Events 07.29.21

Brunswick Historical Society Looking for Vendors

EAGLE MILLS – Brunswick Historical Society is looking for vendors for our Annual Tag and Bake Sale on September 11, 2021. Rain or shine. We are located at 605 Brunswick Rd in Eagle Mills. We will be offering a limited number of spaces (1)- 8×10 for free. Don’t miss out. Sign up now. Contact Tracy for more information at 518-279-3020 or email at

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:

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 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.

Rensselaer Land Trust Re-Opens Palmer Road Preserve

SCHODACK – The Rensselaer Land Trust is pleased to announce the re-opening of Palmer Road Preserve in Schodack, NY. The 57-acre property was transferred to Rensselaer Land Trust upon the voluntary dissolution of the Schodack Area Land Trust in late 2020. On Saturday, July 31 from 10 am to 11 am Rensselaer Land Trust will hold a public re-opening ceremony. The land trusts invites the community to join them as they celebrate this special place.

Located in a residential community near Miller Road in Schodack, the property features an extensive walking trail system. The entrance to Palmer Road Preserve is located just beyond the cul-de-sac at the end of Thoroughbred Drive. The Preserve features a 1-mile loop trail system. Hiking, bird watching, and other forms of passive recreation are permitted and encouraged.

Rensselaer Land Trust protects the open spaces, watersheds and natural habitats of New York’s capital region for the benefit of our communities and future generations. For 34 years, RLT has conserved important lands in our area through voluntary land protection agreements and land donations and purchases with conservation-minded landowners. To learn more visit:

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.

Mapping Workshop Sand Lake Union Cemetery

AVERILL PARK – Arts Letter and Numbers sponsored Workshop 3: Constructed World on the Wynantskill, the People: Mapping in the Sand Lake Union [Woodbine] Cemetery. We will meet Saturday, July 31, at 1:00 at the cemetery (2 Cemetery Lane, Averill Park) and share stories about people who live/lived in the area, particularly those who worked at mills on the Wynantskill. We will find the graves of those we know are buried in this cemetery (among them Mary Monch, Hattie Wagner, Jennie Feathers, Louise Lee). We will also look for familiar last names (our neighbors; local roads). Please bring any reminiscences of your own, or ones you’ve collected. And, perhaps bring flowers to brighten the graves we find. Collector of our narratives is Celia Kutz, of the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. Digital map maker is Natasha Holmes of Arts Letters and Numbers. For further information, contact Diane DeBlois at; 518-674-2979.

NEACA Gun Shows Still Only Game in Town

CAPITAL DISTRICT – In the show promotion business since 1982, NEACA, Inc. had promoted the very well attended Saratoga Springs Arms Fair at the city Center for over 32 years until the Democrat controlled City Administration passed their law banning guns on City owned property.  The last NEACA show there was on Memorial Day weekend of 2018 — A fitting date for burial of one of the best shows of its type in the Northeast.

NEACA actually opened the City Center with the first commercial activity there, still with the smell of fresh paint in the air.  An exquisite Antique Show was held in August of 1984 — A few weeks later, the first Arms Fair was produced, and NEACA then used the facility for over a hundred weekends more … till they were banned.  

Many of our NEACA members, over 1800, still will not support any activities or business in Saratoga and many supporters of our shows, over 30,000 in our local mailing lists, follow that trend.  “good for them,” says David Petronis, President and promoter of NEACA, Inc. “It was a disgusting display of ridding the city of a well regulated and legal show,” added Petronis

“NEACA is still the only promoter of gun shows in the northeast and has worked thru the pandemic with them.   Other promoters are just now emerging from their doldrums and are advertising future events, but we have promoted shows locally and in Vermont since the Covid crises began, “Petronis said.

Future shows on their schedule include a Gun Show at the VFW Post 4915 in Herkimer, NY on July 31 and August 1 and another in Middlebury, Vermont in August 14 & 15 at the American Legion Post #27.  Further information on those events plus others can be found at

Stop by and see what you have been missing at their sister company, Hudson River Trading Company, 38 North Main Street, Mechanicville, Gun Emporium with antiques and collectibles.  For hours call 518-664-9743.

Join the Celebration Honoring Civil War Hero General George Thomas

TROY – A very special event – Please join us! The Col. George L. Willard Camp # 154, Department of New York, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, along with Oakwood Cemetery, has reconstructed and repaired elements of the gravesite of Civil War Hero and “Rock of Chickamauga,” General George Thomas. Elements of original fence and finials were restored, the surroundings have been made safe from environmental hazards, and the descriptive tablet of General Thomas was raised off the ground.

A rededication of the gravesite by the Col. George L. Willard Camp # 154, Department of New York, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War camp and Oakwood Cemetery will begin at 11am on July 31st – the anniversary of Thomas’s 1816 July 31st birthday. Section I-1, follow signs.

The program includes:

Posting and Retiring of the Colors and playing of Taps

Musical performances

A rifle salute

Costumed reenactors

A brief history of General Thomas and of the 9-year restoration project

Light refreshments

and more…

More information may be found on our website:

We look forward to seeing you!

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.

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 –  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.

American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Classes

RENSSELAER COUNTY – American Red Cross Babysitter’s training classes are being held in Aug. at various locations. Contact Brenda at for more details.

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.

Tay Fisher’s Basketball Camp

CAPITAL DISTRICT –  Tay “Firefly” Fisher, Siena College standout, Harlem Globetrotter, Firefly (2009-2019) and Kingston HS grad – 2021 summer basketball programs.

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:

Ch. 60, Korean War Veterans Assoc. Hosting a BBQ 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Ch. 60, Korean War Veterans Assoc.. will be hosting a BBQ at 12:00 noon, on Thurs., Aug. 5, followed by a short meeting..  Members interested in attending are  asked to call Carole Waldron at 518-584-4362, by Aug.2nd.  Veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War, in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, family and friends are all invited to attend.  For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Paul O”Keefe at 584-603-4186.  Annual dues for veterans are $10 and $5 for all others.

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

26th Annual Poestenkill Fire Company Car Show & Swap Meet Rain or Shine

POESTENKILL – The Poestenkill Fire Company, 182 Main Street, Poestenkill, NY will be holding it’s 26th Annual Car Show and Swap Meet on Sunday, August 8, 2021, 8am-3pm. There will be food, refreshments, vendors and door prizes. The show is free to spectators and free parking available.

Dash plaques will be given to the first 200 cars. 25 Trophies will be awarded as well as other special trophies; BEST FORD (In memory of Leroy Lester), BEST OF SHOW, OLDEST VEHICLE AT SHOW, FIREMAN’S PICK, LONGEST DISTANCE. Judging for best of show will be done by participants until 1 pm. Vehicle Registration Fee $10.00.

Vendors needed; 20 x 20 space, pre-registration fee $20 by August 1st, 2021. Day of event $25. Vendors must have a valid NYS Sales Tax Certificate. Make checks or money orders payable to Poestenkill Fire Company

For more information, contact John Windover (518-956-0621) or Bob Lester (518-424-4283).

Mail Pre-registrations to: John Windover, 2561 NY Highway Rt 43, Averill Park, NY 12018.

1st Annual Sand Lake Kiwanis Car Show, Rescheduled to August 15th

AVERILL PARK – WestFall Village, 13 Averill Ave., Averill Park. 9am-2pm. Free parking for spectators. Dash plaques for the first 100 cars. Top 25 Award and other Special Trophies. Best in Show by Participants. $10 car registration fee. For info please email:

 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.  

Need Peace? Come and Join Us for the Sung Vespers in the Spirit of Taize 

ALBANY –  Tuesday evenings Aug. 17 and Sept. 14, 7 P.M. at St. Matthew St. Paul’s Lutheran Church located at 1500 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203. Sung Vespers in the Spirit of Taize is a worship service which uses silence, scripture, prayer and repetitive singing to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. The Taize community was founded in France in 1940 to promote peace through prayer and meditation.

Kiwanis Summerfest Benefit Tennis Tournament Registration

AVERILL PARK – If top spin, back hand, drop shot and volley are part of your sport, then the Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake has a racket for you. Saturday, Saturday August 28th, at Averill Park HS courts. Registration fees: $20.00 for singles; $40 for doubles team for each category entered. Deadline for Registration is Wednesday, August 18th.

For additional information call Joe Behson at 674-8407
or Bruce Perry at 674-2475.


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.

St. Jude’s 16th Annual Festival, Super Raffle & Craft Fair

WYNANTSKILL – Save the date, September 25th, for St. Jude the Apostle’s 16th annual Fall Festival featuring international food and entertainment from around the globe! Super Raffle tickets are now on sale and going fast!! Grand Prize is $10,000, with 12 prizes in total. Ticket cost is $100, with only 250 being sold!! Order now by going to or calling Renay at 518-701-7369. We are still accepting craft fair vendors email See you September 25th! Proudly sponsored by MAC Equipment, Wynantskill Funeral Home & Troy Sand and Gravel.



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