The Arts 06.27.19

Poestenkill Historical Society Presents “Concert on The Green”

The Poestenkill Historical Society’s annual Concert on the Green will feature the TRI-COUNTY BANJO BAND. Join us on Tuesday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Town Hall. Get ready to sit back, enjoy, participate and have fun. Swing, sway, tap your toes, sing along and clap your hands! All of our programs are free, and everyone is welcome. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Free refreshments provided by Society members will be available throughout the concert and in case of inclement weather the venue will be located in the meeting room downstairs in the Town Hall.

Riders Mills Historical Association Paper

Making and the Peaslee Mills program

Riders Mills Historical Association is proud to present Paper Making and the Peaslee Mills in the 19th Century, at Riders Mills Schoolhouse at the junction of Riders Mills Road and Drowne Road at 1PM on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

In 1845-1846 Horace White Peaslee decided to build the mill, in Malden Bridge, New York. It was a brick and granite building eventually employing 40 plus people. At its peak the Peaslee Mill turned out six tons of paper every 24 hours, neatly cut into 40 inches. His distribution went as far as San Francisco.

His machinery was of his and other patents. This meant he could make continuous reams of paper driven by water which would roll the rye straw into a continuous roll of paper, a marvel for that time. He later purchased the Livingston Iron Mill in Ancram, quadrupling the size of the mill. Paper was produced from both mills.

Learn how paper was made in the 19th century and the genius of Horace White Peaslee.

Presented by John Doyle, Riders Mills Historical Society Historian.

Hoosick Falls Summer Concert Series

Come out and enjoy family and friends for the first concert of the 2019 Hoosick Falls Summer Concert Series at Wood Park in Hoosick Falls.

The Bluz House Rockers take the stage On Saturday, June 29th. From 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

On of the capital regions best-known party bands for over 15 years, the Bluz House Rockers will have you on your feet and dancing to their versions of your favorite classic rock, R&B and Motown tunes.

Led by the First Lady of local rock, Trish Anderson, the group offers an extensive set list,

highlighting her rock solid vocals, as well as showcasing the talents of veteran players including guitarist Denny Dwyer, drummer Joe Rocco, and vocalist/sax player Rick Rourke.

The group headlined at the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony two years ago and

performed several songs with Hall of Famer Wade Boggs on vocals. Performing at private parties to the Casinos, the Bluz House Rockers always put on a world class performance, said concert organizers.

Come out and enjoy a night of great music, food vendors and legal beverages. Bring a chair, EZ-ups are welcome. No coolers please.

Contact Kevin O’Malley for more information at 518-894-5035 or

Stephentown Heritage Center increases visiting hours

The Stephentown Historical Society has announced that the Stephentown Heritage Center will welcome visitors on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning on July 6, in addition to the regular weekly Friday hours of 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. These weekend open hours will allow more Stephentown residents and visitors the opportunity to explore what the society offers in genealogy research and local history. The other Saturdays are August 3, September 7, October 5 and November 2. The center is closed during the month of December. The Heritage Center is the former Stephentown Methodist Church at 4 Staples Road at the corner of Garfield Road. It is free and handicapped accessible.

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County Announces Irish Night for Literacy with Triskele

On Thursday, July 11, Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County will host the first-ever Irish Night for Literacy with music by Triskele at the Hangar on the Hudson, 675 River Street, Troy, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00. Triskele [Tris-kay-lee] is an all-female Celtic band from Albany, N.Y. Known for their stunning harmonies and Irish wit, they sing in the Gaelic language, performing traditional, original and some modern Celtic/Irish music. There will be a special performance by the An Clár School of Irish Dance. All proceeds will benefit LVORC’s literacy services and programs for adults and children in Rensselaer County and nearby communities. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit or call (518) 244-4650.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Lansingburgh Historical Society will open the Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, NY, on July 13, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm. Our guest “Artist of the Month” will be Kathleen DeRosa. Kathleen is a graduate of Russell Sage College and has traveled extensively even living in a kibbutz! Kay is also the beloved photographer posting her pictures, old and new to the “We Were Burghers Once and Young” Face Book Page. Her book “Lansingburgh Through My Lens” is a compilation of her photos lovingly taken throughout Lansingburgh. She will give a brief talk, have books available for purchase and autographing that day. For further information, please call John or Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295. A $5 donation is always appreciated.

A Universe of Music and Dance: Old Time fiddle and banjo concert and dance

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Thursday, June 27, 6-7:15 pm, and kick up your heels to live fiddle music by the Peter, Paul and George trio. The program begins with a concert of sizzling hot fiddle and banjo tunes and a couple of fun songs too! This tradition of community dancing and music has been handed down from generation to generation. We play music and lead people of all ages (2 to 102), especially those who have not danced before, in easy to-learn American barn-dance favorites: circles, squares, singing games and contras. While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too!

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

This program is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is recommended.

For more information and to register, call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Lobster feast! Jimmy buffet tribute

Changes In Latitudes is the country’s premier tribute show to singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffet, the master of the tropical lifestyle. This Show is the ultimate beach party, Musically transporting you to the tropical paradise, Margaritaville. Each show is good clean fun, with conga lines, beach balls and leis. Tickets are $78 All Inclusive. Call Today For Reservations (518) 512-4026. We are open Monday Thru Friday, 9am to 3pm. We are Located on East and Herrick Streets in Rensselaer.

Cohoes Music Hall Events

58 Remsen Street, Cohoes, NY 12047

July 13, David Bromberg Quintet

July 30 – August 3, Beauty & The Beast Jr. / Presented by Playhouse Stage Company

August 22-23, Winnie the Pooh / Presented by Park Playhouse

October 2, Wynonna & The Big Noise / Wynonna Judd and her new band tour make a stop in Cohoes

November 9, Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show / 2 shows.

Nassau Village Historian hosting local history presentations

Nassau Village Historian Kurt Vincent will be hosting three “encore performances” of local history presentations at The Nassau Free Library in July and August. Beat the heat in the cool Community Room as the illustrated slideshow “Nassau at 200” traces this history and development of Nassau Village and the surrounding areas in our bicentennial year. Originally presented in March for the Esquatak Historical Society, the Library shows will take place on Monday, July 15 and repeated on Tuesday, August 13, both at 6:30 pm. On Tuesday, July 30, also at 6:30 pm, “Trolleys Across the Hudson” will trace how Southern Rensselaer County once was home to the first intermodal light rail system in America. Through period photos, personal recollections and even a few sound effects, take a ride on the trolley from downtown Albany all the way to beautiful Nassau. This show was first presented at the 2018 Nassau Local History Fair. All presentations are free. The Library is located at 18 Church Street (US Route 20) in Nassau Village.

DEC Launches Second Phase Of “WomenHuntFishNY” Photo Contest

Following the success of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s DEC) statewide photo contest for women hunters, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the second phase of the “WomenHuntFishNY” contest to celebrate women anglers in the state. The contest officially opens on Monday, June 17, and continues through July 8, 2019.

Women who fish in New York State are encouraged to share their photos by emailing DEC welcomes photos of all aspects of safe, legal, and ethical fishing. Contest categories include:

*Freshwater fishing

*Saltwater Fishing

*Ice Fishing

*Youth (girls) fishing

*Mothers and Children/Multi-Generational

*Action shots (Casting, reeling, or landing the big one!)

To be considered in the contest, photos must depict women fishing in New York State. Fishing photos entered in DEC’s fall WomenHuntFishNY hunting photo contest will automatically be entered for consideration. Participants are strongly encouraged to include a sentence to describe their image or experience.

The deadline for contest entries is Monday, July 8. All submissions will become property of DEC to be used in promotions and outreach. Winning entries will be featured on DEC’s website, social media posts, marketing campaigns, print products, and future outreach to inspire future generations of female anglers.

France Magnifique

La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY is sponsoring a trip to France, featuring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day & Normandy, April 23 – May 7, 2020. Rates include round trip air from New York, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, and 20 meals. Highlights of the trip: Paris, River Seine cruise, Normandy, Omaha Beach, Le Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley, 2-night Chateau stay, winery tour, Lyon, Les Halles de Lyon, Paul Boscuse Market, Avignon, Creme Brûlée Cooking demonstration, Nice, Monaco. Plenty of time to explore on your own. For more information, pricing or a brochure, call Lisa at Plaza Travel at 518-785-3338 or

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