Hobbies 09.19.19

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 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.

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)

Poestenkill Historical Society

Fall is here and so our wonderful programs begin. On Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00PM our presenter will be Sam Huntington from Fort Crailo whose topic will be “Slavery in the Hudson River Valley”. Sam is the Interpretive Programs assistant at Crailo. He is responsible for giving lectures, tours and educational programs on a variety of subjects related to the Van Rensselaer patroonship and Dutch colonial history. This program focuses on the history of slavery in New Netherland (Albany) in the 17th century. We hope you will be able to join us. We meet at the Poestenkill Town Hall – refreshments will be served. Mark your calendars because our programs are the 4th Tuesday Of The Month – Same Time, Same Place.

The Capital District Genealogical Society

Cordially invites you to join us

Saturday, Sept 28, 2019 at 1:00 P.M.

County Historian Round Table Discussion

In this meeting we will be using a different format: A round table discussion. There will be representatives from Schoharie, Greene and Columbia counties. Among the topics to be discussed:

• Interesting items in their collections• Interesting topics they have researched• Prominent settlers/residents

Each presenter will have a set period of time for each topic after which the audience can ask questions. After all topics have been presented by all speakers, there will be time for additional questions. Please join us for this very informative session.

William K. Sanford Colonie Town Library

629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville

Refreshments following speaker. Please join us! The meetings are free and open to the public.www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org

Ilium Literary Club

The Ilium Literary Club of Troy, NY will begin its 97th year on October 4, 2019. The Club meets 6 times a year (October, November, December 2019, April, May & June 2020). Meetings are generally held on the First Friday of those months at the Troy Masonic Community Center, 39 Brunswick Road, Troy. After a short business meeting, we have a guest speaker or entertainment.

Our speakers this year are: October 4 – Brian Bouyea, Author “Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing”; November 1 – Phyllis Chapman, Presenter of Vintage Visitors – Notorious Shady Ladies of the 19th Century; December 6 – Thomas A. Kernan, Presenter of the Colorful Story of Christmas Celebrations Throughout History; April 3, 2020 – Linda Styles Berkery, Author “Reflections: A Wardrobe of Life Lessons” Personal stories through dresses, with memories & meanings, growing up in Troy; May 1, 2020 – Joseph Dalton, Author “Washington’s Golden Age: Hope Ridings Miller, The society beat & the rise of women journalists.” and June 5, 2020 – Lisa Bohannon, Coordinator & Instructor for Sundancers Community Belly Dance will perform at our 97th Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Troy Country Club.

Lansingburgh Historical Society Open House

On October 12,2019 from 10 am to 2pm the Melville House at 2 114th St, Troy, NY 12182 will be open for tours. The added event that day from 12pm to 2pm will be poetry and prose readings from the 4 contestants that won the contest, which ran in August, “Dear Herman”; funded by Hudson Valley writers Guild and coordinated by Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox, founders of Sunday @ 2 Open Mic Poetry and Prose in celebration of Melville’s 200th birthday. For further information please call John and Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295. As always a $5 donation is greatly appreciated.

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!

Girls! Join Scouts BSA Girls Troop 525

We have a Girls Troop right here in Averill Park! Come and see what we are all about! We take adventure field trips like skiing and indoor skydiving! We learn awesome advanced skills like astronomy, sailing, canoeing, archery, and leatherwork to name just a few of the 140 merit badges! We go on a camping trip every month! If you put in the work, you can achieve the highest and prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Troop 525 invites young women and their parents to learn more about the program and the Troop. You can attend either open house during our regular meetings: Tuesday September 24 and October 1 at 6:30pm in the downstairs of Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Road, West Sand Lake. There is no need to RSVP, but if you’d like more information, please call/text Melissa Toni at (518) 961-3302.

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