Events 09.29.22

Sand Lake Historical Society Features “Troy and The Gilded Age”

Please join the Sand Lake Historical Society on Tuesday October 11th, at 7:00 PM, when Kathryn T. Sheehan, Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian, presents an illustrated lecture on how Troy’s 19th century architecture became an integral backdrop to the Julian Fellows HBO series “The Gilded Age”. 

Kathryn worked with the location scouts and production designers as well as providing information on how Troy appeared during the Gilded Age and who the major players were in the city at the time (representing “old” and “new” money). She also will share behind the scenes stories from the filming for season one. 

A native of Troy, Kathryn’s ancestors settled in Rensselaer County in the 1760’s. Her career at the Hart Cluett Museum of Historic Rensselaer County began as a SUNY Albany public history intern. As the Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian, Kathryn has researched and lectured on a number of Rensselaer County history topics and has presented her work on local radio and television as well as the History Channel, C-Span, Russian and Japanese Network television. She resides in Troy. When not working on local history topics, Kathryn can be found exploring the cemeteries of Rensselaer County or doing photography for her upcoming book, Architecture Worth Saving in Rensselaer County Revisited: 50 Years Later.

Please note that the October 11th presentation will take place at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, Averill Park. SLHS monthly programs are open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. New members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook.

Family Octoberfest

Come celebrate a family Octoberfest on October 9th, 2022, from 1 to 6 PM at Melvin Roads American Legion, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, New York. 

German food, Herb Liebenhagen German Band, soda & Octoberfest beer, 50/50, Basket of cheer, snow cones Popcorn Facepainting and games for children. Enjoy the fall weather outside in our parking lot (or inside if raining). All funds will be used to replace our awning before winter comes. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Trunk or Treat Gilead Lutheran Church Sunday, October 30, 2022

Halloween is actually Monday, October 31, 2022 but we made the decision to celebrate it a day early. It gives our “truckers” more time to get ready for our visitors. That is a good point for us but it also frees up time for our little friends to go out again on Monday for more loot. Our trunks open at 3:00 PM and will close at 5:00 PM. If you enjoy watching the little one dress up but don’t have children of your own to take around, please feel free to come and hand out candy and goodies with us. Just to let you know, we have had close to 200 little visitors each year. In 2021 we had some of our canine friends stop by, some in costume and other just stop by for a pat on the head.

We will be found in the parking lot behind Gilead Lutheran Church. You can’t miss us because Gilead is located at the intersection of Routes 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick.

Averill Park Education Foundation 16th Annual Gala Dinner and Celebration

The Averill Park Education Foundation is thrilled to announce Sera Deo and Alan Michaels as our 2022 educator and community award recipients. Come join us in honoring these two amazing individuals on Friday, November 18th, 2022 at the beautiful Old Daley on Crooked Lake! 

Ticket purchase and registration is open on our website or text APEF to 22828 to receive an email invitation. Get your tickets early! We anticipate a sell-out! All proceeds 100% support the Averill Park Central School District in the form of grants for enrichment projects and scholarships. 

Unable to attend but would like to support? Donate directly on our website, or consider donating a basket, gift card, specialty service, vacation rental, etc. to our auction event. Contact Tara Lindheimer @ to coordinate. We are a registered 501c non-profit and are happy to provide a record of your donation for tax purposes.

North Chatham Community Day

On October 15th the hamlet of North Chatham will be holding its second annual Community Day. All are invited to come to North Chatham and see what makes it a great place to live! The North Chatham Free Library will be open with books for sale on the front lawn (weather permitting) and an informational table about all the great services they offer. Some residents of the hamlet will be having yard sales and the North Chatham Volunteer Fireman’s Association will be serving lunch from 11:00-2:00. 

The North Chatham United Methodist Church clothing barn will be open and the church will have a “sweet treats” sale, silent auction, “tailgate sale”, and donated items for sale. If you would like to donate items for the sale or sell your own items as part of the “tailgate sale”, please see the church website listed below. The Neighbors of Northern Columbia County will have an informational table at the church. Free parking will be available behind the church. For more information please go to Thanks, and we hope to see you in North Chatham on October 15th!

Baked Ziti & Meatballs Fundraiser at the Wynantskill American Legion

Come help us kick off our 2022 Veterans and Children Toy Drive from 1pm- 5pm on Sunday, October 16th at American Legion Post #1489 located at 111 Main Ave. in Wynantskill NY. Dinner includes baked ziti and meatballs, tossed salad, bread, and dessert. 

We welcome you to dine in our newly renovated banquet hall, or takeout will also be available. The price will be $12 for adults and $9 for children under 12. Please come out for this great cause which supports local families, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Local Author to Sign Books

North Greenbush author Jim Flanigan will be signing copies of his books at the North Greenbush Kiwanis Craft/Vendor Fair on October 1st.

Flanigan has written two books of memoirs, “Up From Second Street”  and “The Great 2020 Paper Chase” that draw from his early years in Wynantskill, his travels and his 24 years in local government.

Using humor and a vivid recall of detail, he recounts the flood of 1949, the Wynantskill School fire, the development of the Rensselaer Technology Park, the murder trial of a fellow Town Board member, the battle over a proposed casino, the origin of the Dunn Landfill and the pursuit of toilet paper during the pandemic.  Other memoirs are based on travels to Italy, Ireland, Alaska and a fire tower in Idaho, as well as his experiences coaching girls softball and working with people with disabilities.

The North Greenbush Kiwanis Craft/Vendor Fair will take place from 9AM to 4 PM on Saturday, October 1st at the North Greenbush Town Offices on Main Avenue (Route 66) in Wynantskill.

OLV Vendor & Craft Fair Postponed to October 15, 2022

The Our Lady of Victory Columbiettes of Troy will once again be hosting their Vendor & Craft Fair on, Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 9A.M. – 3 P.M. 

Spaces are $30.00 per space, and includes 1 table & 2 chairs. Those who are interested may contact us for a registration form. Louise at (518) 708-4342 or you may e-mail us at

We are located at 55 North Lake Ave., Troy. We are handicap accessible.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts

Sand Lake Center for the Arts’ Squire Jacob Series Presents “Act Two”, A Night of Broadway, New and Old

Act Two is a performing group of premier musical theater artists who have multiple years of show tune experience gathered from singing on various stages across the Capital district. The group features Joan Horgan, Judi Merriam, Joanne Mensching, Bill Harrison and Mark Burgasser. These artists have compiled an impressive repertoire to share with audiences of all ages. Join us on Saturday, October 1 at 8pm at Sand Lake Center for the Arts.  Tickets are $20 and are available online at or by calling 518-674-2007.

Individual Tickets Now On Sale for A Taste of Sand Lake

Honorary Chairs Susan & Joel Katz invite you to join us at our 13th Annual A Taste of Sand Lake, our biggest fundraiser of the year! A Taste of Sand Lake is a night of delicious eats from all of your favorite Sand Lake/Averill Park restaurants with raffles, live music provided by TL Holloway, and time spent with new and old friends. Make sure you reserve your tickets now as you won’t want to miss the exciting return of this one-of-a-kind event after a three-year hiatus! The event will be held on Tuesday, November 1 from 6pm to 9pm at the Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake.  Individual tickets are $65 and are available at or by calling 518-674-2007.

Nature at Home – Radix Center Workshop


SPACE IS LIMITED. Please register in advance at

Have you ever looked at your lawn and wondered if it could be something more? Surveyed your stoop for ways to make it more attractive to wildlife? If so, the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Columbia Land Conservancy and other members of the Berkshire-Taconic Regional Conservation Partnership have a series of fall programs lined up with you in mind!

The second workshop in this series takes place Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, located at 153 Grand Street in Albany on the corner of Warren and Grand Streets. Participants will get a tour of this unique site featuring aquaponics, honeybees, gardens, micro-livestock, and much more! Attendees will also get to try their hands at oyster mushroom cultivation and be sent home with their own kit! Lunch from a local restaurant will be provided!

The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center is a non-profit urban environmental education organization in Albany, NY. Radix maintains a one-acre demonstration site of regenerative tools and technologies designed to teach ecological literacy and promote equitable sustainability. Participants can see these systems at work in the context of an inner city environment and learn about the role they play in promoting environmental justice, the revitalization of degraded soils, and the intensive agro-ecological cultivation of small land parcels.

This project is a partnership among the Berkshire-Taconic Regional Conservation Partnership.

Questions? Please email or call 518-712-9211.

Poestenkill Fall Clean Up 2022

When: October 11th, 2022- October 14th, 2022


• Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) placed in biodegradable PAPER bags

• Brush and branches (cut to 8ft. lengths maximum, stacked neatly, no more than 3ft tall)

• Stack piles with the cut or thicker ends facing the road

• Maximum diameter for brush or limbs is 6 inches. If we cannot chip it, we cannot take it


• Garbage or Trash

• Cleaning of Vacant Lots

• Stumps, Sod, Rocks, or Dirt

• Metal Items

• Plastic Bags or Flowerpots 

• Tires or Batteries



• Please keep in mind we are a small highway crew that must take care of these brush piles by hand. 

• Brown recyclable waste bags will be picked up a few times a month throughout the summer/fall. Please notify the Highway Garage of your location so the bags do not get missed. 

Please place acceptable items out by October 11th.

Questions: David (DJ) Goyer Cell: (518) 269-1656 Garage: (518)283-4144

Annual Trick or Treat Nature Trail at Grafton Lakes State Park

Join us for our annual Trick or Treat Nature Trail on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Discover some of our weird and wonderful forest friends along the jack-o-lantern lit trail. Participate in fun fall activities including a bonfire and crafts at the welcome center. Be sure to wear a costume! Time slots begin at 3:30PM and go every 15 minutes through 7:30PM. Families with small children are recommended to sign up before 5:30PM.

Preregistration is required to reserve your family’s time slot; call 518-279-1155, ext. 2. Cost for this program is $4/person.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 74 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Twitter or Instagram.

North Greenbush Community Day

Supervisor Joe Bott has announced the North Greenbush Community Day which will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 11am to 3pm at Town Hall. You are all invited to meet and talk with dedicated members of the Wynantskill and Defreestville Fire Departments, Ladies Auxiliary, North Greenbush Ambulance, North Greenbush Police Department, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department, Rensselaer County Stop DWI, Rensselaer County Search and Rescue Dogs, New York State Dive Team, New York State Police Helicopter, SORT and many more. 

Meet members of these and other fine organizations and watch live demonstrations from our emergency services professionals. This is a FREE event.

Hope United Methodist Church to Host a Chicken Barbecue, Crafts Sale & Bake Sale

Hope UMC will host a chicken barbecue, bake sale and crafts fair on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM. The menu will consist of barbecued chicken, baked potato, baked beans, cole slaw, beverage and home baked pie. The cost is $15 per person and will be take-out only. There will also be a bake sale and crafts fair with unique crafted items locally made.

The barbecue is by reservation only. Call (518) 779-2553 to reserve your ticket. Hope UMC is located at 566 Brunswick Rd., Troy (Route 2 at the corner of Garfield Road).

518 Pajamas Collection

East Schodack Fire Company is collecting for 518 Pajamas. This is a group that collects pajamas for donation to the Unity House of Troy’s Children’s Holiday Program. Pajamas are distributed to children who fall under all aspects of Unity House’s charitable and community programs.

If interested in donating, please bring pajamas or a monetary donation to the firehouse during Pizza nights: Oct 1st, Nov 5th or Chicken & Biscuit Dinner: Nov 8th.

Shredding Day

The Town of Sand Lake will be holding a FREE shredding event, Saturday, October 1st at Town Hall, 9:30 – 12:00.  ACCEPTABLE materials include:  Office (paperclips, staples, etc.); notepads & envelopes; hanging files & file folders and bound reports & presentations.  

UNACCEPTABLE items are:  thick metal, batteries, corrugated cardboard & magazines, colored plastics & non-recyclable materials.  Any questions please contact:  Barbara Hansen, Town Clerk 518-674-2026 Ext. 122.

Coming Soon to YOUR Mailbox!!

First Annual Sky High Adventure Community Center Annual Fund Appeal!

In late September or early October – will see our FIRST Annual Fund Appeal arrive in YOUR mailbox. This opportunity for YOU to help at any level can make your Community Center warmer, safer, and be prepared to bring you expanded programming and events!

This fundraiser will be critical to our Community Center’s future! Youth, seniors, adults – and families will benefit from a safe, all-inclusive place to recreate, socialize, learn new skills and participate in new activities such as Pickleball, Ping Pong, Book clubs, and so much more! Only you can help us design the activities you want!

If you want to learn more, volunteer, or be part of a committee to advance our Center, please see on our website what you can do. We need residents that may have skills in website and social media; writing grants; working on building projects here, and helping with events, and program ideas. 

2022 has been a year of major changes at the not-for-profit SHAC Center – and our Town and neighboring communities are getting to know the Community Center at 27 Lake Avenue (the old St. Henry’s School building) and the many programs and groups we are serving. The fall event calendar is online at our website: – and it gives upcoming classes, events and activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

Exercise! Craft! Game! Learn! Share! Make new Friends!

Be a HERO! Invest in YOUR SHAC Center with our Annual Fund!

Rensselaer County Legislature Honors the Life and Service of Korean War Veteran Dale “Dick” French

Chairwoman Kelly Hoffman read the biography of Dale “Dick” French who served in the Korean War. Dick served in local government in Schaghticoke and in Nassau. Vice Chair Bob Loveridge, and Legislators Scott Bendett, Tom Grant and Dan Casale also took part in the monthly Honor a Deceased Veteran Program in the Chambers of the Legislature.



Gambling and Good Government

On Thursday, October 20, join Albany Law School’s Government Law Center for an educational program and reception celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Warren M. Anderson Seminar Series. Bennett Liebman, Government Lawyer in Residence at Albany Law School, will discuss the history of gambling and ethical government regulation in New York State and explore strategies to improve the integrity of government regulation of gambling. 

This free event is open to the public, will be livestreamed, and offers CLE credit for practicing attorneys. Registration is required. Learn more and register:

Fresh Florida Fruit Fundraiser

 The Kiwanis Club of Troy is once again conducting their Annual Florida Fruit Sale!!

20 lb. cases of Navel Oranges

20 lb. cases of Ruby Red Grapefruit

Or 20 lb. cases Half Oranges/Half Grapefruit

Only $28 Each

Most other organizations are at over $30-35.

 Picked fresh from the Florida groves and shipped

directly to Troy for your enjoyment!!

 All orders are needed by November 20th!!

All will arrive in Troy about December 8th.

 Call Dean today at 518-322-0826.

 All monies go to children’s causes locally!!!


Library Jigsaw Puzzle Sale in Poestenkill

Stock up on jigsaw puzzles for the winter months at an unusual sale of dozens of good condition used puzzles. Proceeds will benefit the Poestenkill Library. Friends of the Library will sell puzzles on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to noon on the Poestenkill Library lawn (9 Plank Road, 12140). 

Most puzzles are 1000-piece ($6), many others are 300 or 500-piece ($4), and a few are children’s puzzles ($1). Come to find great puzzles by White Mountain Puzzles, Wysocki, Springbok, Hometown, among others. We will hold a reduced size sale on the porch in case of rain. For more information contact Marcia at 518 283-5353.

Memberance Day at Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus #3394

On Friday October 7, 2022, (Fried Dough Friday), Members Judi Couch and Joy Meher are hosting a “Memberance Day” to Benefit Shriner’s Hospitals for Children-Springfield, MA. 

The event will begin with Children’s activities and games/prizes from 4 pm to 7 pm! Then 7 pm to close our DJ playing 50’s music for your dancing and listening enjoyment! 

Menu; hotdogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, Fried dough and more available for purchase.

The first principle of our Order is Charity so please stop in to enjoy our “Memberance Day” and support the Shriner’s Hospital for Children of Springfield MA.

*Requesting member photos for a slide show display, please email for information!

Fall Craft Fair at Center Brunswick UMC

“Save the Date” Saturday, November 5, 9am-3pm, Center Brunswick UMC 990 Hoosick Road, Troy. Tables are selling quick!

Vendors are invited to bring their new creations to this show. Tables are $25.00 for an 8×10 section – one vendor per section please.

Contact Jean at 518-694-1887 for rental and information.

There will be a small concession stand as well.

Hoosick Falls’ Annual Walter A. Wood Tractor Show

The Walter A. Wood Tractor and Agriculture Show is coming Saturday, October 1st. Come on over to Walter A. Wood Memorial Park in Hoosick Falls and check out all the antique and vintage tractors, horse-drawn farm equipment and implements, and contemporary machinery that will be on display from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Walter A. Wood Reaping and Mowing Company manufactured horse-drawn farm equipment right here in our village from 1865 to 1924, and sold machinery to farmers in Hoosick and as far away as the Middle East and Russia! The company was a big deal…world famous! It was Wood’s company that made Hoosick Falls a boomtown in the 19th century; so big that it made us the largest village in the United States.

Come get a good, close-up look at antique tractors and antique horse drawn implements made by the Wood Company and others, as well as hit-and-miss steam engines, some of which will actually be working.

The highlight of the day at 12:00 Noon is the Burton Luke Tractor Parade. The tractors and farm equipment will wind around village streets led by the whistle from the Walter A. Wood Plant.

The American Legion will be offering hamburgers and hotdogs. Bistro 42 Food Truck, Lewis Sugar House and the Sugar Shack will be selling everything maple, including milkshakes, ice cream, cotton candy, candy, maple cream, popcorn, and syrup. Wilhy Farms with Fresh Bagels and Bread and two contests, this year we have the Apple Pie and Scarecrow Contest.

Enjoy hayrides courtesy of JC Tractor of Hoosick Falls with a tour of the downtown areas.

Purchase your fall decorations, including pumpkins, gourds and hay stalks along with other farm products. Sample dairy products made from milk produced by Hoosick Area farmers.

Folks from Hoosick and the surrounding communities are welcome to enter tractors, farm implements, hit and miss engines, livestock, and agricultural products.

For more information or to register, call Kevin at 518-894-5035, or email him at

East Greenbush VFW Auxiliary Vendor Fair

Vendor Fair Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.100 Hays Road, East Greenbush. 

Table rental available- call Lynda at 518-732-2111 or email at:

Many vendors, Bake Sale, Raffle, 50/50.Kitchen will be open. Help us support our Veterans. Don’t miss this event!

North Greenbush Kiwanis Craft Fair 10/1/2022

North Greenbush Kiwanis will be hosting a Craft Fair at North Greenbush Town Hall in Wynantskill 9 am – 4 pm, 10/1/2022.

There will be Craft Vendors, Raffles, and a Bake Sale.

All Kiwanis proceeds from the event will go back to services provided to the community.

Interested Vendors can contact: Donna Ford @ 518-331-1441 or

Chili Cookoff at Valley Falls United Methodist Church

Chili Cookoff on Saturday, October 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church located on State Street in the village of Valley Falls, NY. For a $10 admission you may sample and vote for your favorite chili. Desserts and drinks are also for sale. For tickets in advance, contact Brian Backstrom at or call 518-527-6631.

If you wish to enter as a Chef or for more information about the competition. please contact Bill Bobear at or call 518-281-2281 to get an Entry Form. Entry forms must be submitted by September 10.

CCHS Class of 1972 – 50th Reunion

TROY – Catholic Central High School,  class of 1972, is planning its 50th reunion to be held Friday, October 7, 2022 at Franklin Terrace, Troy, NY.

If you are a class member and have not received an invitation, please send information to :


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