Events 08.18.22

North Greenbush Town Celebration

Supervisor Joe Bott is pleased to announce our annual North Greenbush Town Celebration will be held
September 9-11 at town hall, 2 Douglas Street in Wynantskill. 

Come join the fun as we kick off the events with amusement rides and games for the children, great entertainment, demonstrations, food trucks and more! The fair runs Friday, September 9th from 6-10pm, Saturday, September 10th
1-10pm and Sunday, September 11th from Noon – 4pm. The fair is being organized by Deputy Supervisor Kelly Hoffman and Councilwoman Jessica Merola. For more information, please email or call the Supervisors office at (518) 283-5313, x5. Look for more exciting information in the coming weeks.

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 (

Grafton Lakes State Park to Host Fire Tower Anniversary

Grafton Lakes State Park is hosting a Fire Tower Anniversary event to celebrate the 10th anniversary since the Dickinson Fire Tower was reopened to the public. The event will include a presentation about the restoration, a presentation about life as a fire tower observer, and a junior fire tower observer talk. The event is on August 27th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. $8 covers entrance to the park, parking, and admission to the event and patrons are encouraged to call to register for the event.

The Dickinson Fire Tower was originally constructed in 1924 and was later decommissioned in 1972. The Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park led an initiative to restore and reactivate the site in 2012. Today, the Fire Tower stands at
60 feet tall with a spectacular 360-degree aerial view of five mountain ranges visible on a clear day. 

Event Schedule:

• 1:00 PM – Fire Tower Restoration Presentation: Dick Gibbs

o Inside Welcome Center

• 2:00 PM – Life of a Fire Tower Observer: Helen Ellett- Linda Laveway and Randy Kneer

o Inside Welcome Center

• 3:00 PM – Jr. Fire Tower Observer talk

o Outside the Welcome Center at the Fire Tower Replica- great for kids!

Visit the Grafton Lakes State Park Facebook page for updated information. Grafton Lakes State Park is located off Route 2, twelve miles east of Troy, New York. Please use the park’s main entrance on Grafton Lakes State Park Way for this event. For more information, please call the park at 518-279-1155. 

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 78 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $5 billion in park and visitor spending, which supports nearly 54,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit connect with us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

A Will Kempe Weekend at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Join SLCA as we welcome back Will Kempe’s Players for a weekend full of Shakespeare shows and workshops.

Shows: Friday August 19, Titus Andronicus at 7:30pm.  Sunday August 21, A Comedy of Errors at 3:00pm.

Both shows are FREE to the public and will be held in our air conditioned theater.

Workshops:  Saturday August 20, from 11 – 1, join Kristoph DiMaria as he dives into the world of mask making and their meanings. Kristoph is a celebrated area clown and master of tradition Commedia performance. This workshop is appropriate for all ages.

Also, Saturday August 20, from 2 – 4, Sandy Boynton’s 2 hour workshop will equip you with the tools necessary for reading, performing or living the language of Shakespeare. Sandy Boynton is a long time theater educator and maker. This workshop is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Workshops are $10 each or both for $18.  For more information and to sign up for the workshops,

Airplane Modelers Air Show August 20-21

The Lazy 8 Radio Controlled Airplane Club of Johnstown will hold its 36th annual Fun Fly Air Show at its field in Johnstown NY on Saturday and Sunday August 20-21 from 9-4:00. WW I, WW II, Civilian Planes, Jets Helicopters and Stunt Plane demonstrations. Silent auction on Saturday, raffles and opportunities to try the hobby. Food provided by The Chuck Wagon. Fun for the whole family. $5 donation and kids under 12 Free. Plenty of parking. Follow the signs to 144 Knoblauch Road in Johnstown behind Rogers Family Orchard. For more information check out our website at

Happy Birthday City of Rensselaer

You are all invited to a Birthday Party September 10th at the Riverfront Park in Rensselaer from 12 to 5pm. 

The City of Rensselaer will be celebrating 125 years young and we will be enjoying music, food and fun. This is a family affair and food will be available by Class Act Catering. You can always pack a picnic basket if you like. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music of Rockin Rob Carson from 12:30 to 2pm and Donny Elvis from 3 to 4:30pm.
The park has a great Playground, Tennis Court and Basketball Courts. 

We will also have a Bounce House for this special day. We have ordered a gentle breeze off the river and a full moon at night. Plan on joining us. It is going to be a lovely day.

Pro Wrestling is Coming Back to the Kiwanis Summerfest!

Pro Wrestling is back!  Be sure to be there for 2 exciting performances on Saturday, August 27th at Averill Park’s Butler Park. Then stay to meet the male and female athletes in person. 

This is just one of the many outstanding events to look forward to at the Summerfest, August 25th to the 28th. Kiwanis invites everyone to come out and enjoy all the family fun events planned each day of our August 25th-28th Sand Lake Summerfest. 

The Thursday kick-off features thrilling rides, multiple food choices and the area’s premier band “The Refrigerators”.  And there is no admission charge any day! For more information please go to www.facebook/Kiwanis-Club-of-Sand-Lake.  We hope to see you there!

Latham-Colonie Columbiettes 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! 

The event will be held at the Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus, 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110

Vendor Spaces available are Outdoor Undercover and Outdoor Areas for your own popup display.

For pricing information contact or

Car & Truck Show at Brunswick Elk’s 

Sunday, Aug. 21, 11am-3pm (Rain Date TBD)  665 Brunswick Rd. Troy NY.  30 trophies in total – 20 of which are favorites and the remaining 10 are specialty picks.  Dash plaques, door prizes and registration givebacks. Enjoy a park-like setting with food and beverage by the Brunswick Elks. 

Open to all cars and trucks. Registration $15.00 day of the show.

 Spectator Admission is FREE. Bill Schroeder e-mail: or for more information.

Sustenance and Style: 17th Century Foodways in the Hudson River Valley

Join us at Troy Public Library on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 6:00 for a presentation sponsored by Schuyler Mansion and Crailo State Historic Sites. The Dutch arrived on Manhattan and the Hudson Valley very early in the 17th century. 

Here they found some familiar foods, but many were entirely new to the Dutch palate and grew in a landscape vastly different from the one they left in Europe. Learn how colonization changed Dutch dining habits – both in the foods available and in the way these foods were prepared and consumed. Additional insight into Native American and African American dining experiences will be included as well.

This in-person program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register call the library at
518-274-7071 or online at Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

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.

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

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