The Arts 10.31.19

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Columbia Students Selected for All-County and All-State Music Festivals

Congratulations to the following Columbia High School music students who have been accepted into the Rensselaer County School Music Association festival and the New York State School Music Association Zone 7 Area All State festival this fall.

All County JR Band – Teddy Howard – Tenor Saxophone, Raychelle Adadjo – Clarinet

All County HS Flute Ensemble – Devyn Jenks

All County Jazz Band – Tyler Davis – Alto Saxophone, Eric Blostein – Tenor Saxophone, Kevin Stegemann – Tenor Saxophone, Shea Thorpe – Drum Set

All County SR Chorus – Carter Albano, Stephanie Bradbury, Brianna Bujack, Aidan Halsey, Shruti Kamat, Brigid Mack, Alyssa Manning, Noah Milan, Anna Puglisi, Shayda Ramsammy, Layvon Scott, Brandon Smith, Colin Smith, Gavin Trautman

Area All State Band – Ekansh Agrawal – Baritone Saxophone, Eric Blostein – Alto Saxophone, Devyn Jenks – Flute, Wendi Wojnovich – Trombone

Area All State Orchestra – Cecilia Cardona – Violin, Hubert Chang – Violin, Allison Headley – Viola

Area All State Jazz Band – Tyler Davis – Alto Saxophone, Mike Digman – Trumpet, Oli Olds – Trumpet

Area All State Chorus – Brigid Mack – Alto, Brandon Smith – Bass

Conference All State – Brigid Mack

10/24/2019 – 10/31/2019

An Afternoon of Music and Chocolate in Troy

Once again, TAUM (Troy Area United Ministries) will present its Festival of Music and Chocolate on Sunday November 3rd. The event takes place from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Bush Memorial Hall on the Russell Sage campus in Troy. There will be a variety of short performances, classical, folk, brass by members from the greater Troy community. After the musical performances conclude, a selection of homemade chocolate and non-chocolate desserts will be available for you to sample.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (children under 12 are $8). Tickets are available on the TAUM website (, or by contacting Katy Culhane (, 518-274-5920). Proceeds benefit the TAUM Furniture Program which provides furniture to families in need.

Bush Memorial Hall is the building with the white columns facing Congress Street with entry from the sidewalk on 1st Street. If the stairs challenge for you, there is elevator through the building left of the hall. It is a bit complex (ramp, lift, elevator) so allow time to use this entrance. Parking is available on Congress Street, 2nd St and in Sage Parking lots off 1st and 2nd Streets.

Unable to attend? Contributions are always welcome through the TAUM website where you can find more information on the furniture program including how to donate furniture to the program.

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

October 17 through November 3 (2pm and 8pm performances)

Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler’s horror musical classic will come to life in a unique new production that will see Cohoes Music Hall transformed into a Victorian Music Hall of 1850. Presented by Playhouse Stage Company. Adult: $30 Students 18 and under: $20. Cohoes Music Hall. 58 Remsen Street, Cohoes, NY 12047. Box office is open 10am-1pm weekdays and 2 hours before every show. Call 518-953-0630 or visit


Town of East Greenbush Jack O Lantern Contest

Pre-Carved Pumpkin Contest! All entries may be dropped off as early as 3:00 p.m. but must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 31st to the contest organizers at the Red Barn at the Town Park.

Pumpkins will be on display and voted on during our Party at the Park Candy with a Cop Event from 6-8PM on Oct. 31st.

The bottom of entered pumpkins must be removed so that the pumpkin can be placed on top of a LED light (provided by the Town) Cutting the top of a pumpkin off causes the top lid to shrink and decay very quickly so the lid falls inside. Pumpkins with the top cut off will be disqualified.

The carved pumpkins must be able to stand without any support or back drop needed.

Inappropriate pumpkins will be disqualified.

Participants may use carving kits or commercial stencils, however, handmade stencils or free hand carvings will earn more creativity points in the judging.

Pumpkins are not to be painted or otherwise decorated. Only carved pumpkins will be entered into the contest.

Prizes will be awarded for each age group winner.

• Kids up to 12 years – Most creative pumpkin and silliest Jack • Teens 13 to 17 years – Most creative pumpkin and Creepiest Jack • Adult 18 years and older – Most creative pumpkin and best use of the entire pumpkin • All entries must be labeled with the following information (on an index card or alike taped to the back of the pumpkin) name, address, phone number, category and please note if a commercial stencil was used. • Please indicate whether you would like your pumpkin returned to you. All pumpkins must be picked up by 8:30 PM. • All pumpkins not picked up will be on display at the park through the weekend and then discarded.

For questions please call the Community and Recreation Department @ 518-477-4194

10/17/2019 – 11/07/2019

Lansingburgh Historical Society’s Open House

Lansingburgh Historical Society’s monthly open house is Saturday, November 9, 2019, 10 am to 2 pm and keeping with celebrating Melville’s 200th birthday we will have 2 young musicians from Troy Music Academy. Hannah and Zach Ryan will be playing acoustical music from 12 noon to 2 pm in the Melville House located at 2 114th St., Troy, NY 12182. Come tour the house and listen to music performed by these two talented young people. The Lansingburgh Historical Society appreciates your $5 donation at the the door. These donations help to support maintaining the history of Lansingburgh for future generations and help in the care of our historic home. For questions please contact John Ward and Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295.

10/31/2019 – 11/07/2019

Calling all Superheroes to Sand Lake Center for the Arts-Nov. 9

Calling All Superheroes! Join SLCA on Nov 9th from 12-4pm as heroes of all different shapes and sizes take over the Center for a day of crafts, shows and real life encounters with the men and women making the world a better place! Do you have what it takes? Then come on down and share your super powers with the world. Don’t miss out on your chance to meet some of your favorite Superhero’s. Don’t have a favorite? That’s no problem…Make one up! The SLCA Children’s Super Hero Day is fun for the entire family. Child admission is just $5. November 9th from 12-4pm. Tickets are $5. Child, no fee for accompanying parent(s). For prepaid reservations go to or call 518-674-2007. The center is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY 12018 The center is handicap accessible with plenty of free parking.

10/31/2019 – 11/07/2019

Comedy Night

Join us on Saturday November 9 – 8pm for our 10th Annual Adult Comedy Night

Melvin Roads American Legion 200 Columbia Tpk. $25 pp, includes: 2 well drinks, sodas or beers.

Featuring Patty Rosborough, Molly Kornfeld and more. Snacks, 50-50 & Chinese Auction.

Tickets available now! Help support our programs for veterans and their families. Sponsored by Riders Chapter 1231,, 518-462-7006

10/31/2019 – 11/07/2019

Valley Falls UMC Art Show

The Valley Falls United Methodist Church will be holding the 4th Annual Fine Arts Show on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 1 PM to 4 PM. The show will feature area artists and their artwork. There will be an artists’ reception during the show, and the public is welcome to vote for a “People’s Choice” award. Admission to the show is free. The Valley Falls United Methodist Church is located at 16 State Street, Valley Falls, New York and is handicapped accessible.

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