Events 12.01.22

Santa at Nassau Fire Department

Santa is coming to the Nassau Fire Department!! Friends and Family are invited to come celebrate Christmas with us. Spend time with Santa, enjoy Santa’s favorite cookies, receive a special gift, and make a new ornament for your tree.  

We would love for you to help us spread some Holiday spirit this season.  Sunday, December 4th, 2 pm – 4 pm at the Nassau Fire House, 26 Chatham Street, Nassau, NY. 

Castleton Boat Club December 2022 Lecture

Marine Vessel Surveying

Friday, December 16, 2022, 6 PM

92 South Main Street, Castleton NY 12033 To reserve seating, please RSVP – call or text Laura at (838) 219-0998.

Guy Falkenheimer is a licensed USCG Captain, member of the American Boat & Yacht Council and recreational/commercial boat surveyor. Join us at the Castleton Boat Club as he discusses the art and practice of professional marine surveying. Guy has been inspecting pleasure and commercial craft for over 20 years.

If you own a boat, may be buying or selling, or are interested in becoming a marine surveyor, this is the perfect opportunity to learn about how it’s done!

Admission $10 per person. Dinner included – Catering by The Hill Restaurant in Castleton.

6-7 PM Dinner and Cocktails. 7 PM Lecture in the Pavilion. Cash Bar.

Visit our Facebook page for information on the entire 2023 series!

Yankee Doodle Band Comes to Grafton December 10, Free Concert

Please join us for Grafton’s second annual Holiday Cookie Contest! There will be great music by the Yankee Doodle band. The YD Band will be playing some of your favorite holiday songs including a mash up of Stars & Stripes interwoven with well-known Christmas songs. It’s sure to get your feet stomping one moment and you singing along to one of your favorite carols the next!

We hope to see you at our free concert Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 4 – 6 PM at Roxborough Holdings (former Grafton Elementary School) Rte. 2 & Babcock Lake Road, Grafton, NY. Bring 12 of your favorite homemade Holiday cookies and maybe you’ll win a special holiday prize! Come enjoy the music, sample the holiday cookies and feel free to sing along or get up & dance. We hope to see you December 10!

A Northern Lights Noel

Capital Community Voices will present “A Northern Lights Noel,” a program of classical carols and popular holiday songs on Sunday, December 18th at 3:00 pm at Genet Elementary School, Route 4, East Greenbush, NY.

The program will feature carols from places from which the aurora borealis can be experienced including Norway, Sweden, and Russia and the state of Alaska. Popular holiday selections will include the Polar Express medley, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and White Christmas. The audience will have an opportunity to sing along with traditional carols.

The chorus is directed by Julie Panke and will be accompanied by Malcolm Kogut, piano, Randy Jennings, bass, and James Iacketta, percussion.

Ticket prices for the concert are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students.

4-H invites all youth ages 5-19 to get a 4-H experience through our Winter Fairs:

Saturday, December 10th 4:00pm – 6:00pm at the Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Rd, West Sand Lake; hosted by the Green Earthlings 4-H Club Friday. Event is free with a donation of a canned good. 


Friday, December 16th, 6:00 to 8:00pm Brittonkill/Tamarac Elementary School Cafeteria hosted by the Clover Kids and Critters 4-H Club. 

Event is free- (pizza will be provided at $1 per slice with pre-order only at Tamarac location)

Both locations will have a community service project, a place to drop off canned goods to donate to a food pantry, and a holiday related project that can be made and judged on location by entering in the Winter Fair. 

It is extremely important to RSVP- if we have to cancel due to weather we will contact participants- please email Eileen at or leave Kandis a message at 518-720-0354- with name, phone number, how many youth will be participating at the event, which location you plan on attending WSL or Brunswick, and how many slices of pizza if attending Brunswick. 

For more information, please call and leave a message at 518-720-0354 and I will return our call as soon as possible. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Town of East Greenbush Emergency Services Parade


Saturday, December 3, 2022, step off at 5:30 PM. 

Parade route: Start at The Soccer Fields on Phillips Road, traveling north on Phillips, left onto Columbia Turnpike and ending at Becker’s Farm for a meet and greet with SANTA and FIREWORKS!

Highlight Acting Troupe Presents A Christmas Ornament

Highlight Acting Troupe is pleased to invite you to our upcoming holiday performance of “A Christmas Ornament”; an original comedy written by Ron Levan. Directed by Robin Dickinson with special guest Musical Director and Accompanist Marietta Mitchell. 

Enjoy traditional songs of the season in this funny family friendly story set in NYC Christmas 1975. Performances will take place at the Brunswick Grange, 7 Grange Road, Troy. 

Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm as well as Sunday, December 4th at 2pm. To reserve at seat please call Ethel @ 518-237-6936.

A Reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Presentation

On December 10, 2022 Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, NY will host the Poestenkill Light Reading Company’s presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 

The night will begin with a homemade soup and bread dinner at 5:00 pm with the production at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. Those who wish to attend the soup and bread dinner are asked to call (518) 283-6045 and leave a message. 

Reservations are not mandatory but encouraged so we have enough food. There is no charge, but donations of a non-perishable food item and/or monetary gift to the Bread of Life Food Pantry or the Union Gospel Food Pantry in East Poestenkill will be accepted and appreciated.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa will be visiting the Best-Luther Firehouse at 303 Old Best Road on Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00pm.

 Santa will have a gift for each child that shares their Christmas wish. Refreshments will be available for children.

Winter Craft and Food Festival

Our fourth annual Winter Craft and Food Festival will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 9 AM to 2 PM at First Reformed Church, located at the corner of Main Avenue and Church Street, in Wynantskill. 

You will be greeted with free donuts and hot beverages, while supplies last. Browse our beautiful, handcrafted items, our Second Chances (new or gently used) items, and take a chance to win a beautiful, homemade queen-size quilt. We will also feature home-canned pickles, jams, salsas, relish, pickled beets, chili sauce, and more! Our bake sale will feature lots of homemade goodies, specialty royal icing cookies, and platters of Christmas cookies. 

Hot soup/chili will be available to eat-in or take home. And let’s not forget our homemade, then frozen, entrees – perfect for quick, microwave meals during the busy holiday season – lasagna, shepherd’s pie, chicken potpie, macaroni and cheese, and complete pork dinners – sized for both families and singles. 

Whether you are looking for that special gift or help with holiday meals and baking, we are here to serve you. Check out our Facebook page at frcwcommunity for pictures of featured items. If you have any questions, call 518-283-4420. Thank you for your support.

Students present “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose” at HVCC

The Hudson Valley Community College Theatre Arts Program presents “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose,” adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” by Michael Menendian and Jon Weagly, on Dec. 2, 3 and 4 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, located in the Siek Campus Center on the Troy campus. Performances are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free at all performances.

In this family-friendly holiday mystery, Sherlock Holmes is asked to discover the identity of a man who lost his hat and goose in a late-night scuffle. At first, Holmes treats the request as only a mild curiosity, but then the Countess of Morcar’s rare and valuable blue carbuncle is found in the Goose. The pursuit of the thief leads Holmes and Dr. Watson from 221B Baker Street to Covent Garden Market and all over the streets of wintery London. Director is Dav Freedman, an adjunct faculty member in the Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media Department.

For more information, please contact Debby Gardner at or (518) 629-8071.

Celebrate The 40th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll

 Troy -The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the Capital District and surrounding regions to the 40th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll!  Experience the holiday splendor on Sunday, December 4, 2022, from 11am-5pm.  Come join us as the streets of historic downtown Troy come alive with Victorian “Gilded Age” magic!  This popular event attracts nearly 15,000 visitors from near and far to enjoy a day of fun, food, shopping, and activities for all ages.  You will find music, performers, choirs, children’s activities, unique boutiques, and restaurants that Troy is known for.

 Returning this year is the popular window decorating contest.  Stroll attendees can vote for their favorite.  Make sure to add the businesses participating in the window-decorating contest to your list of places to visit during the Stroll; you won’t be disappointed!  Enjoy the Tree lighting at 5 p.m. with the Troy High School choir and local officials.

 Essential to the long-time history of the Victorian Stroll, The Hart Cluett Museum’s 66th Annual Holiday Green Show’s theme is “The Gilded Age in the Marble House on Second Street”.  Using all fresh seasonal greens and gilded age era flowers, the members of the VanRensselaer Garden Club, are decorating 14 rooms of the 1827 Federal Style Town House to showcase the amazing architecture and period rooms of the Gilded Age that belonged to the Hart and Cluett families of Troy, NY. The Greens show runs from Dec 1st through Dec 4th.  For further details and ticket information, visit their website at or call 518-272-7232 x18. 

 For those with a modern taste, be sure to check out “Troy Glo”, a dazzling new winter light festival managed by the Arts Center of the Capital Region that will open the night of December 4th and continue during the holiday season in downtown Troy. With a series of contemporary light art installations set against the eighteenth-century architecture at six venues, this cutting-edge lighting will illuminate the city, encouraging people to meander between installations and stop to shop and dine along the way.

St. Nicholas Day Celebration at Crailo State Historic Site!

On Saturday, December 3, 2022, Crailo State Historic Site invites you to celebrate St. Nicholas Day with us, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This medieval saint’s day was brought by the Dutch colonists to the Hudson River Valley and was traditionally celebrated on December 6. Festivities included a visit by St. Nicholas, known as Sinterklaas by the Dutch, gift giving, baked holiday treats, and family revelry. This event is open to all and free of charge. 

To celebrate, the entire museum will be open for your exploration, including Crailo’s famous cellar kitchen, in which you will find interpreters preparing traditional seasonal treats, using 17th and 18th century recipes. There will be numerous crafts for children, mulled cider and refreshments, live music, and of course – a visit from St. Nicholas (hopefully you’ve been good this past year)! 

Crailo’s Marketplace Museum Shop will be open, where you will find unique gifts for everyone on your list. Whether it be books about history, reproduction colonial items, 17th century reproduction glassware and pottery, or delightful toys and souvenirs for the kids, you will certainly find something special for under the tree – and support Crailo at the same time. 

Once part of the Van Rensselaer family’s vast landholdings, today Crailo tells the story of the early Dutch inhabitants of Albany and the upper Hudson River Valley. Located at 9 ½ Riverside Ave in historic Rensselaer,the museum is open for guided tours, Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through October 30th and by appointment Nov – Apr. For further information about this and other site programs and events, please call (518) 463-8738, visit, or find us on Facebook.

Town of North Greenbush Christmas Parade & Starry Night Tree Lighting

Santa called to let us know he is coming to North Greenbush and he’s excited to see his little friends get ready for our big parade on Saturday, December 3rd. 

The parade will line up at St. Jude’s parking lot and will kick-off at 6pm, heading down Brookside, to Main Ave and ending at Town Hall. Following the parade, we will all gather in the field next to town hall under the evening stars where the 2nd Annual Starry Night Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting will be held. 

This moving ceremony will begin with special guest singers, celebrating the joy of the season while remembering our loved ones. It’s breathtaking to see all of the beautiful Starry Night Trees lit all at once and decorated so nicely by their families. 

Then, we will get the children ready to meet Santa, share their wish list, get a picture and enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate. We are looking to make this years parade even BIGGER than last year with even more colorfully lit floats and characters. 

If your business is interested in participating, please contact Deputy Supervisor Kelly Hoffman or Councilwoman Jessica Merola at the supervisors office at (518) 283-5313, x10. Tis the season and our residents are the reason for this beautiful tradition to continue so mark your calendar for Saturday, December 3rd at 6pm.

Sand Lake Historical Society Opens Exhibit

“Home for the Holidays”, an exhibit by the Sand Lake Historical Society, has opened in the Gallery at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, Averill Park. 

The exhibit features items from the Society’s and the Town of Sand Lake’s collections. Also prominent is “Wish You Were Home Tree” which honors area residents currently serving in the military, as submitted by friends and family members. Please keep these and all men and women of the military (and their families!) in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season. Other display items include a “Sand Lake Then and Now” photo wall, military artifacts, and other memorabilia donated over the years by current and former Sand Lake residents. 

The exhibit gallery is open Saturdays, from noon to 3:00 PM through December 17th and anytime the Center for the Arts is open for events and performances in November and December. Don’t miss it!

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

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