Events 12.23.21

Capital Region Social Happenings December Event and Concert Series

CAPITAL DISTRICT – – Friday Night Events at 7 pm – Picnic at noon at 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Building) at “Hill” door entrance. Open to the public. Inside seating is limited. $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. Plenty of free parking. Handicap accessible.CDC & COVID compliant. Masks required on everyone. Be prepared to show your vaccination card as well as provide your phone number for contact tracing. Our inside seating is limited. Call 518-452-6883 for more information.

Friday Night – December 31:  We starting with an early 6:00 pm New Year’s Eve Party for those that would like to be home early to watch the ball drop! Bring a finger food to share and be prepared for a few delightful surprises.  This event won’t break your bank!  $4 with finger food and $10 without.  Non-alcoholic sparking toast included.

Lights in Sand Lake 2021 Christmas Eve Luminaire Display

SAND LAKE – The Sand Lake Historic District creates Christmas Eve magic in Sand Lake!

The neighbors on Routes 66 & 43 and our friends on Shumann Rd. will have our annual luminary display on Christmas Eve – Friday, December 24th. Lighting of the luminary candles begins around 7:00pm and continues as weather permits or until the candles burn out.

Participate by placing luminaries along the road by your property or just drive by and enjoy. For more information, please contract Dawn or Bruce at 518.674.5210 or by email at

Power Lunch Reading Mentors Needed at School 14

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Do you enjoy reading? Do you have an hour a week to spare? Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County needs a few more reading mentors for the Everybody WINS! Power Lunch program at School 14 on Wednesdays.

Everybody Wins! is an innovative reading and mentoring program that increases children’s prospects for success in school and in life. Power Lunch pairs elementary school children one-to-one with volunteers from nearby businesses, colleges and the community. Once a week, reading partners enjoy conversation together at the school, and the adult reads a book aloud to the child while he/she eats lunch. Reading mentors will be required to wear a mask while in the school and while reading. The children will not be masked while eating lunch.

A one-hour required training will be held on Tuesday, December 28th, 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the LVORC Office, 71 First Street, 3rd floor (Hart Hall). To register or for more information, call (518) 244-4650 or email

Sand Lake Community “Show and Tell” 

SAND LAKE – The community is invited to the Sand Lake Historical Society’s January program, Tuesday, January 11th, “Sand Lake Show and Tell – II”. What’s in your attic, cellar, closet, junk drawer? Old bottles and such from Sand Lake Springs, Village Shop gift boxes, glass slag from Glass lake, photos, posters, and ??? Who knows what might turn up? It’s part of your history — but it’s also part of Sand Lake’s! If you have it, bring it to share.

SLHS monthly programs are open to the public and are held monthly at the Sand Lake Town Hall Courtroom, 8428 NY 66, Averill Park, beginning at 7 pm. COVID protocols are as determined by the Town for the 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 (

New members are always welcomed.

Like us on Facebook or visit for more information. Any questions, please contact Jackie Tremont, President (518-527-9926).

Grafton Lakes State Park to Host Cabin Fever

GRAFTON – Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park will host a Cabin Fever event on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Due to COVID-19, many of the indoor exhibits will be offering hikes and scavenger hunts outside throughout the day. The event will include a polar plunge, food vendors, and family-friendly recreational activities. The event is free of charge and runs from 11:30 AM-3:00 PM.

Cabin Fever will include activities such as its popular snow bowling hill, snowshoe races and a snowball toss, as well as guided snowshoe outings. Other outdoor offerings this year include free snowmobile rides, sensory walks, and an ice dive demonstration. Registration for the hikes will open in January.

The Polar Plunge kicks off the main events at 11:30AM (registration from 11-11:30am). As always, the Plunge includes a playful prize for the silliest costume offered by the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park, so start planning your January beach attire! To pre-register for the Plunge, please call Ray Dozois for more information at 518-663-5648, or call the park office at 518-279-1155.

For visitors who need to warm up there will be many large fires outside by the Welcome Center and the beach. Live animals will also be present at the festival in the welcome center. Visitors will not be disappointed with the refreshments available both inside the welcome center and outside by the main parking lot.

Note that this year’s Ice Fishing contest is being held on the weekend before, on Saturday, January 15th. Registration will take place the morning of the 15th. There is no pre-registration. Please call the park for more information:

Grafton Lakes State Park is located off of Route 2, twelve miles east of Troy, New York. Please use the park’s main entrance on Grafton Lakes State Park Way for this event. There is no entrance fee for this event. For more information, please call the park at 518-279-1155.

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