Events 09.30.21

Rummage and Food Sale

PITTSTOWN – Rummage Sale on Friday, October 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturday, October 2 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall located just off NY Route 7 in the village of Pittstown, NY. Bag Sale on Saturday, $2.00 per bag, buy 2 bags and get 1 free. Food/Bake Sale on Friday, October 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For information call Herb at 518-753-4427 or 518-593-0003.

Highlight Acting Troupe to Hold Auditions for Christmas Quarrels

BRUNSWICK – Auditions for the Highlight Acting Troupe’s production of Christmas Quarrels, written and directed by Paula Hoffay, will be held on October 1st at 7:00 PM, and October 3rd at 2:00 PM, at the Center Brunswick Methodist Church, 990 Hoosick Rd. in Brunswick, NY. There are roles for children and adults, with lots of Christmas songs to get everyone in the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Quarrels is about a girl named Marcy, who starts ignoring her friends to spend time with the “new girl in town”. That doesn’t sit well with her friends, or with her parents, who worry about what Marcy is up to as she continuously sneaks off with her mysterious new friend Are they up to no good? Would Marcy really start acting out so close to Christmas?

Show dates are December 3 & 4 at 7:30 PM and December 5 at 2:00PM at the Brunswick Grange. Come and be a part of the Christmas fun with the Highlight Acting Troupe! For more info, contact Paula Hoffay at 518-368-6341.

Clothing Rummage Sale

AVERILL PARK – It’s time for the Clothing Rummage Sale at the Church of the Covenant, United Methodist, located at 3055 Rte 43 in Averill Park (“the round church in the village”). Sale dates are Fri and Sat Oct 1 & 2, 9 am – 2 pm with a $3 & $5 bag sale Sat noon – 2 pm. Sale sponsored by GOOFS (Girl’s Organization of Fun and Service).

American Legion Riders Present 5th Annual Richard Fonda Memorial Poker Run

RENSSELAER – Saturday October 23rd Rain or Shine. Ride Begins and ends at Melvin Roads American Legion. Maps and directions will be provided the day of the ride. Food and Drinks after the ride at the post included in the registration fee. Pre-Registration in until 5pm October 2nd at the post bar. Prizes for best and worst hands, raffles, 50/50 and door prizes. Proceeds will go towards Melvin Roads Chapter #1231 various veterans and community projects. The American Legion Riders Still Serving Those Who Served.

Curtis Lumber’s PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day!

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Whether you currently own a pet or are looking to adopt, we invite you to join us for a day of fur and fun at Curtis Lumber’s 11th Annual PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day!  Saturday, October 2, 2021. Meet adoptable animals from local shelters and rescue groups who are eager to meet you, your family, and your current pets at select Curtis Lumber retail store locations.  Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits, Horses and more will be available for adoption. (Selection varies per store)  Curtis Lumber’s Ballston Spa store will also host Steve Caporizzo’s WTEN Pet Connection, Abby’s Lemon-Aide Stand For Animals, Benson’s Pet Center and will also have a 50/50 raffle and food trucks available.  Bring your family and your pets and enjoy a great day of pet adoptions, fur and fun!  Last year’s event resulted in over 250+ pets finding forever homes!  For full details visit www.clpetapalooza or 

Book Nook News from Transfiguration Parish

SPEIGLETOWN – Thanks to all of you who supported the $5/Bag Sale at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown during September. It was a great success and it was so wonderful to be open again and see everyone!

The $5/Bag sale is over for now, but the regular Book Nook is open from 9:00 am until noon on the first and third Saturdays of each month, beginning Saturday, October 2. The October buy one/get one specials are on authors Fern Michaels and Debbie Macomber. The history, biographies, self-help, religious and cookbooks are 6/$1. Please stop by and see our many new donations. We request masks be worn while in the Book Nook. Donations can be dropped off at the Speigletown church office. Please do not leave donations outside church doors. Please no encyclopedias, textbooks or CDs. Thanks again for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook.

A Blessing of the Animals at Brunswick Church

TROY – St. Francis of Assisi recognized that the  animals  of God’s  creation inhabit our world and take part in our human lives. He called the world’s animals,  wild and tame, his brothers and sisters. In honor of St. Francis and his appreciation for the animals in our lives, Brunswick Church invites you to bring your animals (on a leash or in a carrier) for a Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9:30 am. A brief outdoor gathering will be held in the upper parking lot at 42 White Church Lane, Troy, where your animals can receive a special blessing and together we give thanks for all they add to our lives. Bring your pets, your farm animals or even a cherished photograph of an animal that has been important in your life, and receive a personalized blessing.

Brunswick Grange Tailgate Sale

SCHAGHTICOKE – On Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 Brunswick Grange will hold their Annual Fall Agricultural Tailgate Sale at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Rt. 67 & 40, Schaghticoke, NY. From 7:30am.-12:30pm.More than 50 vendors will have various varieties of chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, veggies, plants & other agricultural animals. Absolutely no dogs, cats, puppys or kittens will be allowed for sale. A donation of $15.00/Vendor will be charged at the gate. Spectators free. Masks maybe required and there will be food vendors on the grounds. Event will be held rain or shine. For more information please call 518-279-9113. 

Ch. 60 Korean War Veterans’ Assoc. October Meeting

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Oct. meeting of Ch. 60 Korean War Veterans’ Assoc. will be held at 1:30 on Thurs., Oct. 7th, at the VFW home in Saratoga Sprs.  Best directions are to take the Arterial North of Saratoga, then take a right on Veterans’ Way.  At the bottom of the hill, take a left and the home is on the right.  Veterans who served in the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, friends and relatives are all invited to attend.  For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Paul O’Keefe at 518-603-4186.

Sand Lake Historical Society to Feature Faith Mills

SAND LAKE – Join us on Tuesday October 12, when the Sand Lake Historical Society will be visiting Faith Mills and Arts Letters and Numbers, 1548 Burden Lake Road, beginning at 6pm. The program will include a talk on Faith Mills, a presentation by Director David Gersten on the interdisciplinary Arts Letters and Numbers program, and a talk on the millworkers of Faith Mills and the upcoming Amazing Graves 3 (October 16-17) by Val Kavanaugh. Follow signs for parking. Reservations are required: call Jackie Tremont, President, at 518-527-9926 to reserve your spot. Visit our website,, for information.

Mark your calendars for November 9th, when SLHS returns to its usual site, Sand Lake Town Hall Courtroom, at 7pm, for a program by Bob Shuey on Battlefield Mortuary Affairs.

SLHS monthly programs are open to the public. New members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook!

The Chandler Young Veterans Association Auxiliary Tag Sale

NASSAU – The Chandler Young Veterans Association Auxiliary located at 7 Lyons Lake Road is holding a Tag Sale on October 16, 2021, from 9:00 – 4:00 pm (rain or shine). Items include housewares, furniture, toys, books, and miscellaneous items. There will be food available for purchase.  All Proceeds to benefit the Cyva Auxiliary “New Table Fund.”

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.

Amazing Graves! Returns to Sand Lake

SAND LAKE – Amazing Graves #3, presented by the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, “re-haunts” the Sand Lake Union Cemetery, October 16th and 17th (rain dates October 23rd and 24th). Featuring outdoor walking tours of Sand Lake Union Cemetery with local actors portraying some of our famous — and infamous — very long-term “residents.” There will be one sit-down presentation at the cemetery 3:30 Sunday, October 17 (rain date October 24th).

The Sand Lake Union Cemetery is located on Cemetery Lane, off NY Routes 43 & 66 in Sand Lake.

Featured “guests” for 2021 include Hazel Drew and William Taylor, Dr. Smith Boughton and Sheriff Willard Griggs, Albert R. Fox, The Sand Lake Boys at Gettysburg, The Ladies of Faith Mills, Lucinda Horton, Henry Withey, and others. Co-sponsored and supported by the Sand Lake Historical Society, the Sand Lake Town Library, Bob Moore Sand Lake Town Historian, Jim Powers, Todd’s Party Potties, Tremont ACE Hardware, and the Town of Sand Lake – Highway Department. Guide services provided by area high school students.

Advance reservations are required. $10 per person admission. Additional information on performance times and tickets at Contact the Sand Lake Center for the Arts for more details. Special thanks to our sponsors, actors, writers, tour guides, committee members, and community volunteers.

HVCC’s Cultural Affairs Program Announces Noontime Concerts

TROY – The Cultural Affairs Program will present A Celebration of World Music, featuring four local groups well known to many in the Capital Region, during the Fall 2021 semester at Hudson Valley Community College. Plans call for each program to be presented in-person in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Troy campus, as well as live streamed from that location. Visit for the access link for each hour-long program. All are open free to the public.

Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde – Thursday, Oct. 21 at noon – When Puerto Rican singer Taína Asili takes the stage, whether solo or with her faithful la Banda Rebelde, she can’t help but attract attention. Raucous and rhythmic, the music emphasizes the strong messages of freedom and social justice in Asili’s powerful lyrics. This concert promises an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock music that exudes spirit and inspiration.

HEARD – Thursday, Nov. 4 at noon – Heard is a handful of extremely-talented musicians, who bring together their skills and passion for world music, jazz and improvisation to create irresistible grooves set in a unique, sonic tapestry. The group’s vibrant sound has grown to incorporate influences from West Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and beyond. Energetic and upbeat, Heard features Composer Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius (keyboards/vocals), Jonathan Greene (woodwinds), Bobby Kendall (bass), Brian Melick (drums) and Zorkie Nelson (percussion/vocals).

Golfstrom – Thursday, Nov. 11 at noon – Golfstrom performs an eclectic mix of 1930’s to 1960’s folk and pop songs that originated in France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Israel, Mexico, Argentina and beyond. Golfstrom features Jonathan Greene on clarinet, Bobby Kendall on string bass, Sergei Nirenburg on accordion and vocals, and Brian Melick on percussion.

Contact Debby Gardner at for more information.

CDSC Big Game Butchering Class with Mike Cardis

GRAFTON – Capital District Sportsman Center (CDSC) of Grafton, NY. –   “Mike the Butcher,” will focus primarily on how to break down a Whitetail Deer from A – Z. You will learn all the cuts and how to process your harvest. CDSC will serve venison Chili & more. A good time with lots of laughter & learning to be had by all. 13 Babcock Lake Rd, Grafton NY. Friday, October 22, 2021, 5 – 9 pm. Space is limited to 40 registrants. Adults $25 & under 18 free. To register, visit our website at

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County Hosts Llama and Alpaca Parasite Management Workshop

RENSSELAER COUNTY – October 26th 2021 at 6:30 P.M. Sweet & Savory Farmette- 2082 Buskirk-West Hoosick Rd, Buskirk, NY 12028

Learn how to keep your camelids healthy, happy, and free from parasites! Aside from a short tour of our host farm, our speaker, Emaly Leak of Autumn Hill Llamas and Fiber, will briefly discuss ways to prevent parasites through management, how to tell if our llamas or alpacas have parasites, and strategies on how to treat them. The main focus of this workshop will be how to collect your own samples and run a fecal analysis with a centrifuge and microscope. All materials will be provided minus fecal samples (please provide from a llama or alpaca on your farm). We expect the program to be no more than 2 hours.

Due to space, materials, and time we will be capping the program at 10 people (first come-first serve basis) and we will not be accepting walk-ins. There is a registration fee of $10 per person and you must register in advance. This can be done by contacting the CCE of Rensselaer County Office at or 518-272-4210. If anything changes due to COVID-19 regulations, those who have registered will be contacted as soon as possible.

Town of North Greenbush Halloween Parade

NORTH GREENBUSH – The Town of North Greenbush Halloween Spectacular will be held on Sunday, October 31st. First, we will kick-off the events with our annual parade starting at 2pm from the Family Dollar parking lot on Main Ave. The parade will proceed down Main Ave to Town Hall. There will be lots of new and exciting events planned including a “Trunk or Treat” at town hall. For those who don’t know, the “trunk-or-treat” event will have participants decorate their vehicles and park them in one central location at town hall. The cars are just as decked out as the kids and then everyone goes from decorated trunk to decorated trunk to pick up some treats while having fun looking at all of the decorations. There will be a contest for the “best tricked-out trunk” so let your imagine get the best of you and decorate! There will be cider and donuts for the kids and many more surprises in store. This event is being organized by Councilwoman Jessica Merola, Chair of the town youth committee. For more information, please contact Councilwoman Merola at the town supervisor’s office at (518) 283-5313, x-5.

The Stephentown Players

STEPHENTOWN – 1574 Garfield Road, Stephentown.  518.733.0427 – The Stephentown Players are proud to announce their premier production; Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, Krapp’s Last Tape with Toby Wherry as the brooding Krapp who sits alone in his den listening to a recording of himself at an earlier time, while reflecting on his aspirations, purpose and lost love. The production runs on Saturdays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 7PM at the GYM at Four Fat Fowl, 473 Rt. 43 in Stephentown. Admission is Free. For reservations call: 518-733-0427.

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. Masks required.

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