu is for folks to bring dishes large enough to share … coleslaw, green salad, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, corn bread or desserts.

50th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Dyken Pond EEC!

The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center celebrates its 50th year of operation as a Rensselaer County park this year! On Sunday, July 9th, from 1:30 – 4:30 the Matt Mirabile Band, a blues/swing band will perform a free concert in our outdoor amphitheater. A Live Birds of Prey demonstration with Kelly Martin, the Chuck Wagon Food Truck and children’s activity will all be available during the show. 

Rain date is Sunday, July 16th. Guided kayak tour from 11am – 12:30pm with advance reservations at or (518) 658-2055. Free.

Mushroom Walk at Dyken Pond EEC

The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center celebrates its 50th year of operation as a Rensselaer County park this year with a weekend filled with fun activities! 

On Saturday July 8, from 4pm – 5:30pm Collar City Mushroom’s Avery Stempel will lead a mushroom identification walk. $5 per person. Reservations required at or (518) 658-2055.

Dyken Pond Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center celebrates its 50th year of operation as a Rensselaer County park this year! Join us on the weekend of July 8th and 9th to celebrate 50 years of Leading Outdoor Education for the youth and families of Rensselaer County. There will be free kayak rentals all weekend with advance reservations. Reserve your boats at or (518) 658-2055.

Call for Food Trucks for The Arc of Rensselaer County’s Summer Smiles Festival!

Calling all Food Trucks! On Sunday, July 16, rain or shine, 10-5 pm, at the Doane Stuart School 199 Washington Ave, Rensselaer, we are hosting our first-ever Summer Smiles Festival event. This event is free admission! Our mission is a simple one, bring our community together and make some new friends! We have all-day entertainment, family-friendly activities, and over 70 vendors joining us. Live music from local artists Fernando Gomes, EJ Hopeck, and the Stretch Band. We are looking for local Food Trucks to join us in our event by providing delicious food. For more information contact Lisa Romeo-Mullin at or call 518-618-7835.

Come join us for a day of connection, community, and fun! Make lasting memories and contribute positively to our community at The Arc of Rensselaer County! The Arc of Rensselaer County is a non-profit organization that provides advocacy and person-centered support to individuals of all ages who have an intellectual and/or developmental disability.

Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton Summer Festival

Come join us on August 5, 2023, for our 114th annual Summer Festival and Chicken BBQ at Zion’s United Church of Christ in Taborton (741 Taborton Road in Sand Lake). 

Booths are open from 11:00am to 8:00pm and music by Cannonball Express with Gloria & Punky from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. 

Games for both kids and adults include the fishpond, ring toss, milk bottles, duck float and dart booths. Enjoy our fair food, fancy booth and local crafters. Also, visit the raffle table with prizes from many local businesses. 

Taborton Treasures offers our version of a large yard sale and there will be an auction in the early afternoon. Chicken BBQ ($15.00) will be served at 4:30 and 5:30pm. For reservations call Diane Hoffman at 674-2746 or text (518) 649-5141.

Alumni Association of Rensselaer NY

The Alumni Association for Rensselaer, NY has a busy summer schedule planned for members.  Join us at the Joe Bruno Stadium on July 22 at 6:30 pm for the Valley Cats’ “Star Wars Night.”   Tickets are $12.25 (which already includes the service charge). Just order your tickets online using the following link:…/web/logingroup.php…

Come get your picture with all sorts of Star Wars characters. There are all sorts of games, fun, and fireworks that night! Get your tickets before they are all sold out!

On August 3, join us at the races at the Saratoga Race Track.  Bring a snack to share in the picnic area near the big screen (There will be signs).  Don’t forget your drinks and a lawn chair.  Come spend time with fellow alumni and enjoy this Capital District summer tradition!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

The Capital District Humanist Society Presents: Never Trust an Ocelot to Parallel Park

CAPITL DISTRICT – Musings, essays, & songs about staying somewhat skeptical in a world of credulity

George Hrab talks and sings about his travels around the planet as an unexpected and unelected representative of critical thinking, and provides a few minutes of distraction and a “brain sorbet” for those deeply ensconced in humanism.

George Hrab is the drummer for The Philadelphia Funk Authority, a guitarist and a songwriter. He has released eight albums and a full-length concert film. In his weekly podcast, The Geologic Podcast (the title merges George + Logic) he muses about science, music, comedy, and life.  George has emceed conventions all over the world, including The Reason Rally on the mall in Washington DC, The Amaz!ng Meeting and CSICon in Las Vegas, and others. He has given a TEDx talk, Rethinking Doubt: The Value and Achievements of Skepticism.

This program will take place online, via Zoom, on Sunday, July 9th, 2023 at 1 PM ET.   Current paid CDHS members will automatically receive an invite to the meeting via email. 

ANY ONE WHO IS NOT A CURRENT PAID MEMBER of CDHS CAN Attend.  Send an email request to:  Please send the request several days prior.  Or you may log onto our Meetup page: then click on JOIN, then ATTEND, and use the RSVP function; the link will be available.

To learn more about us, please go to

To Love A Child Announces 3rd Annual Nine & Dine Charity Golf Scramble –  Seeks Golfers, Sponsors and In-Kind Donations

SARATOGA – To Love A Child announces its third Annual Nine and Dine Golf Scramble on Tuesday, August 1st at the Saratoga Lake Golf Club to benefit local and global projects.    Locally, the Thyme to Thrive Program empowers individuals of all ages to flourish by providing educational school break camps, field trips, workshops and tools that inspire lifelong learning and wellness.   In Zimbabwe, there is a critical need to build a medical center, develop food forests rich with fruit and vegetables, and ensure access to clean drinking water.

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 dinner. Dinner only attendees are $45 per person with cocktails and dinner at 6:30 pm. 

NEW this year! A Hole-in-One can win $10,000! And a Putting Contest – sink a putt and win $2500!

Sponsor opportunities are available: Eagle Sponsor $1000, Birdie Sponsor $500, Par Cocktail Sponsor $250, $225 Hole-in-One sponsor, $225 Putting Sponsor, Hole Sponsor $100, and Closest to Flagstick Sponsor $60. Golf swag bag in-kind donations are welcome. Fantastic opportunity to promote your business to local attendees and support children.

Visit for more detailed information on this fun filled event and for online registration and payment. Registration forms on website can also be mailed 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.

SAVE THE DATE – St. Jude’s Family Soup, Chowder & Chili Feud!

Our Fall Festival committee is stirring things up this year and is excited to announce our First SOUPer competition will be held Saturday, October 14th starting at 11 am!! 

Cash prizes will be awarded!! We will also have live entertainment and raffles all day!! Save the date and watch for more details to follow soon!!

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