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Events 07.21.22

Hoosick Falls Summer Concert Series

New York State blues hall of famers, the Bluz House Rockers, perform at Wood Park in  Hoosick Falls on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

The Bluz House Rockers are celebrating their 27th year in 2022. While they are honored to be members of the New York State Blues Hall of Fame, the Rockers have a varied repertoire, covering everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Allman Brothers. The fact that six of their seven members sing lead and/or harmony results in their ability to present varied musical styles.

They are honored to perform every January on the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches cruise into the Caribbean. Over the years, they have played at many casinos, including, Mohegan Sun (the Wolf’s Den), the Grand Opening of Turning Stone, Vapor Night club in Saratoga and Rivers in Schenectady.

They have played all the major fairs in the region: Altamont, Saratoga, Cobleskill and Schaghticoke. 

They have performed at many galas: Cooperstown Hall of Fame Induction, SPAC, Jacob’s Pillow, Ronald McDonald House’s 30th Anniversary, WMHT, Wood Theatre and many more. BHR has opened in concert for many national acts, including Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Eddie Money, Marshall Tucker, Little Feat, Loverboy, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Mayall and The Turtles, and they have performed at the Times Union Center, Proctors, the Palace Theatre, Alive at Five and the Empire State Plaza Summer Concert Series.

Although BHR is primarily a cover band, their self-titled Bluz House Rockers cd contained mostly original tunes written by lead singer, Trish Anderson. Her song “Three Dollar Bill” went to #2 on the pop 100 charts in Denmark, and she performed her original tunes at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas on the Dennis Bono Show which was simulcast on stations through the US and Canada.

BHR member Rick Rourke’s mother and other relatives are from Hoosick Falls, so it is always special for Rick and the rest of the band to perform at

Learn history of the Hoosac Tunnel

Charles Cahoon will give an illustrated talk on the Hoosac Tunnel, on Sunday, August 7, at 2:00 p.m. The tunnel, a straight run of 4.75 miles between North Adams and the Massachusetts town of Florida, is the longest active railroad tunnel east of the Rockies. This Stephentown Historical Society program meeting will be held at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road, Stephentown, New York. The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible. For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.

The construction of the Hoosac Tunnel produced a shorter and lower elevation rail route from Boston to Troy, New York. The work took nearly 25 years and cost the lives of 196 workers. Drilling and removal of two million tons of rock required innovative surveying and engineering methods and 21 million dollars. The first train chugged through the tunnel in 1875. Both freight and passenger service used this route. It currently carries eight freight trains a day. 

Cahoon is the president of the North Adams Historical Society dba North Adams Museum of History and Science. He has been promoting the history of the tunnel since 1971 when the town of North Adams began preparing the centennial celebration of the tunnel’s completion.

Columbia HS “50s “60s Reunion

It’s back! The Columbia HS classes of the ’50s and ’60s will hold their annual reunion September 10 from 4 until 9 at the Phillips Road Firehouse outside pavilion. A food truck from Little Big Fatz will be on site and a cash bar with beer and wine will be available. This is a popular, informal gathering of classmates. A $5.00 donation is requested. For more information or questions contact Valerie Figel Femia (pfemia@nullnycap.rr.com).

2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Veterans & First Responders 

The 2nd Annual PTSD & SERVICE DOG AWARENESS RIDE, organized by local non-profit Ibi Semper Training, Inc., will be held on Saturday, August 6th in Troy, NY. 

“This event promises to be outstanding with vendors, raffles, food, and of course, a scenic ride to bring awareness and support to our local Veterans and First Responders with Post Traumatic Stress injuries and their PTSD Service Dogs,” shared Sonya Ward, organization founder.  She further explained, 

“Engaging, improving, and helping Veterans and First Responders with PTSD and rescue dogs is our mission, and this fundraiser directly supports training the teams and covers the cost of dog adoptions.” 

Pre-registration is now open and recommended for $20 per rider and $10 for passengers, though onsite registration is also welcomed that morning at 10 am.  Kick starts up (KSU) at 12 noon, taking place at Brunswick Harley Davidson, 1130 Hoosick Road in Troy.  The ride will conclude at Brunswick BBQ & Brew, 3925 NY-2 in Troy.  Both local businesses have been long time supporters of this organization and event. 

Crazytrain DJ will provide this year’s entertainment. 

Sponsors to date include Hannoush Jewelers, UTRS (Universal Technical Resource Services), La Torre Orthopedic Laboratory, Riverside Heating Services., Bob’s Auto Parts of Hoosick Falls, Abelove Law, PC. General donations to support the event have come in from  Bee Bog Farm and Impulse Tattoo. 

“We invite the community to join us for this worthy cause and to meet some of the teams we have helped along the way,” concluded Ward. 

Free Shredding Day 2022

Schodack residents please note that in conjunction with the Town of East Greenbush and City of Rensselaer, the Town of Schodack is sponsoring a Free Shredding event on Saturday July 23, 2022 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Schodack Town Hall parking lot. 

All residents from The Town of Schodack, Town of East Greenbush and the City of Rensselaer are welcome. Documents will be shredded in a secured mobile truck. There is a limit of 3 boxes per customer (cubic foot size). Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and rid yourself of those outdated checks, bank statements, and other personal information

Book Nook News at Transfiguration Parish

Thank you to everyone who made the Book Nook’s $5 Bag Sale during the parish-wide garage sale, so successful! We sent a lot of books out the door, and raised $920 for the church. Thank you so much.

The last weekend for the $5 Bag sale will end on Saturday, July 30 from 9-12. Please stop by and fill a bag of books, CD’s and DVD’s for just $5. Still a great selection available. 

We will again start taking donations of clean, lightly-read books on Saturday, August 6, when the regular Book Nook will be open again. The Book Nook is located in Speigletown at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Road.

Thanks again for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook!

Malta Ridge Vol Fire Co Aux Garage Sale

The annual Summer Sizzler garage sale for the Malta Ridge Vol Fire Co Auxiliary will be held Fri, July 29 through Sun July 31 at 745 Malta Ave Ext, Malta, NY. 

A good selection of lightly used articles for sale including furniture, housewares, home decor, etc. Times are Fri 2p – 8p; Sat 9a – 3p; and Sun 9a – 12p. Donations will be accepted Thurs, July 28 from 5p – 9p at 745 Malta Ave Ext, Malta, NY. All proceeds benefit the firefighters. If you have large pieces of furniture to donate, please send a picture to Cathy Fare @ ctfare@nullnycap.rr.com. Thank you in advance for your support.

Schuylerville Flower Show

The Schuylerville Garden Club will present its annual National Garden Club Standard Flower Show entitled “Flowers Take Flight” on Saturday, July 23 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and Sunday, July 24 from Noon- 4 pm in the Town Hall, 12 Spring Street (corner of Spring & Broad) in Schuylerville, NY.

There will be Floral Design, Horticulture and Artistic Crafts competitions which will be judged by trained judges. A Photography division will be judged by the people attending the show. All divisions reflect the “Birds” theme. 

The show will also include plant, glove and bake sales, prizes from a benefit table and special exhibits. A presentation of “All About Bluebirds” will be given on Sunday at 2:30 by Russ Guard. 

Admission and refreshments are free! The public is invited to attend and participate in the show. For more information, visit www.schuylervillegardenclub.org.

Herman Melville Birthday Event

The Lansingburgh Historical Society (LHS) invites you to join us as we CELEBRATE HERMAN MELVILLE’S 203RD BIRTHDAY, on SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2022, at the Herman Melville House, 2 114th Street, Troy, NY from 10 AM to 2 PM.

We are delighted to open our celebration at 10:30 AM, with a talk by HISTORIAN & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BERKSHIRE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AT ARROWHEAD, LESLEY HERZBERG. 

Marking its 60th anniversary this year, the Berkshire County Historical Society makes its home at Arrowhead, the home of Herman Melville from 1850 to 1863, and the location where he completed his work, The Whale, or Moby-Dick. Melville wrote his first two novels, Typee and Omoo, in Lansingburgh where he lived with his family from 1838 to 1847.

Following Lesley’s talk, we’ll enjoy birthday cupcakes, and tours of the Melville House and Gardens. For more information please reach out to John or Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295

Please join us! As always, a $10 donation is welcome and truly appreciated. We’ll see you there!

The SVFD’s Car Show Is Happening On Saturday, August 20, 2022

Cruise on down to Stephentown on Saturday, August 20 to check out the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department’s Car Show from 10 AM – 2 PM. 

Antique Autos, Classic Cars, Antique Tractors, Hot Rods, and Antique Fire Trucks! Plus food, vendors, and raffles. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

The entry fee for vehicles is just $10. Door prizes and trophies will be awarded. Walk-ins and spectators enter for free, but a donation is suggested.

Vendors are also welcome; tables are available for $10. If you are interested in reserving a spot, please email us at stephentownfiredepartment@nullgmail.com.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, August 21

Young Peacemakers Week

Are you interested in contributing to a peaceful world? If the answer is yes, help your child (grades 2-8) learn about peace within their own self, their community, and the global stage. 

Young Peacemakers Week, held at the Friends Meetinghouse at 727 Madison Ave. in Albany, is set up to do exactly that during the week of August 22-26, 2022. The hours are 1:30-6:30, with a family meal shared from 5:30-6:30, accompanied by a family activity and singing. Peacemaking skills are learned in the context of typical summer day camp activities, including arts and crafts, music, non-competitive games, and nature-related fun. 

The cost is pay-as-you-can, and no child will be turned away for inability to pay. Young Peacemakers Week is a welcoming community, and is open to children of all abilities, ethnicities, religions, etc. For more information, call Nancy Mattice at 518-366-1854, or visit us online at youngpeacemakersweek.weebly.com.

North Greenbush Summer Concert Series

Our UPDATED Summer Concert Series is here and we are excited about some returning acts and looking forward to hearing some new musical groups. All concerts are held on Sundays starting at 6pm behind town hall in the gazebo at 2 Douglas Street in Wynantskill (weather permitting). Hope to see you there!

7/24 Jet Screamer

7/31 The Donna Tritico Bank

8/7 Harmonic Duo

8/14 Kyle Bourgault Band

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