The Arts 12.06.18

Holiday Concert

Come out and join the Averill Park Community Orchestra for a Holiday Concert Celebration! The performance is on Sunday, December 16th, 4:00pm at Averill Park High School. At this festive event, students and adults from the community will perform various classical and holiday selections, along with a medley from the ever popular “Phantom of the Opera”. There is no admission fee, but any donations to help offset our costs are greatly appreciated. We look forward to the opportunity to share festive music and delicious refreshments with you as we celebrate the winter holidays. Any questions can be directed to Christina Desmond at 518 948-0565 or


Miracle on 34th Street Performance

The Highlight Acting Troupe will be presenting Miracle on 34th Street. The comedy-drama was adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davis.  The show is directed by Ethel LeVan assisted by Christine LeVan.

The performance dates are Friday, November 30th, and Saturday, December 1st, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 2nd, at 2 pm. Performances are held at the Brunswick Grange, 7 Grange Rd. (intersection of Rt. 7 and 142). A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you believe. Susan has doubts about childhood’s most enduring miracle – Santa Claus. Her mother told her the “secret” about Santa, so Susan doesn’t expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. After meeting a special Santa, who’s convinced he’s the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all – something to believe in. For reservations or information, contact Ethel at 518-237-6936.



“Jungle Book” Auditions

The Highlight Acting Troupe will hold auditions for The Jungle Book, a classic adventure story.  A play adapted by Monica Flory.  Precocious Mowgli grows up believing he’s as fierce a wolf as any of the members of his pack. When he learns he is actually a human, he must discover how to reconcile these very different identities, and decide whether to remain with the pack, or return to the human world from which he was born. What will he choose? And will he be trained in the Law of the Jungle in time to defeat Shere Khan, the most feared animal of all?  Auditions will be held on Friday, December 7th, at 6:30PM; and Sunday, December 9th, at 2PM, at the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church, Hoosick Street, Troy.  Ages 5-15, as this will be a children’s performance.
The play will be directed by both Mckenzie & Christine LeVan.  For more information, please email Christine at or call 518-301-0789.


Erin Harkes is Coming to Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Dec. 21

Treat yourself to a special, holiday event starring the most popular entertainer in the Capital Region, Erin Harkes, at Sand Lake Center for the Arts. Erin likes to say that music is her spouse and comedy is her mistress. She tries to give them equal amounts of love and attention. Whether singing songs or telling jokes, Erin commands attention every time she steps foot on the stage. Erin is regularly voted Best Singer/Songwriter/ Comedienne in the Capital Region by the Times Union Reader’s Poll and the Metroland Weekly.  She has been the subject of several cover stories by both of those newspapers. She is definitely a local favorite!

Coming Friday, Dec 21 at 8pm. Tickets – Adults – $18. and Under 18 – $10.  For reservations or more information, go to or call 518-674-2007. SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.



Elvis Sings Gospel

On December 4th, join the Rensselaer Senior Center as we welcome the Christmas Season, with a dinner and a show, featuring Donny Elvis, singing your favorite Gospel and Christmas songs. Enjoy a lunch of Sloppy Joes followed by an afternoon to remember. Call today for reservations. Our Christmas Shows Sell Out Quickly! Call (518) 463-2166. East and Herrick Street Rensselaer. MUST DINE WITH US TO ENJOY THE SHOW. And Take Home a Memento of Elvis.



Schenectady Civic Players Theater

LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS –by Steven Banks and directed by Mark Stephens.  December 7, 8, 9 and 12 thru 16.  Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm.  Schenectady Civic Players, 12 S. Church St., Schenectady.  $20.  518-382-2081 or


Adirondack Fiddlers

New style and Old tyme Fiddling, Adirondack Fiddlers,

Sunday, December 9th, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

American Legion Hall, Clancy St., Schuylerville, NY.

All fiddlers and musicians young and old and public welcome.

Round and square dancing. Food Available.

For more information, call (518) 274-6817.



Adirondack Bluegrass League Christmas Party

Join us on Sunday, Dec. 9th, at 1pm at Lake Luzerne Town Complex, located at 539 Lake Avenue in Lake Luzerne, for our Christmas Party! Bring something to share for pot luck and bring your instruments too. Everyone is welcome for a great afternoon of jamming and sharing a meal. Also, you may bring an unwrapped children’s toy for donation, or a donation for “Adopt A Soldier”. For more information, call 518 221-6231.


Friendship Singers Christmas Concert

Join us on December 14th at 12:45pm at the Edward C. Swartz Senior Center. The “Friendship Singers” will be performing their Christmas Concert; singing many songs of the season. All seniors 60 and older are welcome here for our programs and meals. On the menu: Beef Stew with Garden Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Biscuit, and Fresh Fruit. Call 518 477-6581 to make a reservation to join us for a delicious meal before the special music presentation. The center is located at 1800 E. Schodack Road, Castleton On Hudson.

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