Hobbies 09.12.19

Do you play a musical instrument?

The Averill Park Community Orchestra is starting rehearsals again this month and we are eagerly seeking new members. If you or someone you know plays an orchestral instrument and may be interested in joining, please contact Christina Desmond at 518-948-0565. We are especially trying to fill vacancies in the string French horn, bass clarinet, and string instrument sections, but are always willing to accept players of other woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, we well. The APCO rehearses at Algonquin Middle School in Averill Park on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30, and performs two concerts each year, one in December and one in June. Rehearsals for the fall season begin September 11th, and we will accept new members through early October (9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2) in preparation for our December 14th performance.

Bennington Battlefield Announces September Events

On September 14th at 1:00 PM there will be a guided tour of the battlefield. A mix of driving and walking is required. Visitors will meet under the flagpole.

On September 21st at 1:00 PM there will be a guided hike of Battle Loop Trail covered approximately one mile over moderate terrain. Visitors will meet under the flagpole.

On September 29th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the battlefield will host the 34th Regiment of Foot. The 34th Regiment will be demonstrating the drill, battle tactics, and everyday life of a British soldier in Burgoyne’s Army in 1777. This event is free and open to the public.

Restoration Of The Van Rensselaer Cemetery

All across the country and locally, grassroots organizations and individuals are working to take care of historic cemeteries that may be found along the road, in someone’s backyard, or connected to an old church. Often they are in need of maintenance or total restoration, the occupants relatives having moved on long ago.

Please join the Greenbush Historical Society Sunday, September 15, 2 PM, at the Greenbush Community Library to learn about the Restoration of the Van Rensselaer Cemetery. Chris White, a local cemetery conservator and genealogist, will tell about the restoration project at the historic cemetery located between Route 9J and Amtrak’s Boston Railway in East Greenbush.

Cemeteries are an important part of our history and the gravestones tell stories of the people who once lived and worked, usually memorialized in a few carved words. The Greenbush Historical Society under the expert guidance of Joe Ferrannini from Gravestone Matters rescued and restored the Karner Family Cemetery on Best Road in East Greenbush. Photos of that project will be displayed at the meeting. The program is free and open to the public. As seating is limited, please register with the library at 518-477-7476.

Clog Dancing

It’s fun!! It’s fitness!! It’s clog dancing!! Clogging is a type of folk dancing that draws on many different traditions and has evolved into a truly American art form. It is a community–based activity that offers exercise, stress release, and great family fun that appeals to all ages.

Please join us at the Brittonkill (Tamarac) School for a 12 week beginner course starting on Tuesday, September 17, from 6:00 – 6:45 pm. Our class is open to anyone 7 years of age and older. We have many children, parents, and grandparents who love to clog!! For more information, please contact Fran Beaudoin by email at franb@nullnycap.rr.com or by telephone at 518-279-3067.

Half Moon Button Club

The Half Moon Button Club will meet on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 12054 in the Board Room. The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. followed by the program, which will be presented by Karen Kammer on “Wee People” buttons.

Bring a bag lunch. Dessert will be provided. For more information call Lisa at 518-469-7420 or Kirsti at 518-869-8125. Everyone is welcome!

The Pittstown Historical Society Has Planned The Following Event

The mysteries of the Mabee Farm (the oldest farm in the Mohawk Valley) will be revealed in a talk on September 19th at 7:30 PM at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock. The farm, which is located in Rotterdam Junction, dates to 1705. Archaeology, research, and deduction will be cited when reviewing clues to the Mabee farm’s past by Mike Diana, Education and Programs Manager at the Schenectady County Historical Society. Diana, who has been studying the history of the Mohawk Valley for years, has written the script for the award-winning reinterpretation of the Mabee Farm Historic Site.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society. For further information, email: pittstownhs@nullgmail.com or call Connie Kheel at 518-686-7514

Texas Hold’em No Limit Poker Tournament

Saturday, September 21, 2019 At The Averill Park Fire House 35 Eastern Union Turnpike, Averill Park, NY 12018. Doors Open at 12:00 pm

Tournament Starts at 1:00 pm

Lunch will be Served at 2:00 pm

$125 buy-in ($25 donation, $100 prize pool)

Future Dates: 10/19/2019, 11/16/2019, 12/21/2019, 1/25/2020, 2/15/2020, 3/21/2020, 4/18/2020 and 5/16/2020 (Big Money Tournament)

Capital Dist. Chapter of the Embroider’s Guild of America

Do you enjoy needlework? Would you like to stitch with others that have similar interests? Whether you are a beginner or have experience, come join us. The NY Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America meets in various locations and at various times. The Day Group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Blooming Grove Reformed Church in Defreetsville. Evening meetings are offered in two locations: The Community Room at The Terrace at Beverwyck in Slingerlands from 7p-9p on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month and from 6:30p-9p in the Fellowship Hall of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Park on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. In addition, there are specialty interest groups that also meet. For more information, check out our website at http://www.nycapega.org or on facebook.com/nydcega. Come Join Us!

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