Events 07.15.21

Sand Lake Summer Concert Series at Sand Lake’s Butler Park

SAND LAKE – The Town of Sand Lake is sponsoring a free Summer Concert Series every other Thursday through September 16.  It is free for all to attend!  Concerts start at 6:30 and end at 9:00.  They include:

July 22:  Acoustic Rye (sponsored by the Sand Lake Business Association)

August 5: Schmooze

August 19:  Diva & Dirty Boys

August 26:  Beating the Odds

September 2:  Double D Trio

September 16:  Refrigerators

Bring your lawn chairs and join the fun! Food vendors will be on site. Social distancing will be in effect. Alcohol is not permitted.

Butler Park is located on Gettle Road, in the hamlet of Averill Park.

Vendors will be available.  Bring your lawn chairs.  Social distancing will be in effect.  No alcohol, please.

Capital Region Social Happenings© July Concert Series

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Friday Night Events at 7 pm at 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Offices and Apts) at “Hill” door entrance.  Weather permitting these events will be held outside. Open to the public at large. 

Friday Night – July 16th:  Paul Hunt “Little Elvis”, Elvis Tribute Artist, will perform your favorite Elvis songs to bring those memories back.  

Friday Night – July 23rd:  Dave Gallagher on guitar makes a return appearance on our stage to perform your favorite songs.  He has a list of 300 songs for you to choose from. 

Friday Night – July 30th:  Carmen Lookshire, vocals and Joe Carrick on guitar will entertain us with a variety popular songs. They just released their new album, For Love, and will perform a few songs from it.  They perform on many area stages.  

These events are held in Colonie, We comply with all CDC safety measures.  Masks are not required if you have proof of vaccination.  $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. Hanover Square Bldg. at 435 New Karner Road (Hill Door entrance if inside). If the weather is great, the performance will be held outdoors at the rear performance area.  Free parking and handicap accessible. Call 518-452-6883 for info.

Town of North Greenbush Summer Concert Series

NORTH GREENBUSH -Concerts start at 6pm on Sundays and are located at Town Hall on Main Ave in Wynantskill. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. No pets allowed. Current COVID precautions set by the CDC must be followed.

7/18 Side Show Willy: A Traveling Jukebox

7/25 Brian Kane and Friends: Acoustic

8/1 Nite Train: Classic Rock and Blues

8/8 Darryl Daily: Today’s Music, Soft Rock

8/15 Blue Hand Luke: Classic Rock

8/22 Mike Miner: Country and Originals

8/29 Kyle Bourgault Band: Country

Music In The Park – Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center Proudly Presents 2021 Summer Concert Series

RENSSELAER –  July 19th Joes Boys. Sponsored By Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center; July 26th Gone Grey. Sponsored By Clear Captions FREE Captioning Phone; August 2nd Donny Elvis. Sponsored By CDPHP; August 9th Kyle Bourgault Acoustic Live. Sponsored By Rensselaer County Legislator Chair and City of Rensselaer Mayor Michael Stammel … From 6 PM to 8 PM, Riverfront Park Rensselaer NY. Rain Date Is The Following Night

We would like to thank all of our sponsors. Without you this series wouldn’t be happening. Call 518-463-2166 For More Info.

Indoor Yard Sale 

AVERILL PARK – The Indoor Yard Sale is coming soon at the Church of the Covenant, United Methodist, located at 3055 Rte 43 in Averill Park. Sale dates are Fri and Sat July 16 & 17, 9 am – 2 pm with a $3 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 clothing, large items, car seats, televisions or computers.

Donations may be brought to the church weekdays 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, June 28 – July 14.

Sale sponsored by GOOFS (Girls Organization of Fun and Service)

Community Caregivers’ Lunchtime Chat Schedule: July 2021

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Please dial-in and join us to hear about interesting topics – it’s free and easy to join! Simply call 518-992-6661. Or let us know if you want us to dial you in! 2021 Western Avenue, Suite 104, Albany NY 12203. Tel: 518-456-2898 Website: Email:

Friday, July 16, 1 pm Topic: We love our Pets! With Meghan Goddard

Monday, July 19, 1:15 pm – 15-minute Mindful Breathing Break with Andy 

Tuesday, July 20, 1 pm – Topic: Explore the Grand Canyon with us! (Virtually)

Wed, July 21. 9:15 am – 15-minute Mindful Breathing Break with Andy

Friday, July 23, 1 pm Topic: The Port of Albany: Right here in our backyard. With Richard Farrell

Monday, July 26. 1:15 pm – 15-minute Mindful Breathing Break with Andy

Tuesday, July 27, 1 pm Topic: Services for Veterans and Their Families with Tess Thierbecker, Albany VA Medical Center

Wed July 28, 9:15 am – 15-minute Mindful Breathing Break with Andy 

Friday, July 30, 1 pm – The Forgotten War: Oral Histories from the Corporal Allen F. Kivlehan Korean American War Veterans’ Association

Town of Nassau Youth Committee Fishing Derby 

NASSAU – On Saturday, July 17th from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the Town of Nassau Youth Committee will be holding its 3rd Annual Fishing Derby at the Lyons Lake Restaurant, Lyons Lake Road, Nassau.  All youth are welcome – there will be refreshments and prizes for the biggest, smallest and weirdest fish.  There is no charge for this event – bring your rod and have fun.  If you don’t have a fishing rod, we have some to donate.  Follow us at Town of Nassau Youth on Facebook.

10th Annual Northeast Postal History & Ephemera Show

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Attention Stamp, Postcard, Cover, Postal History and Ephemera Collectors! Also featuring stamps and postcards will be held July 17 & 18, 2021 – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM at the Polish Community Center, – 225 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany, NY 12205.

Featuring.. . Free Hourly Door Prizes; Silent Auction; Stamp Cover, Postcard, Postal History and Ephemera Exhibits; Free Stamp Packet for kids; Free Appraisals of your Paper Collectibles; Excellent Food and Beverages available on premises; 35 dealers from throughout the Northeast; Free Parking and Admission.

Did you inherit a stamp collection? Do you need to know the value of any paper ephemera that you might have around the house, including stamps, covers, postcards, postal history, comic books, sports cards, etc.? Dealers will be available to give actual market values for these items at no charge. Information: George McGowan – – Show site – www.nphescom.

Grafton Summer Festival

GRAFTON – After taking the year off due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, the original Grafton Summer Festival is back and hopes to be bigger and better than ever before.

The Festival is again scheduled to be held in the historic Grafton Town Park on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The park is located on NYS Route 2, one mile east of the State Park entrance.

For more than 30 years, the Grafton Summer Festival has been a tradition enjoyed by all the residents of Grafton, the surrounding towns and visitors to the area.

This year we are again featuring Civil War reenactors known as the Crenshaw Battery. There will be soldiers in authentic uniforms including weapons and equipment. At past festivals this has been a very popular exhibit. The people of Grafton have many ancestors who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and we’re very proud of that heritage.

Sister Kennan McGowan’s Memorial Giant Raffle will have close to 100 prizes with a growing monetary grand prize. Tickets are available from most parishioners of Our Lady of the Snow Mission and Our Lady of Victory Church. Tickets will also be sold all day on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

There will be a chicken BBQ to be served from 12:00 noon until 2pm, or when the meals are sold out. The dinners consist of ½ chicken, baked potato, coleslaw and dessert and can be enjoyed on site or for take-out. It is suggested that tickets for the dinner be obtained ahead of time and reserved by calling 518- 421-5070 or 518-953-0363.

The local Boy Scouts will be providing hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage and peppers and cold soft drinks. In the morning, coffee, donuts and other breakfast items will be available.

There will again be music and singing in the gazebo.

Since the inception of the Grafton Festival over 35 years ago, we have had a craft fair and flea market with vendors selling a large selection of crafts and exotic items, including antiques, collectibles, handcrafted jewelry and wood-working items. It is anticipated that 50 or more vendors will be participating.

The Grafton Community Library and the Grafton Historical Society will have booths, as will several other community organizations.

Our Lady of the Snow will offer homemade baked goods, including “mini” pies, cupcakes and numerous other sweets.

The festival provides the people and friends of Grafton the opportunity to meet their neighbors and the people who serve them in various volunteer capacities.

To join in the festivities, call 518-466-8555 for more information and registration forms as a vendor or participant.

Community Caregivers Volunteer Orientation Sessions 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Community Caregivers July 2021 Volunteer Orientation Sessions Can you spare an hour or two a month to help your community? Our volunteers make friendly phone calls & visits, grocery shop and drive our neighbors* to medical appointments. Orientation is a first step in volunteering with us. Please allow 45 minutes. Please register at the email below or by calling 518-456-2898. Individual sessions are available upon request by emailing Meredith Osta at:

Thursday July 22nd, 12 p.m. via Zoom Link to be sent via email prior to the session

We look forward to meeting you! *Serving Albany & Rensselaer Counties Community Caregivers is a non-profit agency supported by community donations, and grants from The Albany County Department for Aging, the NYS Department of Health and Office for the Aging & the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Patsy Cline is Coming to West Sand Lake 

WEST SAND LAKE – In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Jubilee Child Day Care, Salem Church and Jubilee are proud to present an evening of fun with Courtney Shayne Karl as the legendary Patsy Cline. Courtney, a Jubilee parent, and professional Patsy Cline tribute artist for over 10 years, brings life to the music of the iconic American performer. In the 50’s and 60’s, Patsy Cline took country music to the top of the pop charts. Be transported back in time to the days when she graced the stages and air waves of America.

Join us Friday evening July 23, from 6-8pm outdoors around the pole barn at Salem Church, 349 Shaver Road, West Sand Lake for an evening of great music. Experience the fun in fundraising to support this important community day care ministry at Salem.

Bring the whole family, bring all your friends, and bring your lawn chairs or blanket! Food truck and refreshments available. Rain date, July 30

Tickets at the door $15, pre-sale $12, and children ages 5-18 $5, under age 5, free. Buy your tickets online at

or contact the Salem Church Office, call 518-674-3106, email or message us on Facebook,

Are you a Jubilee Family Alumni? Jubilee Staff member? Know someone who is? We’d love to hear from you!

Please join our Facebook Group to share memories, photos and keep connected with some of your first playmates and teachers,

Free Movie on the Beach at Grafton Lakes State Park

GRAFTON – Join the Friends of Grafton Lake State Park and the Timberjack Boyscouts on July 23rd at 8:35 PM for a free movie on the beach. We aren’t allowed to provide the name of the film, however, we can tell you the it is a Japanese anime classic with an environmental theme and a strong warrior princess. The film will run just under two hours and the Timberjacks will be running a concession stand.

Help us to keep supporting these great activities by becoming a Friends Member or Renewing at:

$10 individual / $15 family / $5 students & seniors Supporting membership @ $35 (silver-contributing) & $100 (gold-supporting) Organizational membership: $50 (regular) & $250 (institutional sponsor)

July 2021 Meeting for the Capital District Genealogical Society

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Saturday, 24 July 2021 at 1:00 PM ET. Online Zoom Meeting. CDGS meetings are presently held on Zoom. Registration is free and will open to the public on 16 July 2021. See under meetings and events. There is a 100 person limit.  Topic: Discover Scottish Family History by Chris Paton. Our speaker will give an overview of the records needed to explore Scottish ancestry, noting where to find them online and offine. Paton will discuss church records, civil registration records, census and land records, and inheritance records to help researchers better understand their Caledonian heritage.

Register for 35th Annual Run for the Roses 5K Race in Grafton

GRAFTON – Submitted by Sandra von Schilgen, Grafton. Registration is open for the 35th Annual Run for the Roses 5K Foot Race on Sunday, August 8 at Grafton Lakes State Park. The event benefits Grafton Community Library, and includes a 2.5 Mile Nature Walk and Kids’ 1 Mile Fun Run in addition to the USATF sanctioned 5K race. The deadline for reduced entry fee is July 26. The Nature Walk steps off at 8 a.m., $15, day of race $20. The 5K starts at 9 a.m., $25, day of race $30. Fun Run starts at 10 a.m., $10 either early or day of race. All participants receive a free book and a rose. Fun Run kids also receive a Stewart’s ice cream cone certificate and a ribbon. Register online at or download application from, where you’ll find a description of race course and more information. Applications are also available at Grafton Lakes State Park Office, 518 279-1155, and at the Grafton Library at 2455 NY Route 2.

Live Theatre Returns to Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – SLCA presents “Pipeline” by Dominique Morisseau, a drama that delves into the urgent issue of the “School-to-prison” pipeline that ensnares people of color. Issues of class, race, parenting and education in America are brought to the frontlines, as we are left to question the systematic structures that ultimately trap underserved communities. Performances are July 23, 24, 30, 31 at 8pm and July 25 and August 1 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $18, available now at Reserve your seats today! Directed by Siobhan Shea.


Summer Juried Art Show at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Through August 28 on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3pm. This year’s collection was inspired by the song Hands by Phill Ochs.
Join us at our opening reception on July 24 from 





Tay Fisher’s Basketball 2021 Summer Schedule

CAPITAL DISTRICT   Tay “Firefly” Fisher, Siena College standout, Harlem Globetrotter, Firefly (2009-2019) and Kingston HS grad, returns to the Capital NY & Hudson Valley region to announce his 2021 summer basketball programs.
For anyone not able to attend the June Basketball Camp sessions, Tay says “I am looking forward to doing it again. New experience, new locations and new faces. Check out the info on my website, Tay and see if any of my upcoming summer camps work for you.” Camp Registration forms and more information can be found at Tay

CAMP July 26-30, 2021 (ages 12+) – Summer Camp at SUNY Ulster – The co-ed camp is open to athletes ages 12+ interested in improving fundamental skills. *Strong emphasis on ball handling, passing, defense and shooting, leadership techniques and work ethics are also incorporated. 9am-1pm ages 12+; 2pm-6pm ages 12+. The 5-day camp costs $272 for each student

CAMP August 2-6, 2021 (ages 7+) – Summer Camp The College of Saint Rose. The co-ed camp is open to athletes ages 7+ interested in improving fundamental skills. *Strong emphasis on ball handling, passing, defense and shooting, leadership techniques and work ethics are also incorporated. 9am-1pm ages 7-11 year olds; 2pm-6pm ages 12+. The 5-day camp costs $272 for each student. 

Note: State safety guidelines will be will be followed at ALL Tay Fisher’s Basketball programs, which includes temp check at arrival, mask, small group settings, etc…

More Info: visit      To Register:    Follow Tay on Facebook: @TayFisherBasketball
Camp Promo Video:

Consciousness-Raising Book Discussion 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a spiritual book discussion. All are welcome whether or not they’ve read. This month’s book is The Laws of Spirit: Simple, Powerful Truths for Making Life Work by Dan Millman. Hosted on Zoom by Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures. Call or use the Contact us form at for Meeting ID and discussion questions. For more information, visit our group, Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures or call (518) 366-9918.

31st Annual American Legion Post 1489 Golf Outing

WYNANTSKILL – Saturday, July 31 2021,Pioneer Hills Golf Course,Price $100.00 ea.-Includes,18 hole shotgun scramble w/cart,Lunch at the course at 11:00 (hot dogs,hamburgs,mac salad).  Tee off at 12:00,Beverages will be available on the course,2 domestic beer chips included per person.Barbeque dinner following golf back at The Legion w/ 1Hr.Draft beer and soda.Prizes,raffles, auction and plenty of laughs.Sign up at The Legion 111 Main Ave. Wynantskill or call Bill McGuirk at 518-441-0013. If you don’t have a foursome,sign up and we will match you up.Proceeds to benefit Sons of The Legion charities.

Rocktoga Benefit

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Med present Rocktoga. All day multi-band music benefit. Sunday, August 1st, 12pm-6pm. Malta Drive In, 2785  US Rt. 9, Malta, NY 12020. Featuring Big Sky Country, Grand Central Station, Jocamo, Superposition also a few surprise special guests. Food trucks, stock cars, childrens activities, raffles, Win and electric guitar! $25 per carload in advance. $30 at the door. For info: Craig Warner, 518-727-4279.

Extension Offers “How To Succeed With Squash”

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will present the program “How To Succeed With Squash” on Tuesday, August 3, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  From acorn to butternut and hubbard to delicata, everyone loves flavorful, delicious squash.  Join Master Gardener Nancy Scott and her volunteer colleagues for a discussion on how to grow squash, the varieties available, and possible pest problems.  We’ll take a look at the squash growing in the Demonstration Garden and answer your questions, 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 lawn chair.  For more information contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-272-4210 or

Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake, Summerfest Is Back!!!  

AVERILL PARK – Mark your calendars – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 27-29th. Summerfest is a three day extravaganza planned and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake with the generous support of many local businesses and organizations.

This is an admission free event that will feature great bands, thrilling rides for children and adults, fireworks, a pep rally for our local students and sports teams, a car show, petting zoo, tennis tournament, a visit from a Blackhawk helicopter with helicopter tours, craft vendors and a variety of food and beverage choices to appeal to every taste. Even more fun and exciting activities will soon be added. So circle the dates and plan to come out to Butler Park in Averill Park to celebrate summer by enjoying all the great music and fun-filled activities being planned.  

The Poestenkill Business Association’s Annual Auction Fundraiser 

POESTENKILL – The Poestenkill Business Association’s Annual Auction Fundraiser will be held Saturday August 28, 2021 at the Sullivan-Jones VFW Post on Main Street under their Pavilion. Viewing of all Auction items will begin at 11:00AM with the Auction to start at 1:00 PM. All participants will be asked to purchase a Bidders Number to assist in properly identifying the winning Bid by the Auctioneer. Selections will again run from interior home items including that rare, diamond in the rough long sought after keepsake to topsoil, firewood, mulch & stone by the truckload.   The Kitchen will be open from 10:30 AM to the end of the Auction with mouthwatering delights such as Sausage & Peppers, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs along with cold beverages including Beer. Activities for the children will also be provided. All proceeds will go to support the Poestenkill Business Association’s fund to discreetly assist Poestenkill Residents who experience unexpected emergency situations during the year. Please mark the date on your calendar for a most enjoyable outing and plan on attending the Poestenkill Business Association’s Auction on Saturday August 28th!  Thank you in advance for your support.

Malta Veterans Appreciation Program 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Save The Date! Monday, August 30, 2021. To Benefit Our LOCAL VETERAN “Hometown Heroes” Register now. $150 per person/$560 per foursome. Saratoga Lake Golf Club. Call Renee Farley (518) 577-8863 or Jim Peterman at 203-257-1893.

Clinton Heights 19th Annual Reunion

RENSSELAER – The Clinton Heights Annual Reunion will be held at the Melvin Roads American Legion Post, 200 Columbia Turnpike on Friday, September 10th, 2021 (the Friday after Labor Day) from 3pm – 7pm. Please come and join us if you grew up in Clinton Heights, Hampton Manor, Prospect Heights, Clinton Park or Hillview in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or beyond. Everyone is welcome. If you are in contact with anyone who has left the area, please give them a call also, This is an informal gathering. There is no charge but donations to cover expenses would be appreciated. Please join us for another great afternoon. For more information, please call Mona Orciuoli at 518-465-9564 or Pam Sanford Dundon at 518-766-9289.

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