Events 08.04.22

Lustgarten Foundation Albany Capital District Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research

The 19th Annual Lustgarten Foundation Albany Capital District Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research is your chance to join our dedicated community of supporters who have been touched by pancreatic cancer. 

On September 11, 2022 we will be walking again at Elm Avenue Town Park in Delmar where together we will raise the critical funds and awareness needed to defeat this devastating disease. The Walk raises funds for the Lustgarten Foundation; and thanks to the Foundation’s private funding, 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

The 1.2-mile handicap accessible, child-friendly, stroller-friendly and pet-friendly event will include a special jewelry raffle, a 50/50 raffle, a PC information area and a survivors’ table. A live band will provide music. The first 500 walkers will receive a walk t-shirt and refreshments will be available, including bottled water, apple cider donuts, coffee, and apple cider.

Registration begins at 8:00 AM with opening ceremonies at 10:00 AM. We will have an honor guard and a moment of silence in recognition of lives lost on 9/11 and will invite first responders to join our pancreatic cancer survivors as we begin our Walk. 

The Lustgarten Foundation is the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research in the world. To register for the walk or make a donation, please visit: Day-of registration also available onsite.

Ric DiDonato Comes to Grafton

Do you like the vocalists from the Big Band and Rat Pack eras? Then come to hear Ric DiDonato serenading our audience singing the best songs from that era. Just close your eyes. Be transported back in time or experience that era for the first time. When you open your eyes, you’ll be surprised that you aren’t looking at Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin or Bobby Darin. Ric uses vintage gear, wearing classy 60’s era suits and tuxes transporting you back in time. Let’s make this a fun event! If you have an outfit from the 60’s please wear it. If you want to dance, please do. It’s a show not to be missed.

We hope to see you at our free concert Saturday August 13, 2022, from 2- 4 pm at Roxborough Holdings (former Grafton Elementary School) Rte 2 & Babcock Lake Road, Grafton, NY. Sit inside or if outside please bring a chair. Light refreshments will be for sale. Come and enjoy the show!

We hope to see you August 13!

Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton Summer Festival

Come join us on August 6, 2022, for our 113th 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 Jane Weber at 258-4307.

3rd Annual Car Wash to benefit Stephentown Historical

The Stephentown Historical Society’s 3rd Annual Car Wash on Sunday, August 14, will also include the Stephentown Federated Church’s SonShiners Garden and Bake Sale. 

The Car Wash, a fund raiser for the Stephentown Historical Society, will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Scrub Board Laundromat and Car Wash located on Route 22 just south of Route 43 in Stephentown, NY. For a mere $20, you will get your car lovingly washed ($10) and dried ($5) by hand as well as 6 raffle tickets ($5) for a chance to win half of a 50/50 Raffle! In addition, you will find various historical albums, t-shirts, and other Historical Society merchandise and memorabilia for sale. 

At the same time and location, be sure and stop at the Stephentown Federated Church’s tent for the SonShiners Garden and Bake Sale. You will find freshly baked goodies like cookies, cupcakes, and banana bread as well as vegetables picked from local gardens. The great bakers and gardeners of the SonShiners are raising funds for the Stephentown Federated Church. 

In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Latham-Colonie Columbiettes Annual Fall Craft Fair

Latham Colonie Columbiettes will be hosting their Annual Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, September, 17th, 2022, 9 am to 3:30 pm! Rain or Shine! Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110

Vendor Space available both Indoor and Outdoor Undercover and Outdoor Areas for your own popup display.

For pricing information or

The Josh Romeo Show LIVE – World Premiere

Join Josh and friends as they improvise their way through scenes and scenarios provided by YOU the audience! Musical and scenic improv from performers all across the capital region!

Featuring: Patrick White, Sharon Paluch, Brian Sheldon, Josh Romeo, Keaton Poore, Michaela Torres, Katrina Wischusen, and Charlie Richards!

The show will take place at The Sand Lake Center for the Arts on August 1st (2880 NY-43, Averill Park)..

The doors open at 7:30 and the show beings at 8:00pm. Free admission! Masks encouraged!

Reserve your FREE tickets at

Creative Writing Program for Young People with Val Kavanaugh

Dates: Mondays, 8/8 to 8/29

Location: The SHAC Community Center, 27 Lake Ave, Averill Park, NY

Time: 2:00PM-4:00PM

Age Group: Middle/High School

Capacity: 12

Cost: $60 per student

Summer is the perfect time for kids to take some time off from their devices and learn ways to develop and increase their creative writing skills. Each class will have a specific, fun, writing experience that will include learning about and practicing short story writing, poetry, script writing and opinion pieces – a potpourri of the many types of contemporary writing. Participants will have the opportunity to critique and develop their writing skills. The instructor will explain the value and the way critique should be handled.

NEW PROGRAM: Learn to Play Pickleball

Location: Averill Park HS Tennis Courts

Registration: 6:15pm

Play: 6:30 – 7:30+

Cost: Free – donation bucket for SHAC will be available.

All ages welcome (those under 18 must have a parent sign a waiver). Bring paddles/balls if you have some.

Hoosac Tunnel talk at Stephentown Historical Society

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.

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. 

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!

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

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

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!

8/7 Harmonic Duo

8/14 Kyle Bourgault Band

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 (

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