Events 09.09.21

Capital Region Social Happenings September Concert Series Announced

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Email: – Facebook: Capital Region Social Happenings — @CapitalRegionSocial – Open to the public at large. CDC & COVID compliant. Masks required on everyone.  Inside seating is limited; outside seating is unlimited. $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. Plenty of free parking. Handicap accessible. Call 518-452-6883 for more information. Location in Colonie: 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Offices and Apts.) at “Hill” door. 

Friday Night – September 10:  DON “THE SOUL MAN” HYMAN returns to our stage to entertain us with music and stories of the original music.  This is guaranteed to be a fun and participation evening.  Performance starts at 7 pm.  

Friday Night – September 24:  EDD T. “The Human Jukebox” CLIFFORD will be performing on our stage. He has been named “The Man of 40 Voices”.  He recreates the music that you heard on the jukebox years ago. This is guaranteed to be an enjoyable evening.  Performance starts at 7 pm. 

North Greenbush Town Fair Celebration

NORTH GREENBUSH – The North Greenbush Town Fair is coming this weekend! Opening day kicks-off Friday, September 10th with carnival rides and games opening at 6pm and the band Nite Train playing classic rock and blues Friday night. On Saturday, September 11th the fair is open from 1-5pm and 6-10pm. Whiskey Highway will be our musical entertainment Saturday night starting at 7pm so wear your boots and dancing shoes for a great night of fun. On Sunday, the fair opens at noon and musical entertainment will start at 1pm with our very own Al Spain. Child safety ID’s will be provided by the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department from 12-3pm. We will have food trucks, specialty dessert vendors and our ladies auxiliary serving up delicious treats each day of the fair. We are excited to continue this fun family event. More more information, please contact the town supervisor’s office at (518) 283-5313, x10.

East Schodack Village Wide Garage Sale

EAST SCHODACK – Saturday, September 11,2021, from 9am-3pm. Come check out the great bargains!

September Mindful Nature Walk

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Monthly Mindful Nature Walk. With Kripalu-certified Mindful Outdoor Guides Molly Freiberg and Sandy Wilson. Saturday, September 11, 10am-12:30pm, Gutierrez Family Forest, East Nassau, NY. Pre-registration required – space is limited, so register early. Ages 12+. Nature has the ability to calm, inspire, and restore us in all seasons – so let’s take some much-needed time to receive what is offered. Molly and Sandy will guide our group to engage with nature in the present moment, as we experience it through all of our senses, to appreciate the complex wonders we often don’t notice when we are rushed or distracted. During this walk, we will be sauntering slowly on gently rolling forested trails. Please learn more and register at

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Tag Sale 

EAST SCHODACK – St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 751 County Route 7 (directly off Route 150), East Schodack, NY will host a Tag Sale on Saturday, September 11th at 9 am in conjunction with the East Schodack Village Wide Sale. Grab some bargains including household items and linens, teen boys back-to-school clothes, holiday items, tools and other treasures. Since the sale is inside, masks are required. Mark your calendars for September 11th so you don’t miss the East Schosack Village Wide sale!

Brunswick Historical Society Annual Tag and Bake Sale

BRUNSWICK – Come join the Brunswick Historical Society for our Annual Tag and Bake Sale on September 11 from 9-3. Rain or shine. We are located at 605 Brunswick Rd, at the corner of Moonlawn Road and Rte. 2 in Brunswick. We will have a wide range of vendors with our famous bake sale. Great deals, food, and raffle !

Rensselaer County’s Third Annual Farm Day Out!

CASTLETON – Windy Hill Orchard (1297 Brookview Station Rd, Castleton, NY 12033) – Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County and Windy Hill Orchard from on September 11th from 10AM-3PM for Rensselaer County’s Third Annual Farm Day Out!

As you tour the farm stop by each station to learn something new or ask questions about the apple and cider industry. Also, be sure to visit exhibits set up by local organizations & businesses, experience the equipment used on the farm, and stop by the Fun Zone.

Admission and parking for this event is free and open to the public and food will be available to purchase for your enjoyment.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are interested in being a volunteer, a sponsor, or have any questions about the event, please reach out to Kayela at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County’s office at or (518)272-4210.

Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish

SPEIGLETOWN – The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open on Saturday, September 11 from 9:00 am until noon, and will continue to be open each Saturday morning through September. Not only is the Nook open every Saturday morning during September, but the Book Nook is offering its very popular $5/bag sale during the entire month! Bring your own bag (any size) and fill it for only $5 from our many, many great selections. The main Book Nook is also open with all of your favorite authors at just $1 – $3. The Bag Sale is being held in the main hall of the church to allow for more browsing space and you are asked to wear masks while browsing. Donations of clean, gently-read books are being accepted at the church during office hours (M-Th 9:00 – 2:00). Thank you for your continued support and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again. See you at the Book Nook!

2nd Annual West Sand Lake Fire Dept. 9/11 Memorial Walk

WEST SAND LAKE – The West Sand Lake Fire Department will be hosting a charity event to honor 9/11, the 20th Anniversary on Saturday September 11th, 2021. West Sand Lake will have the privilege of walking with 22 other Fire Departments for 9.11 miles. The route will start and stop at the West Sand Lake Fire Department. Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 8:15am rain or shine at the fire house and the public is invited to attend. The first group of walkers are tentatively scheduled to begin walking at 8:47am. The walk is limited to Active and Associate members of the fire companies involved, however the public is invited to the ceremony.

Henry Meudt to Show his Rare Bicycle and Give a Short History of the Bicycle

STEPHENTOWN – Henry Meudt will display his reproduction 1893 Dursley-Pedersen bicycle and give a short history of the bicycle on Sunday, September 12, at 2:00 p.m. This first Stephentown Historical Society program meeting in a year and a half will be held at the Stephentown Town Hall, 26 Grange Hall Road, Stephentown, New York. Because of Covid-19 precautions no refreshments will be served and attendees must wear masks. The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible. For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.

Meudt, a summer resident of Goodrich Hollow since 1973, has a long-standing interest in all things mechanical. He acquired an unusual, but broken, bicycle in 1972. Thirty years passed before he discovered that this odd wreck with the Dursley-Pedersen name might be quite valuable. He will tell of its restoration and the following trips to bicycle events and shows for this unique design.

The bicycle design was created by Danish inventor Mikael Pedersen and manufactured in Dursley, Gloucestershire, England.

Antique Outboard Motor Wet Swap Meet – Mohawk Hudson Chapter Antique Outboard Motor Club, Inc.

SCHROON LAKE – • Buy, sell or trade motors, boats & parts • Get advice on your old motor • Find sources for parts & services • Wet Meet (boats in the water ) • Antique motor displays • Identify your motor. Location: Schroon Lake Town Boat Launch, Dock Street, Schroon Lake, New York. Sunday, September 12th, 2021: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. For further information contact Michael Glenn 518-505-3558. Open to the General Public and no Admission Fee! Refreshments Available (donations accepted).

Sand Lake Historical Society September 14th Program to Feature Bob Moore

SAND LAKE – The Sand Lake Historical Society will kick-off its 2021-22 program presentations on Tuesday September 14th with Sand Lake Town Historian, Bob Moore. The program will include an update on Amazing Graves lll which will presented on October 16th at the Sand Lake Union Cemetery and the latest on the new Hazel Drew book coming out this December. For the balance of the program Bob will speak on Iroquois culture, using original artwork to present the Iroquois creation story.

SLHS programs are held monthly at the Sand Lake Town Hall Court Room, 8428 NY 66, Averill Park, beginning at 7pm. COVID protocols are as determined by the Town for use of their facility (masks are currently required). SLHS programs are also simulcast on Spectrum Channel 1303 and archived video can be accessed at the SLHS website (

And mark your calendars for Tuesday October 12th when SLHS “travels” down Burden Lake Road for a program on Faith Mills and Arts, Letters, and Numbers.

Like us Facebook or visit Any questions, contact Jacqueline Tremont, President.

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:

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.

Lecture Sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society

PITTSTOWN – The “Brave and Gallant”: Black and African-American Military Men at Saratoga is the topic of a talk being given by historian Eric Schnitzer at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock on September 16th at 7:30 PM. Redcoats, Hessians, and Americans fought in the Battles of Saratoga. Perhaps surprisingly, nearly 400 of those men and boys were black or African American! In an age when the color of one’s skin could legally allow discrimination or enslavement, hundreds of black men and boys volunteered – or were forced to fight – on either side at Saratoga. Schnitzer will tell their extraordinary stories. Schnitzer serves as a Park Ranger at the Saratoga National Historical Park overseeing educational programs on historic themes relating to the Battles of Saratoga. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Lecture Series kicks off

RENSSELAER COUNTY – “Falconry” with Master Falconer Darryl Perkins – Part of RPA’s monthly Lecture Series. Saturday, September 16 at 7pm on Zoom. Master Falconer Darryl Perkins is the author of Understanding Goshawks, a complete work on the training and ecology of the Northern Goshawk. A past president of the North American Falconer’s Association, he is profiled in the book Black and Brown Faces in America’s Wild Spaces. Please RSVP in advance at

Turning Leaves Coffeehouse

EAST GREENBUSH – The First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd East Greenbush is having a Coffee House with music, festivities and treats on the lawn. Friday Sept. 17th, 6:30 pm. Rain date Sat. Sept. 18. A benefit for families in crisis within our community. Free will offering.. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun night out!

 Golf Tourney to Benefit Alzheimers

CAPITAL DISTRICT – More than 20 million Americans are living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.  Each of us know someone whose life has been affected by this terrible disease.  It has certainly had a profound impact on my family.  We invite you to come support the cause and join us for a great day of golf to help raise awareness and find a cure.   Details:  September 17th at the Burden Lake Country club, $110 per person.  4-person scramble, shotgun start, food and drink included.  Contact Keith Stay at or 518-944-7288 for registration information.  If you represent a business, sponsorships are also available: $100 Tee, $250 Cart, $500 meal, we will create signage or use yours.  All entry fees and sponsorships are tax deductible. Burden Lake CC is well equipped to make the event safe and fun. Get your foursome together and we’ll see you there! 

Hoosick Falls Half-Way Hooley

HOOSICK FALLS – We missed two St. Patrick’s Parades due to COVID 19 so we are doing a Hoosick Half-Way Hooley 30th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Parade and Irish Festival. The date is Saturday, September 18th. The Irish Festival is at 12:00 as Festivities begin In Wood Park with Irish Music and food vendors. The parade will begin at 1:00 PM. Now is the time to enter. email Kevin O’Malley for an entry form: Bands are being booked for the parade expected to be our largest ever! Appearing will be The Taconic Pipe Band, Brattleboro Post #5 American Legion Band, The Fyfe’s and Drums of Olde Saratoga, Galloway. Gaelic Pipes and Drums, The Fiesta Band, The Albany Pipe Band and The Yankee Doodle Band. Hope you can attend. For more information contact Kevin O’Malley at 518-894-5035.

Winners’ Concert AND Presentation of the Dr. John A. Cetnarowski-Cetner Awards

2021 Chopin 20th Winners Concert and Awards Ceremony

CAPITAL DISTRICT – 250 Old Maxwell Road | Latham (BVMC Church) – The Capital District Council for Young Musicians will hold the Frederic Chopin Piano Competition on Saturday, September 19, 2021, marking the 20th Anniversary of this annual event. Thirty participants from the Capital District area are registered. Admission: Donations gratefully accepted. The Competition will be adjudicated by Dr. Ida Tili-Trebicka from the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University and Dr. Elena Nezhdanova from the Opus Ithaca School of Music. The winners and 1st runners-up will perform at a community concert on Sunday, September 19th, performing on a Steinway Concert Grand provided by Artist Pianos in Latham. The John A. Cetnarowski-Cetner Awards will be presented at the Winners’ Concert.

Winners receive cash prizes, totaling $3,150:

Chopin Master: 1st Place 1,000; 2nd Place $500

Chopin Apprentice: 1st Place $500; 2nd Place $200

Chopin Novice: 1st Place $100; 2nd Place $50

Chopin Mazurka: $100

Chopin Etude: $200

Several past winners from the Chopin Piano Competition have gone on to study at Juilliard School of Performing Arts, Crane School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music and have played on such prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood.

The Capital District Council for Young Musicians (CDCYM) is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing opportunities for young musicians and sponsors the Annual Chopin Piano Competition. Visit

Rotary District 7190 Annual Golf Tournament – Benefits Pediatric Heart Patients 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Rotary Clubs from throughout the Capital Region are sponsoring the 23rd annual “Gift of Life International Golf Tournament on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland, NY. The tournament provides funding to bring children from across the globe to Albany Medical Center for necessary pediatric heart surgery which cannot be performed in their home nations. A parent accompanies each child. To register to play or to support the event through sponsorships or program advertising go to 

Rotary District 7190 includes 41 local clubs and stretches from Albany to Warren Counties to the north and east and west from Rensselaer to Montgomery and Fulton Counties. 

Adirondack Balloon Festival Returns this September – Reinvented with Brand-New Events

Queensbury – The nationally-known event, the Adirondack Balloon Festival, is back this September for its 48th year, with a brand-new format, expanding to include a new event at East Field in Glens Falls, multiple launch sites throughout Warren and Washington counties, a drive-through moonglow, and more.

“This will not be the same-old, same-old Adirondack Balloon Festival you know from years past,” says Mark Donahue, President of the organization’s Board of Directors. “Due to COVID, we had to totally reinvent the festival this year. We are excited to bring back the joy and wonder of the mass ascensions, while keeping safe and still having fun. Our group of volunteer organizers has been working around the clock to make this happen, as we know how much it means to the community.”

The 48th annual Adirondack Balloon Festival takes place Thursday to Sunday, September 23 to 26, 2021, in multiple locations. As always, the event is 100% free for the community. Festival Merchandise, one of the event’s biggest fundraisers, will be for sale at select events, with a smaller selection than in previous years. The Adirondack Balloon Festival’s launches are subject to weather conditions. The balloons cannot fly for safety reasons  if it is too windy or if there is inclement weather.

Contact the Adirondack Balloon Festival, a registered 501(c)3, to sponsor this free event for the community and make a tax-deductible contribution to keep the festival going. 

For more information, visit or follow @adirondackballoonfest on Facebook for breaking updates.

Race, Space, and Place:Transforming the Work of Land Trusts for Greater Inclusivity” with Keith H

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Part of the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Guest Speaker Series. Thursday, September 23 at 7pm on Zoom. A focus on natural spaces makes land trusts like RPA uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of benefits to the community. How can we work together to make land trusts and land conservation more inclusive, so these benefits are shared more equitably across the entire community?

Keith Hirokawa joined the faculty at Albany Law School in 2009. He teaches courses involving environmental and natural resources law, land use planning, property law, and jurisprudence. His scholarship has explored law, ecosystem services policy, watershed management, and environmental impact analysis. Please register in advance at

Thrift Sale

EAST GREENBUSH – The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush is having their Fall Thrift September 24, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and September25, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday is bag day. There will be many different items from household, clothing, and toys.. All proceeds go to our mission projects. Please wear a mask. The First United Methodist Church is located at 1 Gilligan Road, off of 9&20, in East Greenbush.

A Benefit Golf Outing for the City Mission of Schenectady 

SCHENECTADY – Saturday, Sept. 25 by friends of the city mission.  This outing is open to the public and all proceeds will go directly to the City Mission of Schenectady to aid in their efforts to feed, cloth, give shelter and provide emotional and spiritual comfort to the hundreds of people who come to them each month.  We hope that you will consider attending and/or donating to this worthy cause.  This tournament is a friendly event with all skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION – September 25th with a 8:00 am tee off time at Mohawk River CC.  Green fees and cart are $50 and a $40 minimum tax deductible donation to the City Mission of Schenectady is requested.  To join or donate please contact 

Drug Take-Back Event

POESTENKILL – Rensselaer County is holding a Drug Take-Back Event at the Poestenkill Town Hall on Saturday, September 25th from 10 am – 2pm. Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. This event has been organized by Sue Horton, Town Clerk and Rensselaer County Sherriff, Pat Russo.  “We are committed to working to get as many harmful substances off the streets as possible. These drug take-back events allow residents to get rid of prescription drugs that may have built up over the years in a friendly, convenient and no questions asked way,” said Sheriff Pat Russo. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 518-283-5119.  

2021 Pink Bows on Broadway to Benefit Non-Profit

CAPITAL DISTRICT –, Inc. ‘Helping Families Cope with Cancer, One Household at a Time” is currently selling pink satin tribute bows for its 9th Annual ‘Pink Bows on Broadway’ Campaign. This only annual fundraising drive by, gives individuals ($50 donation) and businesses ($250 donation) the opportunity to recognize heroes who have battled cancer or fought alongside someone who has. Three very special “MAIN EVENT SPONSORSHIPS” ($1,500) are open, as well.

All pink bows will be prominently displayed on Broadway in Saratoga Springs October 1st thru October 31st. Each bow is accompanied by a tribute card that allows the sponsor to celebrate individual heroes including survivors, lost loved ones, physicians, fundraising warriors, special caregivers, family/friends, and any other person that deserves recognition for their involvement in the war against cancer.

All proceeds from the campaign will benefit, a 501 (C3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide real help in the home for families undergoing cancer treatment mainly by the way of meals, cleanings and support of childcare. started in 2010 and for the past 11 years delivered its mission, “Dinner is Done, Dishes are Clean, and The Kids are OK!”

Your purchase of a ‘Bow of Support’ will help to continue providing families battling cancer real help in the home and beloved Easter Baskets.  All sponsorships are due by September 25 so be sure to reserve your bow today! To purchase a bow online visit Eventbrite’s 2021 Pink Bows on Broadway campaign or download and mail the order form.

Requests for bows also may be sent directly to c/o 582 Rt. 9P Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Be sure to include your name/business name, the individual your donation is in honor of and how you would like your tribute acknowledged on the sponsorship card that accompanies the bow. Additional information may be obtained visiting or sending a request to

Alzheimer’s Association Invites You to Join 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

CAPITAL DISTRICT –  The Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York chapter is hosting its 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Albany on Saturday, Sept. 25 at The Crossings of Colonie, located at 580 Albany Shaker Rd. Participants may check in beginning at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. The walk starts at 11:30 a.m.

On Walk Day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with a poignant Promise Garden Ceremony – a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s – their personal reasons to end the disease.

“Watching changes that occur in a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease is tough,” said Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Walk Manager Joseph Heaney. “It’s something the Alzheimer’s Association hopes to eradicate in our quest to drum up support for research. We are so excited to be back in person this fall and look forward to seeing our Alzheimer’s community raising their flowers together again.” 

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 410,000 New Yorkers. It’s not only a leading cause of death in the U.S., more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The goal for this year’s Albany walk is to raise $308,000.

Plans are currently moving forward to host the Albany walk in person. The health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the top priorities as decisions are made about event details. The Albany Walk will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

To register as an individual walker or team captain and to receive the latest updates, visit

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.

American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training

RENSSELAER COUNTY – American Red Cross Babysitter’s training with CPR class for ages 12 and older will be held on September 25 from 8am-3pm at AMS, and Babysitter’s training without CPR class for ages 10 and older will be held on September 25 from 8am-12pm at AMS. For more information contact Brenda at

Vendors Wanted, for Our Craft Fair!  

LATHAM – On Saturday, October 16th 2021, from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus Council at 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110.

The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes  are your hosts for this event, we are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Vendor space; Indoor displays with additional space outside on the grounds, both open and covered.

For Rates and further information;, or email or 518-783-0572.

NYS Snowmobile Safety Class

GRAFTON – On Saturday, November 13th, the Grafton Trailblazers Snowmobile Club will host a NYS Youth Snowmobile Safety Class for youth ages 10-17. Students must be at least 10 years old the day of the class. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall on South Road from 8:15 to approximately 4:30pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructors Jim Blessing and Dominic Jacangelo. The course will cover topics such as NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, trail etiquette, maintenance and repair, trailering, etc. To register on-line, go to the club web site: Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge and lunch will be provided.


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