Events 12.30.21

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.  

Friday Night – January 7 at 7 pm:  Special Event – BANNED BOOK NIGHT – Bring your favorite Banned Book to this event and share a passage from it. (Lists available on request or check the web). We’ll discuss the reasons for books being banned or challenged.  $5 for all.  

Friday Night – January 14 at 7 pm:  Lonnie Hons will perform toe-tapping Country Songs for us. Put your boots on and stomp along with music.  Line dancing welcome! Performance starts at 7 pm. 

Friday Night – January 21 at 7:00 pm:  Special Event: Going on the Cheap!  Fashion and Food!!!  Wear an outfit that you assembled from a thrift store for no more than $10 and show us your creation.  In addition bring a dish to share that you prepared for no more than $2.  This will be a fun night for everyone attending.  Only $5 for all. If you decide not to participate in Fashion or Food then it’s $10 for the pleasure of watching the rest of us! Prizes. 

Friday Night – January 28 at 7 pm:  The Back Porch Players will perform music that we all enjoy.  Maybe even some sing-a-longs.  Performance starts at 7 pm.  

Sunday Night – January 30 at 7 pm:  We’re kicking off our first dance of the year with a great DJ. Put on your dancing shoes and be prepare to strut your stuff on the dance floor. Music requests taken.  Only $6. 

Ch. 60, Korean War Veterans’ Association January Meeting

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The January meeting for Ch. 60, Korean War Veterans’ Assoc., will be held at 1:30 p.m. on January 6th at the VFW home in Saratoga Springs..  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 anywhere during the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, friends and relatives are all invited to attend. New members are always welcome.   For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Paul O’Keefe at 518-603-4186.

Risk and Ethics in the Attempt to Contact Extraterrestrial Intelligence

CAPITAL DISTRICT – A second space age, generated in part by the rapid commercialization of space access, has stimulated interest in contact with intelligent beings on other worlds. This talk focuses on the moral, cultural, and risk factors associated with attempts to contact extraterrestrial intelligence. 

John W. Traphagan, a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh, is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  His books include Science, Culture, and the Search for Life on Other Worlds. 

This program will take place online, via Zoom, on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at 1 PM.   Current paid CDHS members will automatically receive an invite to the meeting via e mail.  

Any one who is not a paid member can attend.  Simply log onto our Meetup Page,  and use the RSVP function.  The link to the meeting will then be available to you.

The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.  CDHS is a member organization for people with humanist values.  Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

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).

Extension Offers “Microgreens” Free Webinar

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will offer the free webinar “Microgreens!  A budget “USE WHAT YOU HAVE” approach” on Wednesday, January 12 at noon.  Healthy, nutrient-packed greens can be grown using household items and off-the-shelf supplies. Buy limited and buy local. Each step to grow broccoli Microgreens is presented by Doug Pratt. Many options will be explored with tips to build and improve your “wintergreens” diet.  Doug is a homesteader, long-time Rensselaer County Master Gardener, retired wholesale grower, and inventor of the IMP Seeder. 

This webinar, offered as part of the free “Lunch In The Garden” series, uses the Zoom platform and you must download the free software in advance.  To register, visit the Extension website at or call (518) 272-4210.

Circle Theatre Players Presents “Admissions” by Joshua Harmon at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Get your tickets today for this “Shockingly insightful and outrageously hilarious satire about class, race and the increasingly unbridgeable American cultural divide.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at a New England prep school, fighting to diversify the student body. Alongside her husband, the school’s headmaster, they’ve largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values with convulsive results. A no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of hypocrisy. January 14, 15, 16 and 21, 22, 23. Tickets are $20. Purchase online at

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: 518-279-1155.

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.

New York State Arms Collectors Association, Inc. Albany Gun Show

CAPITAL DISTRICT – January 22-23, 2022. Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, N.Y. 450 Tables. Open To The Public. Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm. Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm.Daily Admission $8.00 Per Person. Children under 12 free – Must be accompanied by Adult• Senior Citizens $6.00.

Johnny Rabb Returns to the Wynantskill American Legion

WYNANTSKILL – The Sons of the American Legion in Wynantskill, NY invite you to shake off the winter blues with Johnny Rabb and his Big Band featuring the Tichy Boys and Blue Hand Luke, on Saturday, January 29th at the post located at 111 Main Ave. Tickets are $15, and reserved seating is available with a minimum purchase of 4 tickets. A cash bar will be available, and attendees are welcome to bring their own food or snacks. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm, make sure to get your tickets soon as this show always sells out. All proceeds benefit Sons of the Legion veterans and youth charities, so please come out and have some fun while supporting a worthy cause. ***Proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the show will be required*** All health protocols in effect on the day of the event will be observed. For more information, call Bill McGuirk at 518-441-0013.

You May Also Like

Events 07.20.23

July 20, 2023

Events 07.13.23

July 12, 2023

Events 07.06.23

July 5, 2023