Events 10.27.22

Sand Lake Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

The Town of Sand Lake will be holding its Annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm.  

For more information and Parade entry Form go to the Town’s website:  You can also contact Councilman Glasser: or call Barbara Hansen, Town Clerk at 518-674-2026 Ext. 122

Trunk Or Treat in East Greenbush

Trunk Or Treat is coming!!! Be sure to bring your friends and neighbors. In fact bring the whole neighborhood!!! Hosted by Connecting Point Church, Trunk Or Treat, also known as Halloween tailgating, cleverly brings Halloween from the uncertain streets to the safety of the church parking lot, turning the backs of cars, trucks, minivans and SUV’s into the new front porch! So bring everyone to Connecting Point Church on October 31st from 6:00-8:30pm for all your tricks or treats from our trunks. We will also attempt to keep you warm with our free hot chocolate and a cozy bonfire.

Located at 568 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, in the Van Den Houten Square, across from Dunkin Donuts, Connecting Point Church is the friendly neighborhood church that endeavors to offer alternative ways in keeping your children safe on Halloween. 

For more information, visit 

In the event of rain, we will cancel.

Veterans Day Celebration

Melvin Roads American Legion Post 1231 celebrates Veteran’s Day, 1:00 PM, Thursday , November 11th, 2021, at the post, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. 

Enjoy the parade & then stop by Melvin Roads for our ceremony & refreshments. One hundred & four years ago, The Great War ended on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, at the eleventh hour. Our name’s sake Private Melvin Roads died the night before the Armistice took effect. PVT Roads served his country, and gave his life to a cause he believed in. 

Post 1231 celebrates his service and the service of all veteran’s, along with their families. Please join us as we and our local representatives support all veterans everywhere. Refreshments are served after the ceremony.

Diana Clark to speak on Changing Roles of Women in the Military

Ret. Lt. Col. Diana Clark will give an illustrated talk on the roles of women in the United States military. This Stephentown Historical Society program meeting will be held on Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 p.m. 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.

Clark’s historical perspective will include women serving alongside men in combat since the Revolutionary War, slowly gaining equality in access to military academies, training, recognition and promotions in the military. She will give a personal account of her experiences in Iraq and Africa in the Army Reserves and Air Force Reserves as a critical care field nurse and as a flight nurse/medical crew director.

Dyken Pond Holiday Wreath Sale

Balsam Fir wreaths for sale to be picked up in November. 18” Wreath Decorated with a hand-made Dyken Pond collectible nature ornament, pine cones, berries, and a red bow for just $30

Fundraiser for FRIENDS OF THE DYKEN POND CENTER. Proceeds from sales are used to support the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center activities, such as scholarships for school classes to attend field trips, and trail improvements. There are larger wreath sizes available, please visit our website at

Wreaths make a great Thanksgiving hostess gift! Please pre-order sale

Pick-Up Options:

SATURDAY 11/19 11 AM – 1 PM

Roxborough Holdings (former Grafton Elementary)

13 Babcock Lake Rd., Petersburg, NY (corner of Babcock Lake Rd & Rte 2)

MONDAY 11/21 IN TROY 12 PM – 2 PM

(Troy pick-up at the Dyken Pond Office, 61 State St.)

Contact the Center at (518) 658-2055 or for other pick-up options.

Nassau Scout Food Drive

Attention Nassau residents, please mark your calendar now! BSA Troop 2166 of Nassau Food Drive Saturday, November 12

BSA Troop 2166 of Nassau is participating in the Scouting for Food Drive. Our goal is to collect as many items of non-perishable food as possible to help our hungry neighbors. The need is greater now than ever! Donations may be dropped off on Saturday, November 12, from 9am-2pm at the following COVID-SAFE drive-thru drop-off location: Nassau Village Commons Pavilion, John St. (next to Post Office). 

Scouts will be available to remove donations from your car. Please have donations in bags or boxes in your trunk. Please help if you can! Thank you for your support!

Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair at Center Brunswick Fire Company

Join us Saturday, November 12th at the Center Brunswick Fire House, 1045 Hoosick Road, Center Brunswick (across from the Town Hall), from 9AM-2PM, for our Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair.  

This event will feature many local crafters and vendors for your holiday shopping needs.  There will also be raffles, 50/50, bake sale, free admission and parking.

Poestenkill Halloween Parade

Town of Poestenkill will be hosting our annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30th. Parade staging will begin at 11:15am and the parade will begin at 11:30am. 

The Parade will go from Poestenkill Town Hall to Poestenkill Elementary School. Candy donations for the post parade celebration may be dropped off at Poestenkill Town Hall.

Van Rensselaer Heights Residents Hosting Kids Halloween Party

The residents of Van Rensselaer Heights are hosting a Community Halloween Party for the kids of Rensselaer on October 28th from 5 PM to 7 PM. 

The party will be held in the Community Room at 460 Forbes Ave in Rensselaer. There will be music, a costume contest, and candy! Kids will need to be accompanied by a parent to participate. Any questions please call Ashley at (518)621-7585.

Join Rensselaer Land Trust for their 2022 Annual Meeting

Please join RLT on Sunday, November 13 from 4-7pm at Brown’s Brewing Co’s Revolution Hall as they celebrate you, and all of RLT’s volunteers, friends, and their 35th Anniversary! To kick off the evening, George Wilson, local fiddler will fill Revolution Hall with warm and welcoming tunes. 

The evening program will include a brief business meeting, celebrating honorees, and Environmental advocate and policy expert Judith Enck will share her thoughts on environmental stewardship.

Honorees include:

Andy Beers, prior Director of the Empire State Trail and Executive Deputy Commissioner for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Andy also worked for seventeen years for the New York Office of The Nature Conservancy. Andy currently is assisting the Hudson River Valley Greenway on operations issues for the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail, a 36-mile rail-trail in Rensselaer and Columbia Counties.

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics, an initiative to end plastic pollution through education, advocacy, and institutional change. Judith is Passionate about protecting public health and the environment, she teaches classes on plastic pollution as a Senior Fellow and visiting faculty member at Bennington College.

To pre-register go to

Bingo players needed

We are currently looking for bingo players for a possible restart of our bingo at Brunswick, New York elks Lodge on Route 2, These bingos would run on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 11:30 a.m. 

If you’re interested in attending such a bingo please call Jeff or Mary Beth at 518-728-1795 my email is jeffrey

Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 30, 12 PM – 2 PM

First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd, East Greenbush. 

All are welcome to come and Trunk or Treat! This is a Free Event for all children and youth. We will also have a trunk decoration contest where you as the participant get to decide which trunk is the best decorated.

This is a rain or shine event. We will have Trick or Treat Hallway if it is raining.

Brunswick Church Holds Family Trunk or Treat – Rain or Shine

Sunday, October 30, 2022, 2-4 pm

42 White Church Lane, Troy, NY 

On Sunday, October 30, 2022, Brunswick Church invites you and your family to a fun Halloween event for all ages. Grab your mask and your goodie bag, and make the rounds of our creative themed automobiles for some treats. 

There are always clever – and some spooky – vehicles to provide Halloween entertainment. There will also be fun activities indoors and light refreshments. The event will be held rain or shine. So, mark your calendar, get your costume ready and be sure to join us for this fun, seasonal event.

Trunk or Treat and Harvest House at Emmanuel Reformed Church

Sunday, October 30, 4:00-5:30pm

Our Castleton Halloween tradition continues this year with parking lot trick-or-treating, open to the public. Come in your favorite costumes and discover our exciting candy and trunk displays. 

Also, new this year, come explore the Harvest House. This all-hallows tour isn’t scary, but tells a spooky tale of death and new life. 

Emmanuel Reformed Church, 1150 Maple Hill Rd. – Castleton, NY.

North Greenbush Annual Halloween Parade

Calling all ghosts and goblins. Do you think you have the BEST Halloween costume this year? Well, we invite you to the Town of North Greenbush Annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30th. 

The parade will line-up at the Family Dollar Plaza on Main Ave in Wynantskill and kicks-off at 2pm. Come participate and walk in the parade in your BEST and most unique costume while your neighbors watch the parade march down Main Avenue to Town Hall. 

After the parade, come join us for cider, donuts and treats. There will be prizes for the top three best costumes! The parade is being organized by Deputy Town Supervisor Kelly Hoffman and Councilwoman Jessica Merola, Chair of the Youth Committee. 

If you are a local business who wants to participate, please contact the Town Supervisor’s office at (518) 283-5313. We look forward to seeing you on the 30th.

Melvin Roads Trunk or Treat

Melvin Roads American Legion Post 1231 presents Trunk or Treat on October 30, 2022, from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Post parking lot, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY. 

If the weather is bad, we will hold a Table or Treat inside Hero’s Hall at the post. Have the children dress up and come down for Apple Cider & Cider Doughnuts. We welcome all families to come out and have a supervised trick or treating.

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.

NYS Youth Snowmobile Safety Class

On Saturday, November 12th, the Grafton Trailblazers Snowmobile Club and the Grafton Lakes State Park 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 8:30am 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 Space is limited, pre-registration required. The course is free of charge and lunch/snacks will be provided. Questions, please call (518) 469-2656.

St. Jude’s Craft Fair is BACK!

Save the date – our annual Craft Fair is back on Saturday 11/12 from 9 am – 3 pm. Over 45 vendors! No admission fees!

Plus, SANTA will be visiting! Still accepting vendors contact Mary at 518-229-4250! Hope to see you there – 42 Dana Ave, Wynantskill!

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.

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.

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: Nov 5th or Chicken & Biscuit Dinner: Nov 8th.

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!!!


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.

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!

HVCC Offers Free, Live Concert Series during Fall Semester

The Cultural Affairs Program at Hudson Valley Community College will present a four-part concert series that begins Oct. 27 and concludes on Dec. 1. All of the upcoming programs will be Thursdays at noon in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Troy campus. Each hour-long program will be open free to the public; no reservations or tickets are required to attend.

Hot Club of Saratoga – Oct. 27 at noon

Hot Club, the region’s premier gypsy swing band, is Chuck Kish, guitar; Bobby Kendall, bass; Jonathan Greene, clarinet; Tucker Callander, violin. The band continues the true gypsy jazz tradition that originated in France in the 1930s, exploring its full range from sweet, soulful ballads to hard-driving swing.

Blues Guitarist Thomasina Winslow – Nov. 3 at noon

Thomasina Winslow has performed in the UK, Europe and Australia. She is devoted to introducing acoustic blues for new audiences. Sample or download “Return” (2020) at

The McKrells – Thursday, Nov. 17 at noon – BTC Auditorium

Perennial local favorites, The McKrells has shared its Celtic-infused bluegrass around the world. Founder Kevin McKrell, singer, songwriter, guitarist; Arlin Greene, bass; Scott Hopkins, banjo; Brian Melick, percussion; Frank Orsini, fiddle, and Peter Pashoukos, guitar, will play from their vast repertoire, including “Still Pickin’,” a 2022 album.

Fuego Sonoro – Thursday, Dec. 1 at noon – BTC Auditorium

Fuego Sonoro performs 1950s-era Latin music — bossa novas, Brazilian choros, Caribbean rhumbas and calypsos. Jonathan Greene, clarinet; Brian Melick, drums; Jon Suters and Jason Ennis, guitars, spice up familiar melodies and rhythms with improvisation to create a fresh, yet still classic sound.

Visit to access any of the concerts via live stream. Contact Debby Gardner at or (518) 629-8071 for more information.

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