Events 12.24.20

Virtual Twelfth Night Celebration at Schuyler Mansion and Crailo

ALBANY – On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Schuyler Mansion and Crailo State Historic sites invite you to join us for “Salutations of the Season!,” a virtual Twelfth Night celebration! From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the event will be available across multiple social media platforms and will feature festive traditions of the 17th and 18th century. Join us as we share holiday preparations, food and other demonstrations, performances and selecting the Twelfth Night King!

And you are to be a big part of the celebration! Because this year we cannot gather together at the mansion or Crailo, we encourage you to hold your own Twelfth Night party and share it with us. Purchase a “Take-Home Twelfth Night” kit ($20), which will be available at the Fort Orange General Store in January, and revel in this feast day as the Schuyler and Van Rensselaer families did! Be sure to upload photos of your celebration (@Schuyler Mansion and/or @Crailo) so that we may all share the final day of the holiday season together.

The virtual merriment begins on Tuesday, January 5th, when “how to” demonstrations will be available to help you prepare for your Twelfth Night celebration. Revelry and wassail toasts begin on Wednesday, Jan 6th, with music performance and more (schedule to be found on the sites’ websites) and of course, your photo contributions. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Schuyler Mansion is located at 32 Catherine Street in Albany’s historic South End, (518) 434-0834, while Crailo is located at 9 -1/2 Riverside Ave. in Rensselaer, (518) 463-8738. For further information about this event, please contact either site, visit:, or find us on social media.

January Mindful Nature Walk

EAST NASSAU – January Mindful Nature Walk, Saturday, January 9, 10am-12:30pm, Albert Family Community Forest, 120 Hayes Road, East Nassau NY, 12062. Bundle up in your warmest and open your senses to the winter woods, with Kripalu-certified Mindful Outdoor Guides Molly Freiberg and Sandy Wilson. Forest Bathing is a Japanese wellness practice that welcomes us to take in the forest atmosphere with all our senses, and helps to lower stress levels and boost mood and immunity. Space is limited to 15 participants for COVID safety, so please pre-register in advance at Read more about how to dress for the cold on the registration page. Questions? Reach out to Molly at or call our office at 518-712-9211.

Capital District Fly Fishers Fly Tying Classes

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Capital District Fly Fishers is having their annual fly tying class. 8 Sessions Various Wednesdays 7:00/9:00 pm – Jan. 13th, 27th, Feb. 3rd, 10th, 24th March 3rd, 10th, 24th. March 31st Makeup Session. Come learn the art tying flies. During the 8 session course that runs over 3 months, you will learn the tools needed, receive 14 kits with materials to tie 5 flies in each kit.  You will also receive a host of handouts and there are free raffles of materials.  Space is limited. 

For information about the class contact Paul at (518) 885-8257, Rodney Priddle (518) 421-6762 or

To Register go to select adult classes or call (518) 371-6651.

The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake Fundraising Drive 

SAND LAKE – The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake is supporting a charity fundraising drive within the Averill Park Central School District to benefit the Capital Region’s Ronald Mc Donald House. The fundraising drive has been extended until February 28th since schools have not been in session for over four months. The goal remains to collect enough pull tabs from soda, beer, soups and pet food cans to fill a school bus! 

We ask that parents of our school children and other interested citizens join this effort by removing and collecting as many pull tabs as possible during the months ahead and while schools remain closed take them to the Town Clerk’s office at Sand Lake Town Hall. When schools reopen all collected pull tabs may again be dropped off at the office of one of our three elementary schools, the Algonquin Middle School’s office or to the office at the Averill Park High School.

Please join us to help the Ronald McDonald House as it continues to offer a haven of comfort, love, hope and support – free of charge – for critically ill children and their families. Thank you.  

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